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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Pears in Silver Bowl The Prudent Homemaker


Thank you, everyone, for your kind and encouraging comments and emails last week. I really enjoyed them!

Here's what we did to save money last week:

My husband cut my hair for me. It took all of 3 minutes--less time than it would have taken me to gather my purse and keys and get in the car to go somewhere to have it cut--and it didn't cost me anything either!

I gave the baby a haircut.

My husband cut his hair.

I harvested basil, green onions, Armenian cucumbers, Swiss chard, a handful of almonds from our new almond tree that I planted in spring (it's tiny still),  a few tomatoes, and pears from our garden.

I canned a batch of relish.

I planted seeds from the Armenian cucumbers I picked to replace a bunch of vines that died this past week. It's still hot enough to pick come November, so I may be able to harvest again around November. I'm hoping it's not too hot for these to germinate; it may be.

Olive branches and pears The Prudent Homemaker

We had a small bit of rain, right during the eclipse! I put out buckets and collected over 5 gallons of water from the roof runoff. I used this to water my potted plants in the garden. 

I collected warm-up water from the shower and used it to water potted plants as well.

The rain brought a return of humidity and cooler temperatures for a few hours, allowing me to turn off the air conditioner for a few hours. Once the air conditioner was back on, I was able to collect more than 10 gallons of water from the air conditioner drip.

I reprogrammed our thermostats to 80ºF (26.6ºC) at night. I had them set at 79º. This will make a slight difference in our electricity usage. We'll be using the air conditioner well into October; it's going to be well over 100º all of September (it was 109º here Saturday and 113º (45ºC) here Sunday).

We enjoyed swimming at my sister-in-law's house. 

I went to the library book sale and spent $4 on several used books for the children (several of which will be used for school). I love building my library inexpensively!

There is a local play audition that is a collaboration between two churches here. Several of my children want to audition. Before auditions, they are hosting two free workshops for children to learn how to audition (which my children attended this past week) as well as one on acting, which my children will attend next month.

My husband and I enjoyed two dates out using gift cards that we were given.

What did you do to save money last week?


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  • Jenny August 31, 2017

    A number of frugal fails this week.
    -Work is very stressful and busy so I bought lunches rather than using what I have at home.
    -Because work was stressful I bought and ate chocolate bars all week.
    -I'm trying to exercise more because I'm eating more, so I purchased a gym membership rather than thinking of free ways to exercise.
    This blog has been a bit of a break from thinking about work. And I can't wait for the weekend.

  • Juls Owings August 31, 2017

    Jenny I am sorry you are having a bad week....make the choc bars dark choc so you get some health benefits in there...
    I thought for a minute my son had wrote your post. He's the sergeant for the physical training and the unit admin for the civilian side. He started buying a healthier lunch (Bob Evan take out for example or Wendy's salad) and splitting for either his dinner or the next day's lunch.

  • Jenny September 01, 2017

    Good idea to split a lunch across several meals you're going to buy.

  • Janet August 31, 2017

    In light of what is happening in Houston this week. I think we should all count our blessings more this week. I also think Brandy's 72 hour kits are a great idea for our families.

  • LSM August 31, 2017

    As a Texan, I have counted my blessings so many times this week. I'm in West Texas but a Texan is a Texan. Our fellow brothers and sisters of our beloved state are in need and thankfully many are stepping up to help. Thank you for thinking of those that have lost everything, and sometimes more. The devastation is more than my heart can comprehend.

    Lone Star State Mama

  • Heather in L.A. August 31, 2017

    As your next door neighbor state wise, y'all are in our prayers and we are donating and volunteering. Louisiana knows a thing or two about hurricanes. While you do know they are coming, the destruction can be hit or miss. We went through Katrina just fine, Rita though...she took my parents roof completely off. Just to give a sense of geography, I live in the north part of the state. The flooding we endured last year has resulted in a long rebuild also. But we do learn what is truly important. My husband is on the disaster relief list at work(he works for a power company), he may very well end up in Houston or the Woodlands.

