5 Frugal Things – Selling Jewelry, Saving Taxes, Birthday Cake Idea


We’re all trying to save money these days. I’m sharing 5 Frugal Things we were able to do to easily save some cold, hard cash. Everything from selling unused jewelry, saving on property taxes, a special birthday treat and more. Check it out, y’all! 

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Adjusting Property Tax Liability

Now I must start by saying I have no problem paying my fair share of taxes. Those taxes pay for schools, roads and more for the benefit of all.

BUT, sometimes things change and you might find yourself paying more than your fair share. This was recently the case for RancherMan & me.

So we made a quick trip to the tax office with supporting documents to plead our case that the county should lower our tax liability to the correct amount.

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The county appraiser agreed with us. Our meeting with the appraisal review board is now scheduled for next week. 

Selling Unused Jewelry

I have several small pieces of gold/diamond jewelry that were purchased in my younger years. But, you know, my life has changed since then.

I’m a simple girl – even more so than the girl of my youth. Although I have some nice jewelry that I enjoy wearing from time to time, there are several beautiful but non-sentimental pieces that I just don’t wear anymore. 

Those pretty pieces of jewelry have just been stored away for years. And to be honest, I’d rather have the cash!

We could potentially make the most money trying to sell it ourselves of course. But we’re time strapped right now with familial issues.

So RancherMan & I took those pieces to a jeweler to sell to them and get a fair price.

Some jewelry companies will buy the jewelry to resell as it is. Others are only interested in the actual gold content to melt down to make new jewelry. So it makes sense to look around to get the best deal for the jewelry you have.

Unusual Way To Use Garlic Scapes

I planted lots of garlic last October – over 100 plants! The scapes on all those garlic plants are all coming up now. (Scapes are simply the garlic’s bloom)

It’s recommended that you snap scapes off to allow more of the plant’s growing energy to focus on making larger heads of garlic. 

Garlic Scapes can be eaten - it's like two products in one plant. #TexasHomesteader

Scapes are wonderful to cook with and have a more subtle garlic flavor than the pungent garlic cloves themselves. But there are way too many scapes growing than I can possibly cook with at one time.

So I decided to dry and powder them instead. I snapped them all off the plants, brought them inside and chopped them up.

Now it’s true I could dry them in my *Excalibur Dehydrator more quickly. But that seems a little overkill for just a couple of cups of chopped fresh garlic scapes.

Excalibur 9-tray food dehydrator. #TexasHomesteader

So instead I spread them out on a plate to allow them to air dry. (yes, my house smells a little like garlic, but RancherMan loves that aroma so I guess there’s that. HA!)

When they’re completely dry I’ll use a special *Coffee Grinder I keep for just such purpose. I’ll grind them into powder and store them in a repurposed spice jar. That way I can use them to season our food for months!

Selling Chainsaw Replacement Parts

This week we sold several parts off of a name-brand chainsaw we owned that no longer worked.

I mean, just because the chainsaw itself isn’t working anymore doesn’t mean someone doesn’t need various replacement parts from it such as the chain guard or recoil starter.

Chainsaw and cedar log in burn pile. #TexasHomesteader

RancherMan has made pretty good money disassembling broken items over the years and selling the remaining working parts.

He’s sold various working replacement parts from lawn equipment, our microwave, and even our refrigerator and MORE when those things quit working and finally seemed beyond repair.

If you’re wanting to sell replacement parts, unused electronics or household items there are many simple selling avenues to use. We’ve successfully sold various items on Facebook Marketplace, Etsy and Craigslist too. So many options!

What’s not to love? We’ve kept things we could no longer use out of the landfill. And the working parts from those items landed in the hands of people who could actually use them, who saved them money over buying new. Plus RancherMan & I made some cold, hard cash to boot! 

Simple Birthday Party Cake Idea

My mom had a birthday recently. The family planned to gather and celebrate with her. But there were serving limitations at the venue.

So we bought pre-wrapped snacks in chocolate and raspberry flavors and shaped them into a special cake for her. We even placed a battery-operated flickering candle in the heart since open flame was restricted. 

Cake for mom using packaged chocolate and raspberry treats with heart and battery-operated candle. #TexasHomesteader

To enjoy the birthday cake guests simply chose the treat they wanted and enjoyed them completely mess-free – even the younger children. 

This might be a cute, fun and inexpensive idea to honor your mom on Mother’s Day too.

Think Outside The Box To Save Money

So if you’re trying to save money, think outside the box. It’s often much easier than you’d believe! What are your 5 frugal things this week?


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2 thoughts on “5 Frugal Things – Selling Jewelry, Saving Taxes, Birthday Cake Idea

  1. Lemae Higgs

    Can you give me a foolproof way to store rice, beans and possibly flour to avoid moths? Bay leaves have helped but it seems they can get in through screwed on lids. I don’t want to go complicated like CO2 filled buckets so can you help? I thought about plastic milk jugs and coating the thread lids with vaseline? I don’t have space to freeze everything but can freeze to kill eggs if that is needed but again, how long and does that work and then how can I preserve them not getting in?

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Here’s what I do: For beans, flour, or any grain I’ll freeze it as soon as it comes into the house. Some say 24 hours will do it, others say 48 hrs. But I freeze it until I need the space, however long that is. If I need the space and it will stay out of the freezer, I’ll decant it into large glass jars. The bale-top jars with the rubber seals are great, and I’ve had family members save large sized glass jars from warehouse-club food purchases for me as well. When the lid is screwed on tight I’ve never had pantry moths infiltrate. They can easily get into boxes, bags and beneath paper labels on cans. But can’t get into the glass jars as long as you’ve frozen it first to make sure nothing actually hatches inside the jar. ALSO, I purchased pantry moth traps and keep them in my pantry. They have a pheromone patch and if any pantry moths do come in on canned goods or such, they don’t get far. Bagged birdseed and dog food is poured into 5-gallon buckets with a tight-fitting lid and left in the garage for storage. Since doing this I haven’t had a pantry moth infestation in quite a long time. ~TxH~


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