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Frugal Accomplishments For The Fifth Week of June

Pavlova The Prudent Homemaker

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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  • Jeannie July 04, 2017

    I fell for the same trap thinking the whining was a cry for help. NOT! It was just whining and all they wanted was a person to listen. Now that I understand it, I will do that.
    Jeannie
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  • Laurie in AZ July 04, 2017

    Yes, that has been hard for me too. Especially when it is someone you care about. But I now just keep my mouth shut and think about the money in our savings account and think to myself, "Time will tell...."

  • Marcia July 03, 2017

    This was great. It's rare for me to find friends that live on a budget, especially in my area.

    On one hand, many of my friends and coworkers can relate to the fact that I have had *one* raise in 6 years. One (new) coworker said "but costs keep going up!" yes, but, in the last few years I have
    - refinanced the house ($700/ mo savings)
    - changed from child care to preschool ($2000/ year savings, and we are headed to kindergarten, so that will be another big savings)
    - cut my grocery bill in half (it's drifted up again, but at least it's at 70% of where it was in 2014)

    So I've managed my bills, I guess.

    I do have a few good friends and neighbors on a budget. I have found that it's easier to find people who HAVE to be on a budget. People who have only one income or are self-employed are much easier to relate too. And we trade tips on where to find the best produce!

  • Jeannie July 04, 2017

    Marcia, you are doing great! Don't give up and don't discount yourself, "So I've managed my bills, I guess." What you have done is amazing and it is only the beginning. Continue to build on your success; you will see more and more ways to make your life better.

  • Jlynn July 04, 2017

    I loved your post. My best friend and I are polar opposites when it comes to spending. Although we are only two years apart in several we were raised so differently.

    I grew up on a farm and if money was tight we sold another animal to slaughter. My mom gardened and canned and budgeted and saved for something she wanted. She couponed and sewed and mended, etc. These are all things I learned and do. My parents never had a credit card their entire lives.

    My friend doesn't blink twice at spend $70 for groceries for one meal when she finds a receipe she thinks she might like. We and her husband have lots of credit card debt and are one long illness away from going under.

    Their kids love to spend time with me because we go on picnics, to parks, the free zoo etc. which they find adventurous because it is so far from their normal.


    I don't say anything, just thank God and my parents for learning frugal ways, saving for a rainy day and knowing wants versus needs.

  • Nancy. com July 02, 2017

    Hello Brandy...i certainly enjoyed your post. I want to try your beautiful dessert for the 4th. I love your daughters wonderful gift she made. The change purse was adorable. Loved your apron you made a while back.
    Here are a few frugal accomplishments this week:
    *harvested basil..chives..mint..thyme..made basil mayo and basil pasta.
    *made meals from scratch ..enjoy many recipe ideas from this blog
    *colored my own hair
    *paint my own nails
    *took a magic eraser and cleaned walls. Looks fresh
    *cleaned out own carpets
    *library...checked out summer reading
    * spend time enjoying our garden n pond.
    * pressed flowers with my grands
    * cut lavender n rosemary and hung on new drying rack my husband made.
    *cut flowers to bring in house
    Thank you again Brandy for all your ideas.

  • Tammy July 02, 2017

    My husband and I have been encouraging each other to save money. We ate all meals at home, except for a couple of tacos one day for dinner. I have avoided all stores including the thrift store. I have been going through my clothes and wearing what I have. Entertainment has been at the library or from the library. We took a look at our spending and were so happy this week to see that we have saved money. Decided that time spent with grandkids is more important than buying them things. Borrowed books, movies and cd's for them from the library. I have been reading "The Tightwad Gazette", also borrowed from the library. It is an excellent book full of money saving ideas.
    I cooked lentil soup as a meat alternative. Made a quick tuna sandwich for breakfast when I was contemplating going out for breakfast. This satisfied my hunger and made me happier than if we had eaten out. Made pumpkin pancakes another day for breakfast. Barbecue ribs, boiled potatoes with butter and green peas for dinner. Husband took all meals to work from home. He is happy to eat leftovers. Makes it easy for me.
    Enjoyed time at home tidying up the house, listening to music on pandora for free and reading library books and my Bible. Looking forward to spending time with my grandkids and showing them everything we got from the library.
    Looking at advertisement online to find the best grocery deals. Will be shopping when I can get the best deals.

