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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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  • holly June 14, 2018

    I bought Madagascar beans off Amazon. I have done mixtures in Vodka and some in Rum, which is slightly sweeter. I bought amber colored bottles off Amazon and packaged as gifts. They make great hostess gifts with a towel or other item.

  • Diana June 11, 2018

    Well done Ezrom!!! The invitations are beautiful. The best way I can save money is not to go anywhere so that's what I did.

  • Megan Z. June 11, 2018

    Such a pretty arrangement with the scale.

    We finally finished our dining room update. I realized today that aside from a can of paint (which had a $10 rebate) we didn’t spend any money. We already had the white paint that I used for the trim and chair rail. We used a rug that had been sitting in the closet for 2 years. We put a small china cabinet in the room that was from another room. The room looks so much better and I appreciate it even more since it was such a cheap upgrade.

    We had to purchase a new couch but found a great deal online. Only a year old but the couple are splitting up so getting rid of furniture that won’t fit in new apartments. Timing is perfect because ours had a leg fall off.

    I found $20 on the ground. I also used a gift card to buy a few seeds at Home Depot. Rabbits keep eating my sunflowers. I found a diy repellant to use so will be testing that out this week. For now I took fencing that we already had and put around the garden bed.

    I harvested my first cucumbers and fennel this week. I also harvested a handful of green beans and basil. It is currently raining so this saves me from watering the garden.

  • Julie Walker June 11, 2018

    I am like Diana, in that I don't spend money when I stay home. But I sometimes order things on a local online yard sale. I bought 16 vintage heavy goblets for $10. At an estate sale or thrift store they would have been at least $5 each. Even heavy glasses at Walmart are more expensive. We don't break the heavier glasses as easily. I also bought a two tier plant stand for $8 and it had the $19.99 tag still on it, and had 2 woven plant holders in it. The main way I have learned to save money is to make my favorite restaurant meals at home. I recently learned how to make chick filets which saves me a lot of money. The trick is to use powdered sugar in the breading, and cook it in peanut oil. I look online and find copycat recipes, and look for the highest rated one. I also have 2 books with the secret recipes. I rarely eat out anymore. I also found flowers at Lowes on the clearance rack, where I always check first. I love your blog! You are an inspiration.

  • Amalia@AHousewifeWrites June 12, 2018

    Oooh, Chick Fillet at home is such a good idea! I'll have to look that up!

  • Wendy June 11, 2018

    You must be so proud of Ezrom, what a fine young man. Thank you so much for sharing the photo and invitations, they really made me smile. Have a great day. Wendy, NZ

  • Sarah June 11, 2018

    Congratulations to Ezrom! What a wonderful accomplishment! I'm so impressed with your harvest- we're not quite there yet, but my Mother has been harvesting lettuce that reseeded itself from last year, and my peonies and a volunteer poppy are just about to explode in blooms. We had an interesting week and (whispers) no one was sick woot! Joining in here: https://frugalfive.com/2018/06/11/frugal-5-friday-6-8-18/

  • Laurie in central NC June 11, 2018

    Goodness, the first photo is a still life. Pure artist's eye you have, for sure. The other photos are equally lovely. I found my first ripe blackberries today, and picked them. We had a soft rain this evening, and I hope more berries will be ripening soon. We planted the last of the tomatoes, eggplant and peppers I started just before the rain. A friend with German heritage gave me a flan pan not long ago, for fruit tarts. I bought some beautiful strawberries at the farmer's market last week, and made a strawberry tart. I was surprised how easy it was, even with making the vanilla pudding from scratch (the recipe called for instant pudding). That sounds like a great idea with the green onions. https://abelabodycare.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-tart-bug-duty-frugal-accomplishments.html

  • Jean June 12, 2018

    Laurie, my first blackberries in my wild patch are just ripening too! Always one of the milestones for us, here in the Piedmont of NC.

  • Luba @ Healthy with Luba June 11, 2018

    * We took advantage of house sitting and did laundry there!
    * We used the fan instead of the air conditioner, and I have been keeping blinds closed on hotter days.
    * I was blessed to meet a friend halfway to walk and talk before she moved out of state.
    * We saved money by eating mostly at home.
    * I combined as many errands as possible to save on gas.
    * I sent a present using a gift card I had, and it made my friend's day.

  • Nancy June 11, 2018

    Your photo invitation is wonderful and your flower arrangement lovely.
    I try daily to be frugal. I was happy to get our garden in..and my herbs planted. I do have lettuce growing and chives and able to use these n herbs in cooking.
    . We painted our older brown wooden chairs black to match our vintage kitchen table we painted.
    . Spray painted a gold shelf black and made a place for a few things given from Magnolia.
    . Brought in a few flowers and branches from outside.
    . Received Free items from grocery store. Several half gallon ice cream .One per sale.
    . Able to continue on eating.plan from Dr inexpensively.
    . Worked on flowers yard...walked for exercise.

