Last week my 3 year anniversary with this handsome guy (see below) just thought I’d throw this in here. I decided to take the day off of work today to spend with my munchkin and clean of course. Being able READ MORE
I know Christmas has already passed, but I still wanted to share my front porch décor. Perhaps this can serve as motivation for you next year. By far Christmas is my favorite holiday. Decorating both inside and out is also READ MORE
This year is Declan’s first fall season and Halloween. We still haven’t made the final costume decisions and we’re seriously running out of time. Way to go me being last minute on this one. Yikes! Anyway despite the fact it READ MORE
Happy Fall Y’all! So apparently Arizona did not get the memo that fall has arrived virtually everywhere else but here! Last week we were still sporting the mid to upper 90’s and I am done. Surely by almost November I READ MORE
I’ve flown twice with Declan across the country and back. Our first adventure was in January when he was just 7 weeks. My husband bought me a round trip ticket to visit family for Christmas. He figured I was on READ MORE
Summer time can be full of some great times for families world wide. Vacations to destinations like the beach are a plenty. Summer camps for the older kiddos and days spent soaking up the summer time sun at the local READ MORE
When I was pregnant I had all these visions of baby food making days I’d have. In my head this baby was going to gobble up everything I made with gusto. I’d make him yummy food combinations and he’d squeal READ MORE
Our baby sleeps in our room 5 feet from my side of the bed. Sure this is not ideal for all families and there will come a time in the nearing future where he will need a room of his READ MORE
Let me start by telling you that both my husband and I work full time. When Declan was a tiny tot we toured some traditional daycares and almost puked at the cost. We left them and while driving home I READ MORE
We all want to cherish our little ones, and with hoards of photographs to boot. I am no exception. When Declan was born I knew I wanted to document every moment of his life, well best I could. Naturally I READ MORE
Yes, I know, Father’s Day was last weekend so my ideas won’t exactly help you for the 2017 holiday. However, they will for the 2018 Holiday. Look at it this way, you’re getting a very early head start on what READ MORE
Our bundle of joy is going to be 7 months old in three days and he’s starting to think about calling and be on the move! Because of this, we need a designated area for him to play. He has READ MORE
The longer you own a home the more belongings you end up accumulating, and eventually you need to purge the house! I love me some good thrifting deals and maybe over the years I’ve gotten a bit much. So we READ MORE
When my husband and I found out we were having a little bundle of joy I told him that I wanted to do a gender reveal. We had already decided together we’d only be having one baby, he had 3 READ MORE
2016 was a crazy year. Every turn my husband and family took was a whirlwind. We discovered in March we were expecting which was THRILLING. After the loss of our “peanut” the previous May and the struggles we went through READ MORE
Hey there frugal friends! You might be asking yourself where the heck have you been? Remember me, I used to post all those neat DIY frugal tips. Life has been happening lately and well I’ve been swamped between work and READ MORE
Hello my frugal followers! First off I’d like to say sorry for not having posted in quite some time. Life has been so hectic for the past few months I’ve pretty much been a mini tornado! Let’s catch up shall READ MORE
A few weeks ago there was a local thrift store doing a mega sale. Of course this was one I had never been to, driven past a time or two yes, but I’d never actually shopped there. “Epic Thrift” is READ MORE
One week ago today I decided to build a raised garden bed. What motivated me to do this on a day where the temperature reached a record 117 degrees? Yes, 117 degrees. I had recently left my job and wasn’t READ MORE
Hello my fellow Frugal Friends! I have been SO busy for the past month I haven’t had any time to post here it has been crazy. Recently I had a 16th birthday party for my oldest step daughter and just READ MORE
School is roughly one month for most of the country from being dismissed for three months. What are you going to do with your teenagers who are bound to sit home all day long while you’re working? They’re going to READ MORE
This past weekend I did my monthly 50% off Saturday Goodwill hunt. My two step-daughters and I went to two different Goodwill stores, but didn’t have a ton of luck. Maybe donations are down? Or perhaps there just wasn’t a READ MORE
The topic is taboo. People avoid discussing this at practically all costs, but we, women, should talk about this when “it” happens. We aren’t doing each other any favors by keeping this type of thing so “hush-hush”. I understand some READ MORE