  • Tammy July 02, 2017

    I forgot, another book I read this week was " When Children Love to Learn." It was an excellent book about Charlotte Mason's method of teaching. There were wonderful ideas in the book. I like to teach my grandkids when they come over. I plan on implementing some of these ideas. I also got this book from the library, free.

  • Rhonda A. July 02, 2017

    Brandy, please tell Winter she did a wonderful job creating gifts for her secret sister, Victoria. I'm sure she will never guess many of those gifts were hand made. So beautiful and such a great job!

    It's been a week of emotions for me. Life sure likes throwing curve balls. This week our frugal accomplishments included:
    *Meals made at home this week included fish with noodles & sauce side dish and leftover mixed veggies, chicken souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, mashed potatoes and corn, hamburger helper, BBQ hamburgers & hotdogs with baked herb potato chunks,
    *DD entered a bookmark design contest at her school and won a prize. She received a professional sketch book with high quality drawing paper, an artist quality graphite drawing pencil, a laminated copy of her bookmark to keep and several more non-laminated copies to give away. We are putting the art supplies away as she will be taking an art class both semesters when she starts high school this September.
    *DD also won a drama award at graduation. Sadly it was undermined by her extreme anxiety behaviours which hit crisis levels during the ceremony. I cry every time I think about that night...not happy tears either. We are desperate to get her help from a child psychiatrist which are sadly lacking in our area. Down side to our health care...even though we don't have to pay to see doctors, the type of help we need might not be available close by or so booked up that it takes a long time to get in to see them.
    *Sent my mom with money to purchase 8 pineapples (on sale for $1.50 each), a can of pineapple juice, 4 heads of romaine lettuce (on sale for $1 each), and some milk since I had to work all weekend. I will be canning the fruit on Monday when I have a day off. By avoiding the grocery store myself, I did not pick up any "extras", saving me money.
    *Brought home 2 free stalks of rhubarb from work. I helped someone make rhubarb cake and pulled a couple stalks too many. I cut them up and added them to the bag in the freezer.
    *Sent my mom to the farmers market on Canada Day (I had to work) to pick up strawberries. She bought 3 flats @ $30/flat (up from $25 last year, but the heavy rains might have something to do with the increase). She processed most of them for the freezer with some left for fresh eating. I will make jam as I have time. I'm looking for a low sugar strawberry syrup recipe but having a hard time finding one that is specifically for canning and low in sugar. If anyone knows of a recipe, please let me know the link!
    *My husband decided to come to the "Dominion Day" event at my work on Canada Day by himself, since DD didn't want to go. He received free entrance, watched a battle reenactment, enjoyed taffy tarts with lemonade (kindly bought me a tart too) and purchased a whole strawberry rhubarb pie for home to share with everyone.

    So glad to finally have a day off on Monday. I will sleep in, then canning pineapple for most of the day, and after I will take some time to relax. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

  • Chris M July 02, 2017

    Rhonda A. -- I'm so sorry about your daughter's graduation ceremony. I know there's nothing that can undo the events ... I just wanted to give you a virtual hug ((())). I hope future events will be less anxiety-producing and that with time, DD will learn to manage.

  • Rhonda A. July 03, 2017

    Thank you Chris M. I appreciate your kindness.

  • J July 03, 2017

    Rhonda, I am sorry to hear about the crisis at the graduation ceremony. As a mom and a teacher I sympathize. I hope that you are able to get into a psych soon. The waits can be long. I hope that your daughter gets lots of love and support from staff as she enters high school.
    On another note, I also paid 30/flat in Barrie this year. Last year I paid 27. I write down the prices every year. My mom said she paid 32/flat this weekend in London

  • tiffany July 05, 2017

    I am not sure how it works where you are, but as someone going to school to be a school psychologist. Does your school district have any resources? Normally a school psy. can not see someone for the long term but they may be willing to see her a few times till she can get in elsewhere. It also looks like your daughter is into art? I would encourage you to look up Peacelove studios as well :)

  • Rhonda A. July 08, 2017

    The school does have psychologists, but we have to be referred through the school, which is on summer break. At this point, I don't think a psychologist will be much good, as they are not able to prescribe medications. We know that she needs her medications adjusted or added to, but even the pediatrician we have seen for another issue stated he would be hesitant to make adjustments considering the medications she is already on. It's kind of like dealing with someone with bipolar disorder. They know what they are doing is not right, but can't help themselves until medications help them level out so they can think more logically. We really need a child psychiatrist.

