The Prudent Homemaker Blog
A New Family Photo and Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments
We took a new family picture, using the remote for my camera. After explicit instructions from my husband to not make silly faces, the boys of course did make faces in most of the pictures.
The picture I kept ended up being a conglomerate of 3 photos, something I've never done before. I'm pretty happy with the result.
My husband gave both boys a haircut before we took photos.
I turned a pair of jeans with holes in the knee into shorts for Libby. I turned a pair of my old jeans with a torn knee into shorts for myself.
I made 6 mop pads from an old towel.
I harvested seedless green grapes, apples, plums, peaches, and red noodle beans from the garden.
I cut and froze some plums and I turned some of them into 7 pints of plum sauce. The recipe will be up on the website soon.
I collected seeds from Swiss chard and lettuce from the garden.
The children caught a tiny lizard on the back patio last week. It was the smallest one that we've ever seen. I'm grateful for the lizards who eat the bugs in our garden.
I finally earned enough Swagbucks to request a $25 gift card to Amazon. I know some of you are able to redeem this every month (and those of you who use Swagbucks to pay for your groceries are amazing!) but that's about all I've earned in a year before, since I don't use it a lot.
I sent my oldest off to camp with the other young women from church. Camp was $140, and she earned all of the money herself by painting lampposts. I sent her with things that we already had (sleeping bag, etc.) so it didn't cost me anything for her to go. (The girls were highly encouraged to earn their own way for camp by their leaders.)
My husband changed the filters for our air-conditioning intakes. This will make the air conditioners (our house has two) not need to work as hard. It's one of those inexpensive expenses that saves money by doing it.
I finished making two potholders for myself. I started this project a year and a half ago and it got put on hold because other projects took priority. Finishing it up took less than an hour.
What did you do last week to save money?
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