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Frugal Accomplishments For The Fifth Week of June

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Pavlova with peaches and blackberries from the garden (that I froze) and the strawberries I bought on sale and froze earlier this year. Recipe here.

I picked more apples from our tree and canned applesauce, using resuable canning lids. (I shared a few photos on Instagram).

I harvested Swiss chard, basil, garlic chives, chocolate mint, two colanders of tomatoes, three red noodle beans,  a single red pepper and a single green pepper, and a single zucchini from the garden.

I cut seedless Red Flame grapes and Thompson's Seedless green grapes from our grape vines.

I harvested Early Elberta peaches from our trees.

June Arrangment 3 The Prudent Homemaker

I keep looking for places to sow more seeds in the garden so as to harvest more from the space that we have. I really want more cucumbers, and I realize that in order to have the amount we're wanting, I need to plant even more seeds. I want to eat more fresh vegetables from the garden. I also want more flowers to harvest from the garden to make bouquets; right now it's so hot that most of the flowers have stopped blooming and those that do bloom burn to a crisp by noon. So, this past week, after evaluating my garden space, I sowed seeds for more zinnias (which like the heat and sun, even here!), Armenian cucumbers, parsley, basil, spaghetti squash, cosmos (a test; though these should be easy to grow I've never had them germinate in the past), Bells of Ireland (which seem to like a little shade in our climate and are growing 1/3 the height they should be but are not burning), miniature white pumpkins, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and acorn squash. (I purchased a seed packet from Burpee for the Bells of Ireland, zinnias, and cosmos for $3.97 at Walmart; it's a nice combination for summer flowers in the same color range that should make for nice bouquets in purple, white, green and lavender. I shared a photo of the packet on Instagram.)

I collected warm-up water in the shower in a bucket each day and used it to water plants in the garden.

I took my eldest to the thrift store. (This is kind of tricky now that she and I are the same size and her style has become quite similar to mine! It kind of feels like a race to find things first in the racks!) She was needing a couple of new shirts. What she really wants is Peter-Pan collared shirts. She decided the least-expensive way to do that would be to start at the thrift store, so we went there. Using some fabric I had on hand, she drafted collars for an existing t-shirt. We then bought her two more t-shirts at the thrift store (for $2 each) and she drafted collars for both of those as well. One was a long-sleeved t-shirt, so she shortened the sleeves.

We also found her a beautiful cardigan for $3 (that I actually picked for myself, but it was too tight in the lower arms--but it fit Winter perfectly) and a dressy black dress ($6) while we were there.

I picked up three t-shirts for myself while there. I'm not really a t-shirt person, but I do need something in my new size to wear while working in the garden. These will work well in fall when I can wear them with jeans. One of them was a t-shirt for my alma mater, which was fun to find, as I haven't had a university t-shirt for 20 years! At $2, it was a much better buy than purchasing it new from the university bookstore!

Winter and I also collaborated on ideas for her to make some things for her secret sister for camp. Each of the young women was assigned a secret sister at camp. I put together a Pinterest board for her with ideas that she could make and things that she could print for this particular young woman. (The other girl likes chrysanthemums and bunnies and her favorite colors are maroon and plum). There was a spending limit assigned to each girl (no more than $10) but rather than buying anything, we used what we had on hand. We got really lucky on one thing as well; there were several questions about favorite candies, and one of them was one that my daughter also likes and had already bought for herself to take to camp (wintergreen Life Savers). My daughter just used some of the package that she had already bought (they are each individually wrapped) and gave some to the other girl. The other candies she listed were all chocolate, and as it's expected to be 105º at camp, chocolate would not be practical to bring anyway. Winter and her friends said their favorite things to receive were the notes from the secret sister, and one of her friends said she has kept all the notes from her secret sisters over the years. Their other friends agreed. 

Winter had met this particular girl last week when the girls were all together on a kayaking trip (the other girl, Victoria, is from another congregation). She found out that Victoria had just recently visited London.

