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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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  • Eve June 29, 2017

    My husband has been taking his lunch to work for 22 years! We do the same thing your friend does - we make the lunch when we are cleaning up after dinner. In winter, we use a small individual sized crock pot for him to carry soup, stew, or pot roast in. He carries the inner pot to and from work and leaves the cooking part at work. It doesn't "cook" the meak but heats it well by lunch time. Lots of nice and frugal ways to save on lunches at work!

  • Rhonda A. June 26, 2017

    For your back porch, you can buy silica sand that you sprinkle into wet paint or clear sealant to help give the surface grip. Not sure if this will work for your porch, but thought I would let you know such a product existed. It might be a cheap solution to the problem.

    I like to save veggie peelings as well in the freezer to make stock. It feels good to make nutritious food from scraps you would have thrown away.

  • Laurie in AZ June 26, 2017

    Thanks for the information on silica sand. We are in a rental, so can't do that but it will be good to know once we buy our next house, as we plan on having a pool again.

    And yes, it does feel good to make nutritious food from scraps. Today our dinner is Leftovers Soup (my mom used to call it Garbage Soup, but my hubby doesn't like that name!) I keep a container in the freezer and throw in the last bits of veggies and meat that are too small for a serving. I also rinse out spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce cans when I am using them and put that tomato water in there. Once the container is full, I put it into the crockpot and add any veggies it is lacking (today I added a carrot and a stalk of celery,) a couple of beef bouillon cubes, Italian seasoning, garlic and a couple of cups of water. It will be delicious!

  • I never thought to save the rinse out water from sauce cans for soup, but that's a great idea! Thanks, Laurie!

  • Eve June 29, 2017

    I think I may be the only one who does this - I save the "juice" from cans of corn to make "corn cob" (without the cob) jelly. Two 15 oz cans of corn will render 2 cups of juice which makes about 3 1/2 half-pints of jelly. It tastes like a combination of honey and apples, and so at our house, we call it "Faux Honey Apple" jelly. It is delicious, and we don't "waste" the juice. I do the same thing with cans of peaches. You can use just the juice or throw the peaches into the blender and then make jelly. This is the best peach jelly we've ever had! Store jelly is so HARD. When you make it yourself, you can use as much pectin as you like for the consistency you want. In fact, jelly has gotten so expensive, it is cheaper to buy cans of peaches on sale (or a #10 can) and make up a lot of jars yourself. Tastes a lot better, too.

  • Wow, those are great ideas, Eve! For the cob jelly, do you just take the juice and add sugar and pectin? Nothing else? And great idea re the peach jelly! I love learning new things!

  • Rhonda A. June 30, 2017

    What an awesome idea, Eve! For those who are struggling with feeding their families, this is brilliant. Two edible products for the price of one is a great way to stretch your grocery money!!!!:D I'm thinking I might try making peach jelly from my home canned peaches. Wondering if this would work for my home canned pineapple chunks in pineapple juice, or even my canned many things to try now. Thank you so much for sharing this idea!!!

  • Pat June 26, 2017

    My husband just started taking a lunch after he was diagnosed with diabetes in May. Before the diagnosis he would eat breakfast and dinner at home and skip lunch for the most part. He usually takes leftovers and/or salads of different types. I make a huge cookie sheet of roasted veggies at the beginning of the week and make sure there is at least one extra portion of meat leftover at dinner that he can have for lunch I've also been making chicken or tuna salad in case he wants something besides leftovers. I also make an egg bake every week that he alternates with oatmeal at breakfast time and some days he will take that for lunch on days that he has oatmeal for breakfast. There is also yogurt, applesauce, raw veggies and low fat crackers and unsalted roasted nuts that he can fill in with if need be.

  • Laurie in AZ June 27, 2017

    Great tips, Pat! Thank you!

  • Cindi June 25, 2017

    Brandy and All -- I, too, really appreciate this blog and the community here. I love the focus on frugal living as a joyful and creative thing to do.
    We took a mini-vacation to Denver this week to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We took the dogs and stayed at a LaQuinta (which doesn’t charge extra for the dogs and has a good breakfast buffet.) The hotel is near a park with trails, so we can wear the dogs out before we leave them to go out. We got tickets to a Colorado Rockies game as his birthday gift. We took our own snacks and water to the game. We shopped Costco to stock up on a few things like flour and olive oil while we were there. (There is no Costco on our side of the mountains.)
    We ate the last of the peas and the first of the broccoli from the garden. I don’t think the broccoli is going to last much longer in this heat. We also got some strawberries, lettuce, radishes, green onions and herbs from the garden.
    I picked daisies and columbine for an arrangement for the table.
    I pulled up the pea vines and transplanted okra and collard greens I grew from seed into the space in the greenhouse that they were occupying.
    I repainted our outside door facings, using paint we had on hand. It’s a different color than the white that was originally used, but I like it better (this is a tan color that matches the wooden doors better.)
    On my husband’s birthday, I gave him a homemade card I had made and a homemade coconut cream pie – his favorite. We had friends over to share the dessert with us.
    I bought new bed pillows (my husband had a nose bleed and ruined his) and pillow covers. The covers each came in a plastic zippered pouch. I picked out the stitching to remove the zippers – they are the perfect size for making cloth zippered pouches that I need for a couple of Christmas gifts I have in mind. And this post has inspired me to look for little charms to add to the zipper pulls (I'm sure I have some in my stash of craft supplies.)

  • Athanasia June 26, 2017

    Cindi, are you growing your vegetables in a greenhouse? I wasn't sure. Your broccoli is
    far ahead of ours. We start indoors, then transplant out. Maybe it is cooler here than by your. It's only 54F now but I think another storm is coming in.

  • Cindi Myers June 26, 2017

    The broccoli is outside, but I planted starts from a nursery that were pretty far along. Most of the rest of veggies are in the greenhouse. It is in the 50s at night, but up to almost 90 in the day.

  • Terry June 25, 2017

    I am curious what others are paying for eggs. A few days ago I was in another state (where I do my big shopping) and almost fell over when I saw large eggs for .46 per dozen. I only bought a couple since I still had several dozen at home to use up.

  • Rhonda June 26, 2017

    About .88 for a dozen basic eggs in Oklahoma

  • Terry June 26, 2017

    I'm in Oklahoma and the last time I was in town they were still $1.97 per dozen! That's why I was shocked to see .46 doz, that was in Missouri.

  • Marybeth June 26, 2017

    I got 18 large eggs for 99 cents the other day.

  • Marybeth June 26, 2017

    Sorry. I'm in NY

  • Lori@MyVintageWhimsy June 26, 2017

    Here in northeastern South Carolina, eggs have been very cheap since around Easter. I think I paid .43/doz last week at Aldi, and the price was comparable at Walmart, too.

  • Darcy June 26, 2017

    At my local Aldi I paid 41 cents for a dozen!

  • Rhonda A. June 26, 2017

    I live in Ontario, Canada and the cheapest I can get a dozen eggs is $1.77. This is a sale price and not always available. Regular price is $1.98/dozen.

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