Thrifty Things To Do This Week – Lemon And Poppy Seed Muffins And New Uses For Old Jeans
Week 1 – June 4th, 2018
I blame my mother. When I was 7 she turned a pair of my outgrown jeans into a cute little duffel bag for me. I was hugely impressed by this transformation – how could my trousers also be a bag? When Tiny Tartan outgrew his first pair of jeans, some forgotten bit of my memory kicked in and I decided to turn them into a tiny toddler tote and some matching bean bags. He carried the tote, filled with little toys, crayons and colouring books everywhere we went for three years and was always able to entertain himself with the contents.
This got me thinking. I would have paid several pounds for a little backpack in a shop for Tiny Tartan but jeans you are about to bin are FREE! Up-cycling his jeans was not just a satisfying way to hold onto a particularly cute garment, it was a way to save money. What’s not to love about that? Several years down the line I now have a whole box full of baby and toddler jeans that were too cute not to keep. Which is, basically an excuse to spend hours on Pinterest deciding what to make with them. If you want some up-cycling inspiration for your own jeans-stack, have a look at my Make Something board on Pinterest. Or take a look at So Sew Easy’s collection of 101 (count ’em) inspiring ideas for up-cycled denim – everything from cute purses to re-upholstering a sofa. All with fabric you were going to throw away.
When you have finished turning a pair of adult jeans into a cute apron (ok – it’s not compulsory) get in the kitchen and make a batch of Lemon And Poppy Seed Muffins. No weighing, no beating, just fragrant and freezable little snacks for the kids. Or you. You could pop some in a lunch bag made of recycled jeans…
I will be back next week with a fresh thrifty habits planner and some suggestions for making the most of the sunshine without ripping through your summer budget.
Free, Downloadable Thrifty Habits Planner To Keep You On Track
So, you want to get into the habit of spending less without putting in more effort? You need something to remind you what to do and when, so you don’t have to keep thinking about it. The Thrifty Habits Planner is a simple tool to help you do just that. Use it to pencil in which thrifty things you plan to do this week and to pin yourself down to when you plan to do them. If you take control this way at the start of the week, you are far more likely to have stuck to your plan by the end of the week. Sticking your plan up somewhere you will see it every day helps you to stay on track too.
Take time at the end of the week to give yourself a little treat as a reward for your thrifty efforts. Little splurges will actually help you to stay thrifty – read this to find out how.