I rush to get off work on Fridays so I an do my real work of building Deepstep Collective. This week I had been working to set up a workday so trying to coordinate as much as possible into a 1 day truck rental and trip to the farm...all on a budget. Instead of a full blown narrative I will list out the weekend accomplishments.
1. Late night (yes I am out at 9.30 pm on a Friday night...who says I don't get out on the weekend!) Friday night meeting with Jason in Temple, Georgia to purchase a Vogelzang Boxwood Cast Iron Wood stove, model BX26E and a fireplace shovel/poker set. The cost of the stove new at Ace Hardware runs between $179-200 and the fireplace shovel/poker usually runs about $20 on the low side. Value: $200, cost $100. Savings $100!
2. On the same trip, I passed on the cast iron cookware because it was in a really rough condition but it was a super YES for a pair of cast iron commercial stove burner grates. They were huge and heavy (25 pounds a piece) and they came off a large commercial gas stove. My plans are to use the in crafting an outdoor kitchen including a 4 burner rocket stove with this find sitting on top...of course after a bit of restoration work. Cost for a replacement grill like them according to ETundra is $115 so for 2 plus shipping a whopping $276.02. Value, $276.02, cost $10. Savings $266.02!
So the Friday night tally:
Value collected: $476.02
Friday Savings: $366.02
Tally of cost: $110.00 (less mileage)
The rental truck at Home Depot was the plan for the day but when I checked earlier in the week I found out no reservations were taken and it was first come, first served. So at 5.57 a.m. I was at Home Depot waiting for the doors to open. I pulled up and had to catch my breath because the parking spot for the truck was empty. Oh no....don't panic....They had parked it on the other side of the parking lot! Whew. Close call and way too much excitement especially since I had skipped my $1 McDonalds coffee run to be first in line at HD! Paid the $25 deposit and checked out the truck but told Almo that I would be back before 10 to get it. I still had errands to run to prep for the trip to the farm and the Versa gets 30 miles to the gallon which is much better than the 13 that the HD truck gets! HD rents their truck for $19 for 75 minutes, $10/hour after that or $69 for the day! They only charge a $25 deposit on your credit or debit card and you pay the balance when you return. You don't get charged for mileage and only need to return it with the gas it had in it when you took it. In my case the truck was 8 miles to empty when it got it and 43 miles to empty when I brought it back! (could have saved that last $10 of gas...drats!) The big savings on this one is the free mileage and the very low deposit. I'll count this as a $0 savings....but a good deal none the less.
My 7am Saturday deal was in finding some used garden tools. I got a pitchfork (which didn't get to the car and I had to call Harold to hold it until I get back to pick it up), a metal rake, shovel, pick ax, hoe, clippers and a tree saw. Tools new range on the low side from $15-25 each. While these are aged and in need of some TLC to get them into good shape, they have character! While transporting the hand tools to the car, which Harold so graciously did for me, I asked about some bricks I saw in the backyard. They explained that their mom had done a project with reclaimed bricks from a deconstruction and they gave me 50 for free. They had no idea I had just concocted a 4 burner rocket stove the night before to use my newly found metal grates on top of! I collected enough bricks to construct 2 of the burners...and they gave me an offer to come back and get more as I needed them! The tools were from their father's collection. He passed away about a year ago and I could relate having had to do the same with my father's belongings after he passed away 5 years ago. I was appreciative of them meeting me in the cold at 7am! It helped me keep on my schedule for a very orchestrated day!
So 7 tools if purchased new at an average of $20 each would have been $140. The bricks are identical to the Old castle Red Cored Concrete Brick that I purchased at Lowe's for the Rocket Stove 1.0 for $.58 each. So the bricks were a $29 value.
