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Frugal Accomplishments for the Beginning of April

Easter Daffodil Bouquet The Prudent Homemaker

I cut daffodils and nasturtiums from the garden to enjoy in the house.

Lemons and Parsley The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested Meyer lemons, parsley, green onions, snow peas, rosemary, oregano, and Mandarin oranges from the garden.

Octavius Picking Peas The Prudent Homemaker

I froze lemon juice from our lemons to use later throughout the year, and I dried parsley to use throughout the year.

I sowed seeds in the garden for Armenian cucumbers and zucchini in the garden.

I watched three episodes of Call The Midwife on Pbs.org.

I enjoyed reading a book that someone dropped off on my doorstep (a reader, I believe!). 

My husband received a $25 gift card to a restaurant for his birthday from my parents. The restaurant also has a free burger the month of your birthday. We had water to drink, combined the gift card and free burger with an inexpensive sandwich, split them both, and paid for the remaining sandwich plus a tip (for both) on the gift card for a date, using just under $11 on the gift card. We can then use the gift card a second time when my birthday comes for a second date.

We combined the lunch out with our trip to Sam's Club to save time and gas.

My husband worked from home one day.

I gave one daughter a haircut.

I shared lemons and Swiss chard from the garden with a friend. She surprised me with homemade pasta that she made using some Swiss chard.

We gratefully accepted some pinwheel sandwiches, fruit, and cut veggies that were leftover from a funeral.

We sprayed the house for bugs using spray we already had, rather than hiring a company to come out as many people do here. We found 5 scorpions in the last month (my husband found one touching his hand while he was cutting potatoes!) Warm weather means it's time to spray again, and it was 92°F (33°C) here on Saturday.

I dug and divided some iris that had finished blooming and had multiplied. I will plant the bulbs in new places in the garden on Monday.

I dug a peony root that has never bloomed. I figured I must have planted it too deep on accident (I had). While digging it, I accidentally broke it in several places. It had grown quite large and so should be fine being divided. I replanted two parts and will replant the remaining parts in the garden in several new places on Monday.

 What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • PJGT April 09, 2018

    So happy to have sick days again. I came home sick today with the same thing my son had over the weekend. It's nice to rest up when not feeling well. Nothing extra spent.

    Saturday I had to drive into town (45 min each way) to pick up something that had to be redone. It was a free repair and I stopped to shop at Aldis saving enough on milk alone to cover the gas. Just cost my time.

    I claimed a free unopened bottle of dressing from the faculty room, started receiving my free magazines, found a few cents, ordered some dehydrated food with a friend to avoid paying shipping, and turned down some bread I know would just lead to excess eating.

    All my checkup results are in and no problems. There is still the extra weight to keep at. Such a struggle this winter!

    My son was run off the road and managed to not hit the other car or get hurt. We replaced the tires and the tire place was able to hammer out the rims for us. A little damage and we will have to buy 2 more studded tires next winter, but not nearly as bad as it could have been. He's a good driver and saved a lot of damage and cost by avoiding the other car and only hitting the guide rail. The other driver just drove off! So thankful and we are rather blessed!

    Enjoy frugal-ing!

  • Lilli April 09, 2018

    I am always so happy to read all the happy tidbits that everyone shares. I have about ten dollars put aside for each week to spend when I take my daughter out for lunch. We usually eat somewhere inexpensive and often use coupons to make our budget stretch. We use the last couple of dollars to shop at the grocery stores and at the thrift store. This week I found an antique chair that goes beautifully with an antique desk in my bedroom. I was delighted to get it for 3.00. We picked up a few odd and ends for 20 cents a piece. College girl came home for several days. She ate and slept the whole time. I got many extra freezer meals put away with all the extra food that got prepared. The puppy princess had to go to the vet. Her allergies went berserk and she was scratching and licking non stop. I checked around on prices and saved over 50% by going to a vet much closer to our house. I was also able to use a bottle of prednisone I already had at home for her. I downloaded a free Audible book to my Kindle and several other free books and magazines. I saw a new game at Swagbucks called swagbucks IQ. I downloaded the app to my phone. The game is at 8 pm and consists of ten multiple choice questions. I won 125.00 of swagbucks last night. The game isn't hard and I think being a heavy reader my entire life has filled my head with trivia. This game lasts about 4 minutes. I am loving swagbucks more than ever.

  • Holly April 10, 2018

    Congratulations on the SwagIQ win. I am an ignoramous when it comes to movie trivia and modern authors so my hopes of ever duplicating your win are small. But I have had fun getting a few points each time I have played that game. I now have an alarm on my phone set to 8 p.m. Eastern.

