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Frugal Accomplishments and Garage Sale Finds For the Second Week of April

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I harvested parsley, rosemary, a bay leaf,  garlic chives, spinach, Meyer lemons, and lettuce from the garden.

I gave two daughters each a haircut.

I unsubscribed from several promotional email lists. I don't have any plans to buy anything from these companies any time soon, and deleting the constant emails (one sent three a week!) takes time that I could be using to do something productive.

I studied French using free online sources.

Peppa Pig Cupcake Cake The Prudent Homemaker

We had a simple and frugal Peppa Pig birthday party for my youngest daughter at home. I made a cupcake cake for her.

Saturday was the day for the semi-annual community garage sale for several communities in my area. I went with my list, looking for items we need and want. There were fewer sales than usual this year, but I still managed to find a few items on my list, including a dress for me ($3), some white onesies for the new baby ($0.25 each), some shorts and pants for my youngest son (7 for $5, plus she threw in a brand-new undershirt and some random diapers and pull-ups in his size), a basket that I'll use for organizing in a closet ($2), two shirts and two pairs of jeans for a daughter ($0.50 each), a lade for my eldest's college box ($0.50), a hand-chopper for the kitchen ($1), 6 ice-cube trays ($1), a skirt for my eldest ($2; I'm saving it to give her as a birthday gift), and some wooden cooking toys ($2) that I used as a gift for my daughter's birthday). 

I also found this vintage loveliness for $6.50; The lacquered tray was $0.50, and the other items were $1 each:

Vintage jewelry The Prudent Homemaker

The weather was extremely windy last week, but the strong winds brought some cooler temperatures. We had the windows open as often as possible to keep the house cool.

Our neighbor must have been cleaning out her freezer; she brought over several random items from her freezer and gave them to us, which we will definitely enjoy.

I watched an episode of "Call the Midwife" for free on Pbs.org.

My husband and I had a date night at home playing a game of Sequence I purchased at a garage sale last year for $2 (we had worn our old one out).


What did you do to save money last week?



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  • Margaret @ApproachingFood April 15, 2018

    Great Peppa Pig cake! Your daughter must have loved it!

    My frugal accomplishments this week:
    - I made a Veggie and Goat Cheese Quiche for my lunches for the coming week (http://approachingfood.com/veggie-goat-cheese-quiche/). I called it that-and-that quiche, because I used up bits of leftovers of this and that, including some dehydrated arugula, a bit of goat cheese, and sautéed vegetables. Easy, high in protein, and it used up the bits of this and that from my fridge!
    - I actually properly cooked this week, after a month of not cooking! I made cheese gougeres, baba ghanoush, and pita bread as my contributions to my cookbook supperclub’s latest get-together. My husband couldn’t find gruyere cheese (he does the shopping from a list I give him) so I used some block gouda (waaaay cheaper than wedge Gouda). Aside from the cheese, the other ingredients were pretty inexpensive, and I have lots of baba ghanoush leftover for meals and snacks for the week. I love being part of this cookbook supperclub. It’s a great way to stretch my cooking skills, eat great food, and meet up with friends, all inexpensively. We rotate hosting the event (every two or three months), and all the host has to provide is drinks and tableware. We all borrow the cookbook from the library (we’re sure to choose a cookbook that the library has lots of) so we’re not out any money (except for ingredients, but usually there’s enough leftover for a family meal anyway).
    - I sewed a hole in the uniform sweater of one of my colleagues. Frugal for her!
    - I redeemed Swagbucks for a $5 gc to Amazon.
    - I gave some food that I couldn’t finish (some purchased quinoa salad and some of my homemade baba ghanoush) to a colleague, who greatly appreciated it.
    - I made a batch of pancakes, enough for two meals, so that’ll save me some time and energy.

    Looking forward to learning from everyone!

  • momsav April 16, 2018

    Margaret, I tried a new recipe for goat cheese mini quiche last week! I went to three stores looking for the cheese but used extra sharp when I couldn’t find it. (I never would have thought that goat cheese is not considered mainstream.) My recipe was so-so, so I won’t be making it again. Happy to hear yours was so good!

  • Libby April 16, 2018

    Not sure if you are close to an Aldi, but the ones in CT carry 4 oz logs of goat cheese for $1.99 each.

  • momsav April 16, 2018

    Thanks, Libby! Our Aldi’s is over an hour away. I hope to get there sometime this week. I will definitely pick one up since I have another recipe that calls for it. I just think it’s weird that no-one close carries goat cheese!

  • Jennifer@frugaldribble April 18, 2018

    Aldi has the best prices on what I call "fancy" cheeses.