Couponing in the extreme sense is not my jam, and I’m sorry if that offends you. I however look for deals everywhere I possibly can. Yes I clip coupons, and yes I will help you in your mission to save READ MORE
Ok folks I might have an addiction to deals. I confess I have a problem I LOVE to save money. Our home is well our castle and everyone, you included, love to have a home that looks and feels amazing READ MORE
Saturday morning I did my bi weekly drop by Home Depot. Why you ask? I regularly check their OOPS paint pile. There are days I score some superb colors for my house. This Saturday there was the PERFECT color for READ MORE
Everyone likes to get free stuff on their birthday. I know I sure do! Today happens to be my actual birthday. Last year in my 20’s, yikes! Roll out the you’re getting up there carpet next year! Sheesh! Anyway back READ MORE
Personally I don’t get offended by the word “cheap”, and neither should you. Of course frugal sounds better, but it’s all relatively the same don’t you think? My family likes to go on weekend getaway’s during the summer. If you READ MORE
Remodeling your house can either A) Cost you and arm, leg, and sacrifice of a child. B) cost you a moderate amount of money for a snazzy update and finally C) Be frugal with updating and spend very little money READ MORE
Hello Frugal Friends! If you saw I posted as awesome how to on making fajita’s for the freezer see… Fajita’s Baby Now I’m going to give you a few more super easy freezer meals! Chili This is one of our favorite READ MORE
There are some super simple ways to save money every month. Some might seem like no brainer and others will light up that brain of yours on how to rack up the savings. 1. Buy Items on Sale that you READ MORE
Here is how this goes folks. I am on busy lady. On top of this lovely little blog I post and keep updated for everyone, I work full time and then some, have a household to run with 3 kids READ MORE
When my husband and I bought our house in 2012 we weren’t thrilled with the all dirt and rock backyard. After all we have 3 kids and 3 dogs, so playing back there was pretty difficult. Last fall in 2014 READ MORE
You got it. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m using the word IT. Get over IT. Anyway. “If It’s Free it’s for me” – I used to work with a guy who always said this. He was by far the funniest and READ MORE
Frugal living is planning for what is ahead. Keep this in your mind daily. Amen Benjamin Franklin. Dave Ramsey is one of my favorites. Check out my post where I highlight his plan for reducing debt. Here is my take on READ MORE
This past weekend was the Goodwill 50% Saturday sale. Hip Hip HOORAY for savings. Seriously though, wahoo. Usually my Goodwill trips are ONCE a month on 50% day. Most of the time I have my two girls tag along and READ MORE
We’ve all seen the coveted 52 week money-saving challenge. However, I have a problem with this model of saving. Logically someone can afford $1 a week and even logically up to $20 or $30 a week depending on your financial READ MORE
When I talk about being frugal and living a frugal life style I would like to say I am NOT at ALL saying “thou shall never enjoy the simple pleasures in life again! Thou shall never spend another red penny READ MORE
Debt is real. People all across the country, hell the world have debt. This isn’t a secret. My husband and I are not immune to debt. Partially my frugal self started being more frugal to help us dig out of READ MORE
Say what? Have a wedding for less than $1,000? Yes, you can I swear to you. I am going to tell you how I did and hopefully some of my ideas will rub off on you and your wedding can READ MORE
I told everyone I was going to do this post, and, TA DA here we go! 1. Relax Nope, not kidding, not even a little. I relaxed on my wedding day, yep, I did. All day long I was READ MORE
Pssst yes that is my husband and I on our wedding day kissing. 🙂 Once the “I Do’s” have been said, the cake has been smashed, and wine has been sipped you are left with arm loads of wedding decor. READ MORE
Typically I am pretty positive, generally speaking. I will be getting married in 4 days officially tying the knot with my fiance who i just refer to as my husband. Here I was planning a “low key” wedding, and managed READ MORE
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner taunting us with boxes of chocolate goodness in every corner. Actually more like every food store in all of the world. Anyway. Sure I love chocolate what breathing woman doesn’t? I love a READ MORE
In this post I must give a brief shout out to my mother. We were chatting this weekend about my blog and she mentioned this idea to me. She poked my creative brain and now the juices are flowing. So READ MORE
Photo Booth’s are all the rage for weddings these days. Have you happened to check out the price to rent one of these puppies for your big day recently? The prices here in Phoenix average $499-$699. ARE YOU KIDDING?!? Pick READ MORE
