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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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  • Laura June 11, 2018

    Congratulations to your son for obtaining Eagle Scout! What was his project? I have a cub scout and a boy scout who are working their way up and we love to hear what other scouts in other areas of the country do to for their Eagle project.

  • Ann Lee S June 11, 2018

    Welcome to our world Hamish!!! a beautiful baby.

    Very well done Ezrom!! just look at all those awards & badges !

    AnnLee S

  • Becky June 11, 2018

    We had a very busy week with my daughter's graduation and the open house on Saturday. They both went very well, and I'm feeling a lot of relief having those 2 big events out of the way.

    Her graduation dress is here: https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/jaanas-graduation/

    I cooked a lot this week. I made some things for the weeks ahead, such as frozen pizzas.

    I accepted help from my family with food items for the graduation party. My sister and niece made and fried home-made donuts on the spot. They were a huge hit. Another sister brought all the meat and cheese--many, many dollars worth. Mom brought veggies, and deviled eggs. They all helped put things together that morning, and keep the food table full. I used coupons from the stores, and Ibotta rebates to help bring the cost of the food down, while still buying extra treats and making things really nice.

    My garden is now giving me lots of lettuce, a few snow peas, and green onions. I got the idea to let them self-seed here on this blog, and this is the 2nd year I didn't have to re-plant them. I, also, do want to move the row over next year, so I have another batch going to seed right now, and I will plant them in another place. I've picked a few small artichokes, and the raspberries and strawberries are starting to get ripe.

    Pictures of the week are here: https:https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/thriving-in-my-thrifty-week-june-10-2018/

    For the past 2 years, my husband has had a 1-year contract with the school district. Last year, they renewed it in the spring. This year, they told us Thursday that they are not renewing it due to "district-wide budget constraints." There were others who did not did have theirs renewed, either, and some who did. It's silly in a way, because the special needs kids are still going to need IA's in the fall, but they won't have to insure all these people all summer, and can fill the positions in the fall, when they find they can't cope. But..... that means no insurance for us this summer and no job lined up for the fall. I'm looking into insurance options to cover us. He is not eligible for unemployment, as it was a 1-year contract job. He already had a part-time summer job lined up, and had the 12-month paycheck plan, so we are fine for summer, and I have my part-time job. He is applying for other jobs, but it is likely that the bulk of the openings will appear in August. IF he decides to stay in the school system, that would be the most likely time to get a job. So, while we are fine for the next 3 months, we will need a new plan by fall. I anticipate that we will carry on as planned through the summer, with a little more penny pinching than usual, in case it takes a little longer in the fall. Grow, garden, grow!

    I have deep peace about this. I cannot explain how deep the peace is, it could have only come from Him. God has always been there for us, taking care of us, and gave me assurance that He knows all of these things. I'm sure anxiety may rear it's ugly head once in a while, but for now, I can truly say, "it is well with my soul."

    So, in the meanwhile, I am getting ready to go backpacking with the teenagers at church next weekend. I'm super excited, as I have not been for many years. I will let the young, strong youth leader and his wife lead the way, and will come along at the end --at my own pace! My youngest daughter is going, as is my niece. It should be fun for us all!

  • Susan June 12, 2018

    Your daughter's graduation dress is lovely. Good luck to your husband in the job search. I checked out your blog too and loved it.

  • Becky June 12, 2018

    Thank you.

  • Jenny June 13, 2018

    I really love that Spafford hymn.

  • Becky June 13, 2018

    I do, too. I grew up singing it in church, and still love it even though it's not used as much in the church we are attending right now.

  • Margie from Toronto June 13, 2018

    Your daughter's dress is lovely - sophisticated without being risqué - she looks just beautiful.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for your husband to find a new job soon as I know having health insurance is such a big deal in the US.

  • Becky June 13, 2018

    Thank you. To be perfectly honest, I like it so much better than the one she and her sister bought, so I was super happy that we both agreed on that dress because it was so pretty and appropriate! And, we will always have the pictures so the dress will last forever:)

  • Jo June 11, 2018

    Our week has been busy as I started my new job and we are adjusting to the new schedule.

      I bought needed OTC medications at a discount chemist.

      We took advantage of some great grocery deals and bought 5kg of white rice at 50% off, 2kgs of butter on clearance for $3.20, bacon at 30% off plus you got ten free hash browns, 6kg of our usual dishwashing powder on clearance at 60% off, our favourite yoghurt at over 50% off and a chorizo at half-price.

      Our clock in the living room broke. My husband found one that matches our wallpaper exactly and was on special for 25% off.

