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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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  • momsav June 26, 2017

    We can get extra large, at the local gas station, with coupon, for 69 cents a dozen, limit 2. This runs about once a month. Some weeks it's a bit more, rarely less.

  • I only buy free-range eggs (the DH and I rarely eat eggs), and the cheapest I can find is about $4/dozen. Needless to say, I happily use flax eggs in my baking when I can, so I use maybe 1 dozen eggs a month, max, and often much less. If I have eggs that are significantly past their best before date, I use them to make lemon curd (yolks) and meringues (the whites). If eggs are super-cheap where you live, those are two desserts that seem fancy, but wouldn't be expensive!

  • Eve June 29, 2017

    We live in Alaska, and we were paying our neighbors $4 per dozen for fresh eggs. "Organic" eggs at the grocery store sell for $3.88/dozen. At Costco, you can get large eggs in 2 dozen pkgs. for almost $4 - so around $2/dozen. We would kill for eggs at 49 cents/dozen!!!!!!!

  • KathyB June 26, 2017

    I am in SE Tennessee and my Aldi has had them for 28 cents a dozen! However, I buy organic, free range eggs when I can, and my Aldi has them for 3.49. I did score at my local grocery outlet last week, free range eggs for 1.59 a dozen!

  • Denise W. June 28, 2017

    KathyB I am in southeast Tennessee also!!

  • Athanasia June 26, 2017

    Eggs here in the stores are about .99 for the store brand, sometimes less. The organic and name brands run between 1.99 and 4.59 or so. I normally just get eggs from my daughter's farm. I'll buy the cheap store ones if I need a lot of eggs, like for 10 doz cupcakes or something like that.

  • Laurie in AZ June 26, 2017

    You can keep eggs for a long time if you coat them with mineral oil. Here is an article on it: . I do this often and it works great.

  • Becky @ Becky's Place June 26, 2017

    I work at a convenience store where eggs typically sell for $1.29 or $1.49. When they go on sale it is usually for 99cents, which is currently what they are. Next week they are supposed to go on sale for 49cents/doz. But our local grocery store and other area stores seem to price around $1, give or take 30cents.

  • Pat June 26, 2017

    Aldis in Omaha had eggs for .38 per dozen with a limit of 6. Eggs were not on my list but I bought them at that price!

  • Kimberly Mozdzen June 27, 2017

    68¢ a dozen for large great value brand in Ocala Florida. Some of the other stores have eggs for more money

  • Cindy S. June 28, 2017

    I bought eggs yesterday at my Aldi for 37 cents.

  • Christina from 2minimize June 25, 2017

    Wow! You did so much this past week. I love your coin purse. I love that you listened to swing music while cutting apples. It's amazing that you were able to turn the clothes into something that works with your current weather. That's something I wish I had the time to do. I'm hoping once I finish my degree I can pursue more basic "life skills."

    I made an art wall, hung out blankets and sheets to dry, redeemed some Swagbucks, received tons of clothing for my son from my mom, and more:

    Happy soon to be Monday, everyone. I truly enjoy reading all the comments here too. It's my favorite place to learn frugal tips.

  • Jen G June 25, 2017

    My frugal urban Seattle week:

    -We biked all week, not taking our car out of our parking space.
    -I was super annoyed that the leather on our comfortable leather chair, purchased only four years ago, was peeling and cracking. I was just about to start shopping for a new chair when I did some research and found some acrylic paint that should stop the peeling. The paint cost $7. It's not a perfect solution, but it should make the chair last another few years for us, hopefully.
    -I started making more cloth napkins from fabric from my stash. I also found some fabric (old Ikea curtains) that I want to make an apron for myself out of.
    -Inspired by Brandy! I made lemonaide popcicles rather than buying ice cream from the store for our "hot" week (it's in the high 80s...don't laugh too hard at us!) My kids are fans.

  • Anna June 26, 2017

    Jen G check out leather honey for your chair it used to be called Harness honey and it revived hundred year old harness that had been on the floor of my parents,barn for who knows how long. I use it to save and protect all my leather it's on amazon. For what it can do its well worth the money.

  • Hilogene in Az June 25, 2017

    I too would like to offer my thanks and gratitude for this blog. I don't have anyone near me with similar interests, so am very glad to have this community.