With this knowledge, Winter made the following items for her with things we had on hand:

Secret Sister Gifts The Prudent Homemaker


A bookmark with a hand-drawn and painted chrysanthemum (using watercolor pencils)

A notecard (that she'll write a note in, of course) with a hand-painted chrysanthemum

A maroon felt chrysanthemum pin (using this tutorial)

A necklace using a Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) charm that I already had and a camera charm

A tiny change purse from the London fabric I had leftover from making this apron, a zipper from my grandmother, and lined with fabric from a red sheet (that my mom gave me some time ago). Winter chose to pick the part that said "Victoria" right in the center, since the girl is named Victoria.

Wintergreen Life Savers in a paper bag that she cut down and cut with a fancy edger punch


My husband decided to cut his office phone at work. All of his agents use their cell phones and so does he, so there really isn't a need for an office phone. This saves us $50 a month in business expenses.

It got down to 77º in the mornings. Since I keep my air conditioners at 79º, I was able to open the house up from 5 to 7 each morning and turn off the air conditioning and air out the house.

I listened to free music on Pandora while I was sewing.

I listened to classical music on You Tube while I was cleaning the kitchen and canning.

I printed online coupons for some things I will buy in July.



What did you do to save money this past week?



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  • Athanasia July 10, 2017

    Susie, I just noticed you make watermelon pickles. Those are popular around here. Everytime we have a watermelon had to see if it's the perfect rind or not.

    We have a garage apartment also, though we usually rent it out long term. Maybe we should think about doing the guest house thing.

  • Jeannie July 02, 2017

    I would like to say how much I appreciate the community of friends I have made through this forum. It has kept me sane and from feeling alone in my money saving adventures. The knowledge I have learned from everyone's comments has been valuable. Recently I have come to realize something important. There are two different types of money managing personalities and they clash.

    Type 1, ME, careful, thoughtful, thrifty. I look for ways to get as much for my money as possible. I value my time as precious and want to spend it with my family, not working long hours.
    Type 2, Impulsive and willing to spend whatever they earn to get what they want when they want it. These people choose to work hard and the more they want, the harder they work.
    Type 3, won't work, won't economize, but I am ignoring them here.

    The past few years I have shared the knowledge I have learned from this website with friends, it has fallen on deaf ears. I haven't been able to understand why they would want to work long hours at hard jobs only to blow everything they earned on something (in my opinion) trivial. It has been hard for me to comprehend. I would say, if you would (insert simple money saving idea here) you could save so much money. They would nod politely then proceed to order the most expensive item on the menu, a “to-go” container, no thanks.

    My oldest son, Joshua shared his understanding of this situation because he hates to be frugal. He would rather work long hours, take evening classes to advance his career than to bother trying to save money. He really, really hates economizing. If he wants something and he has money in is wallet, he will buy it. He did stop and thank me for teaching him good money managing skills. All of his friends are broke, VERY broke; yet, they say, “Josh always has money.” He realized they are right. He does have money because he has learned to control his impulses. He chooses to work harder, not cut back and save.

    The epiphany I had this past week was due to some deep soul searching. I was in a situation, surrounded by type 2 friends and felt peer pressured into spending WAY more money than I had planned. I am an old woman! It has been 30 years since I felt any peer pressure at all and I ended up going along with the crowd! I was caught off guard. I felt as if I was being stingy; but, after deep thought I realized, I was not. They were being wasteful.

    My soul searching involved first looking within and asking myself two questions: First, am I hurting others with my frugal ways? Years ago I had a budding relationship with new friend. We decided to ride to church together and so she picked me up in her car. It was 100 degrees outside and 120 degrees inside her car. I offered to drive my car since her air conditioner must be broken. She said it worked fine but she had it off to save gas. I was gasping for air as my makeup was dripping down my face. I said I would be glad to give her $1.00 to cover the extra cost. She declined since church was only about five miles away and we would be there soon. Needless to say, I hitched a ride home with someone else and our friendship ended.

