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Frugal Accomplishments for the Beginning of June

June Harvest 1 The Prudent Homemaker 

I harvested Mission figs, Royal apricots, Meyer lemons, peppermint, green onions, New Zealand spinach, Swiss chard, hibiscus flowers, and blackberries from the garden.

I worked in the garden, weeding and sowing seeds for sunflowers, Armenian cucumbers, Genovese basil, and vincas. 

I collected green onion seeds from my green onion flowers and planted a new row of green onions in the garden. We are using these more and more often as they can be harvested year-round. I am wanting to grow enough green onions in the garden to make it easy to harvest them several times a week every week of the year.

I made a batch each of orange extract and vanilla extract.

Blackberries June 2018 The Prudent Homemaker

I finished sewing a table runner that I had started last year and set aside in my sewing room.

Ezrom Eagle Scout Invitation The Prudent Homemaker

I took pictures of my second son for his Eagle Scout Court of Honor invitations. My husband designed an invitation on the computer and we ordered the invitations as photo prints, which were much less than printing them as invitations would have been ($0.17 each).


What did you do to save money this past week?


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  • Cindy S. June 14, 2018

    Another reason they ask for a social security number is so they can send you to a collection agency if you don't pay your bill.

  • Rhonda A. June 12, 2018

    What a beautiful arrangement with the vintage weigh scale, fruit and flowers! Congrats to our son, Ezrom, on his accomplishments with Eagle Scouts. The photo invite is beautiful as well.

    Brandy, do you use your sunflowers for food, or just for the flowers? If you use the seeds to eat, how do you do that (do you roast them? do you shell them? if so, do you have a best method for shelling them?). I love sunflowers and would love to harvest the seeds for food. I'm just not sure how to best do that. Would love some in-site if you have any.

    Here are our frugal accomplishments for this week:
    *Meals made at home included hot chicken sandwiches with potato wedges and green beans, make-your-own pizzas, breaded chicken burgers with broccoli and salad, tacos (choice of beef or black bean), BBQ hamburgers & hotdogs with Knorr sidekick pasta, and chicken fried rice with veggie spring rolls.
    *Enjoyed sampling all the baking being made each day in the various historic houses at work, as I have been for a few weeks now. Certainly saves me from having to bake lunch treats at home.
    *Harvested a large bowl full of spinach. Romaine lettuce, as well as the other greens, are big enough that we can harvest for salads as needed, but can also be left to grow larger. Flowers have formed on tomato plants, but no fruit yet. Peas and beans are getting quite big, but no flowers yet. Cucumber is still quite small (not vines yet). I have 5 little watermelon sprouts popping through the ground. Dill and carrots are just sprouting through the ground. No sign of oregano yet.
    *I have had a craving for fried rice for a while now. Every time I make a huge batch of rice with a dinner (as in 2 cups of dry rice cooked up), in hopes of having leftover rice to make it, DD eats all the leftovers! Now any other time we have leftovers, I have to force the family to eat them. So, anyways, this weekend I tried to make a pot of rice without DD knowing. She was in her bedroom and had been for hours...thought I was safe. As soon as I started cooking the rice, out she came. Seriously, how do teenagers instantly know you are making their favourite food? Anyways, I lied to her (and hubby who also showed up asking what was cooking) and said I wasn't making anything, so never mind. I had know idea making fried rice would take such stealth and secrecy! Anyways, it worked and we finally had fried rice for dinner on Sunday...but DD ate all the leftovers, which I was hoping to enjoy in my lunch. *sign*
    *I cooked a large chicken breast on the BBQ with our burgers on Saturday, knowing that I would be making fried rice. However, when DD mentioned she was craving chicken shepherds pie, I decided to use only a small amount of the chicken for the rice (like a restaurant, just enough to say there is chicken in the rice) and saved the rest to make the casserole. That 1 chicken breast will end up being stretched over 2 meals!
    *Bought minimal groceries this week, as we really didn't need much.
    *Attended our final Weavers and Spinners guild meeting on Monday, before we break for summer. We toured a local university's textile art collection before gathering for a potluck dinner. I took a lasagna as my contribution, which went over well. DD, my mom and I enjoyed the leftovers for lunches for a few days after...yum! I also won a hand-spun skein of yarn as a door prize! It was a lovely night out.
    *I received a free sample box of tampons in the mail, which also included a high value coupon. These particular kind do not have an applicator. I'm thinking they might be perfect to take to Europe with me, as they are very small and compact!
    *Hubby has started booking flights and hotels for our European trip for next April. We discussed our travel plans while looking at the calendar and decided where and when we would travel to our next destination, so he knew what dates to book each hotel. He used Expedia points and points earned through a travel credit card to decrease costs (the bookings are being put onto the credit card, which creates more points to use towards booking more hotels), as well as watching prices closely and doing lots of research on the various hotels to get the best deals, locations, etc. We have been saving for this trip since last year. All credit cards will be paid in full when the bill arrives. Excited this trip is all starting to become a reality!
    *I am starting a weaving project at work. I will be making tea towels on the 4 harness table loom. This will be great practice, as I have someone to help direct me as I make this project and I hope it will give me some confidence to try it on my own loom at home next fall/winter. Perfect for gift giving!