  • Rhonda A. April 10, 2018

    Way to go, Lilli! That's quite an impressive win. I'm sure that $125 will seriously come in handy.

  • Susie April 28, 2018

    Are you playing a different Swag IQ game than I am? LOL! It's at least 15 minutes, if not more. I do find it fun, though a little irritating with the many glitches that have become a Swagbucks norm, unfortunately.

    Congratulations on the big win, though! Wow...the best I've done is 48 cents and I consider myself to be a fount of worthless knowledge. :)

  • Pat April 09, 2018

    Brandy your pictures are lovely!
    I want to get out and work in my yard and gardens but it is still cold, wet and windy! Maybe in May.
    Last week we ate all meals at home. I combined all my errands in one trip. It was a big circle thru my part of town. I stayed home as much as possible and only bought what was on my list at each store. The Fresh Thyme store had broccoli for $.69 lb. I bought a case of it and a couple of sweet potatoes to see if they last longer than the bagged ones I normally buy. When I got to the car I looked at the receipt and the cashier had charged me $.99lb for 19lbs of broccoli. When I went back in and told the manager she gave me the $18 back so the broccoli was free! I blanched and froze 25 sandwich bags full, roasted some and we ate some the first night steamed.
    I also paid my bills online, turned down the heat during the day and only did full loads of laundry and dishes.
    Have a great week everyone!

  • Rhonda A. April 10, 2018

    Wow, 19lbs of free broccoli is an amazing score! What a nice addition to your pantry stock, Pat.

  • Pat April 10, 2018

    Thanks Rhonda! I was a little shocked when she handed me all my money back. If we eat broccoli once a week it should last us about 6 months. The only other veggie I'll look for a good sale on is green beans . The last time I bought them there was 28lbs in the case for $22. I didn't think I was ever going to finish them!!

  • SusanL April 12, 2018

    Hi Pat,
    I read about your broccoli score!!! That was totally awesome! It reminded me that I had a funny "score" myself. I came across 40 pound boxes of ripe bananas for $3.00 which is 7.5 cents a pound. I only took one box and they are now peeled and frozen (some sliced for smoothies). You just never know what you will come across. Maybe I should have snagged another one :) Have a great week!

  • Siri April 10, 2018

    i was informed in library that they have annual "no fines" week for overdue books. I´ll remember that for future!

  • Amy S April 10, 2018

    I love the spring pictures. Our area is just starting to bloom a little bit. So nice to see spring coming :)

    *I found a brand of laundry detergent we use on clearance. They were marked 1.99 and I had 6 $1/1 coupons that were expiring that day. I purchased 6. They had another bottle of the same brand (the bottle size was different) for $2.49. Each washed the same amount of clothes and the ounces were the same. I don't know why the other was marked higher. I was glad to find those for .99.

    *I picked up my weekly free item from the grocery store.

    *I still menu plan but I find that I'm not using it as much. Since some kids have left for college and others work - leftovers and trying to figure out how much to make has been a challenge. I find myself reworking my leftovers quite a bit. Last night I used leftover broccoli/cauliflower/carrots that had been roasted into a cream soup. Not in my menu plan but better than tossing out food. And it was good.

    *My birthday was last Friday. My kids made me breakfast, a friend took me out for a treat and we went out to dinner using gifts cards we had.

    *My college came home and wanted to make me a birthday dinner. We made dinner using ingredients and items I already had on hand.

    *My daughter needed new glasses. I ordered from Zenni using Ebates. She picked two pairs. We paid $15 for both because of discount codes and using a credit we had on their website.

    *We went swimming 2x using our membership that was discounted because my child works as a lifeguard at the facility.

    *My children were on Spring Break for school. We didn't spend any money on activities. We had friends come over and also visited family. We watched movies we already had and did some work projects around the house. My kids all said they liked having a non-busy week because the rest of the school year can be so hectic. It was nice to relax and take a break.

    * All meals were made at home, except for the birthday dinner.

    * A friend gave me a basil plant that has started to sprout!! I haven't grown herbs before. They are in my windowsill. But it's really fun to see the green shoots coming up.

    *I found a few things in a closet that I have been cleaning out that I had forgotten I had. I used the pictures my bookshelves for a new & free decorating look.

    * I reused a wreath from last year for my front door. I keep reusing the same grape vine wreath that I have been using for years. Fake flower plants that I don't use in decorating I hang onto. The flowers on the wreath get so faded because of the sun. But instead of buying something new - I just dig through my box of old flowers and create a new wreath. It's cheerful to see when I drive into my driveway. I always save ribbon and also use leftover ribbon to create a new wreath with the old/new flowers.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful week :)

  • ElisaB April 10, 2018

    I love the large bouquet of daffodils - so Spring! As we don't have a yard to grow flowers I have been buying $3.99 bouquets of carnations. They will last at least three weeks.

