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Frugal Accomplishments for the Third Week in March

Iris in Ginger Jar The Prudent Homemaker

I cut daffodils, nasturtiums, and iris from the garden to enjoy in the house. I shared more photos earlier this week in my Spring Home Tour.

I opened the windows to air out the house.

I traded Meyer lemons from the garden for two dozen eggs.

Leeks The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested leeks, Meyer lemons, snow peas, Swiss chard, parsley, arugula, and green onions from the garden.

I mended a pair of jeans and a coat sleeve.

I turned a toddler bodysuit that had torn by the snaps into a shirt by cutting it off just below the leg holes and sewing a narrow hem.

I figured out a solution to a need/want using something else I already had, rather than buying something new.

I decided to not purchase more maternity clothing for hot weather, though that had been part of my original plan for the year. When it was in the mid-70's in January, it looked like I was going to need more clothing for the end of my pregnancy. Since the weather turned unusually cool after that and is still cool, I can get by with what I have and not need to look for more at the thrift store. 

I saved my parents $100 on a mobile repair on their motorhome. I had made cookies, and my dad asked if he could have two: one for him and one for the repairman. One of my daughters brought over the two cookies and gave one to the repairman. He was so touched with the homemade cookie that he said he would take $100 off their bill, and he did!

I asked if a procedure was necessary (it wasn't), and saved $30 plus the gas and time to have it done.

 

What did you do to save money this past week?

 

 

 

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  • Myra March 24, 2018

    Accepted 100 pounds of chicken from my brother. My freezer is full and I am thankful.

  • Marybeth March 25, 2018

    That is great! We are all coming for a BBQ at your house.

  • Athanasia March 28, 2018

    Myra, that is a lovely gift your received from your brother...he must love you very much :)

  • Sarah March 24, 2018

    I'm always amazed by how easy it is to negotiate bills or save money just by asking! It's always important to be polite about it of course :) I saved my parents almost $150 a month by calling their various service providers and asking for a reduction in their bill because they're seniors on a fixed income. Everyone I spoke with was lovely and helpful. When my husband was laid off I did the same and was very honest about our situation, people were so helpful and by explaining my situation I felt like were were working together to find a solution. Your cookies must have been fantastic! :D Joining in here- https://frugalfive.com/2018/03/24/frugal-5-friday-3-23-18/

  • Siiri March 26, 2018

    How nice you did that for your parents!

  • Marilyn in MD March 24, 2018

    I love the pictures of your flowers, as well as the ones we have blooming here. Major league baseball’s opening day is Thursday (at least for the Baltimore Orioles) so we know spring is really on its way, even if it keeps getting sidetracked by snow!

    I cut two plastic bottles of lotion in half to get the last amounts out. The containers are square so turning them upside down didn’t drain the lotion, it just went into the corners of the top. I got about 3 ounces of lotion out and put it in a container in the kitchen. I also noticed that the new bottle that I opened still has the pump it’s always had but it’s now positioned in a second, much larger cap so when this bottle is almost empty, I’ll be able to take that cap off and use a spatula to get the lotion out of the bottom. I’m going to send a note to the manufacturer thanking them for this design change.

    It snowed on Wednesday, which thankfully mostly melted between Thursday and Friday. I work from home so I didn’t have time to shovel until late in the afternoon. My neighbor and her two children shoveled my front sidewalks, steps, and porches. I made them Snickerdoodles and Texas Brownies as a thank you. They were thrilled with the treats and I was very happy that I didn’t need to shovel. Fortunately, the snow didn’t kill the daffodils and crocuses that have already bloomed and it appears that the buds on my lilac bush were not adversely affected either.

