How We Avoided Purchasing Dressers for the Bedrooms

When we first decided to foster young children, I wanted to find little cute dressers for the children’s rooms.  I longed to dress up the children’s rooms with a girl dresser and/or a boy dresser. In my own bedroom, I wanted an updated dresser in addition to the old antique one I had.

So when the children did come, I had yet to purchase dressers for their room. But then I discovered something.  The closets already had nice clothing racks put there by the previous owners.  I then placed all of their socks and undergarments and shorts on the top of the rack and the rest of the clothing items were hung on the bottom part of the rack.IMG_20151029_064347229

My second reason for not purchasing the dressers……….

the children have more open space in their rooms to invite a friend to play with them in their room.  Granted each room does have an armchair so that I can sit and read them bible stories at the end of the day. These armchairs were purchased twelve years before considering fostering.

So each bedroom has a bookcase for their books, their bed, and an armchair.  For us, that is all the children really need. More space to play with a friend seemed more ideal than filling it up with more furniture.

My third reason for not purchasing the dressers………..


in my own bedroom, I purged my dresser and found about two sacks of clothing that my husband and I didn’t wear mostly because the items were not visible.  Now I use my old antique only to put shorts and undergarments in it.


Everything else is put up in my clothing racks in my closet so I can “see” every item I own.

So now, we decided to not purchase the dressers because we are pretty much content with the clothing racks and extra floor space for the kids to play.



Low Cost Fall Snacks: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

IMG_20151026_062623736These pumpkins seeds turned out so yummy.  It tasted much like popcorn in your mouth.  The buttery flavor was awesome and think of the nutrition gained from eating them.


We used 1 medium pumpkin and gained  about 200 seeds.

Preheat your oven at 325 degrees.

Place the seeds in a colander and rinse off the pulp.

Place the seeds in boiling salt water for ten minutes.  This causes them to cook evenly.

Butter up your baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan and spread them out.

Shake some salt on those seeds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.  Let them cool for five minutes before popping them into your mouth!!

Have a great snack!!  Your littles will love chewing on these.


Eleven uses for Empty BeechNut Baby Food Jars

Baby Food Jar of Buttons - Black, Brown or White (specify color)
Photo Credit- The2Dragonflies (Etsy Shop)

There are so many great uses for these cute little glass jars. 

After the yummy stuff is gone, you can use these little jars for many different things. You can also undo the labels so that you don’t see them.

Store counting objects for your little learner inside the jars.

  • dried macaroni,
  • pennies,
  • pom poms,
  • cheerios,
  • beads

Pour the last bit of liquid medicine in this jar for an easier time to suck up into a medicine dropper.

Store items for your sewing………like buttons, patches, thread etc.

Use the tops of the jars to help your child draw circles on paper.

Turn the tops of the jars into alphabet or number magnets.

Use the jars to store dried herbs.

Organize your office supplies like paper clips, push pins, stamps, etc.

Create cute baby shower vases with flowers.

Create a festive basket gift by storing varying flavored coffees and tea bags in the jars as a surprise to a friend.

Use the tops of jars for photo magnets for your family or friends as gifts.

Create a jar to store paid chore ideas……….have the child take out a piece of paper with the written paid chore on it.


Five Ways I am Being Frugal: August 24, 2015


  1.  I have been taking my Wal-Mart receipts and entering them on the Wal-mart Savings Catcher program.  It isn’t a lot of money, but every little bit helps.
  2. I was able to get a coupon through the mail for my dog food by signing up for the company’s email newsletter.  I saved 10% on my last purchase.
  3. We are purchasing a lawnmower. We have decided to wait and not make a hasty decision.  We are waiting until the end of the year to get the best deal for the lawnmower.
  4. We are slowly paying off debts and have made some headway in the past six months.
  5. I got off the coupon bandwagon for the last few weeks.  However, I was able to use a good many coupons on my last grocery shopping trip to Kroger.  I spent for three people and a baby……….$110.00 for one week.  I felt really good about my trip.


Five Ways I am Being Frugal: Week of August 11, 2015


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  1.  I signed up to receive emails from the major companies that I like to get coupons from.  I enjoy being informed about sales events and of course getting an occasional coupon is a plus.
  2. I also signed up to receive emails from several frugal websites-,,,,,, and etc.
  3. Instead of buying baby stuff for my little infant girl, I am letting folks know I am searching for certain things.  So far I have received a bouncy seat and a jumpy seat at no cost.
  4. There are a lot of birthday parties we are going to in the next couple of weeks.  I am making sure that we search for gifts at the lowest possible price.  Also I am trying to give the most frugal but nice gift I can possibly give since there are about four birthday parties.
  5. Trying to hit the seasonal sales right now.  You can get discounts on summer clothing, flip-flops, swimsuits, and so forth.  I noticed at my Wal-Mart that you can buy flip flops for fifty cents!!

Charlotte Whatley