    Thank you everyone who joins into the conversations here. I always enjoy reading your comments each and every week!

  • I June 12, 2018

    A website I found useful is European destinations for pricing out flights and hotels.

  • I planted some smaller sunflowers for picking, but I have grown big ones before and let the birds enjoy the seeds. I believe the correct method is to soak the seeds in salt water and then roast them. I may plant some big ones this year; the hard part being that because they follow the sun, they never face the house, so I never see them!

  • Athanasia June 13, 2018

    We cook 5 (dry) cups of rice at a time so I can see how 2 would not give you much for leftovers. I always put a 2 cup container into the freezer, sometimes a quart. This way I have leftover rice when I need it in a bigger hurry than the 45 minutes it takes the rice to cook. Rice with butter and soy sauce is a favorite snack of my youngest.

    I think cooking smells must make it upstairs or down the hall quicker than what the person doing the cooking can smell as I have that same problem.

  • Lynn June 14, 2018

    Rhoda how exciting. We have been saving also to go to Europe. We found a great deal at Costco. We are going to London, Paris and Rome. Never been to Europe. It is a little daunting watching the You Tube travel videos. LOL

  • Rhonda A. June 15, 2018

    I've been to London and Rome. We did London in 4 hours (long story), so I'd love to go back and really explore it more. However, we spend 10 days in Rome and really saw just about everything there was to see. Although pretty much everything we saw was amazing, I would highly recommend taking a tour of a catacomb (where they buried people...can't even start to explain how interesting that was) which I've heard they also have in Paris, and if you have time, book a side trip from Rome to Pompeii (there are bus day trips you can book that will take you to the site). Pompeii, to this day, is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Definitely worth making time to fit this into your trip...you will not regret it!

  • Margie from Toronto June 15, 2018

    I love London! Be aware that a lot of museums and galleries are free so be sure to take advantage. And a lot of those places have wonderful restaurants which were quite reasonable for lunches - we then bought sandwiches, yogurt etc. to eat for dinner back at the hotel (and supermarkets there mark that day's items down a LOT at the end of the day). London is expensive but there is a lot that you can do for free or quite low cost.

  • Congratulations to Ezrom! What a great accomplishment. We are in the garden a lot now. We are still harvesting green onion and lettuce here. Your right green onions are handy and easy to grow. The lettuce is the best thing growing in our garden right now. Salads are so easy to make. Just pick, clean, and it's ready.

    Here are the rest of my frugal accomplishments:

  • DonnaMarie June 12, 2018

    Congratulations to Ezrom for all of his hard work and dedication to reach his Scouting goals!

  • Janet June 12, 2018


    The way you did the invitations is just brilliant. I did the same when my children graduated from high school. They are so much cheaper.
    They look really nice anyway. I just don't see the big deal in paying all that money for invitations.

    Great idea and the invites turned out amazing!!!!

