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Thankful: November 28th

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I'm thankful for the chance to make changes and do things differently.

I'm thankful that we can choose to make changes in our lives immediately, instead of waiting to start at the beginning of the year or even the beginning of the month. We can start today.

We can choose to lose weight now, be more organized now, speak more kindly now, redecorate now, save money now, or tidy up now.

I've been making a lot of changes to my life over the last few months, and they've made my life better. 


What are you thankful for today?

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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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Now that the site is back up, I can rewrite this post.

Please note that the site will possibly be down again Thursday and Friday, and possibly a little longer. Alternately, it may be up, but as of Thursday, your comments will disappear into cyberspace. If you have a recipe to make this week, please print it today! Hopefully, all will be running smoothly by early next week. 

Thanksgiving Spread The Prudent Homemaker

We celebrated Thanksgiving at home, using squash and pumpkin from the garden and acorn squash and white pumpkins from the store on a homemade table runner. I cooked my free turkey and made the meal using items purchased on sale. We're still eating turkey, enjoying it several different ways.

We saved several hundred dollars by shopping online Black Friday sales for some needed items. I went through Ebates for an additional 10% cash back at two sites, I purchased both Doorbusters (super-low-priced sales on items) and also used 50% off plus an additional 10% coupon codes at one site in addition to the 10% cash back.

At Sam's Club, I purchased chocolate chips in the bulk 5-pound bags as they were on sale. I love stocking up when the lowest prices go even lower! The limit was 3, so I bought 3.

Pecan Pie The Prudent Homemaker

My husband and my youngest daughter have been wanting to take piano lessons. My eldest daughter has started teaching both of them.

In the garden, I planted seeds for snow peas.

Pomegranates on Tree The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested pomegranates, the first Meyer lemon of the season, Swiss chard, rosemary, and basil from the garden.

I have been wanting a security screen door for our side door to the garage. I don't want it for security reasons--I just want to keep out the cats that wander around the neighborhood. I go out to the garage multiple times a day to the extra fridge, upright freezer, and my pantry out there, as well as to the trash cans and recycling bins just outside the garage door. I have to turn on the light for the pantry, but not for the fridge or going to the trash. Most of the year, the weather is nice enough to leave the side door open for light and some fresh air. The problem is, the neighbor's cats have decided to hang out in our garage, and they've left presents. In addition, this past summer, wasps made nests in the garage three times. In past years, neither of these things have been a problem. Having a screen door will help, but they are around $179. Our neighbor was getting rid of one and put a free sign on his when he put it out for the trash. We brought it home and my husband will install it.

Pumpkin Pie The Prudent Homemaker


What did you do to save money last week?


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Thankful: November 26th

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I'm thankful to Larisa Patel, who said, "No problem; I can take care of that for you right now" and fixed my website.


Larisa, you are awesome!

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Thankful: November 24th

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Lemon Tree The Prudent Homemaker

I'm thankful for good weather and the chance to work in the garden today.


What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 23rd

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I'm thankful for my two-year-old, who yesterday answered my childhood question of whether or not it was possible to stick green olives with pimentos on one's fingers just as well as black olives. If your fingers are small enough, you sure can!

I'm also thankful for all of his ugs, and his remark to me, "Mom, you're the best!"

It was a good Thanksgiving.


What are you thankful for today?



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Thankful: November 20th

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I'm thankful we were able to borrow an oven thermometer. My oven has suddenly been warming 65 degrees cooler than it should be. Knowing the problem, I can turn it up, check the thermometer, and bake for Thanksgiving. I'll need to have it fixed, but there's no need to go buy pies instead of baking them myself.


What are you thankful for today?

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