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Frugal Accomplishments for the Fourth Week in June

It's incredibly hot here this week. We started on Sunday with a high of 112º, and the thermometer just kept going up.

Tomatoes and Basil The Prudent Homemaker

I picked tomatoes and basil from the garden for a caprese salad.

Caprese Salad The Prudent Homemaker

I cooked a ham, which we sliced for sandwiches using my meat slicer.

I cut grapes from the garden, which we enjoyed alongside sandwiches for lunch.

I worked on my embroidery project quite a bit while sitting inside in the air conditioning, under the fan.

While sewing, I listened to several free French lessons online.

I sowed seeds for more zinnias, basil, red noodle beans, and pumpkins in the garden.

My eldest son helped me put in stakes and a trellis in the garden for beans using materials I had on hand. My husband had picked up several stakes for free several years back from someone who was getting rid of them. It has been nice to have them to use in the garden.

I made a double batch of laundry soap.

I attended a church social and accepted the leftover food that I was asked to take home. Several people were able to take leftovers home.

I went to Target for a few necessary items. I was considering purchasing a few more things (and had Cartwheel discounts for several of them), but I decided against them and to save my money instead.

Before I went to Target, though, I decided to stop in at Ross. I don't usually shop there but felt like I should go in. I was able to find a dress for $15 that was just what I was wanting (solid navy blue, with sleeves, and somewhat vintage-styled). I'm working to build a new wardrobe in the smaller size that I am without spending much money. This dress was in the budget. 

My daughter and her friends were going to the thrift store. I had them take my donations with them and they got a receipt for me for my taxes.

Dorsett Goldens The Prudent Homemaker

I picked apples from my tree.

I cut the shirt sleeves down on four more shirts for my husband to turn them into short-sleeved shirts. He had been needing some new shirts when all of these hand-me-down like-new long-sleeved shirts were given to us (by a stranger!) and since our weather is usually warm or hot, turning almost all of them into short-sleeved shirts has been perfect for him.

I mended an item of clothing.

I turned a pair of pants and a pair of jeans that were torn at the knees into shorts for the children.

I listened to swing music on Pandora while cutting apples and sewing.

Change Purse The Prudent Homemaker


I made a little change purse to hold my quarters when garage sale season comes back around in October. I was wanting a little quick project that could be completed after I had done my other sewing, and this was quick to make using fabric scraps I had on hand. I added a little British telephone box charm that I had on hand (I bought 6 of them for a small amount on Etsy for gifts a few years back)  with a jump ring and a pair of needle-nosed pliers.

 

I just want to thank you all for your comments. It's nice to know that others in the world are working to live within their means. It's not a conversation that I get to have with women nearby, and I truly enjoy reading each of your comments and learning from you!

What did you do to save money this past week?

 

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  • I'm so sorry you're going through a job loss! Prayers are with you.

  • Kim June 25, 2017

    I have the same situation. There are no women in my life who must be as frugal as we are, so it means a lot to have all of your ideas. Thank you Brandy, for allowing us to meet here and encourage one another. This week was Vacation Bible school at night all week. We spent no $ on fast food, due to things I had prepared ahead of time in the freezer. My sis gave us an old $10 Sonic card that had been in her wallet since 2015. We ate Sonic burgers last Sunday on our way out of town to visit my Dad for Father's Day. There was enough left over for 50 cent corn dogs, which was a fast supper one of the VBS nights. Silly, but quick and fun! I tried a new haircut place and got a $7 haircut during their grand opening pricing. My cut at the regular place is $20. The cut wasn't exactly what I described to the hairdresser, but I'll get over it. Eating tomatoes and edamame from the garden. Resisted buying an item that was on clearance. Making use of every dib and dab of leftovers in the fridge.

  • Wyoming Gal June 25, 2017

    This week I made enchiladas several times to use up the filling I made with cheese, spinach and black beans. I ate pulled pork for several meals - frozen leftovers from work. I made banana nut bread and muffins. The frozen bananas were several months old. I also made and froze easy chili-like soup - with leftover grilled hamburgers crumbled, canned diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans and black beans and taco seasoning.

    I rotate my work clothes and shoes so I wear a different pair of my usual shoes and sandals (about 15 pairs) each day. My shoes usually last 5 to 10 years. I try to wear all my summer clothes at least once in 5 months. I wear my favorites several times a month.

    I streamed Grantchester, The Tunnel and My Mother and Other Strangers from PBS.

    I crocheted a beret and matching scarf to match a newish winter coat. I spent $3 on yarn.

  • Jeanne June 25, 2017

    Loved your red coin purse. It has inspired me to use my left over fabric and make some for gifts. Have a great week.