  • Cindy in the South June 12, 2018

    Congratulations to your son! I went to the cheapest laundry mat. I also got books to read from the Free Little Book box set up at the laundry mat. I also got magazines to read from the Free Little Book Box from the walking trail. I put more books into both, than I took out. That cleans clutter out of my house, and I consider that a win. I always return the books, but I usually put them in a different Free Little Book Box than the one I originally got them from, because that makes sure the books are distributed area wide. I did my own nails. I wore thrifted outfits, as always. What I really do, is just not spend unless it is to replace something that has been used up. I always try to find a cheaper substitute. I walked at the walking trail. I did go swimming at the Army Core of Engineer's Bridgeport park about 40 minutes from where I live. I had never been there before, it was beautiful, and cost a dollar to swim. I usually go to a different park but they increased their rates to $2.00, and it was not a dollar's worth of gas between the distance of the two parks. We have many state, national, and parks from maintained by the Army Core of Engineers in this area. I like to visit them because they are inexpensive, beautiful, fun and a wonderful staycation. I attended a different LDS branch (church) because I was on call at work in that county, and enjoyed the service. I stuck to my turnip greens, homemade potato salad, homemade coleslaw, tomatoes, sardines (all of that for different suppers), and sandwiches for lunch menu. I made a scambled egg sandwich for breakfast every day.

  • Marivene June 12, 2018

    I found 26 cents on the floor at the credit union while I was making a deposit.

    Continued to fill 2-3 tree tubs with weeds every day. I got behind while I was sick, & am catching up now.

    Thinned the peaches on the clingstone peach tree. I planted this tree when we first moved into this house. It was supposed to be an Elberta, which it clearly is not, since it does not ripen at the correct time, and it is a clingstone, not a freestone peach. The skins also do not slip. BUT — the peaches are delicious, they can beautifully when I peel them & cut them from the pit (which is a learned skill), and last year the dwarf tree produced 3 bushels of beautiful fruit, so it is worth the effort. We have tried repeatedly to figure out what kind it is, & have decided it must have been a “sport” that was not true to genetic breeding.

    Stocked up on ice cream when it was on sale.

    Harvested peas from the garden.

    Continued to knit on a baby blanket from the leftover yarn.

    Ordered a Christmas present (a custom puzzle from a photograph) on sale from Shutterfly. We have found these to be quite durable, & our grandchildren love them. They are quite pricey unless bought on sale, or when a free gift is offered, since puzzles are often the “free gift” that is offered.

    Helped my youngest daughter turn a very long table runner into two shorter runners & two placemats. All it took was time & thread.

  • Amalia@AHousewifeWrites June 12, 2018

    I'm another one who doesn't spend a lot of money if I can manage to stay home. (I'm happiest on the days I don't have to leave the property, anyway!)

    I bought the bare essentials for groceries this week and spent the rest of my grocery money (and some of next week's) on strawberries. They are one of the few fruits we like that I don't grow. I found a U-pick strawberry patch and the strawberries are $1.90/#, compared to $3.50/# at the farmer's market. So yesterday I made strawberry jam and chopped up strawberries to freeze. Today I'll make strawberry shortcake and can strawberry lemonade concentrate.

    We're leaving on vacation at the end of the week, so the rest of this week I'll be making cookies, muffins, etc. and prepping food to take with us, so we will eat out only a few times.

    I also made candles with chunks of old candle wax and old candle jars. I had some colors, scents, and some thrifted wicks, so the cost was minimal. And they smell so good! And it was really much easier than I thought it would be.

  • Lynn June 13, 2018

    Hi, just wondering how you make canned strawberry lemon aid concentrate. Sounds delicious!

  • Monica June 12, 2018

    I did the same thing with our Christmas cards. Printed them as a photo and not a card. Saved me a lot of money. Way to go, Ezrom!

    Brandy, that first photo i think may be my favorite so far (besides the baby photos!). Did you paint your kitchen the navy color? If so I would love to know the paint color. It’s gorgeous!

  • Susan June 12, 2018

    When you made your Christmas cards as photos did you put them in envelopes or mail as is with address on back of the photo?

  • Monica June 13, 2018

    I just bought some envelopes separately, if I remember correctly. Just some cheap envelopes to fit

  • TCR June 14, 2018

    Check printing cards at Sam's. I think you get 100 cards for $25 and that includes foil lined envelopes. my friend does that every year. I print 4x6 pictures for Dirt cheap at Walgreens (last year they had a Penney a Print special) and tape inside cards i bought for 90% off the previous after-Christmas or at thrift stores. I know so many people who no longer do cards due to price of postage but I love sending and receiving them.

  • I used a piece of black foam core as a backdrop.

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