Sorry I Have Been Missing In Action

Hi everyone!

This is just a little catch up on why I have been MIA for about a month.

For 30+ days Troy and I have been sick with Strep throat, ear infections and sinus infections. We thought we just had nasty colds. 

This lovely trio of infections just kept knocking us down. After a week or so we would start to feel better and think "Yay! it's going away!" And then in a couple of days we were back to feeling ,like we were swallowing glass and had someone jabbing ice picks into  our ears! It was not fun!

I don't think I have ever been sick for over a month straight. Apparently these infections continuously re-infected each other. So, there was no getting better until we got some heavy duty antibiotics. 

We both have a few days left of taking the antibiotics but, it is so wonderful to feel alive again!

Eating on the Road ~ Part 2

Hi everyone!

Today I am continuing my "Eating on the Road" post. If you missed the first part it is here: Eating on the Road ~ Part 1

Trying to eat healthy and thrifty are not an easy task when you are traveling. If you are going on a trip in a car you can pop in here and there at stores and pick up what you need when you need it. Not so much in a semi truck. And so you need to plan ahead. 

Another issue is space. There isn't a lot of it in the cab of a truck. The truck Troy  used to drive 15 years ago was a lot bigger than the one he has now. Everything has been streamlined down. 

We have electricity in the truck so you could have different cooking methods. However, finding place to store them or clean them is a major issue. Plus most small cooking appliances aren't built for a moving semi truck. 




An example is a crockpot. I tried using a crockpot several times years ago when Troy and I traveled a lot together and the truck he had was more spacious. The first big problem is crockpots are on four little legs. That means they are not stable for the bumping, jerky and sudden stops made when traveling. And you do not want a pot of chili flying in the back of the truck! I tried blocking it in and really couldn't get it secure enough. 

The second big problem was the lid to the crockpot is not secured. And continuously worked it's way off. I even tried bungee cords and not only did that not work, those cords got very hot and I was afraid of a fire situation. 


Easy DIY Rainy Day Door Hanging

Hi everyone!

Well, it is finally Spring here in Michigan and since nicer weather has arrived my time management skills have gone! When the windows are open and the sun is shining I seem to get caught up in the beautiful weather and ignore a whole lot of other things I should get done. Like blogging. LOL So, I'm sorry about that! I am still working on part 2 of Eating on the Road. I just need to buckle down and finish uploading pictures.

I love wreaths on my door and I love making them. I also like to try to change it up by creating a different type of door hanging. I saw the idea of using a childrens pair of rain boots about 5 years ago on Pinterest and have wanted to make one since then. It was supposed to be the whole "April Showers Bring May Flowers" type of thing but, here in Michigan we are still getting plenty of rain in May.

So, when I found these little girls rubber boots on clearance at the Dollar General for $3.00 I snatched them up and made my Rainy Day Door Hanging!

Easy DIY Rainy Day Door Hanging How to at thethriftygroove.com

Eating on the Road ~ Part 1

Hi everyone!

Being in a semi truck with Troy for 3 weeks can be a shock to the system. Especially when it comes to food. We are in the truck pretty much 24/7. With the exception of when we are on a dock, sleeping or potty breaks, that truck is rolling. That is how we make money, by the mile not the hour. So, if we are stopped, we don't make any money.

Semi trucks can't just stop anywhere or pull into any restaurant. We generally have to stop at truck stops. Once in awhile we will find a restaurant that is within walking distance of a truck stop that we can have a meal at. This is a rarity and a treat! 



Spring Attitude?

Hi everyone!

I just returned from traveling with my husband for 3 weeks. This time out we spent most of our time in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The weather was beautiful and we were wearing tshirts and shorts most days.

If you follow me on Facebook (and here), you came right along with us on our adventures. I posted all the beautiful blooming trees, the green grasses and pretty Spring flowers. I was so excited that Spring had sprung! 

Where is my springs?

9 Ways to Keep Stored Sheets Smelling Nice!

Hi Everyone!

Making your bed with fresh clean sheets that smell nice is one of my favorite things!  It feels like a little luxury but it doesn't cost anything! 

There are several little things I do and use to add that extra little touch to scent our sheets and keep them smelling nice when they are in the linen closet. 

Treating ourselves and our home special are important. And it takes little to no effort! 

How to Keep Sheets Smelling Nice! 

9 ways to keep you sheets smelling nice and fresh by THETHRIFTYGROOVE.COM

St, Patrick's Tea


Hi everyone!

This is a repost from a couple of years ago. I thought I would just share some older St. Patrick's Day posts. I'm not doing a lot of St. Patrick's Day this year since I won't be home. 


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Just a small and simple tea today to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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I found this green and gold teapot years ago and it has become one of my favorites. Along with a simple white creamer. No markings on either of them.

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The little green and gold teacup is so dainty.

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Thank you for visiting today. Have a wonderfully thrifty day!





From Valentine's Day to St. Patrick's Day the Easy and Thrifty Way

Hi everyone!

I don't do a lot of expensive holiday decorating for smaller holidays like Valentines day or St. Patrick's day. But, it is fun to have just a little holiday color here and there. 

My spending limit for these little holidays has always been $5.00. I use things around the house and then generally just had some fun or silly dollar store items. 


Add a little fun and thrifty st patricks day decor to your home at thethriftygroove.com


I'm not talking elegant or magazine styled. I'm just having some fun in my home. That's it. And it just makes me smile.

A Simple and Thrifty Crafting Tip

Hi everyone!

Just a simple thrifty tip for you today. 

If you are working on a project that is messy like glitter, painting even spanish moss, you know you are going to end up with this stuff everywhere! 

A SIMPLE AND THRIFTY TIP AT THETHRIFTYGROOVE.COM USE A DOLLAR STORE SHOWER LINER FOR A DROP CLOTH FOR MESSY PROJECTS. CUT IT INTO 4THS FOR SMALLER PROJECTS

How To make Your Own Flavored Coffee Creamers ~ Recipes

Hi everyone!

Do you like all those different flavored creamers? Do you like the price? Of course not! I don’t really use these commercial creamers very often. I have to have a really good coupon and a sale going. But, I like to have a variety of flavors on hand in case I want a cup of something different.

Be thrifty and saving money does not mean you have to give up all of your favorite treats. Just look for cheaper methods to make them!


Thrifty and budget friendly recipe to make your own flavored coffee creamers