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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Frugal, Thrifty or Just Downright Cheap?

Yesterday was our little lamb pie’s 6th birthday. We had a really fun time celebrating his birth. But that’s not what this post is about. This post stems from something that happened yesterday.

While I was shopping for birthday supplies I had candles in hand ready to go, but I then I put them back. Surely I have some left over candles from prior birthdays. All I needed was 6 for crying out loud.

Sadly I had a few more than 6. (Take note of the ones at the top!)

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Clearly, I have a problem. Who saves used candles? They’re like what a dollar for one of the big ones and like maybe a buck fifty for a pack of small ones?  (So that would only be putting us out somewhere between $4.00-$5.00 a year for birthday candles.) OY! And to top it all off, there wasn’t a 6 in the bunch. Did I just skip this birthday with my other children? I mean my daughter has turned 6 and 16 and my other son is past the age of 6. I must have gone the single candle route with their 6th birthdays.

At one point I almost did this.

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But during my search I actually found 6 brand spankin’ new regular candles for him to blow out.

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So you decide. Frugal?  Thrifty? Cheap? Or deeper routed problems that have to do with letting go of waxy objects?

HAVE A FABULOUS DAY MY FRIENDS!

12 comments:

  1. I'm gonna have to go with the deeper seated waxy issue thingie. :) LOL...

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  2. I keep our used candles too...especially the numbers. It's better than keeping the cupcake wrappers, duh! Ha!

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  3. Congratulations on your win over at Donna's and Happy Birthday to your little one!!

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  4. I save candles for years. Now that my kids are in the double digits, they're still handy. Not cheap; ecologically frugal!

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  5. Ouch..I am guilty also.I finally threw all mine away..wait I really didn't I donated them to Goodwill on a whim.And Yes I saw them in the store..and almost re-bought them.Now I know that this a problem...lol
    So you run with an elite waxy-re-usable..ladies..lol

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

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  6. Issues my friend, definitely issues - LOL!! I think it's too funny that there was no 6!!! But I'm thinking you could use leftover candles for some sort of craft - couldn't you melt them down and make a jar candle or something? Of course, we might have a few used candles around here somewhere too! :)

    Have you ever seen the show Hoarders? Hubs and I whisper the word "hoarders" to each other whenever we are saving something that just really doesn't need to be saved - LOL!!

    Big you-know-you-could-also-have-done-7-minus-1-for-your-son size hugs to you!!! And Happy Birthday to the kiddo! Love ya! :)

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  7. The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem, LOL! Gosh, you packed up and moved used candles for cakes????? I am frugal to the core, but I vot for THROW! Birthdays deserve cake and NEW candles!

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  8. I had to say something because in March for my daughter's first birthday my in-laws had a cake ready when we got there and the candle had been my husbands great grandmothers! :) The table cloth, napkins, plates etc had been my brother in laws when he was about 6 and he is now 29! lol

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  9. LOLOLOL Gosh...your post + all the comments makes this post wayyy tooo much FUN!!

    I kind of agree with the" Issues theory." I mean ...for reals Kimmy.... Did you wash off the previous icing ? Make sure there were no remnants of chocolate cake because, of course, it was chocolate...there is no other cake flavor correct? Do you trim the wicks or just re-light them?

    LOL ~ you know I love ya! Used candles or not! You always bring a smile to my day!

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  10. Guilty here, too!!

    Hey, if us moms save baby hair and teeth...a wax candle collection is soooooo naturally normal!!! (;

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  11. you sound EXACTLY like me!!!!

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  12. I can relate to the saving of cheap birthday candles...but why not?

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