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I saved bunches :bouquet: of pennies today!

 

The kitchens in my apartment complex are being remodeled. Mine was the first, so I got a pretty good idea of what was going into the dumpster. I also got a really good of idea of what to divert from going into the dumpster!

 

I got the guys to put aside for me the inner shelving from my apt and from some others too. It's 46 X 16 X 5/8 pressboard (?)~I got six of those. They have also been trimming out the kitchens with walnut finished paneling~96 X 7 3/4 X 5/8. There are two panels/apt and they have thrown away pieces as short as 24" and as long as 42"! I got them to set aside some of those pieces for me too. :cele:

 

I kind of knew what I wanted to do with the pieces, but got of depressed when I couldn't find any way to cut the pieces to the sizes I needed.:banghead: ....until I finally got the idea to ask Home Depot if they would make the cuts for me. Guess what? They did!!! And...................they didn't charge me either!!! :woohoo:

 

So, I've finally got all these pieces of shelving cut the the sizes I want - now I just need to get the energy to get some shelves constructed! :sassing:

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I have two loaves of wheat bread rising on the counter. I have gotten out of the habit of making all of our own bread products because I've been working so many hours. Now that I'm not working nearly as much, I decided it was time to get back to being frugal. My daughter just got home from school and keeps asking if I can please bake the bread already! :grinning-smiley-044: While my work schedule remains sparse, no more paying almost $4.00 per loaf of bread!

 

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$4.00 a loaf! Wow.

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