Frugal Fridays: dishwashers, dumpster diving & greens

Frugal Fridays: dishwashers, dumpster diving & greens

Morning folks and happy Friday Saturday! This post was supposed to go live yesterday morning but Margsy was sick overnight Thursday and we spent the morning snuggling and watching movies. Baby girl got her 18-month vaccines on Thursday afternoon and around 3am Friday morning she spiked a pretty high fever. We dozed off and on but she clearly wasn’t feeling her greatest so I put down the phone and shut down the laptop to give her as much TLC as possible. Here’s hoping that we’ve passed the worst of the side effects!

We’re expecting a ton of rain this weekend which is extra disappointing since Mer is home and can’t enjoy the same gorgeous weather we’ve had having all week. Margsy and I have spent our days lounging outside, playing and getting ourselves wet with our own DIY sprinkler and dips in the pool. Her confidence in the water is really shining through and she gets in that pool like it’s nobodies business. Cold water really doesn’t scare this little girl off. We don’t have a pool heater and on the hottest days we might get up to around 80!

DIY saves you heaps of money

We’ve had to fall back on our frugal tendencies this week when it comes to DIY repairs. We try not to call in service people when things break down and attempt to fix things ourselves if we can. About two weeks ago our dishwasher stopped draining itself properly. After watching a couple of YouTube videos about cleaning the dishwasher I gave it a baking soda and vinegar wash hoping that it would solve the problem. No such luck. Mer then took to YouTube and started to do some research about potential problems that could be causing our issue. He pulled everything out and analyzed and analyzed and compared and compared until he figured it out.

Looks like our drain was clogged which is 100% my fault. I’m terrible at rinsing off dishes which likely led to a buildup of food in the drain. He cleaned it all out, took off a clip that protects the exit hose and before I knew it the dishwasher was back to perfect working order.

Being frugal often means exploring and getting creative when it comes to solving household problems. We could have called in a dishwasher service company but wanted to give it a good go ourselves before resorting to that. We easily saved ourselves a couple of hundred dollars by investing a little time and patience to get the job done ourselves. Mer has also fixed our washing machine, dryer and wall mounted A/C unit in the past! YouTube is an amazing DIY resource when it comes to these types of things. Having said that, if the issue is beyond the scope of our abilities we’ll absolutely call someone in. Why? It can become even more expensive to fix a problem if you damage it further yourself.

Someone else’s trash is your treasure

On one of our morning walks Margsy and I looped the upper limit of our neighborhood. It happened to be trash day and there was a woman throwing out a bunch of very cool toddler toys. We got to talking and I asked her if she would mind if I took them for Margsy to play with. They were clearly in need of a good cleaning but in otherwise great condition. After speaking with her she explained she was thrashing them because her kiddo had outgrown them and she lacked the space to store them. This is a perfect example of why I’ll never buy Margsy any toys that are brand new. At some point we’ll be itching to unload them the same way this family was.

She said “sure” and I loaded up my stroller basket and headed home with the agreement that I’d come back later to pick up the rest. Once all the toys had arrived at our place I got going on disinfecting them. My go-to cleaning solution is a good wash with diluted bleach followed by a vinegar and baking soda rinse to remove stains and built on dirt. After rinsing really really well these toys were as good as new.

Often times, people throw out perfectly good stuff because it’s just the easiest way to get rid of things quickly. The lovely lady who provided us with these new treasures told me straight that she tried to unload them on friends and family but ultimately the easiest way to get them out of the house was to trash them. Well, her trash became my treasure. My kiddo had a blast pushing her cabbage patch doll around in that tiny stroller.

When it comes to curb side treasures though you need to approach with caution. When it comes to dolls, stuffed toys or any other type of toy that can carry bed bugs you need to watch out. Bed Bugs are a huge huge problem in this neck of the woods and as a result we’re extra careful and pass on stuff that could be a breeding ground for them.

Speaking of curb side treasures we’ve managed to pick up planter vases, a lawn chair, gardening equipment and even a plant recently! You simply never know what you’re going to find!

How our garden grows

Here’s our garden last month! A photo snapped after we had first planted our veggies.

Here she is this morning! Everything is growing in beautifully and we’ve already started to enjoy some fresh garden salads. I know I’ve said it before but I will say it again – growing your own vegge in the summer is such a great way to save money on groceries. During the summer months the only produce we buy are fruits and we otherwise sustain ourselves on what we harvest from our patch!

Our beans have finally started to sprout and I’m beyond excited to seem them thriving. We plant both green and broad beans and they are just so incredibly delicious. I love freezing huge batches to stockpile for the winter. Looking forward to sharing some how to posts about how we prepare our veggies for the winter months!

With that, I’m off. I hear a tiny toddler calling for me! So, it’s time to start out our day! Have a wonderful weekend folks!

P.S check back Monday when I announce the winner of the BBQ Scraper Giveaway! Good luck to everyone who entered!



  1. June 17, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Good on you for saving those toys from the bin!

    • June 18, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thanks! Would hate to have seen them head to the landfill!

    • June 18, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thanks for reading Anna! Have an awesome weekend!

  2. June 17, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    We just picked up a hot wheels ramp from the trash.

    • June 18, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Great find!!! 👍🏼

  3. June 21, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I am so encouraged by this post. We have so many Treasures through trashed items. Your garden looks fabulous! I really enjoy your blog, too. Have a super day, and keep Thriftin’

    • June 22, 2017 / 6:36 am

      Thank you for reading Dawn!

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