      We tried to use hot water bottles, blankets, thick clothes and our electric blankets to reduce our heater usage. The heater still ran for 39 hours this week. :(

      I baked bread and muffins and used the heat to warm the kitchen. I also made yoghurt in the slow cooker and bulk-cooked eggs for lunches.

      I paid a bill online to save a stamp.

      I had some study to do for my new job and used scrap paper for all print-outs and taking notes.

      I swept our tiled floors instead of vacuuming.

      I worked an extra 2.5hrs.

      Most meals were made at home. I had one planned lunch out with a friend and one night my husband and I were at such a long appointment that we bought some nuggets and chips to share on the way home. My husband took all lunches to work, we used up some produce given to us for free and ate the free hash browns for breakfasts. Unfortunately, some yoghurt spoilt in the fridge but that was the only waste.

      We went bowling with friends one night. I downloaded 50% discount vouchers for everyone and my husband and I ate dinner at home beforehand. People came back to our place to play board games and I served homemade muffins that used up some free plum jam.

      I finally found some glass mixing bowls with lids and they happened to be on special too!

      We found one recycling bottle during our delivery round and friends left two bottles at our place.

      I froze four portions of leftovers to use later.

      I mended holes in a pair of pants and a pair of stockings.

      I bought two work tops and a Christmas present at a thrift store and received a free reusable bag.

      We washed two full loads of dishes, saved warm-up water when hand-washing, washed two full loads of laundry and dried it all on racks.

    Wishing everyone a good week!

  • Jenny June 13, 2018

    I made 48 cupcakes and masses of sausage rolls but despite all the baking the heater needed to stay on. I have all the curtains drawn and doors closed with the door snakes in place as well. When I go to bed there's bedsocks and beanies, but the electric blanket is still on. Still it is winter and the rain is welcome.

  • Tammy June 11, 2018

    Congratulations on your sons Eagle Scout Award. That is quite an accomplishment. I know how much work goes into it.

  • Cindi June 11, 2018

    Congratulations to Ezrom.
    Your photograph for this blog post is so beautiful. It could be framed, or on a calender
    I was able to harvest lettuce, arugula, green onion, radishes, and peas from the garden.
    I accepted a gallon of milk from the woman who was waiting in line behind me at the post office. She had just purchased it and her husband refused to drink it because the sell by date was the next day. I brought it home and put it in my freezer.
    I donated a box of items to the local humane society thrift store and got a receipt for my taxes.

  • Lilli June 11, 2018

    I miss Scouts so much. What a honor for Ezrom . You must all be so proud of him. I continue to spend as little as possible. I have been pretty successful this week. While in town, we decided to stop at the salvage store. We were informed they were closing down and this was their last day. I bought food for 1.00 a case. Mac n cheese, tuna, peanut butter, peas, ranch dressing powder, and I don't remember what other food items. Sugar cookie was given a bag and filled it up to the top for 1.00. She bought every snack imaginable. Think the overpriced stuff by the cash register in the stores. I spent a total of 8.00 this week. He told me to find a box and fill it with any copy paper I could find and we could have it. That box was so heavy I could hardly pick it up. 30 reams easily. Everyone knows sugar cookie draws and honestly, everyone loves sugar cookie.
    My freebies for the week. I entered 66 Coca Cola caps and received 3 movie tickets, 3 LG drinks and 3 LG popcorns. My kids are not laughing at me so much now.
    I was given a bottle of amoxicillin and prednisone. The neighborhood very old Tom cat must be fighting a younger male. He has been looking terrible. His orange size knot has disappeared with a little doctoring. We live in a rural area and I imagine Big Bob is not eagar for a vet trip.
    I found 3 like new pairs of America Eagle jeans in the trash. If sugar cookie can't wear them, they will be sold on Facebook yard sale page.
    My treasure was a beautiful bathroom light fixture sitting in a pile on the side of the road. I have slowly replaced the awful bright gold fixtures that were in my house. I had seen one recently in the thrift store but they wanted 50 dollars. I cringed at that thought. I drove by this one, turned right back around and carefully got out and claimed it. They are all kind of bronze with a creamier glass. Sugar cookies young man will install it and I am delighted.
    I redeemed Swagbucks for:
    Two 9 pk cases of wipes
    252 case diapers
    48 rolls Scott type tissue Target brand
    My refrigerator woke me up at 2 30 AM sounding like it fixing to explode. I couldn't find any tools. So with a spoon and toothbrush, I attempted to repair it . Seriously. I unplugged it, cleaned the fan, realized they have a conspiracy about home repairs. I tossed stuff out of the freezer. I put the valuable items in my chest freezer. All cooked goods will be eaten and well, some items went into the trash. After sitting all night, it seems to be fine. It may have been frozen up. Happily, I didn't have to call a repairman. I am grounding the children until my toolbox shows up. It is hard to make repairs with a spoon.
    We have a middle aged homeless couple camping nearby. I bought the 5 1 dollar cheeseburgers. I told them where they could get jobs and they DID.!!!!! I got the woman some of my jeans that were way to small for me. I packed them a box of personal care products from my stockpile. I told them where they could shower. I don't know how these people ended up in a tent in the woods but I feel so sorry for them. She gave birth 4 weeks ago to a 10 week early baby. Drugs etc were not involved. I heard recently that most people can't cover a 4 hundred dollar emergency. I can't do much for them but I can donate a little since they really are trying.
    Be blessed everyone.