  • Marcia June 25, 2017

    This week saw us enjoying local strawberries as much as possible. The season was late and it's short, so we eat them as much as we can when they are available! We are still working on weeding the garden beds--which were too wet until the first of June. We've still had a number of showers but only a little over an inch of rain this week, so were able to get a fair amount accomplished. More to be done and it will be between showers again this week. I don't think we are planting veggies this year--so late now, but the morning glories are doing very well in the porch boxes. I did find three heads of Romaine lettuce growing nicely on the edge of the compost pile. My daughter needed lettuce so she took one home with her yesterday. I also did some baking this week, making a large pan of cornbread, two loaves of lemon zucchini bread (as mini-loaves) and putting most of each into the freezer. I made a pan of brownies today too. We can probably eat those without having to freeze them! This week I also hope to get some floors washed. I didn't manage to do that this past week, although it was on my list.

  • Gardenpat June 25, 2017

    This has been an amazing week for us! We no more than finished 2 clients' orders from our home based woodworking business than we got another $800 in firm orders for more things! And while some are from people within our circle of friends, more and more are people that we've never met, thus expanding our client base!! We are over the moon excited about this! We're hoping that this will be a nice stream of extra income when husband retires in 2 years!!
    I harvested, blanched and froze a quart of peas and a quart of broccoli from our garden. I also harvested 3 heads of Romaine lettuce.
    We've been getting 13 eggs a week from our two chickens! I'm not sure which one is the "Thursday slacker" but that's been such a blessing! We pick up 3 more hens from the hatchery on Wednesday and we already have people asking if they can buy our extra eggs since we could be getting about 3 dozen eggs a week!!!
    We enjoyed popcorn tonight on our front porch using a large popcorn popper that some friends gave us! It was wonderful and fun!
    We only spent $23 last week for groceries- using things from our pantry/freezer instead! We watched a British murder mystery movie on Netflix for a relaxing evening in!
    It is so green and beautiful outside here in Ohio these days! We love this time of the year but remember that winter will be here sooner than we realize! So we are stocking up our pantries!
    Meijers had a sale this past week for Prego spaghetti sauce - about 90 cents/jar ! Now I'm sure many of you make your own, but I admit it, we are Prego snobs!! And 90 cents/jar is so much better than over $2/jar!!! I also got some Nestle's milk chocolate chips for the same price so I bought 44 jars! I won't need to buy any more for a year!
    All the usual- bag washing, meals at home, brown bagging, mix making, etc!
    Very good week!!

  • Debby in KS June 26, 2017

    "Okay, whichever one of you is taking Thursdays off, raise your wing!!!"
    Thanks for the laugh, Pat!

  • momsav June 27, 2017

    My husband's a Prego snob, too. I throw in homemade once in awhile, or I'll try a different brand, but we always come back to prego. At 90cents a bottle, I'd buy as much as possible, too!

  • Mable June 25, 2017

    Our biggest frugality is that we are now eating only the fruits, vegetables and herbs from the garden. If it has not ripened yet, then we aren't eating it. BOth of us miss potatoes the most, since they won't be ready until late August, but we have a lot of rice and pasta we stockpiled during sales the past year, so are eating that instead. This early in our season (interior Alaska), we don't have a lot of variety but we'll make do---some days I am ashamed to admit I have to remind myself that there are people all over the world who would rejoice in eating fresh monotonous fruits and vegetables, so I should be thankful instead of complaining. We have a freezer half full of moose and salmon, both of which we got for free by trading foods I canned last year and berries I gathered and froze last autumn. (Although some of the salmon came from a young man who fishes and when he visited his mother, who lives next door to us, and she told him that my husband mows her lawn and drags her trash to and from the curb once a week. As a thank you, he dropped off 35 pounds of salmon he'd caught the week before!)

    A few months ago I got a coupon that resulted in my getting two large tubes of toothpaste for free. We finally got around to opening a tube and hate the taste. However, we are using it anyway.

    Traded two loaves of homemade bread for two dozen eggs.

    Needed more eggs so I went to a farmer's market, taking along 19 egg cartons I'd been saving. I figured some small egg seller could put them to good use. The vendor accepted them with thanks and gave me a free dozen eggs in exchange, in addition to the three dozen I was purchasing from her.

    Took some books to a non-profit bookstore and received a tax donation.

    Wrote a letter of complaint, a polite one, to a soap company, explaining that the pump on a brand new bottle of their shampoo had malfunctioned. They sent me two new pumps plus a coupon for a free bottle of shampoo.

    Other than that, just did the usual stuff of reusing bags, making yogurt, drying laundry outside and so on.

  • Belinda June 26, 2017

    How nice of your neighbor's son to drop off the 35 pounds of salmon.

  • Mable June 25, 2017

    Our biggest frugality is that we are now eating only the fruits, vegetables and herbs from the garden. If it has not ripened yet, then we aren't eating it. BOth of us miss potatoes the most, since they won't be ready until late August, but we have a lot of rice and pasta we stockpiled during sales the past year, so are eating that instead. This early in our season (interior Alaska), we don't have a lot of variety but we'll make do---some days I am ashamed to admit I have to remind myself that there are people all over the world who would rejoice in eating fresh monotonous fruits and vegetables, so I should be thankful instead of complaining. We have a freezer half full of moose and salmon, both of which we got for free by trading foods I canned last year and berries I gathered and froze last autumn. (Although some of the salmon came from a young man who fishes and when he visited his mother, who lives next door to us, and she told him that my husband mows her lawn and drags her trash to and from the curb once a week. As a thank you, he dropped off 35 pounds of salmon he'd caught the week before!)