    I am almost finished with my fourth scarf that I am knitting to add to my next Christmas gift box. Also trying to finish my quilt. In the free area of our condo complex I found an unopened box of beautiful botanical print notecards. Into the gift box they went.

    I made a large quantity of cooked pinto beans in my Instant Pot. My husband roasted a chicken . For the two of us, one chicken will be about 5 meals since we use the leftovers for soup and tacos. We haven't eaten out for almost two weeks, partly because of bad colds over Easter.

    I bought some chard starts and planted them in a big pot on the deck. Since the weather is starting to warm up, I think they will do okay.

    Did the usual frugal things like watching a show on Amazon Prime and reading books from my Kindle. I just started a mystery series by author, Anne Perry. I am really impressed by what an excellent writer she is. Also cut my own hair and did a manicure. Since we are planning our Sweden trip, I was able to find two Sweden travel books at the library. For exercise we have been going on long walks, when it isn't raining hard. I guess that is it!

  • Terri April 10, 2018

    1. I colored my hair myself at home using henna and indigo powder.
    2. I planted about a dozen more scallion root ends (saved from cooking) in my garden.
    3. I redeemed $7.79 in cash back rewards from our credit card. We never carry a balance, so this is free money for us.
    4. I purchased something from Amazon and chose the slower shipping option in exchange for a $1 digital credit.
    5. I made ricotta cheese from half a gallon of milk that had just started to turn.
    6. My husband continued installing insulation in our attic, which will save us money on heating and cooling costs.
    7. I picked up several free books from the Little Free Libraries in our area.
    8. I made washing soda from baking soda in my toaster over. I use this washing soda instead of traditional detergent in our dishwasher.

  • Janet April 10, 2018

    This week was Hubby's birthday. I took him out to eat on Sunday (Used a gift card I got at Christmas) I took him out to eat on Monday used a great coupon I had (Meal was supposed to be 70 dollars cost me 18.00) We had divided the meals in two so last night we ate Sunday's second half for dinner and we are now having second half of yesterday's lunch today for lunch. Tonight I am making fancy dinner at home and Thursday and Friday we will go out again. It is a big year and things have been tough but we can afford to have a few meals out if done right. I will use another gift card and a coupon for the other two meals out as well. Then next weekend we will make the rounds at friends and family and he will have had an entire week of celebrations!

  • Jenny April 10, 2018

    Here we are in Autumn and dry leaves are beginning to clog up the street drains and blow across the roads and paths. Days are lovely and warm, but once the sun sets, it's cold. The tomatoes have finished in the garden.
    My freezer meals for this month include the following :- lasangna, pasta carbonara, smoked cod casserole, porcupines (meat balls with rice), chicken cashew stir fry with rice, moussaka, and sweet and sour chicken with rice. I still have kale and herbs in the garden, but that's about it.
    I bought a waterproof jacket on gumtree, a free listing shopping site for $35.00 in preparation for winter. It's a US brand I've never heard of, newport rhode island. Apparently the jacket has only been used once. And I'm looking at some waterproof sneakers. My current waterproof sneakers are a bit shaggy and beginning to let water in the tops. In the shops these sneakers can be well over $100.00 so I'm hoping to do better via online sites.

  • Kara April 11, 2018

    I needed a long foam roller for PT exercises, and found one on eBay for much less than at Target.

    I bought fabric to make cloth napkins for a wedding shower gift. The fabric was on sale.

    I’ve been eating homemade gluten free sourdough pancakes for breakfast every morning, instead of buying expensive gluten free bread (like I used to ). The pancakes are delicious, and it’s another fermented food in my diet. I’m allergic to oats and wheat, so breakfast choices are limited.

    I sold an old used textbook on eBay.

