My kitchen sponge is looking pitiful. The green scrubby side is worn out, the yellow spongy side is changing color. I occasionally pop it in the microwave to sterilize it but lets face it ... my sponge is not long for this world. It needs to be replaced but I'm tired of buying disposable products. So I knit a dishrag instead.
The total cost? $3.38 for two skeins of Peaches & Creme yarn. One can expect to get at least two dishrags from this amount of yarn. It is cotton, washable, durable and inexpensive. The pattern? Ballband Dishcloth. A very simple knit really. Total time commitment? I don't know ... a couple of hours? I knit in between clients, during ballet lessons (the kids lessons not mine ... I'm not that coordinated), in the car waiting to pick up kids. Knitting keeps me sane in those moments when I have nothing better to do with my hands. If I quit knitting I might have to take up smoking. Somehow I think knitting is healthier. At any rate the dishrag is done and is now sitting pretty on my kitchen sink. The only problem is the hub thinks it's too nice to use. But, as the Mason-Dixon ladies say, ... "Must. Use. The. Handknits." This is my first frugal tip of day ... knit thyself a dishrag and use it! It's a perfect project for beginning knitters and yet still fun for those with experience.
My second tip of the day? Think outside the box when gift wrapping. Anyone who visits here regularly knows my life is inundated with babies, babies and more babies. Well the baby fest continues and two additional gifts went out this week (hand knits of course). I've started wrapping these gifts in plain brown paper bags. Why? Because I found a boatload of them at the Goodwill for $2.00. I couldn't pass them up though I wasn't sure yet how I'd use them. I'd also found a huge bag of ribbon and a box of letters ... dum da da dum ... gift wrapping.
I took this present to a baby shower last week. It sat there looking tiny in comparison to all the store bought bags and wrapping. I started to feel cheap and small and sooo lame compared to the others. Then the mother-to-be got to my present. People started to murmur. They liked it. They thought is was creative. They told me I was Martha Stewart (which I chose to take as a complement). Whew! I stopped sweating and proceeded to immensely enjoy my cupcake (num num num -- cream cheese frosting; another fringe benefit of knowing mothers-to-be). I'm not cheap ... I'm frugal and innovative (and good enough and smart enough and gosh darnit people like me!)
And, finally, one last tip. As spring kicks in the garage sale season heats up. Check out my new tablecloth here and here and here. Well, okay, it's actually an Indian bedspread but it fits my table perfectly. One dollar. Yup, one. Garage and/or estate sales are typically better than thrift stores to make your dollar stretch.
Well, that's all I have for today ... Happy Frugal Friday!
P.S. I googled Frugal Friday and found this site with lots of tips and ideas. I'm adding my name to the list ... go check it out!