  • Jennifer April 28, 2018

    I so wish I had an Aldi's nearby or even an hour away. I would drive there to shop. The cheapest price on goat cheese at my local grocery is $4.99 for a small log--it's maybe 3 ounces.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood April 16, 2018

    momsav, extra-sharp cheese sounds like it would be delicious in a quiche! yum!

  • Juls Owings April 17, 2018

    momsav April 16, 2018
    check at the deli of your store, sometimes it's there instead of the cheese department.

  • Athanasia April 17, 2018

    Margaret, glad to hear you are getting back to your regular self and routines.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood April 17, 2018

    Thanks, Athanasia! Me too! :)

  • Maxine April 15, 2018

    We are vacationing in Kauai, Hawaii, to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary last month. Our DD, DS and DDIL are with us. Hawaii is beautiful, but there is nothing cheap about it! Food costs 2-3x as much as on the mainland, and restaurant meals are at least double. We have a condo and planned to eat breakfast and lunch here, and dinner out...partly for cheap but mostly for convenience (if you eat 3 meals a day in a restaurant, how do you find time to do or see anything else?).

    However, I made the mistake of turning DH and DS loose in the grocery store, LOL. I told them I didn't care how much we spent for groceries, but I definitely care about what doesn't get eaten. As a result, we had a big spaghetti dinner at the condo last night and DDIL is making her famous clam chowder for dinner tonight. Eating in is going to save us a ton of money, although it didn't look that way at the grocery store. DS and DDIL are doing most of the cooking; DD unloads the DW; and DH and I wash the dishes. It's a nice vacation for me!

    My biggest frugal accomplishment is my DS! He married last fall for the first time at age 39. He was used to going out with friends a lot just for something to do, same for DDIL, and I wondered how they would do once they were married. Now they go grocery shopping together once a week, using the Smith's app on her phone, and cook together every night and pack lunches for the next day. From Thanksgiving through the end of March, DS ate lunch out 5 times...always because he'd forgotten his lunch at home. This is huge!! Although both can cook, they spend more on groceries than I would (they haven't learned to omit ingredients and make substitutions) but it's still so much less than going out. Also, they saved a ton of money this winter, paid off his 2017 truck and made a dent in her student loans.

    The only other frugal accomplishment was being able to check our luggage free because we have the Alaska Airlines credit card and were flying Alaska. This perk saved us $75 coming and will save us another $75 going home. There was a time when we dragged luggage all over the airport(s) and hoisted it into the overhead bins, but we are a few years past that now.

    One last thing: I needed shorts for the trip and cut off and hemmed a pair of jeans that needed repairs, anyway.

  • Tammy April 15, 2018

    Congratulations on your 50th! Have fun in Hawaii!

  • Rachel H April 16, 2018

    Happy 50th Anniversary! Enjoy Hawaii!

  • Rhonda A. April 16, 2018

    I do hope you will share your favourite things you did or saw while on vacation. I'm glad you are enjoying your 50th anniversary vacation, Maxine!

  • Pam T April 16, 2018

    Were you on the south shore? The north shore had devastating flooding . I hope you are able to enjoy your trip.

  • Maxine April 16, 2018

    Yes, we are at Poipu Beach. We have been under at least 3 flash flooding warnings since Thursday, but it has only sprinkled here, and all of the flooding has been at the north end of the island.

    Let me add that I just opened the Monopoly game pieces from our big grocery shop at the Lihue Safeway, and I won 3 free items. When I get home, I will go to Safeway for an 8 ounce carton of sour cream, a 3 pack of organic microwave popcorn and an individual package of Ferraro Rochet chocolates. That last one's mine!

  • PJGT April 16, 2018

    Congrats! I taught high school in Hawaii and well remember the high costs. It is beautiful though.

  • Marybeth April 17, 2018

    Congratulations! My parents went last summer for their 50th.

  • Athanasia April 17, 2018

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. 50...very nice. May you have many many more to celebrate.

  • Tammy April 15, 2018

    I absolutely love your Peppa Pig cupcake cake! What a neat idea.

    We have been cooking at home and today is the first day I made a real meal in my new kitchen on the farm! I am so happy! Movers will be coming this month to move us out of the apartment! We will be saving lots of money now. Not much time left to finish packing.
    I haven't been doing any shopping other than a few groceries and toilet paper. I have been using the library. My husband got a free class on the internet to use his recording program for the music he has been writing. I have been using the internet for recipe ideas. And I have been thinking of ways to use my skills to make money. I am looking forward to having a garden this year on our little farm. I love going in the backyard for food instead of a grocery store and saving money. I am looking forward to having chickens and maybe some animals.
    I want to thank those of you who have prayed for me. Life is going much better now.

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