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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Fall Zinnia Arrangement The Prudent Homemaker

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I cut and dried lots of basil from the garden.

I printed free school worksheets from Education.com (they have a limit of 10 free worksheets each month).

I planted seeds in the garden for artichokes, Swiss chard, and parsley.

I covered my artichoke seedlings from a previous week that had come up with small canning jars, to keep the bugs from eating them and to create a mini-greenhouse, allowing them to grow faster larger.

I made a triple batch of laundry soap.

I experimented making a few loaves of pear bread, using quarts of home-canned pears that have been on the shelves for a few years. I ground whole wheat into flour in our grinder and used that in the recipes. The first two loaves were fine, but lacked excitement (we ate them anyway). I'll keep trying some variations until we find something we really enjoy, as we have a number of older jars of home-canned pears that need to be used up.

My brother-in-law was offered a number of free tickets to a show downtown on Tuesday. My husband and I were able to attend. We were even told to park in a certain lot downtown. We saw a parking garage on the way, but our vehicle was too tall to park there. We found the lot that we had been told to park in; it was a small lot and the entrance wasn't even clear. To our surprise, the lot stated that it was free to Nevada residents for 24 hours, provided the driver had a valid id! We did have to walk a distance, but the weather was pleasant and gave us a chance to talk. (For those who live in Las Vegas, this lot is east of Planet Hollywood, and you enter it from Harmon Ave. There is no noticeable entrance; just a fence with a small entrance and a drive behind it. As you drive to the lot, you will see Bally's employee parking lot is connected to this lot.) We ended our evening by going out to eat using a gift card that we had.

(I know some of you are wondering about the shooting in Las Vegas. We don't live close to downtown and are very rarely there, though as I mentioned we were earlier this past week. You can read about the shooting here--warning about the photos.) 

My husband used barge cement to repair two pairs of children's shoes.

I gave our youngest a haircut. He thinks the trimmers tickle, which makes it a bit tricky, but he was very good about having his hair cut!

My son brought home leftover cookies from a Scout Court of Honor that no one else wanted to take home.

My mom went to a garage sale and blessed us with several items she found: 3 pint jars, brand-new girls' hair elastics (I was just about to go buy some at the dollar store, where they sell them 100 for $1, but this saved me a dollar!), sidewalk chalk, and sewing machine oil.

 

What did you do to save money last week?

 

 

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  • Mrs. Picky Pincher October 02, 2017

    Ahhh, I can't wait for fall gardening! We're growing seedlings that are already shooting up. Hopefully it'll be a fall of squash, greens, and pumpkins. :)

    This week:

    1. I came down with bronchitis over the weekend and had a lot of trouble breathing. I was about to shell out $75 to see a clinic doctor until husband dearest reminded me that we can see a teledoctor for free. I waited for 20 minutes to do a video chat with a doctor (on a Sunday morning, no less) who prescribed the right steroids and a refill on my inhaler. My only cost was for medication, which was great.

    2. We had leftover fruit in our pantry that was going to spoil. I roasted pears and topped them with a strawberry, cranberry, orange, and pecan topping. It turned out pretty tasty!

    3. I turned some leftover strawberries, ginger, and molasses into an old-timey drink called switchel. It was sweet and vinegary and a great way to use up food that would have otherwise spoiled.

    4. I blended some leftover roasted cubed pumpkin to make pumpkin puree. With the puree I made pumpkin cookies and pumpkin cinnamon rolls, which I froze for later.

    5. This morning I made some quick crepes and filled them with Nutella and bananas. The bananas were about to go bad, so this was a good way to use up a few of them.

  • Cindi October 02, 2017

    I think we have that tele-doctor option on our insurance, too, but I've never used it. I will have to check into it.

  • Stephanie N. October 02, 2017

    Doing a health check-up via the teledoctor has been so convinenent for me! I'm glad they were able to help you.

  • Terry calkins October 02, 2017

    Still cooking from the pantry as much as possible also using some elderly packages from the freezer to add to animals food.
    Used a cake mix to make cookies then filled a cookie jar I recently bought. Used an orange tablecloth to wrap it making it look like a pumpkin and gave it to an adult grandson for a birthday gift.
    Used fresh garden veggies in meals. Used leftover sausage to make a yummy chowder for lunches. Hemmed some jeans I bought for pennies at the thrift store.hung the laundry outside. Put flannel sheets and an extra quilt on the bed but still haven't turned the furnace on.
    Used up all leftovers and fed veggie scraps to our chickens. Overall it was a pretty frugal week

  • Katy in Africa October 02, 2017

    I would love that cookie jar gift!

  • Sarah October 02, 2017

    Brandy, I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are safe. Our hearts are with those who are in the midst of experiencing this awful tragedy.

    We had a fairly quiet week around here. My favorite frugal thing was making a giant turkey and having my parents over for a full turkey dinner. We were able to center the rest of the weeks meals around it, so for about $30 we fed 4 adults and 3 children and then for an additional $20 had our meals for the week which included turkey soup, fried rice, left overs, and enchiladas.

    I've posted our monthly wrap up here: https://frugalfive.com/2017/10/02/october-1st-state-of-the-frugal-union/

  • Sandra October 02, 2017

    We had friends over for dinner a few nights ago. I made a pear custard pie with pears from our tree. All of our dinner was using food from our freezer, pantry, and garden. We had some leftovers and those were incorporated into last nights dinner.
    This morning we are saddened to read and hear about another mass shooting. Such tragedy leaves me with a very sad heart. We are going on a short trip and this news casts a pall over everything.
    There is more to share, but my heart is just not into it right now. I'll try to write more later. How do we heal?

