Monthly Archives: March 2010

Good Weekend

For some reason the weather is only nice when I am stuck inside for class or work. By the time the weekend comes around the weather has turned cold, rainy and windy. I’m ready for it to be much warmer and sunny! It’s been a good weekend despite the weather. I got to spend a couple days watching over the barn my horses are boarded at and  all the chicks and chickens the owners have. It was wonderful to wake up each morning and walk into the barn greeted by hungry nickers! It was even better to check on all the horses before I went to sleep. It’s a good feeling to get to say good night them. The farm fresh eggs were delicious and the icing on top of the cake…I got a bit of cash for it all. Money is hard to come by and since I’ve been trying to save everything I earn for training and summer shows, what’s left over not going into savings is pretty small. I could have put the extra money into savings but I chose to get some new jeans instead as mine were pretty well destroyed.
While at TSC getting my jeans (yes, I shop at TSC for clothes…I’m a Wrangler girl) I was very excited to see that chicks and bunnies are available for Spring. I plan on finding out if there are any ordinances against chickens in my neighborhood. If not, then I may just get a few!
Oh, by the way, my point for this post is if you get the chance to watch a friends farm or barn, take it! You’ll get to spend extra time with the animals and earn a little cash!

New Suitability Pattern

Hurray! Finally, Suitability has created a new show shirt/jacket pattern designed specifically for stretch materials. The new pattern also takes into account the new styles and silhouettes that are trendy right now. I am tempted to purchase the pattern and not even bother with one I already have, which is intended for non-stretch materials. As promised, I am posting a picture of my inspiration jacket. It’s made by Carmel Designs with a high-scoop neck and seaming for a tailored look. I have a feeling my jacket will turn out a bit more simple in construct and of course I’ll be using the pretty fabric I bought!

Post Spring Break

My intentions to get a lot of things done during my spring break at home failed miserably. Between just relaxing around the house, sleeping, and St. Patty’s day, I got pretty much nothing accomplished. Both fabrics I ordered arrived safely in the mail and I couldn’t be more happy about the blue feathery fabric. It matches almost perfectly a pair of turquoise-blue chaps I got last year off eBay.

I did get to thinking about show pants again. Why are there no dyeable show pants? I know there are dyeable jeans but why not show pants? I think it would be great if a brand like Mesquite would make a white show pant that is easily dyeable.

It’s a rainy day here in Indy and I’ll be stuck inside most of it. I suppose that will give me ample time to do some internet deal scouting as well as come up with a list of things still yet to be purchased for the show jacket. And a chance for me to get a picture of my inspiration jacket posted.

Money Saving Tip!

For 2010, I decided I wanted to be extra organized. At the beginning of January, I set out to find the best deal on wormers. I had planned to set my own schedule and buy a variety to rotate throughout the year. If you aren’t careful wormer can get expensive and it’s easy to forget which wormer to give next. I was so excited when I stumbled on Valley Vet’s simple solution. They offer 3 different wormer packs! These packs come with 6 wormers and a suggested worming schedule. Choose from these packs: 

I purchased 3 of the standard packs for my horses. I was so excited they when arrived! Each pack comes in their own plastic bag. It has already made it so much easier to keep a worming schedule. I saved money and don’t have to worry about buying wormer for the rest of the year!

Finally, Fabric!

It’s been a great week for fabric! First, I was able to purchase over six yards of a black stretch fabric for $7.00! I think it’s a bit too shiny for a show jacket but at that price, I figured I could use it to practice sewing with stretch fabric, before I try sewing my good fabric. With all the extra fabric maybe I can make a new sleezy for one of the horses. Now, on to the best part…I have finally got my show jacket fabric! I like it a lot! It’s a pretty bold print so I think I’ll keep the rest of the jacket pretty simple (like I’d be able to do anything complex, ha. ha.).

Waiting for Spring

We’ve had our first taste of Spring weather this past week, temps in the 40s! I’m getting rather excited to be outside and riding more! I’ve found a few fabrics I like quite a bit and one in particular. Unfortunately, I have a feeling I am going to be outbid on it. So, this weekend I plan to hit up a few more fabric stores to see what I can find. It’s been a busy week with midterms and papers so most horse things have had to wait. My mare is going to be heading to the trainer, Sunday. Now more than ever I am feeling like a broke college student, which has inspired me to share some of the ways I cut costs in order to save for training.

Probably the two things I spend the most money on besides my horses (of course) are food and going out with friends. I work on campus and go to class, so 5 days a week I’m on campus from 8:30 to about 5:00. This makes it very tempting to grab lunch one of the expensive places on campus. Buying a big salad and a tea costs around $8.00 times that by at least a few times a week and it adds up. I’m also a hot chocolate and coffee freak and IUPUI has a ridiculous number of good places to buy expensive coffees.  I won’t even start on how much it costs to go out on the weekends.

So what have I done to save this money? Let me start with lunches at work. I try to eat up in lab’s office which is equipped with a fridge and microwave, as much as possible. I save money on tea by buying a gallon of the grocery store brand tea and fill my own bottles. I can get a gallon of tea for about the same cost as one bottle of tea from the student center. I also have become a huge fan of bringing leftovers and soup! I’m able to buy the “to go” soups for under two dollars and I usually can eat only half. Yay for two meals for the price of one! I save money on coffee by drinking the work coffee (which is terrible, but free) or by getting Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the campus center. It’s about half the price and absolutely delicious.

Going out is harder to save on but I’ve found ways. I’ll admit I’ve really cut back on going out and I’m much smarter about where I go. The best way to save is by checking out what places have drink specials and eating supper at home. Many bars have dollar beer nights, $2 pints, and my favorite $.50 beer night! My friends and I meet at someones house and carpool to save on parking, if we go down town. Beyond going out for drinks, going out to eat is very expensive but I love food. So, to save I’ve stopped going out and started cooking and trying new recipes! I’ll have a few people over we all pitch-in to buy ingredients and then we cook, drink, and enjoy. I have to say trying new things in the kitchen has been really fun (and yummy).

Well, I’m off to the barn. I hope everybody has a great weekend! If you have any little money saving tricks feel free to share!