  • Tabitha June 11, 2018

    1. Avoided going in to The thrift store when I dropped off some donations. I don't purchase something every time I go in, but if I don't go in, I certainly won't buy anything.
    2. Had about an hour time between jobs and went home instead of browsing around a couple local shops. Driving was only about 15 minutes so I didn't have much time at home but it was enough to get a walk with the dogs in, garbage emptied and to the road and dishes washed and put away.
    3. Utilized a clearance box of long grain rice, some peckish looking carrots, a partial bottle of nutritional yeast i had tried a wgile back and some sale purchased flax milk to create a cheesy broccoli and rice casserole. It turned out d elcious and without even trying I made a vegan meal.
    4. Shopped around for new tires and found what I feel is a reasonable price. Getting those put on Tuesday.
    5. Utilized Ibotta to purchase several items on my grocery list. I ended up turning in enough rebates to get a $2 bonus. I have loved using Ibotta this last year or so.
    6. Used one of Kroger Friday freebies and clearance lemons to make 2 pitchers of yummy lemonade. I mostly stick to iced tea and water, but sometimes it's nice to have a change.

  • Hilogene in Az June 11, 2018

    Another wonderful photograph of the scale and other items, it made me smile, thank you. I thought...she could make a living as a photographer, then smiled as I realized you already have enough to do :)

    Congratulations to Ezrom for being an Eagle Scout, that is a huge accomplishment and a great deal of work!

    I have been reorienting our meals to focus more on veggies and fruits, small amounts of meat/fish and much less starch. I find many of my favorite inexpensive meals and treats are full of potatoes, rice, sugars and breads etc, so I have set them aside. For the past few weeks, I have bought fresh fruits and veggies and found the cost very reasonable.

    I sold my old work wardrobe via a consignment store and now have a credit there...I will use that to buy what I need for clothes the rest of the year. I almost went into Macy’s today then realized I didn’t need to spend real money.

    I took a look at our annual budget and year to date spending. It appears we will be okay and end right on track, assuming no meteors land on our house or car :)

  • Maxine June 11, 2018

    It wasn't the most frugal of weeks for me--we went to Portland for 4 days. But we stayed with relatives, and ate all meals at their house except for the day we took them out to lunch.

    My BFF, Mary, gave me a bunch of plants from her garden = about $175 worth. She also gave me about 3-1/2 yards of fabric that might become the curtains in the new guest bedroom...or something else.

    I have decided to make a gift a month for Christmas and birthdays. Since I basically have no talents, my criteria is that the gift doesn't require much skill, LOL. Or require me to buy a bunch of stuff I'll never use again. My June gift was a bath wrap for DDIL. I found directions on the website of the late Nancy Zieman, who was the sewing lady on PBS for so many years. This is what I made in about 20 minutes with a bath towel bought on sale for $6: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/sewing- ... ath-towel/. I embellished the wrap with a 2-1/2 inch wide strip of Hawaiian print fabric sewn over the woven stripe. The only caveat is that if you embellish the towel, be careful that the Velcro gets sewn to the correct sides so that the embellishment shows in front. Also, when choosing a towel, note that there is no standard size. Look at several towels to choose one that is smaller or larger to fit the recipient. Also, for a deluxe-size gift, consider a bath sheet or beach towel.

    My friend also taught me to make a pillowcase using the "burrito" method and French seams (which I had never done before). Instead of stitching the short side of the case, I left it open and made an adorable pillowcase dress. I used a piece of a sheet and scraps from my stash and my cost was $0. One of my other goals is to sew a pillowcase dress per month for charity.

    I have a new house (in about two weeks) to furnish. I found towels I liked online at Wayfair. I then Googled the towels by name of style and found they were sold at several different stores. JCPenney was a dollar or two cheaper on each item, plus they also had a 25% discount on a $100 purchase. I found a shower curtain I liked for $26.99. I searched for it on Amazon and found it for $13.72. Then the Honey app price-checked and found it for $11.40 and free shipping. It always pays to shop around, even online. Alas, it's easy to $ave money when you are $pending....

    We stream DirecTV Now and Netflix. I learned we can use it at two locations, so that's what we will do at the new house. $46 for TV at two houses is a deal!

    Because what goes around, comes around, we offered DH's cousin's DD the use of our vacation home (where we are living now) for a week in August (we will be moved out by then). Another cousin did the same for us nearly 40 years ago when we were dead broke. Because we reciprocate, I don't feel that we are using the relatives when we stay with them.

    I took a dozen deviled eggs to a church potluck yesterday. Two of us had fabulous lunches for just the cost of a dozen eggs ($1) and a few condiments. BTW, deviled eggs are always the first to go!

    Frugal fail: DH didn't see a sack when he carried the groceries in from the car, and I didn't notice that I didn't put away any meat. Lost about $10 worth of meat. That won't be happening again anytime soon!

  • Cindy S. June 13, 2018

    Same here- the kids left a gallon of orange juice in the trunk of my car overnight in the heat. $4.58 wasted! I hate when that happens, but now we'll pay more attention.

