I have been inspired by reading the series of blog posts this week by Frugal Queen. They are refresher posts on frugality and Froogs could certainly teach us all a thing or two. If you do not read this blog it is worth popping in to see what be achieved on very little funds with a bit of creativity.
I have a single bed which was one of the ones my father made over 50 years ago. However, with Miss O and Belle both needing beds to sleep in when they are here I needed to think laterally. The single bed is in the room which I use for my sewing room and since I was not prepared to give up the whole room Belle suggested a trundle bed.
I looked on Gumtree on Friday evening and found one advertised not too far from where we live. We went and collected it yesterday. $55 for a white tubular steel single bed and trundle in new perfect condition. We then bought 2 new foam mattresses for $50 each (on special).
Here are the 2 beds made up and ready for use.
The top sheet on the trundle is about 20 years old, the last of 2 sets that I had when my girls were young and the blankets on the beds are at least 50 years old. They were mine when I was was a child and continue to be well-used.
Once the trundle bed is rolled away there is plenty of space in the room. The doona and cover belonged to Missy when she was young. I made the cover about 15 years ago and it is still as good as the day it was new.
The previous single bed is going to get a new life as a day-bed on the verandah. I am thinking of making a slip cover for the mattress and also re-fashioning the frame slightly by adding a head and foot board to it. That will be in another post.
Then there is frugal food. On Friday I brought home 3 Granny Smith apples from the fruit basket at work as they would only get left there over the weekend and then discarded on Monday when the new fruit is delivered.
I peeled and sliced them ready to stew.