So. Yeah. I had an entire weekend of DIY projects planned. I was on fire when I left work on Friday, ready to conquer the weekend. Saturday came and I did a few projects. I scored some AWESOME deals at READ MORE
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Today is Friday! Yippie skippy! Naturally I am excited for the weekend because this is one of the few a month that I don’t have to report to work tomorrow! An entire weekend with the husband and kids doing…..DIY projects! READ MORE
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Getting married is costly. Even more so your first time around, I can attest to this since I have first hand experience. When I got married the first time I spent a ton of money, sure I DIY myself into READ MORE
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Being frugal is not typically a habit people are well, born with. This habit is developed over time. Trial and error come into play often, and you figure out what works best for your family and your own independent frugal READ MORE
You’ve seen them, heck, we’ve all seen them. The decorative crates scattered about in craft stores, Pier 1 Imports (where prices make me go into a full fit of insanity), Bed Bath and Beyond, and so many more. They’re adorable, READ MORE
Here in Arizona where I live we love our fire pits. Heck we love anything that involves being outside from November to April. After that we love anything that involves AC! If you’ve ever been here in July you’d catch my drift, quickly. Shoot just thinking about summer is making me sweat! Yikes! Too soon!
So as the temperatures started to drop where standing outside for more than, oh, thirty-two and a half seconds wasn’t torture I began desiring my yard to look well presentable to other people along with entertaining. Perhaps I missed my calling in life, I love planning parties, going not so much, but planning sign this momma up!
Back to my fire pit! Here in AZ we have a ton of rocks, actually many people refer to their landscaping as “rockscape” I kid you not. That isn’t even a real word. I have plenty of rocks in my yard, seeing as majority of it is COVERED in rocks. Little sharp can’t walk around barefoot unless you want piercings in your feet rocks.
We made our own fire pit. There wasn’t one bit of cement involved, just a shovel, rocks, and some paver stones. That is it folks. Home Depot (if you can’t tell) is my go to store for yard accessories and tools. We skipped our way down to the local Home Depot which may I add is only 3 miles from my house, talk about trouble! Yikes! Any who. Above is a picture of my yard pre any renovations. Just some boring rocks.
Pavers. Back to the point ( I get distracted easily). I got 40 pavers for $1.75 each =$70.00 total. Side note: I don’t give you all what the tax was because it’s going to vary from state to state. Mine is 8% here in Arizona, but I know in PA it’s 6% so you’ll need to do those basic calculations on your own.
I spent $70.00 TOTAL FOR A FIRE PIT!
We already had the rocks, shovel, yard, and just needed you got it, pavers.
First I started by picking the spot in my yard and started to rip out weeds and clear the area.
Once I finished that part I started digging my circle. Some people would suggest putting cement in the bottom, I used rocks. If we want to change where the pit is down the line that will be very easy to cover up or remove all together. Cement, that’s not only more costly, and we’re frugal remember, but more permanent.
I dug the hole for the pit about 2 feet down and placed a few shovel full of rock in the bottom for my base. Check out Craigslist in the free section to see if anyone is giving any rocks away. Here there is at least 1-2 postings a day of free rock!
Once that was finished the time came to stack my pavers. I didn’t exactly ace math in school when it came to geometry. So this was a little of trial and error. The fire pit ended up being great, but started out a little rocky (no pun intended).
Now that the pit was created, I had to move the rocks back around the base to kill the remaining weeds beneath.
If anyone is wondering where my husband was during all of this I will tell you. He was reconstructing a cider block wall on the other side of the yard. We sold our hot tub the weekend before which came with the house, too much to maintain and never used that hunk of junk. So he was putting the wall back up while I hummed along making a fire pit! Wahoo!
The crab grass in Arizona is a mother to kill I will tell you what. Since this picture the grass has successfully been killed, but that crap tried to sneak its way back into our lives un invited!
All in all you too can have a fire pit in your backyard for less than $100!
Have you happened to notice a trend here? I refuse to spend more than $100 on any individual project. Being frugal takes some work, practice, and a lot of research. With some elbow grease and patience you too can be frugal in your house hold!
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