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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 11, 2018

    Congratulations Athanasia!

  • Athanasia April 13, 2018

    Thank you. We are very happy :D

  • Julie T April 12, 2018

    Blessings x2!! Congrats!

  • Athanasia April 13, 2018

    Thank you. Yes, 2x everything...divided and conquer :D

  • Marybeth April 12, 2018

    Congratulations Grandma! Such wonderful news.

  • Athanasia April 13, 2018

    Thank you. I do love being Grandma :D

  • kathy galloway April 13, 2018

    As a mother of twins (they were 44 yesterday!), I thought both you and your daughter might appreciate this quote from Mark Twain: "Sufficient unto the night is one baby. No one in their right mind would every pray for twins. Twins amount to a permanent riot ... and there ain't any real difference 'tween triplets and insurrection." Are you laughing? It gets better.
    Mama k

  • Athanasia April 16, 2018

    Kathy, thank you. That is very funny. In the grade school my mother taught at she had a set of red haired boy triplets...2 years in a row...she was the 2nd grade teacher their first year, then moved up to be the 3rd grade teacher their next year. She still mentions them once in awhile.

  • Kim in Florida April 17, 2018

    well.....not necessarily........I'm a twin,and my moms a twin!!!! So glad i only had single babies.

  • Julie T April 12, 2018

    Been a while since I posted. Where does the time go?

    Want spring so bad! Forecast for winter storm again this weekend! Wondering if I will ever find my garden? The blessing is the snow melts and we should have plenty of moisture.

    Meals- Greek farro salad, squash apple soup (canned last fall) with grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade rye bread, spaghetti and home canned spaghetti sauce with home canned green beans and garlic toast, chicken pot pie, steak and baked potatoes. Trying to eat from freezer and canned goods in hopes there will be more to put up this summer and fall.

    Sewed summer PJ’s for 2 grandkids with birthdays early May. Have their toy gifts bought earlier on discount. Did some mending.

    Sold some clothes given to me that either were too large or not my style to Clothes Mentor. Now I have a credit there. I did get a pair of sperry tennis shoes that were marked $10-so they were free to me! These were high end clothes. Things I probably wouldn’t buy however now it will give me some free money for clothes.

    Trying to clean and declutter. Taking a room a week. Except kitchen that will probably be done over 2 weeks. A bit at a time I’m getting things done.

    Bought mandarin oranges $1.99 for 3#. Bought 5 bags and canned 25 pints of fruit.

    Need to do some beans now.

    Have a great week!

  • I April 29, 2018

    Congratulations Brandy on the blessing of a new baby boy!

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