    Last week's frugal tasks:
    -made homemade bread, sliced and frozen in separate baggies for use this upcoming week
    -ate at home all except one meal. This is the third week we have spent $20 or less eating out!
    -continued eating items from the freezer
    -continued to try one new recipe a week. This practice causes my DH some stress because it is risky...given my cooking skills, but I believe 75 percent of the time, the new recipe is a keeper ;)
    -this time of year, the heat makes going out so unpleasant that we stay home and don't spend money.

  • Stephanie June 25, 2017

    My significant other and I have moved in together and combined our households which has proved quite the challenge for me. He has three children and I have three of my own so handling meals for eight people on a budget is throwing me for a bit of a loop. I'm working on getting better at having meals that can be flexible. My children's schedules are pretty rigid and if I say they're going to be home at a certain time then I'm almost 100% certain that won't change. My new additions have much more flexible lifestyles than I'm used to and I have discovered that even if I start preparing a meal thinking all eight of us will be present, there's no guarantee there will still be eight by the time the meal is served. On more than one occasion I've started preparing dinner for eight to end up only serving four (which is fine because then I have leftovers!) or worse, started preparing dinner for just two of us to find out that I was now needed to stretch things to serve five or more. I'm learning a lot of flexibility! I love my new expanded family and I'll just have to learn new ways of doing old tasks :) If anyone knows any clever tricks for magically expanding meals then let me know!

    This week I made banana bread using over ripe bananas. I found some strawberries at Aldi for $1.29 which is almost unheard of for this area! I bought several pounds and have served them as sides for lunches, sprinkled on waffles and even made shortcake.
    I saved a total of $14 using cartwheel discounts.
    I cashed in $20 on Ibotta. I'm having a lot of success right now with this app finding rebates on things I'm already planning on purchasing.
    I managed to collect $2.50 in rebates for Checkout51. I find Ibotta gives me more bang for my buck but I continue to keep up with checkout51 because every now and then I have a barcode that I can scan.
    I tried a few new recipes to add some variety to our meals and have had a few successes. I made honey mustard chicken the other night that got rave reviews from my step-son.
    Twice I had to run to the store for small items, those times I walked rather than waste the gas.
    I used a gift card one day to purchase a starbucks coffee. They got my order wrong and gave me a free drink coupon which allowed me to have another free coffee this weekend.
    I picked up a double shift at work to help bring in extra cash. The extra money is wonderful even if I end up spending two days exhausted from lack of sleep.
    I found packs of boys Champion socks at Target on clearance for $3.48 for a six pack (A steal in my book, decent quality socks can be ridiculously expensive). I bought all the clearance ones I could find (four packs) and also had a 5% off cartwheel.
    Target also had some packs of boys Hanes briefs on clearance for $4.98, I bought two packs which was all that was left.
    I pay for all of my Target purchases with a redcard debit card that is linked to my bank account. This gives me an additional 5% off without having to wrack up credit card debt.

  • SJ in Vancouver BC June 26, 2017

    I used to host international students. Part of my compensation included providing them with dinner. I'd ask for a headcount at breakfast about who wanted dinner that night. If they didn't say Yes at breakfast, they'd get a sandwich and not the hot dinner that night. They learned quickly to say Yes. The benefit to me was that I knew how many people I had to make dinner for that night.
    I had some tupperware-like dishes that were microwave safe if someone wanted dinner but wouldn't be there at 6pm, our sit down time. I'd then write their name on the cover and they could reheat it when they got home or take it for lunch the next day.
    Also, unless it was a special dinner like Thanksgiving, I'd always plate the food in the kitchen. It made it easier to ensure equal sized servings for everyone. So, it made saving dinner for someone very easy as well.
    I don't know if this would work in your situation but it worked very well for me.

  • Rice, pasta, and potatoes are great for stretching meals! Making chili and suddenly have a whole bunch more people to serve? Serve the chili over rice/pasta/potatoes to stretch it out. Rice and pasta cook quickly, so easy to add to a dinner menu at the last minute. The same principle applies for a lot of other saucy dishes.

    Also, if you keep a batch of soup and/or bread in the freezer, you can pull it out as an addition to whatever you planned for dinner, and serve that along with smaller portions of the planned dinner. Takes some fore-planning to have soup/bread in the freezer, but worth it not to stress over last minute additions, I think!

    Good luck, and let us know how it works out!

  • Laurie in AZ June 27, 2017

    Crockpot meals are great for when people are eating at different times. My husband and I do this a lot, as he gets home late on the night of the week that I have an activity.

  • Athanasia June 28, 2017

    Stephanie, if these children are old enough to be making plans and going places on their own then they should be old enough to keep you informed as to whether they will or won't be at dinner.

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