    I looked up the Peacelove studios. It looks really interesting, but only available in some areas of the U.S. Nothing here in Canada like that as far as I know. Thanks for the info, though!

  • Jessica July 02, 2017

    What pretty gifts! I, too, am trying to figure out where I can plant a few more seeds for a fall garden. I think I can get another round of lettuce, spinach, and radishes if I can just figure out where to put them. Anyway, here are my frugal accomplishments for the week:
    -Used air conditioner minimally. Temperatures were relatively mild so I didn't really use it much when I was home alone during the day (I am a speech pathologist with a school district, so I only work one day a week in the summer). We did turn the one on in our bedroom (we have window units) at night so we could be more comfortable. My husband and I both sleep best when it's a little cool. I can't believe how little we've had to use the AC this summer.
    -I got a pedicure with a friend. I NEVER get my nails done. But my in-laws had given me a gift card to a nail salon 2 Christmases ago. I had to pay a bit out of pocket, but not much. It was nice to be pampered and just be able to relax with my friend.
    -Made an extra $150.
    -paid a couple bills online - saving an envelope, check, and stamp
    -combined 2 time sheets to send in to work, saving an envelope and stamp
    -caught shower water a few times. It rained here three days last week, so I didn't water the garden at all. I did water the new strawberry plants when I finally got around to planting them. And I watered our trees early last week since they looked like they needed it.
    - Picked lettuce and hot peppers from the garden
    - I had some crescent rolls in the fridge that I needed to use, so I made taco ring instead of using tortillas.
    - We went over our gas budget for the month. But gas prices hit an incredibly low price for the summer around here. So my husband borrowed my dad's fuel transfer tank to get enough gas to fill up our lawn mower, all our vehicles, our tractors, our 4-wheeler, and our empty gas cans. We should need lawn mower gas for the rest of the summer. And I was working extra, so we had the money to cover it. I was glad we did because gas went up 20 cents a gallon 2 days later.
    -picked up some free zip loc bags off the free table at work
    -Made creamy pasta salad with some mayo that was about to expire. I had all ingredients on hand.
    -Made strawberry white chocolate chip cookies using the strawberry fruit leather I made a few weeks ago. Neither my husband nor I liked the fruit leather, but it was fine in the cookies!
    -Made Kentucky Butter Cake
    -Bought a skirt I liked for 50% off. I need some new clothes for work next fall, so I am trying to pick up a few pieces here and there.
    -Dropped my car off to get an oil change (I have a loyalty card with the dealer that I bought my car from. They change the oil for a price that is so cheap, we wouldn't even be able to buy the supplies to do it ourselves - which we do with our other cars. We only get the discount on the one we purchased from them). My husband did it on his way to work and had one of his employees pick him up and drive him to the job site, which was only a few blocks away.
    -Got zucchini bread out of the freezer to eat for breakfasts last week. My husband isn't a huge breakfast eater, so one loaf usually lasts us the whole week.
    -Ate a lot of salads this week since we have a ton of lettuce in our garden right now
    -found wild blackberries growing in the treeline on the back of our property, so we've been keeping an eye on them. They are almost ready. My dad found a few more wild blackberries on his property, which joins ours. So we are keeping an eye on them, too. Hopefully, we'll get lots of blackberries!
    -We had to renew our vehicle stickers this month. My husband has several vehicles and trailers that are necessary for his construction business. So it was over $400 to get all the registrations renewed. I was glad we had saved a bit back for this each month.
    -Got a free toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, and floss from the dentist. Although I'm sure they won't seem so "free" when I get my bill. I have dental insurance through work, which definitely helps!
    -made a headphones case out of a travel size q-tip container. I had the qtips for a long time. I just took them out and put them in the regular q-tip box. That should keep my headphones from getting all tangled up in my purse and help them last longer.
    -saved 2 envelopes
    -made a double payment on the mortgage
    -washed only full loads of laundry - except a load of delicates
    -trimmed up loose threads on my hand towels to make them look a little nicer
    -stayed diligent about light usage
    -cooked meals from items in our freezer/pantry - I have now emptied and entire shelf in the freezer to make room for veggies from this year's garden and meat from hunting this fall.
    -used the little bit of extra grocery money we had to buy canning lids, which I'll need soon.
    -only used electricity to exercise once
    -made Brandy's zucchini potato cakes using up a few potatoes that were starting to get a little soft and zucchini that we had frozen from last year.
    -accepting cinnamon rolls and two hand towels from my parents. My mom saw the hand towels at Kohls when she was shopping and thought they reminded her of me since they had dogs on them. They are so cute!
    -went to a 4th of July party where dinner was served
    -will make pasta salad to take to a 4th of July party at our neighbor's house tomorrow night using all things I already had on hand.
    -renewed library items by emailing
    -I collect Fiestaware dishes and I was able to order the new color place setting online for a great price - over half off.
    -Got $10 off a dress I really liked - I'll be able to wear it to work in the fall
    -dried basil, parsley, and chives
    -put another bucket of ice in the freezer for blanching veggies

