No Spend Pin Day

No Spend Pin Day @ The Doyle Dispatch

As Tim has mentioned in his debut post, we are working at being thrifty and staying on a budget. This is easier said than done, as one of my greatest obsessions is Pinterest. Oh, how I could get lost in it for hours! Of course, the things that I love the most are the DIY projects that other bloggers/crafters come up with. I see them and I want to make them too!

One of my biggest troubles is how to recreate my favorite pins, but while not spend a cent.

So, I am starting a blog link-up called “No Spend Pins.” The idea is that we all have things laying around our house that are just begging to be turned into a project. Here’s our chance! To make it a reality, I’ll say that you can spend $5 on the project (plus whatever is already at your house). To participate, you don’t even have to make it (although that is the eventual idea).

This is easy to participate in! Here’s how you do it:

1. Create and publish a post on your blog that links to your favorite Pin (or original author), explaining how you can make it work in $5 or less. You don’t have to actually recreate the pinned project, but that would be a bonus. Don’t have a blog? Just paste the URL of your selected pin in a comment and explain how you would do it.

2. Link up below. Make sure to link directly to your blog post instead of your entire blog.

3. Make sure to put the link-up button on your post, linking back to this blog post. You can find the link-up button on the right sidebar. —–>
Each week, I will post a new link-up button that will link back to the specific post. To use it, simply copy the code and paste it into your blog post (if you use WordPress, it is the “Text” option, not “Visual”.

No Spend Pin Day @ The Doyle Dispatch

Thanks for participating and being thrifty! I will chose my favorite to be featured on The Doyle Dispatch (free advertising!).

Here’s my No Spend Pin for this week!

Try ACAC for $25!

For the month of February, ACAC (our gym) is having a promotion for you to try it for $25 for 25 days. That’s a pretty sweet deal, especially since you will get to work out with me!

Plus, if you say that Tim or I sent you, we get a $25 gift card. So, pretty please? Will you please sign up to try it? Once you do it, you’ll be hooked!

DIY Sugar Scrub

WARNING: I will not be held responsible for shortages on brown/granulated sugar and jelly jars due to the nature of this post.

I am all about homemade gifts, especially when they can help the gift-giver save money. Some of the best gifts from my students have been a pop-up card, a Snoopy doghouse (yes, I did have a student make this for my birthday this year), or a Post-It note holder (I use these for everything in my classroom).

We are so fortunate to have many loved ones in our lives, but that can get expensive! So, thanks to DIY gifts, we can show everyone how much we care for them, and save some bucks in the process.

Here’s what you need for every 8 oz jelly jar:

2/3 cup granulated sugar2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
yummy smells (I use almond and vanilla extract)

1. Start with the sugar. Stir them together in a bowl until they are well-mixed.



2. Add in the EVOO. Stir together.


3. Add in your yummy smells until you get a good whiff of it. I tend to go overboard with the almond and vanilla, because I am obsessed with those smells. Stir.

4. If your mixture is looking a little dry, add in a bit more EVOO. I did, and then I checked to be sure I could still smell the almond/vanilla.

5. Fill the jelly jar with your scrub.


6. Try it out! After all, you must be able to prove how soft it really can make your hands. They will hurt a little at first, but when you rinse them off, they will feel oily (that is the EVOO), and then oh-so-soft. Put on some of your favorite lotion (my suggestion: Suave Vitamin E Body Lotion) and keep rubbing your hands together because you will not believe how amazing they feel!


7. Make a tag and give it away! Don’t forget to keep some for yourself!


My mom loves hers so much that she uses it on her feet in her sink. I love her!


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