  • Annaliese April 11, 2018

    Happy Belated Bday to you Hubby and glad you two got a date night. All your flowers and veggies look so beautiful and hopefully this year I can have a yield in our garden. Trying to get out there today for a little bit to start to clean out. Here's my frugal ways from the last two weeks:
    *2 weeks ago...
    - Received a snail mail coupon for a free Lindt Easter product- went in DH Easter basket.
    -Free table at work=1/2 pkg of Oreo's.
    -Freebies from store= used a $6.00 reward to get 3 lbs of ground beef and a ham steak (used with coupon) free.--
    -Stayed out of work one night-thank goodness for PTO hours.
    -gifted $100 DMIL to help with getting new tires. Hubby found a friend at work whose son is manager at a tire store and we got 4 practically brand new tires for $50 a piece.
    -Gifted leftover Easter dinner from family. Enough for a couple of lunches and dinners.
    - Dehydrated more greens and orange peels.
    -Started making DIY fruit/herb infused water to keep in fridge. Cutting down on other types of beverages.
    *Last week...
    - Sent a request for $23.55 rebate check from Checkout51- coming in snail mail later.
    -Invested in another lamb wool dyer ball to help lower dyer usage cost.
    -Sent 2 free bday cards to a friend from a large stash inherited from a late family member.
    -Local store is holding their annual 25 cent rebate on their name brand sale for the month. Making lists and visiting them to stock up pantry. Hopefully to last thru the summer.
    -Went to in-laws for spaghetti dinner. Came home with leftovers.
    - Brought home more orange peels from Reality. Made DIY orange cleaning spray.
    -Started a challenge to get rid of 100 items this month.
    -Made 3 new recipes from pantry/freezer supplies.
    -Freebies from store (used sales and coupons) one 8 oz brick of cheese, 1 high end energy bars (blueberry/lemon and it was good!), 2 bags of chips, 1 bag of high end chocolate and pnut butter Popchips, 2 candy bars, 1 small container of yogurt.
    -Another store had Super Double Coupon week up to $2.00 and these are the freebies from it= 2 containers of yogurt, 2 dozen of eggs, 2 pkgs of smoke sausages, 2 small bottles of eye drops (for allergies), 2 pkg of chocolate ice cream pops, one can of pineapple and 1 can of mandarin oranges.
    -Started walking around our house and land for exercise instead of paying for gym fees. It's a little less than a football field around the house and land.

    Hope everyone has a blessed week!


  • Athanasia April 11, 2018

    The daffodils are so pretty, the peas look delicious. We still have snow but it is disappearing quickly as the sun has been out daily and the daytime temperature has been getting into the 40's and low 50's F.

    Our biggest news is the birth of our latest grandchildren, to daughter Eliana and her husband Theo...twins Daniel and Miriam, born late Sunday night. All went well, normal delivery and they were just over 6 lbs each. She is doing good with nursing but also got an electric pump this time around. She had never pumped before other than manually the occasional bottle if she had to leave Dora. Dora now wants a 2nd baby doll to go along with the first as she wants twins too.

    We did all the usual of using up leftovers, mending, composting, recycling. Finished up the last of the Easter leftovers too. We have missed our woodstove these still somewhat chilly evenings as we took it out prior to Easter and put it into storage in the old garage until next Fall. Just frees up the space in the living room. Husband and our tenants built a wood frame to fit around the seedling tables/grow lights in the old garage and then stapled on heavy duty plastic sheeting to make a greenhouse type effect.

    Sent in a rebate for 3.00 on a purchase; received a rebate for 70.00 on a previous purchase. At the grocer used a coupon for a free pack of cookies, 1.00 coupon off a body wash that youngest likes. Bought 2 egg dye kits from the seasonal leftovers for 75% off each...they were a little different but they each had stickers and those little shrinky wrap things. The little children had fun this year with the egg dyeing so I think we will do again next year. Picked up 2 dozen eggs at the farm.

    Made pea and ham soup with the ham bones and put 5 quarts into the freezer and we have had the rest several times and I took 3 quarts over to my daughter for her family's use. It was quiet again after Easter as everyone went back home and it is just the 2 of us again. I feel like the house has an empty echo in it now. Made 2 pans of stuffed shells and put one pan in Eliana's freezer for future. Right now they will get plenty of meals from church members and friends so they will not need to think about cooking for a couple weeks. Theo is OK in the kitchen if he has detailed instructions. Baked 4 loaves white bread, pumpkin scones with pecans and white chocolate chips, peanut butter cookies, rice pudding. Mixed up 2 pans of overnight egg dishes, baked them in the morning and then Levi ran one pan over to the children. I like those and there is enough for a few mornings breakfasts. So half of everything I made pretty much we took over to them the last couple weeks so they had minimal cooking to do.

    I am glad twins "skip" generations. I am glad to never have been pregnant with them, that is for sure. My daughter is a very fit, very active young woman but even she was having difficulty getting around, moving etc, the last few weeks. And then before that there was the flu and the recuperation. She says she feels great now!

  • momsav April 11, 2018

    Athanasia! Congratulations on the twins! Twice the love!

  • Athanasia April 13, 2018

    Thank you! They are 5 days old now :D

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