    I've been watching Downton Abbey DVDs from the library. I had made it through seasons 1&2, but the library did not have season 3. I ordered it, but when it came it was missing 2 of the discs. So I found a copy on Amazon that I could get shipped to my house for $5. I will watch it and then donate it to my library so they have all the seasons again. They used to have season 3, but someone checked it out over a year ago and has not returned it. :(

    Looking at this next month, I think we will need to stock up on toothpaste and butter. I also saw that there will be several good sales on toilet paper that I can combine manufacturer coupons with. So I will probably buy that as well even though we have a bit of a supply built up already. I also want to visit the Amish bulk foods store near us for some herbs I know I will need while canning. A local grocery store is currently running some good deals on pasta, baby carrots, and crescent rolls.

    My garden is doing wonderful. I have TONS of tomatoes coming on my 36 plants. I can A TON of pasta sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, and tomatoes every year. I also have green beans, squash, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, zucchini, and watermelon coming. A deer ate some leaves off some of my sweet potato plants, but I think they should be okay. I sprayed some liquid fence around the area, hoping to deter them.

    In not-so-frugal news, our state congress just voted to raise income taxes another 1.2%. The governor will veto it, but it passed so easily that they will probably override his veto. I live in Illinois, which is going into it's 3rd year without a balanced budget. It is a serious concern for me, as I work in the schools. If they don't get a budget passed, money does not get to our schools. So far, they have given schools a little money every year - even without a budget. But it hasn't been anywhere near what it should be. I know my school district is hurting, as are many others. It is also upsetting, as the pension fund is very underfunded and my dad (who has worked for the state for over 30 years) is getting ready to retire. I fear for him and his retirement. I also contribute to the teacher retirement system in Illinois, although I know I will never see that money even though I am forced to contribute by law. I guess it's just another reason to be frugal and continue to push myself to find other ways to save money. It also reminds me of the importance of diversifying my income sources - which I have been working on for a few years.

    Anyway, not that I have been a Debbie Downer (haha!), I hope that everyone has a great week and finds some awesome ways to save some money. Thank you all again for posting every week. And thank you, Brandy, for hosting all of us. This blog truly keeps me going and inspired to keep plugging away!

  • Elizabeth July 03, 2017

    Hi Brandy and Friends! This was a good week.

