Here’s one of the beauties of blogging. It gives you a chance to put ideas out there and for other people to respond. A while back, I posted about wanting a serger but not being able to afford a new one…or even most used ones. It just so happened that my SIL’s mom was reading my blog that day. And she contacted me about getting rid of her old serger.
We agreed on $50 (essentially a
steal gift), which also included 3 hours of intense serger lessons so I knew how to use it!
This last week, I went out fabric shopping with mapgirl and found a great deal on some dress trouser fabric. I’d been wanting to make them for a while, but I didn’t want to put in the money if I couldn’t keep the seams from fraying. I have a makeshift way of doing it, but it wasn’t nearly as efficient as serging.
So I gave the serger a go and am very pleased with the results. It’s a real investment in my future sewing (whether I’m making money from it or doing it for myself). Clothes will last longer an be better-made overall.
I’m still finishing them up, so I give you some of the best of this week to read while I work on that:
Kelly at My Small Cents has moved to Almost Frugal. To celebrate the transition, she’s doing a gift card giveaway. Check it out!!
Free From Broke wrote about dealing with financial problems with a loved one. No relationship is perfect, so you’ll probably need to use this advice at some point.
Foxie has decided to tax herself to help achieve her dreams. She’s sure to get her money’s worth.
The Spilling Buckets pair have closed their Prosper account and are now lending through Kiva. Find out why! (I think it makes plenty of sense.)
Mr. Cheap at Four Pillars rants and wonders about why store credit expires. Gift cards and the like are already an interest-free loan to the company. They may end up being a gift to the store as well.
Frugal Dad has been trying to drink only water but the first month wasn’t a complete success. Still, I think he can do it. (or mostly water, anyway.)