Past Challenge: Summer Survival, Limit $5

Because true ladies don’t sweat it. With temperatures rising, this week’s challenge is about how to beat the heat in style.

Item 1: Charlotte Russe Sundress

  • Denise’s Price $4
  • Retail Price $45
  • Como Lake United Church


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Denise’s Story

I saw this sweet summer dress with lace inset at the waist and thought of my daughter, Jordan. A whole outfit for only $4 and she looks beautiful. What more can I say?

Item 2: Tovolo Groovy Popsicle Molds

  • Jackie’s Price $4
  • Retail Price $15
  • Garage Sale


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Jackie’s Story:

From the back seat, my one-year-old screamed so loud I could feel the liquid in my overfull bladder vibrating as we roared down yet another Coquitlam back street. I ignored the pain and kept my focus on the gold Explorer flashing in and out of view.

Denise and I were on our fourth garage sale of the morning—she in the SUV I was desperately trying to keep up with.

“We need to stay in separate cars,” she’s said. “In case we find something big.” I had nodded in agreement at the time, but that was before she’d raced three amber lights in a row. Was she really that intent on getting her next Chalet-Glass hit, or was she just trying to ditch me?

Either way, I knew there was no way she was going to let me stop for a pee break.

Needless to say, my first ever Garage-Sale-Sprint with Denise was exhausting (though for the record, she never did manage to lose me). However, these two dollar popsicle molds—picked up at our last stop of the day—were totally worth risking my baby’s life and my own future urinary health.

Each mold can be removed from the base separately, making them much easier to thaw than the dollar-store variety I have bought in the past. Plus, the molds are about twice as big, which means I can add berries and grapes to each frozen treat.  Better yet, if you are ever stuck in car with a screaming baby and have nowhere else to relieve yourself…


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott says:

    As a long haul trucker, I’m often in need of a cool, tasty treat to get me through to the next truck stop. A popsicle would be a nice change from the regular, case of beer. Nice job Jackie!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. jackie Amsden says:

      Scott! Where have you been!? Don’t they have wifi at those trucker diners? I’ll forgive you this time because of your appreciation of my thrifting talents but Denise will be expecting more frequent comments from now on.


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