  • Becky June 13, 2018

    Good grief, that was some kind of a sleepless night! I'll bet you were tired the next morning, but I'm glad you fixed it.

    I would want my toolbox back, too!

    It's great that the homeless couple was open to working, and accepting help. Is the baby camping in the woods, too? That would be so difficult in any case:(. I'm glad you could help, and I'm sure they appreciated it.

  • Riley June 12, 2018

    Beautiful photos! This week wasn’t particularly frugal because a dear friend got married in Key West and we went! But still...
    -we flew out of a smaller airport near our home where parking was dirt cheap
    - we brought snacks for the trip
    - we called our hotel on our layover and asked if they had a shuttle (they didn’t list it on their website)and they picked us up
    - we ordered the wedding gift from amazon and mailed it directly to the bride and groom to save on shipping. A portion (small but still!) of the gift was using a GC from a survey
    - at home, in laws watched our children
    - we did our monthly budget while waiting in the airport
    -at home, we ate meals from the freezer
    - continued to use cloth diapers
    - tried to keep the house tidy
    -filled in another high value survey yesterday
    - continued to read online about questions to ask the benefits manager when I meet with her next week!
    - came up with a plan for splitting my paycheck between accounts to start putting more towards our house. Would LOVE to pay that off early if possible,

  • Darcy June 12, 2018

    Frugal Accomplishments at our house:

    We have gotten a good amount of rain in the last few days so we haven’t had to water the plants much at all. We have had cooler weather, too, so we haven’t had to turn on the air conditioner as much as we usually do this time of year.

    We harvested lettuce and spinach.

    While going grocery shopping at Food 4 Less I always check out the clearance sections. This week I found applesauce and canned clams and salmon at great buys. I bought several to add to our food storage.

    We took our lunches to work each day.

    We made all our meals at home.

    Our most frugal meal was the split pea soup I made with ham pieces that were in the freezer from our Easter ham and chicken broth that was also in the freezer.

    While my husband went fishing with our son-in-law, I pulled out leftover soup from the freezer for my dinner on Friday night and I ate it again for lunch on Saturday.

    I made laundry soap.

    I look forward each week to reading the comments. Have a great week, everyone!

  • Marion June 12, 2018

    What was your son's Eagle scout project?
    Becoming an Eagle scout is a real accomplishment!

  • Libby June 12, 2018

    Brandy the photo montage is gorgeous. Amazing that you are still picking the lemons – this must be month 4? Congrats to Ezrom – he looks both proud and happy!

    • Took advantage of the 56 degree weather and baked cookies and made a mac & cheese casserole with spinach and diced tomatoes.
    • Hung a load of laundry up to dry.
    • Earned 36 bonus swagbucks for month of May
    • My glasses broke so I took them back to the store and they repaired them for free.
    • Saturday was the annual Connecticut Open House day, when most museums, historical sites, etc are free for the day. I went on a 45 minute cruise on the CT River for $5 and visited Nathan Hale’s first schoolhouse for free.
    • Made swag goal x 1
    • Had overnight sleep study and the office staff had prepared a credit card authorization and left it for me to sign. I read it carefully and made changes: checked off the box for charges to be for “this appointment only” and crossed off the line the company had checked off giving authorization for “all appointments in 2018.” I had a photocopy made of the paper after I made the changes. There was another “new patient form” that requested my social security number. I left this blank. I’m not sure if everyone knows that it is illegal for a company to require that you provide your social security number unless they need to report some part of the transaction to the IRS or they are a state or federal agency. To be clear – it isn’t illegal to request the number – only to require it.

  • We have been picking the lemons since December. There are a few more left that we will pick this week.

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