    A few months ago I got a coupon that resulted in my getting two large tubes of toothpaste for free. We finally got around to opening a tube and hate the taste. However, we are using it anyway.

    Traded two loaves of homemade bread for two dozen eggs.

    Needed more eggs so I went to a farmer's market, taking along 19 egg cartons I'd been saving. I figured some small egg seller could put them to good use. The vendor accepted them with thanks and gave me a free dozen eggs in exchange, in addition to the three dozen I was purchasing from her.

    Took some books to a non-profit bookstore and received a tax donation.

    Wrote a letter of complaint, a polite one, to a soap company, explaining that the pump on a brand new bottle of their shampoo had malfunctioned. They sent me two new pumps plus a coupon for a free bottle of shampoo.

    Other than that, just did the usual stuff of reusing bags, making yogurt, drying laundry outside and so on.

  • Ava June 25, 2017

    I'm "refreshing" two extra bedrooms and the bathroom between them, in anticipation of guests arriving next month. I've vowed to do this using mostly what I already have (it's been fun getting creative, actually), but I also have a list of items to keep an eye out for at garage sales and thrift shops. I found several this last week, including three beautiful, high-quality woven baskets with linen linings for $2/p., and a full size bath towel - the exact brand and color I am using in the guest bath (and which were my late in-laws - neither my brother- or sister-in-law wanted them and we were glad to put them to use). The towel was $1.50.

    I was also looking for some specific items for my grandchildren to use and enjoy when they visit, and I found quite a few of these - several pairs of jeans for $1/p, some fun and comfortable t-shirts for less than $1/p, some games, books, and a few bath toys for $.50 and under.

    I decorated the house for Independence Day using things I already own, and resisted the urge to buy more!

  • Jane June 26, 2017

    Brandy I love your blog and I so enjoy reading the comments. I really admire your generosity of spirit, allowing fellow bloggers to put their links in the comments. I've started following several of them. Thank you.

  • Donna M Hovis June 26, 2017

    Brandy, I want to echo Jane's comment about your generous spirit for allowing fellow bloggers to link to your site. I have learned so much for you and the other ladies. You are a blessing.

  • J June 26, 2017

    There is something I forgot to mention in my earlier comment - Lidl (a German discount grocer) has opened stores in the States. The press has been describing it as an Aldi (where I know many readers here shop) meets Trader Joe's. We used to have one around the corner from us when we lived overseas. Readers looking for reduced grocery bills will probably want to see if there is a location near them: https://www.lidl.com/ Unfortunately there are none in Canada yet...I have to admit I am jealous of the low cost of groceries in the States compared to Canada.

  • These stores did not do well here and closed up. They were called Fresh and Easy. They were actually quite high-priced, and in the end, they decided to stop having ads their last year. At that point, many people wrote them off completely, including myself. They used to have a couple of good sales at Thanksgiving, but that was it. They carried a lot of individually packaged ready-made meals. They also had limited hours; most grocery stores here are open 24/7 in our town and they didn't open until after a lot of people had already gone to work and closed up too early as well. Grocery stores are often quite busy here at 11 p.m.

  • J June 26, 2017

    Very interesting! Fresh and Easy was owned by Tesco, which is not the same as Lidl so hopefully Lidl will be better. We actually had a Tesco on the ground floor of our flat in the UK. Lots of convenience foods in the smaller shops. A great example of a company not doing proper research before expanding internationally. Reminds me of when Target came to Canada. It was a total flop even though many Canadians love Target.

  • Thanks for the correction!

    I read about Target in Canada. I heard their largest problem was keeping the stores stocked; they never did manage to keep the shelves stocked. A lot of bloggers were writing about how the stores were a mess as well; they weren't keeping things tidy. Always good to make sure you can keep your stores full and neat if you want to make a profit!

  • SJ in Vancouver BC June 26, 2017

    Too many Canadians were used to shopping in the US Target stores. Their 'Canadian' model did not measure up to the US stores. Not only were the stores messy, they did not have the selection the US stores had. You're correct in saying that there were also stocking problems as well.

    Also, the prices were higher in Canada. For those living in Vancouver, it was cheaper to drive to the US to shop in the US Target stores even with the exchange rate favoring the US dollar.

  • J June 26, 2017

    All true! They couldn't stay stocked and the prices were not as good. Canadians were used to going to the States to get the DEALS at Target, and they just couldn't produce the same deals in Canada (exchange rate, population size, transit, tariffs, etc.). The stores near where I live were clean and well kept - but definitely had the stocking problems and the pricing issues. I got lots of amazing deal when they were closing all the stores - but that was not the intention!!

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