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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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  • Thanks so much, Brandy! That's a big help!

  • Marcia R. June 11, 2018

    I don't really know WHAT I did last week!! I'll try to think. On Monday my husband had another debilitating bout of vertigo and was flat out the entire day. He ate a banana--and some liquids. I called the doctor after starting the medication he had given us, and he recommended Gatorade. After trying 3 flavors, my husband swears he will drink more WATER, Diet Pepsi, or coffee. Gatorade tastes awful. (I knew that because I discovered it prepping for my colonoscopy.) I bought a large pack--28 bottles I think, because we were at Sam's Club at the time. It will be gifted to my daughter's step-grands, who play football in the fall! They drink it then. We also ordered new glasses for both of us at Sam's Club. I hope they are ready soon as my husband agreed to leave his old ones there and then regretted it. Apparently his habit of answering questions he doesn't understand caught up with him. He's hard of hearing, wears two hearing aids, and needs to learn to ask people to repeat things when necessary. We also had to cancel a weekend away, which we had both looked forward to, because he was unable to drive. I offered to drive him (about 250 miles each way) in my car but he wanted HIS car. (a 50 year old car with stick shift and no air conditioning, which even he finds difficult to shift.) I can drive a stick shift, but I didn't want to drive THAT one that far. So we stayed home. Therefore we can pay for the glasses with what we would have spent on the motel for the weekend! Money saved after all. Not to mention gasoline and food we would have bought. I made all meals at home and tried very hard to have fewer leftovers, with some success. Last night I made homemade chicken fingers--the chicken breast I used was so large we only ate half last night. It came in handy today for a quick meal after my late afternoon doctor appt. I made a fresh salad with tomatoes and feta cheese, and reheated last night's leftovers. Just as good tonight! In between forays to the doctor and e-mail messages back and forth, I attempted to do housework and gardening, without accomplishing much of either. On Saturday my granddaughter visited, which is worth stopping everything for. Her mother and step Dad came over too--none of us see her often enough. She manages to come maybe once a month. She is working 3 jobs and finds it necessary to go to bed quite early these days for a 26 year old! We enjoyed seeing her, and feeding her. She always arrives hungry and she eats only chicken or turkey, so it's quite the feat to find something sitting around that appeals to her. I made her small pizzas with ciabatta bread bases, sauce, freshly grated mozzarella (she didn't believe I would grate the whole pound to save a little money but she saw me do it) and the turkey pepperoni which I buy for us because it's lower fat. The cheese is0 either $3 or $4 a pound, depending on whether it's on sale or not. (Not as cheap as Sam's Club, but better tasting, IMO.) Finally on Sunday we managed to pull some weeds from the garden and my husband removed a pretty good sized tree from a flower bed where I didn't need a tree. I pulled up lots of mint while he did that--so I smelled rather good when I was finished. The mint was out of control. I still have more to do--parsley, chives, and mint are all growing together in one great clump and I'm trying to gain control over them again. (Last summer was too wet for too long---we never planted anything until late June!) So a disorganized week, but things did get done, and husband did get better and was eating again by Tuesday. This week on Friday we go to the neurologist about his vertigo and his possible dementia. It's time!

  • Jane June 12, 2018

    Best of luck at the neurologists.

  • Marcia R. June 12, 2018

    Thank you, Jane.

  • Liz June 11, 2018

    Hello Friends,

    We have had a wonderful week here in Colorado. Here are some of my frugal accomplishments:

    - My garden is coming along wonderfully. I have spinach and swiss chard ready to be picked. I also have many herbs to use in my cooking. I love garden time!
    - We had a nice dinner with friends on Saturday. I brought potato salad and they provided the meats. It was fun to hang out and talk and the kids played. This is a great low cost way to meet with friends.
    - I was able to help get some chips donated to our children's ministry for a volunteer lunch that we needed to have. This was nice to help keep the cost down for the church. The chips were served with nacho sauce, chili and toppings. It was a frugal meal to feed about 50 people.
    - I made a meal for a sick friend out of mostly on hand ingredients and was able to help in a couple of other ways. I wrote about this on my blog. (https://lizsfrugalfamilyfun.com/2018/06/06/how-to-bless-others-without-breaking-the-bank/) It was nice to do this and not go off budget.
    - I organized a bake sale using SignUpgenius.com to help raise money for our women's ministry. You can use this to request items and it is all organized online. I like using this one and PerfectPotluck.com. It helps ease the burden off one or a few people and everyone can contribute.
    - I cooked most days this week.
    - I shopped at the commissary on post for meats and items that are cheaper there.
    - I stocked up on bread at the Dollar Tree. They have nice brands that are only $1.00.
    - I was able to get strawberries for $.75 per pound. They were on sale for $1.25. I had a coupon from Driscolls.com for $.50 off. If you do a survey with the product code, you can get another coupon. I have done this deal many times in the last few years. Sometimes, I am able to get berries for free or a quarter when they are on sale at Safeway because they double coupons. I try to stock up and freeze them when this occurs.
    - My daughter was able to get a lot of prizes from the summer reading program at our library. She received a swim pass, a tee shirt, clay, a bookmark, and stickers.
    - I signed up for a lot of freebies, which I also posted on my blog, if anyone is interested.
    I hope everyone has a great week!

  • Jennifer O. June 11, 2018

    Been busy wallpapering the stairs and loft, moving furniture around the house, painting the living room and dining room, and refinishing the dining room table. Ordered custom blinds for the loft and hung new curtains in the laundry room to help with the ridiculous heat. Bought a new TV cabinet with a fake fireplace in it for the living room (we live in the South, so its just decorative, but the old yard sale table fell apart so, yeah...).
    Up this week: refinishing the bedroom furniture, repainting the bedroom and rehanging all of the pictures int he house.

  • Jennifer O. June 12, 2018

    I forgot to add- I ordered new emergency glasses through Zenni and bought an extra 6 month supply of contacts. My prescription expires in July, and they're doing just fine, so this will let me extend the time before I have to pay for a new exam into the new insurance year.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada June 11, 2018

    Oh, congratulations to Ezrom for becoming an Eagle Scout! Great accomplishment! And the invitations are beautiful!!!

    I found $22.00 in loose change in an old purse. I had never had time to clear it out as two of my family members were in the hospital when I quit using the handbag. It was like buried treasure. I hate sending old purses to the landfill but these two purses are really totally worn out.

    I am lending a small dining room table a friend's son who is going to university about 300 miles from here. It will give me more space and when I downsize I will get it back.

  • Margie from Toronto June 13, 2018

    It's like a real bonus when you find money in a coat pocket or an old purse - isn't it? :-) $22 was a lot - I think the most I ever found was a $20 bill in the pocket of a coat that I hadn't worn in a couple of years as it was too small. I was going to pass it along to someone but did a quick check before I sent it off - no idea why the money was there as I rarely put bills in my pockets and the coat had been to the cleaners before being put away!

  • Lorna June 11, 2018

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) .

    Pass on our congratulations to Exrom for his accomplishments. So glad Brandy you are harvesting such wonderful produce to increase your family's pantry stocks and meals too.

    Bit of a hard week for us here as we both have had the flu and been battling by doing short stints on tasks as we have the energy to do so, but we made it :) and are both feeling better. We have been thinking this week a lot on finances and working out the best way our money can work for us to our advantage.

    Finances -
    - Banked some more money for the month into our emergency kitty.
    - Decided since we have built up our food storage levels and only go grocery shopping once every 2 - 3 months to each fortnight bank our grocery money into a high interest bank account to earn interest until we need to use it. Got to love bank interest on grocery money :D .
    - We also went and saw our ward clerk and since I am a dependent spouse as I am a carer (not earning enough income to pay tax) to DH who is on a military compensation pension (still classed as working in the defense force) for him to pay my tithe and offerings to reduce both his income and the amount of tax he pays each year. This should save us from our estimates around $300 odd a year in tax we have to pay where that money can go into paying for needed items, bills or house deposit savings in our household.

    Purchases -
    - Purchased a 4lt dutch oven on special from Aldi for $23 saving $181.11 over buying an equivalent brand in our small country kitchenware store. We will use this on top of our slow combustion fireplace during winter to cook roasts and heat up bulk meals we have prepared in the freezer rather than using the electric stove to save on electricity costs.

