Shopping with Less Money

January 23, 2018

A white shelf with a coffee center and some condiments.Hello again, I would like to share my frugal story. I am living with fibromyalgia so I am in a lot of pain. It took a while to get this done but it is done. I am paying off my credit report for this year. I am living on $780 but my check is paid out. I don't mind if I am left with $10 as long as my score goes up.


A white shelf with a coffee center and some condiments.


Over the past few months, I had less than $30 left after paying my bills. I don't mind, I am fine. This bookshelf was $12 on Facebook Marketplace. The lady was kind enough to drive it to me and bring it in the building. I saved up $16 and bought it. I won't lie, it's not worth $5 but it's mine.

I had saved up $5 and bought contact paper from the Dollar Tree. And that coffee picture too. I had to do the contact paper about 4 days. My fingers hurt for dear life. It's something about doing it to the end that pushed me.A shelf covered with contact paper on the front and top sides.


You see the mugs I had them in the cabinet over a year. I took them and used 3M hooks from the Dollar Tree. The red one was the final of four I had for, oh boy, how long. The big white one I used stickers to design it.


I waited around with nothing to put my coffee in for days. I then decided to save some jars. A friend took me to the store and I found craft paint. I loved doing it. I waited and bought from the dollar tree some stickers.

A collection of 4 pictures of an organized shelf and some decorative glass containers used for storage.


You see those green baskets. They are storage from my closet. But they are there until I can get more. The wooden letters were a gift from a past Christmas. Overall, the shelf was a work in progress. As you can see by the different images, it was over time. I am showing you the side to let you see I ran out of paper. It's ok, I am still proud.

My credit score has gone up 2 points. It's all I care about. I love shopping around my home when I need a new look. Crafting is helping with my stress from the pain. Thank you for reading my story. I have more coming. The final front is the image with the baskets.

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Thanks for sharing your story and your bargain shopping. It can be fun to save instead of spending and everyone loves to get a bargain.

Fibromyalgia affects so many people. I'm sorry to hear that you suffer from it and I hope that modern medical research will find some effective treatments soon. We had a long time contributor, Debra, who wrote several articles for us. She also suffered from this debilitating disease and shared her coping strategies with us. Maybe some of these will be of interest to you.


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