    I stocked up on butter at $1.99/pound at Aldi’ and put it in the freezer.. I’ve bought 6 pounds so far and hope to buy another 6 when the store is restocked. I cut up some spring onions and put the root ends in water. They grew and developed more roots, so I planted them in some soil and a pot I already had. I also put the end of bunch of celery in water and it is growing. I didn’t eat any food outside the home but plan to go out with friends on Tuesday to a local restaurant for Prime Rib night. I’ll have leftovers and enjoy every bite of my meal. I had some mushrooms that were starting to go bad so I sautéed them and put them in serving size baggies in the freezer. I’ll use them for soup or more likely casseroles. The cats have been enjoying a leftover burger that I thought was a bit too dry. I was going to put it in tomato sauce, but having been letting them have it instead.

    I hope everyone enjoys their week. Play ball!

  • DonnaMarie March 25, 2018

    Go Birds!

  • Marilyn in MD March 26, 2018

    You got It!

  • Heidi March 28, 2018

    ...er...Red Sox! ;)

  • Siiri March 26, 2018

    Your comment reminded me I have always put onions on the water in spring to get green onions - I used the small glass jars of baby food for that, one for each onion. Put them on window sills. When the onion is not in contact with the water, it will not start smelling. Also no need to water them when they are like that. Unfortunately somehow I do not have those small jars anymore :(

  • Marilyn in MD March 26, 2018

    Until I planted them, I had them in one of the tiny 4 ounce jelly canning jars.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood March 24, 2018

    Those leeks look beautiful and huge, Brandy! How do you use them?

    My week:
    - I redeemed Swagbucks for a $5 gc to Amazon.
    - I redeemed Pinecone Research Points for $5 to my Paypal account.
    - I had to pull more food from the freezer for meals this week (including this pea soup http://approachingfood.com/pea-soup-ham/) , as I still wasn’t up to cooking, but that’s why I keep meals in the freezer after all.
    - I made homemade lemonade to try and settle my stomach.
    - I also looked around at what was in the kitchen and asked my husband to buy a can of refried beans, so we could eat bean tortillas. I had the tortillas, salsa, cheese, and sour cream already. I’ve never actually eaten pre-made refried beans, but a can of beans was cheaper than ordering in. Also, 30 seconds in the microwave was about all the cooking I could do before heading back to bed. My husband can actually cook, but he doesn’t have time between working, take care of me, and trying to coordinate care for his mum long-distance. He has taken to popping pots of popcorn for himself, so at least snacks are cheap!
    - And, that’s basically my week in a nutshell. I stayed in bed and did not spend money. I also did not earn money, but I do plan to go back to work this week. Plan being the operative word. The worst that can happen is that I go home sick, and thankfully we have a rainy day fund, so we could survive that. I’m so glad my husband and I have similar philosophies when it comes to emergency funds.

    Looking forward to learning from everyone!

  • I put them in a soup with barley, chicken bullion, and Swiss chard.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood March 24, 2018

    Sounds delicious!

  • Jo March 25, 2018

    I'm sorry to hear that you are still unwell. :( Your comments are some of my favourites here. It always sounds like you enjoy creating good food so it must be frustrating not being able to do that... Best wishes!

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood March 25, 2018

    Thanks so much, Jo. Your comment made my day! I do miss cooking, but it'll wait until I'm feeling well again. Even if it pinches my thrifty soul to buy semi-prepared food! I keep reminding myself that this is what an emergency fund is for.

  • Marybeth March 26, 2018

    Feel better.

  • Marilyn in MD March 26, 2018

    I hope you're feeling up to your old self soon.

  • Athanasia March 27, 2018

    Yes, Margaret, you need to up and around and making all those interesting trades and posting good recipes again. Hope it is soon.

  • Laurie in central NC March 24, 2018

    That was a lovely story about the cookies. It sounds like everybody won. The leeks are beautiful. I attempted to send my husband out to pull some from the garden for soup tonight, but as it was raining, he wasn't too thrilled with the idea, so I made do without them. Trying to eat up what's in storage, I've been baking winter squash. I've only made it half way through last week's comments here, and I look forward to catching up with everyone's comments in the coming week. https://abelabodycare.blogspot.com/2018/03/using-up-winter-squash-frugal.html

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