  • Marybeth June 11, 2018

    Congratulations to your son. He must have worked very hard to complete his Eagle project. That is wonderful that you are able to get onions all year. Your figs look wonderful. We planted 3 fig trees last year so I am hoping to get a few figs this year. We had a busy week. Our septic tank had issues but it is all fixed. Hubby was offered 2 free tickets to see Billy Joel. We are really excited about that as we have never seen him perform before. The rest of my week is here: https://mcoia.blogspot.com/2018/06/my-frugal-list-week-of-june-3-2018.html

  • Piggykr June 11, 2018

    Congrats Ezrom!!
    I attended a clothing swap and found a pair of shoes, a pair of knee boots, a blouse for work, drinking glasses, a ceramic bowl, several bars of handmade soap, and some bathroom cleaner. I also got 2 infinity scarves and a regular scarf. They were itchy acrylic so I pulled them apart and will crochet something else. I picked up two packages of melba toast and a big bucket of lentils. There's at least 3 lbs left. All FREE!
    I cooked most of our meals at home and went home for lunch on days that I finish work early.
    I made several loaves of bread.
    I crocheted a bag with my recycled yarn.
    I instead of buying coffee or tea at work I make it in the office.
    I shopped my own closet and resisted the impulse to buy.
    I dug through my pantry and looked up new recipes to use what I have on hand.
    Work is limiting the amount of printer paper we can use so I took a big stack of recycled paper to use instead.
    I made a big pot of beans to eat this week.
    I passed on some toddler clothes to a friend who really needed them. Less clutter for me!
    I bought shower gel online. It was on sale.
    I ordered cotton yarn from Aliexpress.com to practice crocheting and make dishcloths.

  • Dara June 18, 2018

    I have never heard of Aliexpress but the prices looked really reasonable. Have you used them before or was that your first order?

  • Congrats to your son on his eagle scout court of honor! And I love your photos! Can I ask, what background did you use for the first photo? I'm always trying to improve my photography, and backgrounds are something I want to improve on.

    My frugal accomplishments for the week are:
    - My husband wanted to order in a meal this weekend, but I threw together some Pizza Scrolls, using up items from my fridge (homemade yoghurt, the last of a red onion, and a few chopped mushrooms, and some homemade pizza sauce leftover from pizza bagels that I made last weekend) and pantry (flour, baking powder, salt), and freezer (the last of my grated cheese, and some pepperoni from my freezer that I traded for somewhere between 6-12 months ago). It was frugal, fresh, and delicious! I’m still working on perfecting the recipe, but will share it when I do, as it’s super-easy and super-frugal.
    - I referred two colleagues to a board game testing experience, where they were paid in a $25 gc to Amazon. I wasn’t able to attend, but I’m glad I helped stretch someone’s budget!
    - In Canada, David’s tea had a free iced tea promo going on this weekend. I don’t live within walking distance of a David’s tea store, and I didn’t have the energy to do anything besides rest up for the week ahead and do a few chores, but I told several co-workers about it, so they’re going to take advantage of that. I love sharing frugal deals!
    - Redeemed Swagbucks for a $5 gc to Amazon (the card was on sale, just not as much on sale as if I had saved for a $25 value card).
    - I macerated a carton of strawberries with some sugar and stirred it into homemade yoghurt to make a delicious strawberry yoghurt. I usually turn strawberries into jam, and then stir jam into my yoghurt, but this needed a little less energy, and I needed to use up the strawberries asap.
    - I dehydrated some apples to take to work as healthy snacks.
    - I’ve been making a lot of pizza themed snack-type meals lately: pizza bagels, pizza scrolls, pizza English muffins. They’re inexpensive and super-fast to throw together, which is perfect given that I have yet to see the second trimester burst of energy most women seem to have. I add in enough vegetables as toppings, or add veggies as a side, and add some meat from the freezer for my husband, and he’s quite happy.
    - I rinsed out the jars that I keep my homemade yoghurt in and used that water to water my balcony plants. A little extra nutrition for the plants, and a little water savings for the environment.
    - I made a mock-version of compost tea for my garden: I put a bunch of kitchen waste (banana peels, egg shells, watermelon rind) in a blender with some water and some blackstrap molasses. A little bit of extra nutrition for my balcony, and less waste in the garbage.
    - I baked several loaves of chocolate chip banana bread for snacks this week. I ran out of chocolate chips so I chopped up some baking chocolate I had and used that.
    - I redeemed a Pinecone Research reward for $5 to my paypal account. Then I used that money to buy two shower razor holders from lightinthebox.com – very inexpensive, although shipping takes 1-2 months.
    - My sister reserved her condo party room for my baby shower (she reserved it many months in advance because a) she’s super-organized and b) she wanted to make sure she got the date I had requested. My family is awesome! The frugal part of this is that while she does have to put down a deposit, she’ll get that deposit back after the party. Whereas at my condo, you have to pay $200 (that you don’t get back) for security guards. Not sure why, as the party room is literally less than 5 metres from the concierge’s/security guards desk. But yay for finding a free and very nice venue for my shower! My sister is planning the shower with my mother, and they’ve split the costs. I also plan to contribute things like a cheese/fruit/cracker platter, and possibly the bonbonierre (I’m hoping to bake onesie shaped cookies; inexpensive; personalized; and fun to make!)

    Looking forward to learning from everyone, as always!

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