Friday, June 04, 2010

Queen of Cheap

OK--so, Mrs. Kwitty has always been a thrifty gal, or frugal, or some may actually call her cheap?  Whatev.  I wanted to be able to stay home and raise my kids. 
(who can blame me...look how cute they were!)

I actually thought for many years that I was unable to have children, and I wanted them so badly.  Turns out that I was only unable to have children with my first husband! lol ---my second one, the good one--"the keeper"--right away!  Preggers!  I was 30 when we had Joe.  Then we had Linds 18 months later, almost to the day! 
(  "the keeper")

 
We made a decision then that I would stay home with the kids and we would somehow manage it financially.  So we did...or, so we DO! lol  Barely, by the skin of our teeth, but we do.  This has been an especially trying period because,  due to illness, I haven't been able to dedicate as much time to my crafting over the last year  (crafting buys our groceries and the cat's groceries and other household necessities and the occasional ice cream treat!).  


(Rosie dreaming of kitty groceries and ice cream treats)
So... with Joe's graduation  coming up we really had to put on our thinking caps on how to save a few bucks!

 Anywhooo, I came up with the brilliant idea that we would make our own Grad announcement/Open House invites and save the $275 that they wanted for the "official" school ones! (can you believe that?) ugh.  I have a lot of respect for graphic designers...it took me about 3 hours to do this! lol  The challenge was tying in Denfeld's maroon and gold with Joe's blue and green!  I'm pretty proud that I was able to accomplish that--and it took a lot of trial and error, but I did it!

Here's the reason I'm officially taking on the "Queen of Cheap" title on this one...I designed this to fit the picture size of 4" x 6", downloaded it to Walgreens and just happened to hit a sale in their photo lab!  50 prints for $5.   So, I'm thinking I just saved us about $270! lol   *takes a bow*  Now, we have more money to spend on the important things....like cake!

So, if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and celebrate this wonderful occasion with us!  We are so proud of Joe and all his hard work and dedication!  ♥♥♥

3 comments:

Kath said...

you did a great job with those! I have NO graphic design talent, so I paid $15 each for announcements from a designer on etsy, then sent them to winkflash and spent another $30 getting 150 prints on 5x7 announcements. We have 2 boys graduating (high school and college) next week. A friend gave me her son's cap and gown for our HS son to wear, so that was free...it's just crazy to spend a lot of money on this stuff!
Best wishes to Joe!
Kath

starrynightimpressions said...

Lol Karen, I don't calling it being thrifty, I call it being Artsy!!!
Great job, hope you all have a super celebration,
blessings,
starrydeborah

Junie Moon said...

This is a super creative idea. Good designs marry form and function, yours does this as well as incorporates a more economical (and reasonable based on the school invites price) practicality. Excellent job!

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