    Second question, when is storing and saving too much? There is a wonderful parable told by Jesus of a farmer who was blessed with a huge harvest. Rather than sharing his abundance with others, he choose to build bigger barns. If you change the word “barn” to “closet”, it hits me hard.

    Third question, how do I handle the situation of the different attitudes of my friends?

    First, no more feeling sorry for them when they cry about difficult jobs, long hours, body pains from hard work and a horrible boss. They have chosen a wasteful lifestyle and it is the consequences of their choices. No more quoting my AWESOME frugal friends from this website. I will nod politely, order something reasonably priced on the menu and ask for a “to go” container.

    Second, I will no longer open myself up to ridicule about my money saving successes. They do not see the importance of wise money management any more than I can see any fun in working yourself to death for an impulse buy.

    I will continue to be friends with these ladies. I love them too much to do otherwise, but I will ask myself one last question, “Why haven't I figured this out before?”


  • An interesting perspective Jeannie. I shared your comment with my husband. I find that I am surrounded by people who are like your friends. When I say how much I spend on groceries, I get comments like, "Oh, but then I'd have to _______" (garden, bake, etc.) and they do not want to do those things.

    It is so nice to have readers who are sharing money-saving ideas. I never realized what a boost that would give me to know I'm not the only one!

  • Jeannie July 03, 2017

    Thank you Brandy. I have felt alone at times and did not realize how important my frugal ways were. Often times I was looked down upon, laughed at and made fun of, no one was cruel, they just did not see the value in saving money. They think their way is right, I think my way is right also.
    I like this website because everyone here is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!
    Thanks everybody.

  • Cindi July 03, 2017

    This is a great post, Jeannie. I, too, have friends who say they would rather work than bake, hang out laundry, shop sales, etc. etc. The truth is, I derive great pleasure from almost all of the things I do to save money. There is great satisfaction for me in doing something myself and seeing the results. And truthfully, for many people working harder does not result in more money in their hands -- they must economize by necessity. I think one thing this blog does is show the joy in being frugal, even if you are doing it because that is the only way to make ends meet.

  • KathyB July 03, 2017

    Yes! Being frugal is fun for me! :D I love looking at my closet and seeing half the items are from the thrift store, and the other half from the clearance rack. My linen closet is stocked with beauty/personal care product bought using coupons/Extra Bucks/clearance deals..and my gift tote that I store Christmas presents in is the same. I can't imagine paying full price for anything, and it pains me when I have to. I get such a kick out of a good deal! And I love reading this blog for more ideas and inspiration.

  • Jeannie July 03, 2017

    It is fun and just when you think you know it all, someone adds a new comment and I think, "Hey, I can do that!"

  • SJ in Vancouver BC July 03, 2017

    Years ago, I was unemployed for almost a year. After I went back to work, my SO told me that we actually had more money available to us when I wasn't working. During unemployment, I cooked everything from scratch including crackers, bread, and yogurt. I learned to garden and can and dehydrate. We watched every penny.
    When we had a second income, we stopped doing a lot of those things for awhile. So, yes, I became a type2 person almost overnight. It was short lived however and I came back to my frugal ways.

  • Jeannie July 03, 2017

    I think being a type2 person is more fun in the short-term, play, spend, don't think about the future, repeat.
    For me, knowing I can (if necessary) live on almost nothing and have a comfortable lifestyle is comforting. I don't stress about the future. I have learned different skills which will help me if anything goes wrong, if not, hopefully my husband can retire earlier due to our money savings.

  • Jeannie July 03, 2017

    Thank you Cindi. I think you are right when you said, "...for many people working harder does not result in more money in their hands..." Years ago I read a great book, The Millionaire Next Door by T. Stanley which changed the way I looked at people who appeared to be rich. The book proved, those that look rich, usually are not because they are spending so much trying to maintain their lifestyles. I required each son to read it as part of their home school studies. Two sons followed the advice of the book, Joshua, did not. (Oh well, I will love him anyway.)