  • Mandy October 02, 2017

    Pear custard pie sounds delicious!

  • loyda October 02, 2017

    I am now shopping from loss leaders at a variety of stores here in AZ... Food City had a great deal on gala apples 3lbs for .99 I ended up with 9 apples. Onions the same price.. I bought 6 for the 3lbs. came to 2.03 for both. Sprouts had giant red bell peppers for .49!! only one per purchase but well worth the stop on the way home. Albertsons had a Friday only deal on their sausages. Buy 10 for $5. It was a variety of sausages, brats, beer brats, andouille, mild, medium and hot italian sausage and the list goes on. I brought home 80 and froze them all. came to .50 each and they are normally 1.00 each, plus they had a $5 off a $50 purchase. Same offer on hamburger patties 10 for $5 and I bought 40. All to the freezer they went! 24pks of water 1.67 I could go on... Its my new way of shopping and so far I am saving a lot.

  • It really saves a lot! And the more competition you have around you, the better the deals!

  • momsav October 02, 2017

    Wowzers! You struck gold!

  • Darcy October 02, 2017

    Frugal Accomplishments at our house:

    Harvested and roasted tomatoes. I added some of them to fresh green beans from the garden. Yummy!

    Harvested and froze basil. I also made pesto and shared some with my daughter. She used some of it in the stuffed shells that she served at our grandson's birthday party.

    I made yogurt and chicken stock in my crock pot.

    Frugal meals were chicken a la king over pasta, roast chicken with mashed potatoes, frozen brussel sprouts, and homemade rolls, cauliflower soup and hot dogs, salads, yogurt, and fruit for lunches. Oatmeal, toast, and eggs for breakfasts.

    I cut my husband's hair.

    I was given Swiss chard by a co-worker.

    I made laundry soap.

    My husband's birthday is today and on Friday his best friend took him fishing on his boat. He brought home blue gill which we will enjoy for dinner a couple of nights.

  • nancy October 02, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your accomplishments. Always encouraging and helpful. Here are a few frugal accomplishments these past weeks.
    . Purchased 80lbs of potatoes. $2 for 20lbs. For winter
    . Purchased butter 2.50 lb.
    . Made meals from scratch. Tried homemade sloppy joe
    Pioneer woman recipe. Very tasty and made alot.
    . Took my list *Brandy idea.....to local large rummage sale. Found needed items. Kept to list so not to bring home excess junk.
    . Was gifted a new candle...some special bread to share..
    Chocolates.
    . Made pie crust..french bread..cinnamon rolls..
    One gluten free with a small pkg of GF Mix found for. 99 at clearance section at store. First time. Those were given as a gift.
    . Gifted a large bag of flour from Costco. Happy
    . Cleaned n mopped my floor using viniger and abut of
    Hot soapy water. Made my own diy swiffer.
    . Cleaned n ridded out garage.
    . Used our rug machine..cleaned 2 carpets.
    . Cleaned fridge inside n out. Used olive oil to clean black outside surface. Made a great difference n shine.
    . Cleaned front porch thoroughly. Pulled chairs..swept
    Windows . Decorated for Fall using our own pumpkins from the garden. Things i had.
    . Cut more lavender...herbs to dry. Picked more end of season tomatoes from garden.
    * I'm so sorry for the folks from last Vegas shooting.

  • Kim October 02, 2017

    What a deal on potatoes! I bought a five pound bag of potatoes yesterday (I was out) - $4.99! Yikes!

    Amazing how prices vary so much.

  • Cindi October 02, 2017

    Last year around Thanksgiving one local store had potatoes at that price -- I am hoping for the same this year.

  • Marybeth October 02, 2017

    Great price on potatoes. I got 100lbs for $30 and was super happy. For where I live this is super cheap. Your prices are unheard of.

  • Juls Owings October 03, 2017

    That would be $1.50 for 5 lb bag...that's a good deal Marybeth

  • LynnDinKY October 02, 2017

    This past week wasn't a frugal week. But I did save some money by paying with cash instead of check. The company that I dealt with prefers cash over anything. I guess there are companies out there that I sick of checks because of all the fraud. it doesn't hurt to ask for a discount if you are paying with cash.

  • Angela Carpenter October 02, 2017

    Hello LinnDinnKy from Lexington.

  • Wyoming Gal October 02, 2017

    I am making big progress eating the frozen single serving entrees that I cooked a month or so ago and froze - such as soup and casseroles.

    I have been reading The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes (partly for a Wellness talk I need to give at work). I have been reducing my added sugar consumption to the American Heart Assoc.'s recommended 6 t. or 25 grams per day. You can eat very little processed food and have very few items made with sugar to meet this. I have been experimenting with different whole wheat breads that have low sugar. I baked low sugar banana muffins, low sugar whole wheat and oatmeal bread, altar bread (low sugar made with whole wheat and olive oil) and a pumpkin bread recipe with low sugar and whole wheat, plain pumpkin puree, and traditional spices. I have been learning to try new snacks - dates (when I really want something sweet), hummus (one of the few purchased processed foods without any sugar) and whole wheat pita chips (also no added sugar). I have done well on staying within this amount for 4 weeks. It takes about 6 weeks to make a habit stick. I am losing about a pound a week, focusing on low sugar and frugal, mostly plant based food with some eggs, cheese and skim milk thrown in.

    Kudos to those of you who have lost major amounts of weight - such as 20, 30 or even 100 pounds!!!

    I do miss baking sweets - cookies, coffee cake, fruit crisps - more than I miss eating them. It means that when I volunteer something for an event or for some type of charity activity - I need to bake sweets for other people to eat, not me.

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