So the Saturday early morning tally:
Value collected: $169.00
Saturday Early Morning Savings: $127.00
Tally of cost: $42.00 (less mileage)
The big deal of the weekend was lumber. The phase 1 building plan is for a 24' square deck that will go between what will be 2 guest cabins and a main living cabin (so far the first guest cabin will be my main cabin until funds allow the others in the grouping to be added). The cost of lumber is high! On my trip to Reclaim It Atlanta earlier in the week I found wonderful lumber. It was already built into 4'x12' sections that would be perfect for deck foundation. If you add deck boards too the top you have instant decks! The wood for each section would cost $19.40 per frame. The cost for screws or nails and the labor cost of cutting and connecting would be a much greater cost. The out of pocket cost for lumber and screws I am estimating would take the real cost to about $22 per 4'x12' section (tool and labor costs and time would be huge but is not included in the savings). So I bought all 14 sections that i would need to do the 24' deck plus 2 extras to create a wrap around porch on the existing cabin. While I was there with the truck I picked up 5 for my neighbor. There was just enough room on the truck for exactly the 19 that I was taking. Value: (not counting neighbor Ben's savings) $308, cost $140. With the help of a nice man we strapped down the load (that was hanging 4 feet off the back of the truck). I also got some free strips of red fabric that happened to be in a bin of free craft stuff that I saw. So the craft stuff was find number 2 of this trip. In the bin was yarn. So I sent my sidekick daughter to get the big blue Ikea bag from the truck (doesn't everyone travel with one just in case?) and I collected _ skeins of free yarn which will fuel probably a few more months of my crochet quilt project! And on top of it all Tina threw in a bean bag creature called "Salty" from the Taste Bud collection. Its a yellow pirate type creature and very cute.
- 3 Annie's Hook & Needle Kit Club packages Uptown Beret and Fingerless Mitts (HNK051) that includes 6 skeins Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity, Chunky Weight, Color Berry Burst - $4.29/skein and kits cost $16.99 each Value: $50.97
- Annie's Hook & Needle Kit club package of the Easy Springtime Hats (KNK046) which includes a pattern and 4 skeins of Bernat, Handicrafter cotton, Color white - its are $16.99 each, yarn alone is $2.47/skein
- 3 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Lion Suede, Color Ecru - discontinued but about $6/skein: Value $21
- Annie's Hook and Needle Kit club package of the Woven Ribbon Runner (HNK002) which includes a pattern and 2 skeins of Premeir Yarns, Dream, Color - Camelback - about $4/skein plus 1 pack of bulky weight ribbon yarn - about $6/pack
- 1 skein of Starbella yarn, color - Fly a Kite - $6/skein
- 1 skein Red Heart, color - light gray - $3.88/skein
- 3 skeins of Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe, 100% Merino Wool- $14/skein: Value: $42.00
- 1 skein Malabrigo Baby silkpacka lace, color - Pearl Ten - $10.80/skein
- 1 skein of Plymouth Yarn, Baby Alpaca Brush, Color - 106 - $6.99/skein
- 1 skein Plassard Merino King, color - red - $7.99/skein
- 1 misc skein of brown (maybe acrylic) and 1 of blue (maybe wool) - $3/skein
- 1 skein of super thick chunky hand dyed probably wool, color - blue - about $30/skein etsy price
- misc crochet hooks - about $5 value
Total yarn value: 224.61 (plus the toy!)
Today was the free coffee day and my Sidekick Symonne used it for a Caramel Mocha at McDonalds. $3.50 value
Today was also the free pizza day compliments of Papa Johns. Symonne won the free super bowl coin toss pizza. Unfortunately I lost so I didn't get a free pizza but i got one for 50% off. We stopped at a McDonalds in Monroe Georgia on our way to the DC to place our online order. Symonne's large pizza cost $0 and mine cost $7.09. So 2 large pizzas: $28 value for $7.09! It was lunch for us and we shared with neighbor Ben too.
So the Saturday mid-morning tally:
Value collected: $564.11 plus the toy
Saturday Midday Savings: $417.02 !
Tally of cost: $147.09 (less mileage)
We managed to get all of the weekend tasks done and we made it to Lowe's to return the Great Stuff ($11 and change back in the pocket) and back to HD to return the 100' rope (the tie downs worked perfectly without the overkill of 100' of rope and another $10 back in the pocket). So that $21 reduced the project costs a little more. We also got back 3 minutes before closing time to return the truck so that I could sleep in Sunday morning.
Also made a little barter. I traded 8 cans of spray foam insulation and a commode and 1 frame for a space heater. It was about a $20 barter!
So the whopping tally for the weekend is astonishing! An my daughter made me a bubble bath on Saturday night and coffee on sunday morning! A great (and full) weekend!
So the weekend tally:
Value collected: $1209.13 plus the toy
Weekend Savings: $931.04!
Tally of cost: $299.09 less the $21 in refunds = $278.09 (less mileage)