    I enjoy being frugal, it is often like a game to see how much I can save. They would never understand...but you do!


  • J July 03, 2017

    That is a great book!! My dad gave me a copy when I turned 16 and made me read it. Invaluable lessons!!

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  • Rhonda A. July 03, 2017

    I love history and work in a pioneer village. I find great pleasure in doing things "the old fashioned way" as it gives me a feeling of connecting with my ancestors. They didn't have a choice, but to garden and preserve food for winter, dry their clothes on a line, sew and find ways to stretch every penny they earned. I'm lucky that there are several co-workers who also enjoy these things for the same reason. I don't believe they are as frugal as I am, but it is so nice to be able to learn new skills from them or ask them questions about how to do something I want to try. I find that many people may not have an interest in doing gardening, home canning, sew or various other hand crafts, but they do appreciate the work that goes into it, especially when given as a gift.

  • J July 03, 2017

    I love this Jeannie. I work full time and we are very careful with our money because we have goals. I am very aware of how much I need to make for it to be worth me working vs staying home. I am fortunate to have a great job, and it shocks me to hear how some people just throw away money. A colleague mentioned to me on passing once what she spends on groceries. She literally spends on one week what I often spend on an entire month. Now, this would be totally fine and would receive no judgement from me if the same colleague didn't often complain that they wished they could work part time instead of full time. It is very hard to not say "but you could switch to part time if you made a few simple changes to your spending habits". Sure, I would love to eat lamb and fresh seafood weekly, but then we would be paying off our mortgage in 50 years. I try to be as frugal as I can but I also try to be careful that it does not become an obsession. The great thing about this community is that we all learn and support each other. It makes me feel like I am not a weirdo!

  • http://Robbie July 03, 2017

    Wow... absolutely. Make smart changes!
    I'm working on mine slowly.

  • Jeannie July 03, 2017

    J, anyone who has the energy to work a fulltime job is amazing to me. And yes, this community has helped me feel like I am not a weirdo, well, maybe I am a weirdo, but now I have many friends and I belong!

  • Marybeth July 03, 2017

    Friends are always saying how "lucky" I am that I only work part time(I didn't work when the kids were little). I only work outside my home part time because I work inside my home full time. I cook every day. I grow a large garden. I can. I use coupons and thrift shop. To have put my kids in day care would have been crazy expensive. It would not have been worth it for me to work full time because my check would have gone to day care. We do not go away often. When we do we usually drive and stay with family or friends or we turn a business trip for my husband into a mini vacation. I have said this over and over through the years to my friends but they do not listen. They would never "waste" their time reading blogs like this. Most of their joint incomes are more then my husband's and mine. Yet they never have any money and are always broke. The only difference is we only have a mortgage payment. We live below are means. We do things ourselves. We are very happy with the way we live. All of you are my frugal friends.

  • Laurie in AZ July 03, 2017

    I love this post, Jeannie. I too am surrounded by Type 2 people. I don't give the money saving advice anymore. They will never understand the thrill and joy I get from doing something like getting a tube of toothpaste for free!

    I recently quit my job, but know we will be ok, since I know how to economize. I am loving the flexibility and security that frugality offers.

  • Jeannie July 04, 2017

    Laurie, the hardest thing for me, and I mean the HARDEST, is learning to keep my mouth shut, especially when they start whining. I want to help them solve their problems, offer suggestions, make their lives better. It does not work. It is like telling a two year old not to stretch a rubber band all the way out because it will snap back and hurt. They do it anyway. Saying "I told you so," never makes anything better.

  • Allyson F July 04, 2017

    My husband tried to offer money saving suggestions to a coworker and friend of 35 yrs who was having lots of financial problems, at which time that friend said, "who are you , my financial advisor?" We decided to stop offering that kind of advise. Type 2 people don't see it our way.

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