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Frugal Accomplishments for the Fourth Week of April

Iceberg Roses and Honeysuckle The Prudent Homemaker

Iceberg Roses, German Chamomile, and Hall's Honeysuckle

The weather was warm this week, in the low 90's. For some, this is a summer temperature, but here, we're just getting started with the heat, as we have over 5 months of temperatures above 90°. I opened windows and doors at night and in the morning to cool the house, ran fans only when needed during the day, and only turned on the air conditioner in the afternoons when we needed it most.

I cut flowers from the garden to enjoy in the house.

I mended two holes in a pair of shorts.

I harvested parsley, oregano, Swiss chard, lettuce, Meyer lemons, spinach, garlic chives, hibiscus flowers, snow peas, and green onions from the garden.

I dried lemon zest and parsley from the garden.

I froze lemon juice from our lemons to use throughout the year.

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

I collected shower warm-up water and used it to water potted plants in the garden.

I used Zelle to pay my midwife. Zelle is a free way to pay other people through your bank. You just have to have their email address and their bank has to also use Zelle (and most do). You don't have to write a check or mail it. If your bank offers this service, you can see it on their website when you log in to your account; it should have a "Pay someone with Zelle" option. Unlike Paypal, the recipient is not charged anything to receive the money.

I studied French using free online sources.

David Austin Roses The Prudent Homemaker

Graham Thomas, Queen of Sweden, Claire Austin, and Earth Angel Roses 

What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • Becky April 29, 2018

    I helped cook for a brunch. I made chocolate dipped strawberries, using chocolate I got on the reduced rack after the holidays, and sale-priced berries. They were still $2.88 for 2 lbs, which is not rock bottom price, but less expensive than other stores. We used a ham I got on sale at the holidays, and had frozen. I made southwestern pinto beans, cut-up fruit, and some gluten-free blondies. My sister made teriyaki chicken, fried rice with water chestnuts, frozen banana punch mix with 7-up, veggie tray, and some other things. My husband made a salmon cheese ball, sent it along and watched the younger children for the day. We had no idea how many people were coming, and were delighted at how many came, and how the food turned out to be the right amount. There were leftovers, but not an excessive amount. I put a picture of the berries on my blog. They turned out so yummy and looked great for a fraction of the cost of buying them. https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/weekly-update-saving-money-april-28-2018/. It was a brunch to let people know about a missions trip that my sister and brother-in-law are leading this summer. The youth who are going were there to answer questions, etc.

    I took my niece to her horse therapy afternoon, and watched her while she showed me what she does there. She was proud of herself, and I was proud of her, too.

    We cooked a lot of food for our family, too, including lasagna, salmon (from a frozen package I got for $5), mashed potatoes (my niece made them actually), potato salad, BBQ chicken (Rob did that), chicken taco soup, burritos from leftover southwestern beans from the brunch, and more.

    We attended a matinee of Peter Pan at the Northwest Children's Theater, and got greatly reduced school matinee prices because we homeschool.

    We logged lots of extra hours watching my nephew, as he was sick one day, and we also took him to the play as an enriching activity. He loved it! It was his first time up there.

    I can't even imagine 5 months of 90 degree weather. I'm used to moderate, rainy, cool..... Our part of Oregon is like that. I'm afraid I would wilt. I'll bet you are glad your baby is coming sooner, rather than later when it's even hotter! I hope you can stay cool and comfortable until he or she makes their appearance!

  • Becky April 29, 2018

    And, just that fast, I realize you have had a baby boy! Congratulations!

  • Laurie in AZ April 29, 2018

    Stunning photos, Brandy!

    This week's frugal accomplishments:

    • Used free tea and toiletries, washed ziplocs and used ½ dryer sheets and ran only full loads in the washer and dishwasher during off peak times.
    • Got 30c/gal off of gas using grocery points.
    • Found a penny.
    • Paid a bill online with my credit card I pay off each month. Also set up autopay for same account.
    • Got a free donut and a can of tomato sauce from Safeway’s Monopoly game.
    • Got 5 lbs. of ground beef for $1.72/lb (clearance rack) and 8 lbs for $1.97/lb (sale). Browned 6 lbs. and froze and also froze 7 lbs. raw. Also got asparagus for 77c/lb, so I bought 4 lbs. and froze them as well. Got 3 bottles of ranch dressing for 75c/bottle off the clearance rack.
    • Worked 14 hours contract work.
    • Cut some roses off our rose trees and put in a vase inside. I love fresh flowers and I am happy to finally be growing some.
    • Hubby went on business trip, so he got all meals for 3 days free. Plus the trips went on our credit card, so we got points for that. And he brought home the toiletries from the hotel.
    • I took my lunch both days I went into the office.
    • Found a book on Montessori teaching at Goodwill for $1 that I will utilize when I watch my grandson. Also got a book on home organization ($2) and a Jesus Calling devotional ($2) for a friend who is going through a rough time. It really helped me last year when I was going through some things and I think it will help him too. And I got a picture for my living room for $6 and 2 candle holders for 50c each.
    • Listened to some free music on YouTube.
    • Made a fruit salad for a brunch my daughter hosted and again for a party at my brother’s house. I froze the juice from the cans of pineapple to use in a smoothie and I had fruit leftover from making the salads and brought home the remaining fruit salad from my brothers and I froze those too.
    • Carpooled with my daughter’s family to my brother’s party.
    • Checked out the next book in my quest to read all the Agatha Christie books in chronological order at the library and put a hold on the next one.
    • Different brother and sister-in-law stayed with us one night. They brought me a box of lavender lemon shortbread cookies as a hostess gift.
    • Won a $30 gift certificate at Trivia night and $8 from our team. Our team always plays a tie-breaker question and everyone puts in $1. Whoever wins gets the money and the gift certificate if our team wins one. It is a fair way to split up the money. Also won a $20 gift certificate to another restaurant when one of my teammates and I played an additional night to get our scores up. We will just split that one next time we go together.
    • Got a free tube of toothpaste by combining sale and doubled coupon. Got a jar of Pace Chunky Salsa for $1 by combining sale and 50c Ibotta rebate.
    • My sister and her 2 adult daughters came and stayed with us. Served them a nice dinner with food I already had in the freezer.
    • Got a free taco seasoning and a bag of chips from the Friday Freebies.
    • The circuit breaker for our garage went out. Hubby replaced it for $5. I am so thankful he knows how to do these things!
    • Only ate out once on Friday. We got Olive Garden take out instead of going there, so a bit of savings. Plus we saved the salads and had them for lunch on Sunday. Made croutons with the leftover breadsticks.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

  • Mary April 29, 2018

    I just realized you’re pregnant - congratulations!

    To save $ I packed my lunch for work a few days this week.

  • Laurie in central NC April 29, 2018

    I love Call The Midwife, and hope to see some of the newer shows soon. I watched the first episode of The Durrells of Corfu this week, which was recommended to me. I'll watch another episode or two before I decide if I want to continue watching it. Asparagus, parsley, and sage were harvested this week, and eggs gathered. One of our hens has been sitting a couple of weeks now. She's thrown 3 eggs out of the nest, leaving 8, which will be a gracious plenty if they all hatch. I've been enjoying library books, currently reading Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher, which I believe I may have learned about in a comment here. My first roses have begin blooming today, though nothing as exquisite as yours. Peonies look to be close to blooming. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's comments, and am joining in here: https://abelabodycare.blogspot.com/2018/04/late-april-in-garden-frugal.html

  • Kris April 30, 2018

    Laurie, I enjoyed the second season of The Durrells much more than the first. It was hard for me to get beyond how spoiled all the children were; the second season seemed more humorous to me.

    Brandy, wow, congrats! I LOVE your pictures in this post but I sincerely hope you are getting the rest you need; it's ok if we wait a bit to hear more from you!

  • So. CO Mary May 01, 2018

    I read the books years ago and found them hilarious , especially My Family and Other Animals. I started into the series and realized that the characters didn't match my memory of them as I read them! Oddly when I read all of the Oz books as a girl the movie didn't disapoint me - in fact made the books more "real".

  • Laurie in central NC May 01, 2018

    Brandy, congratulations on your baby boy! I don't do Instagram, so hadn't known when I commented.

    Kris, yes! I'm having a challenge with how disrespectful and fairly worthless the children are. Thanks for commenting. I may give it a bit longer, to see if it grows on me.

    Mary, I didn't realize the series were books. I'll check them out. Thanks!

  • http://Melonie K. April 29, 2018

    Congratulations again on your new arrival!
    We were able to get some good deals this week thanks to using a Perka offer and a customer appreciation discount on groceries. I got to use Checkout 51 for the first time too. Also stocked up on toilet paper and used Ibotta, of course.

    The heat isn't quite as bad for us - only mid-80s - but I think we're at a higher elevation than you, which helps tremendously. We may have a few weeks more under 90 (hopefully!!!!!).

  • http://Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden April 29, 2018

    It's slowly warming here. No where near ninety but I have hope now that we might get that warm. I have been planting lettuce and green onions. Feels good to feel the warmth. Here are the rest of my frugal accomplishments http://www.vickieskitchenandgarden.com/2018/04/my-frugal-ways-this-past-week-42918.html

  • Mary April 29, 2018

    Hi to all -
    Last week was a very stressful week for us. It began with both of our surviving parents father on one side and mother on other, falling ... one in hospital, other needing surgery and both are on the other side of the country. Both of us will go help and one will move in with us. So lots of rearranging being done.
    We have not shopped a lot - using up things in freezer and cooking big meals, freezing some (we are trying to not both be gone at same time while we help our parents). So we can pulll these frozen meals out when we need to - more work to do.
    I was able to get a lot of swagbucks last week. I earned $20 from a survey site that is coming in the mail which will be for groceries.
    I continued full load washing and air drying. Only went out I think twice. I worked on preparing things for recycling & money back sites - CDs/books to Decluttr and an old iPad to Att that will be mailed this week - $60 back I think for gas for 3 cars.
    Also made cookies for my husband instead of buying them. So thankful for each other, as in our panic modes with our parents we kept each other calm and worked out how to handle our issues.
    I hope all has a good week.