    Groceries -
    - Used our other $350 for $300 grocery e voucher and with 50% off specials saved in total $70.60 off our grocery costs. We used this partly for our 2 monthly groceries and the other part for stocking generic brand staples to increase our food storage.

    In the gardens -
    - Picked 100 g of cherry tomatoes which we used for meals and 100 g of strawberries we froze for smoothies, ice cream toppers and jam from the gardens.

    In the kitchen -
    - Blanched and froze 51 bags or 6 months food for the 2 of us of sweet potatoes picked from our vegetable gardens. Still have more to go which will supply us with a years worth of sweet potatoes.
    - Made a cheesecake lasting 3 nights dessert for the 2 of us from cream cheese purchased on special and free lemons from a friend we traded vegetables from our gardens with saving $8.38 over buying it in the local supermarket.
    - Made a big 3 kg batch of sweet potato and pumpkin soup to last us 2 nights meals from sweet potatoes picked from our gardens and potatoes purchased on special saving us $28 over purchasing it premade in the shops.

    Usual frugal things we did -
    - Used vegetable washing, cooling, boiling and dish rinsing water to water vegetable seeds in the gardens (we are drought declared here), watered the lawns with saved grey water from our showers and washing machine rather than using town water, used our slow combustion stove to boil water for our cuppas and to reheat meals on rather than turn on the kettle and stove to save electricity, only turned on our electric hot water system when the water needed heating and washed out clip seal freezer bags for re-use.

    Hope everyone has a great week ahead.


  • Athanasia June 12, 2018

    Lorna, you mention sweet potatoes often. I have never heard of blanching them. Do you use them then as fries or chips? Or chopped up in recipes? In other words, are you packing them whole in freezer or in the shapes you will be using them as? I normally only steam whole or bake and then pack the pulp into freezer containers.

  • Lorna June 12, 2018

    Hi Athanasia and a good question :) .

    We blanch and freeze them and chop them into slices so we can steam them for vegetables in meals and you can also cut them into chip shapes and then fry them for chips once blanched. The frozen chips you get in the shop are simply vegetables blanched and frozen and then I think they add their chemical cocktail to them dare I say it :o . We like to make our own chips etc as we know what is in them and can add our own seasonings and cook in our preferred oil or fat.

    The procedure is you boil them for about 25 mins until partially soft in their skins, put them in iced water for an equal amount of time, take skins off with knife, chop into your desired shape (chips or slices), dip in a mixture of 1/2 cup of lemon juice per 1.1 litre of water to stop the sweet potatoes turning brown, drain them, and then pack in meal sized portions for the freezer.

    Here is the website I go by for all my blanching and freezing of vegetables, just scroll 3/4's of the way down for freezer instructions and click on the vegetable/fruit/berry you want to blanch and freeze - http://pickyourown.org/allaboutcanning.htm. It also has a lot of canning and other recipes in there which are wonderful too.

    Hope this helps.


  • Athanasia June 13, 2018

    Thank you Lorna. I might try slicing some. We like baked sweet potato chips (slices). I normally buy a number of sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving time when they are on sale and just store in the root cellar. They last. But this would save a step getting the chips ready for the oven.

  • Lorna June 16, 2018

    Most welcome Athanasia and glad I could help and give your further information.


  • Gardenpat June 11, 2018

    I was pleased to see that 2 of the 3 spirea bushes that I bought for 50 cents each came through the winter, have grown much larger and are blooming now! Landscaping dollars well spent for these hardy perennial bushes!!
    When I took the flannel sheets/pillowcases off in the third floor bedrooms before we had 5 family members arrive to stay for 2-1/2 weeks, I realized that I needed some new pillowcases! So I went through my fabric stash and so far have made 4 pillowcases and will make four more all from the same piece of fabric!! Zero out of pocket cost!!!
    I am using up frozen foods in anticipation of our Zaycon ground beef arriving in about 6 weeks and then the beginning of October, I am getting 80 pounds of Zaycon boneless skinless chicken breast for 99 cents a pound! At that price, I ordered enough to see us through much of 2019! Our daughters split a box so that each will get 20 pounds because even 10 or 20 pounds will make a dent in their grocery bills and the 40 pound boxes are divided into 4 ten pound bags which make them easy to split! The promo code for that price is CHICKEN2018 and is valid through June 30. Here’s a link if anyone still wants some: https://zayconfresh.com/refer/zf182397