  • LSM September 01, 2017


    I have lived thru a tornado as well as lived in a small town where it flooded. I will take the tornado any day. It is dangerous and deadly but over in moments. The flood lingers and you never know from day to day, at least for the first few weeks.

    Thank you to your husband for his giving of himself in times of need. And you too, knowing you are a partrom him during these times.


  • Shannon August 31, 2017

    I cannot say how much I enjoy your blog. As someone new to being frugal I have tried your recipies and found them tasteful and easy to make.
    This week I used two free cards for take out coffee and surpised my husband with one .
    Donated clothing that was not worn.
    Started meal planning/grocery list..sounds simple but have not done this in the past. Made all meals at home. This has not been the norm at my home but I am getting better at this. On that note made an after dinner treat with items on hand.
    Mended some items rather than buy new.

  • LSM August 31, 2017

    This week I planted a Autumn garden. I'm not really a gardener but I'm hoping for a little something, even if just for the encouragement.

    I used the last of my homemade lotion from years ago. I can't remember the recipe which is disappointing because I really enjoyed the lotion on my hands and feet at night!

    As a birthday present to me, my daughters did laundry all month (I love gifts that are action such as doing something for me. Trinkets are nice but showing love is best!) so daughters saved us money since they hung all the laundry outside on the line.

    I purchased sheets at the thrift store instead of buying garden fabric to protect my garden from future frost.

    I found a dress that was very expensive looking for my daughter. It was only $10. Normal price is quadruple that.

    By using the rewards program at a local store we saved .60 off each gallon of gas. My husband has me meet him at the gas station. I fill up first while one of the children holds the nozzle, then husband tops of his car and what is left of the 25 gallon limit is put into gas cans. Yesterday we saved $15.00 off our fuel purchase.

    Bought 3 whole chickens at .67 a pound. Finished deboning them today, dividing and freezing what won't be eaten tomorrow.

    Milk was 1.97 a gallon. I wished I had more room in the fridge to buy two! Alas I only bought one.

    Made my own Elderberry syrup. For the first time I cooked it in the crockpot outside. Worked like a charm. The house didn't smell like Elderberry which made my family happy.

    Saved $10 off dog food.

    Mended a belt loop on my husband's pants. He is very happy with the results!

    Altered a skirt for my youngest so she can finally wear it.

    Saved $32 on potting soil due to Target having a cleareance sale. I was really thankful about that as I only had a specific budget. The clearance sale allowed me to get everything I needed.

    Frugal Fail: accidentally signed up to Amazon Prime. Thankfully it allows only one month subscriptions. That will teach me to sign up for a free trial of tv programming. Since I accidentally signed up I decided to buy anything I was keeping a list on for short term future. I bought my gardening seeds as well as a backpack that was sorely needed. Our old backpack lasted for 5 years. It is ripping as well as the zipper not working well. I also got takeout dinner. We are doing so much better in this area of our lives but still more than we feel comfortable spending.

    That's all I can think of right now. God bless you Brandy for having this forum for everyone. I'm always inspired by several of the comments each week. It has helped me be a better steward of our finances. You also encourage me to get out of my comfort zone and try things I'm not used to doing, like gardening.

  • TJ's Sweet Home August 31, 2017

    Hi everyone! I wanted to take a brief moment to stop by and give my thoughts, prayers and well wishes to any of my neighbors here that have been affected by Harvey. We WILL make it through together! We're Texas strong y'all, never forget that! And the sun is shining again for a lot of us!

    I can't wait until I get a minute or two to read all your comments this post but for now, family duties call!~TJ

  • TerriC September 01, 2017

    I had a pretty decent week overall. I'm planning to cut grocery spending this month (September). I have to sit down and look hard at my current budget and determine just what I want groceries budget to be.

  • Janet M Horn September 02, 2017

    I just started this week holding sales off of craigslist for $1.00 so far so good. I post the item put it on the porch and ask that they put the $1.00 under the door mat. I look at it this way if they take the item I just donated it. If they leave me $1.00 I will spend it wisely. I read about a lady doing this for $5.00 so I adjusted it for my area and so far so good. I have had six sales so far. Not much cash but it is something. I also feel like I am getting good useable items to those in need this way.

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