  • Patricia April 30, 2018

    Sending you encouragement, during this stressful time.
    Patricia

  • Mary April 30, 2018

    Thank you! I appreciate it.

  • Athanasia May 02, 2018

    Mary, we pray for healing for your parents and easy transition for their care. Multi-generational families have many benefits for all involved.

  • Mary May 02, 2018

    Thank you! It has been a very stressful time. We are both from large families but all are not available to help. We are making major choices and it’s hard, but for it will all work out. It’s part of life ...
    Thanks again.

  • Melonie K. May 02, 2018

    Wishing your whole family a smooth transition and quick recoveries for your parents. Love that you and your husband keep each other calm through the crises. That is absolutely invaluable! I'm going to have to check out Decluttr. Sounds useful!

  • Mary May 02, 2018

    Thanks. We are trying as best we can. It’s just odd that we have to deal with almost same issues on both sides of family!
    Decluttr is best when you have a lot. Also Book-scouter is good.

  • Lori @ MyVintageWhimsy April 29, 2018

    Happy Sunday, folks. Congrats Brandy and family!!

    This week: I moved my new chest freezer into my newly renovated laundry room. The freezer was a gift for Christmas that I'd been waiting to open until the laundry room was done. I've already started filling it up.

    I packaged chicken stock into zipper bags from chicken pieces I boiled last week and froze them for future use.

    I sliced a Devil's food cake giving to my SO by a coworker into individual slices and wrapped in plastic wrap and put in a gallon ziploc bag and froze. This will be great as a quick dessert in the future but enough work to get to that I'm not tempted to eat the whole cake!!

    I earned points on RecycleBank that I'll use for magazine subscriptions in the future. I signed up for another survey site and took a couple of surveys. For some reason, after years of actively participating in Pinecone surveys, I've stopped receiving any mail from them. It appears they've disabled my account, except for being able to redeem my points, which I should do soon since I have over 17,000. I've tried emailing them to see what the problem is but haven't heard back.

    It's been really moderate here weather wise the last 2 weeks. I haven't had heat or a/c on in at least 2 weeks. I am grateful for this bc usually it's hot enough to need a/c by now but we've had a really long (for SC anyway) winter this year.

    I found more pots that had been stored at my parents house for a couple of years so I brought those to my house, washed them out, and planted some leftover annuals I'd bought a couple of weeks ago.

    I thrifted a few things SO will need in his new apartment 3 hours away. I also found some extra stuff I had here that I'm giving to him, like my extra microwave, some kitchen bakeware, etc.

    I bought some delicious oranges at Aldi the other day. The inside is pink like a grapefruit! I saved the peels and put them in a glass jar and covered with vinegar. I'll of course use this to clean with in a few weeks.

    Continued to sell items on eBay and Etsy. Have tons to list this week so I'm hoping for sunny days for taking photos!!

    I'm sure there were other things I did throughout the week, but it went so quickly that I've forgotten. I can't wait to read what everyone else has done to save money. Have a great week everyone.

  • Jenn in Indiana May 03, 2018

    Lori, the exact same thing has happened to me with Pinecone Research. I also have e-mailed them and have gotten no response. I realized that I havent had aurveys from them since last November. I really am interested in finding out what has happened.

  • Jen G April 29, 2018

    Congrats on your new baby! So exciting!

    Living frugally in urban Seattle:

    - We had a "heat wave" according to local news this week, which was funny because the temps never hit 80, but the sun was glorious. I bought some discounted flowers and planted them in pots with potting soil I had on hand. We also had simple dinners of homemade sandwiches one night and homemade burritos the next, down by the lake near our house. Eating simple foods in a beautiful setting makes a meal seem more special!

    -I received free paint, earbuds, moisturizer cream and moving boxes from neighbors via our 'Buy Nothing group.' Spent part of Saturday painting closets with the paint in preparation of our move this summer. I plan to post several things for neighbors this week after doing another round of closet cleaning.

    -I convinced my husband to eat PB&J for weekday office lunches! I have a strange aversion to it, so I won't let him eat it at home. This way he gets his fix and eats a frugal lunch. He can keep all the ingredients in his office's kitchen.

    - My husband is having some fungal issues with his feet (gross, I know!), and he didn't want to spend the money to go to the doctor. I did some research and saw Vics vapor rub can heal fungal infections, so we've tried it out with vapor rub ointment we had on hand and it seems to be working so far!

    - I received a $10 Costco rebate in the mail for contact lenses purchased awhile back. It's always a pain to submit rebates, but $10 is $10.

    - I read two good books from our library this week: The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis and Your Money or Your Life.

    - We kept this week car free with the exception of the robotics classes I started teaching 2X week. Just too much equipment to carry on a bike, unfortunately.

    - I applied for a new job that I know I would enjoy with better pay and more flexible hours. Fingers crossed!

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