    A friend traded a huge bag of lettuce (5 pounds) for a loaf of cheese bread that I had and we were both pleased! Bartering is definitely a way to make our money stretch!
    I finished upholstering cushion covers and trim for a friend’s RV . She was provided all the material and was happy to pay for my labor! Here’s a link to the photo of it finished: https://pin.it/rx3jazq53atlac
    Made most meals at home from scratch, washed ziplocs bags for re-use, picked 2 cups of sweet cherries from our new cherry tree! There are blackberries forming on the bush I bought and planted 6 weeks ago! Bathroom renovation going well!wall tile goes up tomorrow! We were able to reuse most of the 2x4s from the framing as well as insulation so that cut down cost and we used leftover superinsulation on all the exterior walls!
    All in all,a very good week!!!

  • kgs June 13, 2018

    Pat-I just tried to place a Zaycon order and it said the promo code expired May 31st. Maybe it was not for first time orders?


  • Gardenpat June 13, 2018

    kgs- I am SO sorry! I was told by zaycon that it was good through June 30th, but when I had my son try it on his account, it said that it expired May 31! So very sorry!
    Try the promo code FALLFRESH. That is suppose to be same 99 cent/ pound price. Let me know if it you have any more trouble with it!

  • kgs June 14, 2018

    FallFresh worked. Thanks so much. My order is place for Oct delivery. Hopefully your credit points will show up in your acct soon.

  • Gardenpat June 15, 2018

    So glad! I felt horrible that the other code expired! 99 cents a pound for any meat these days is good, but for boneless, skinless chicken breast where it’s high protein and no wasted weight from bones or skin that you end up paying for, I am happy to restock my freezer ! So many people have a different mindset though- “40 pounds? What would I do with 40 pounds.” (Even though we are only 3 left at home, I’m happy to not have to make weekly runs to store to buy a couple pounds at a time! Plus, because they are divided within the box into 4 ten pound bags, if you really didn’t have space or money to buy 40 pounds, you could always split it up easily with 1-3 friends and each get 10 pounds!)
    I always remember years ago, when coupons were doubled with no limits, that our local Meijer’s had Prego spaghetti sauce on sale and with a coupon, it made it 29 cents a jar. After I used my coupons, I discovered that under the label there was another coupon that would do the same 29 cent cost!
    I went out to my car and took out my car key and carefully cut off the part of label that had coupon on the back and went back into the store and bought more for myself and 2 daughters who worked and a friend with little ones that wouldn’t be able to get to the store in time!
    On my last trip into store, I still had about 5 coupons left that I really didn’t need and I offered them to a lady who was putting a jar into her cart. She thanked me for 1 coupon and said she would use it when Prego wasn’t on sale, but declined the other 4 coupons because she only “needed” one jar to use for dinner that night! What??? Many people don’t understand the concept of having a pantry at home so they can get to the point of only buying when those items are at their lowest price!
    The “pantry principle” has served me well over the years of raising our 11 children!! Lol!,

  • Laurie in AZ June 11, 2018

    Love the pic with the scale! And congrats to your son!

    Here are my accomplishments from last week. Not many, but also didn't spend much.

    • Used free tea and toiletries, washed 6 and used ½ dryer sheets and ran only full loads in the washer and dishwasher during off peak times.
    • Found a dime.
    • Got my free drink from Friday Freebies.
    • Ate in all week.
    • Won $7 at our Trivia night.
    • Got pineapple for 88c/lb., watermelon for 20c/lb., strawberries for 75c/lb and honeydew melon for 89c/lb. Loving all of this summer fruit! Also got corn on the cob 10/$1.
    • Got free truvia from work leftover from a conference. I will use these to make my low cal koolaid (packets I had paid only 5c apiece for.)
    • Worked 12 contract hours.
    • Got a few Ibotta rebates.
    • Joined the summer reading program at the library and signed up my grandson too. His age group received a onesie for signing up but didn’t have his size, so I got one for a little baby girl, which I will give to my niece at her baby shower along with her other gift.

    Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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