    *I loved your photo of the flags in the white pitcher the other week. I had the pitcher already, and found little flags 3 for $1 at Target. Now I have “Brandy’s centerpiece” on my dining room table, too. ☺

    *Found strawberries for $1.29/lb. I lost weight several years ago, and my daily breakfast is always strawberries (usually frozen) with greek yogurt. I usually pay $2.29 for frozen berries, so I went ahead and bough 48 lbs of strawberries at this lower price. They are also better quality than the bagged frozen. It took several happy hours in the kitchen to get them all washed, hulled, and bagged for the freezer. This should last me about 6 months! I may go back for more, our basement freezer is not very stocked and we have the room.

    *packed food to take with us to share and enjoy at my in-laws beach rental. We are here 48 hours, and will treat for dinner tomorrow night out as well. I looked into moderately priced restaurants so we don’t walk into something very expensive because we haven’t planned well.

    * Went to the Thrift Shop last week. They close for July and August, and every year, the last week of June, everything is $1. I put it in my Google Calendar as a recurring event so I don’t miss it. I made it in on Tuesday, and although it was picked over, I scored 3 pairs of shoes for $3! 1 pair for me, leather LL Bean boat shoes, and 2 pairs for my husband, both dressier work shoes. I got out the shoe polish when I got home, and presented him with his new shoes at dinner. He was pleased!

    *took my three year old with me to the thrift shop, as usual. She understands that most of her books and toys have come from the thrift shop, and so she loves going and picking things out. I always bring a few snacks from home, so she can sit in her stroller, look at a “new” book, and have a snack while mommy shops. Train them young! ☺

    *did “Budget Committee” with my husband on the last day of the month. We have been tracking now for 28 months. We keep track of our account balances together and know where all the money goes. It’s good because it gives a monthly forum for any financial discussions, and it’s great to see progress each month.

    *I found a like-new Dutailier glider and ottoman at the end of the driveway of a very nice house on trash day. These retail over $500. I took it home, wiped it down, photographed it, and put it on a Facebook yardsale site. I sold it for $150 the next morning.

    *I cleaned out our game closet and sold 25 board games (mostly from my teaching days 5+ years ago) for $20. The young dad who picked them up was happy!

    *We still haven’t installed the window AC units yet. It gets into the 60’s-70’s at night (New England) so as long as I have the window fans on intake over night, the house gets chilly by morning. There have been a few days where it was humid and hot, especially in the afternoon, but we just took it easy or left the house in the afternoon. Our house is pretty from the outside, but the window ACs have to be in the front windows for air flow, and I HATE the way they mar the look of the front of the house, so I hold out every year as long as possible. They are usually in about 6 weeks a year.

    *ate all meals at home and packed drinks, snacks, etc. for when we are out.

    *sorted my daughter’s clothing (in the upcoming sizes). Since I buy most of her clothes at thrift shops and yard sales, I buy a few sizes ahead. I had to sort it out, donate a few things that I have accidently amassed too many of, and take stock of what I still need.

  • What a great idea on the glider!

  • Jessica July 03, 2017

    I know what you mean about the window units! We had one in the living room last year, which made watching tv or having a conversation nearly impossible. It was so loud! But the one that really drives me nuts is the bedroom one, as it is on the front of the house. So ugly.

  • Elizabeth July 03, 2017

    Yes! We have the smallest house on the block, but it's clean and pretty and ours. The way the rooms and windows are laid out, there is one window AC just above the front door and one right next to the front door, and they make the front of the house look so junky. Ah, vanity. We are lucky to have AC units at all of course! It doesn't hurt that this preference for waiting as long as possible also saves a lot on the amount we pay for electricity, either ;)

  • http://Robbie at Use Resources Wisely July 03, 2017

    I love the idea of adapting thrift store clothes! Will have to try with my daughter.
    Had a cheap road trip this weekend. Met my parents in Louisville and went to the science center. Because we have memberships to a reciprocal museum, we got in free!! I Really encourage you to check it out if you are traveling.
    A grocery store is closing so we shopped the clearance. Got a lot of good deals and made a gift basket for a Christmas gift for my parents. They are hard to shop for but they really appreciated last year's gift of seasonings that were heart healthy.
    Bought sugar cookie mix to make and freeze cookies for school bake sale with my daughter's leftover birthday cake frosting.
    Stocked up on whipping cream. Making my garlic chive butter to freeze when I get home from work today.
    Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!

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