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Frugal Accomplishments for the Fourth Week in November

The Alnwick Rose The Prudent Homemaker

I cut Swiss chard, basil,  and garlic chives from the garden.

I sewed and made presents for my children using fabric and supplies I had on hand.

I sewed two Christmas stockings as a wedding gift using fabric I was given.

I mended a hole in a shirt.

I began decorating for Christmas using decorations I purchased in the past.

My eldest is taking university courses online. She can take the quizzes for courses online, but her tests have to be taken in front of a local university proctor. Most charge $25 per test. She found that the local LDS Institute of Religion offers free proctoring, which will save us hundreds of dollars. She took her first test this week.  The location is not close (but none of the proctors are) but it is close to the Boy Scout office, so my husband was able to combine the trip to pick up some paperwork for my second son's Eagle Scout project (which was just approved!)

My husband enjoyed reading one of the books I purchased for him in October for $0.25.

I said yes to the offer of some hand-me-down scooters from a friend who had outgrown them. It ended up including a rip stick, for which my 12-year-old son was delighted.

I made buttermilk pie early in the week, using some buttermilk my mom had leftover that needed to be used right away (and she was going out of town). 

I enjoyed a magazine that came in the mail from a free subscription. It has several recipes that I look forward to trying.

My husband fixed our leaky toilet before it cost us a huge water bill. I used part of one of the Lowe's gift cards that I've been saving for when we need repairs that I earned on Swagbucks to pay for the part.

I redeemed 2200 Swagbucks for a Sam's Club gift card.

I returned an item.

I cut a daughter's hair and my youngest son's hair.

 

What did you do to save money last week?

 

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  • Cindi November 27, 2017

    That is a really good find on the free proctor. Good luck to Winter with her tests.
    This week was all about Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping – so not the most frugal. But I did managed a few money-saving activities.
    A new book is out by one of my husband’s favorite authors. I persuaded him to put the book on hold at our local library. We were able to pick it up Saturday.
    I made Thanksgiving dinner and we invited friends to eat with us. I sent some of the leftovers with them and we ate the rest over the next couple of days, except turkey. I packaged up 8 bags of turkey and froze them for future meals. Then I made 6 quarts of stock from the carcass.
    I hit a couple of stores for Black Friday to pick up some gifts and items to make gifts. I turned in Pine Cone points for some gift cards, which helped defray my out of pocket costs.
    I made another couple of Christmas gifts – only a couple more to go!
    I mended a pair of jeans and one of my husband’s shirts.
    We ate cabbage and the last of the chard from the garden.

  • Melonie K. November 27, 2017

    That proctor find will make such a huge difference! Fantastic!

    I took advantage of some Black Friday online sales, so I feel like we spent a lot of money, but we actually didn't. Ordered backstock of tea for husband and herbal teas for myself; a few foods for our food storage and some can organizers for the pantry; and some batteries for our stock & a First Aid kit for my daughter for Christmas (it came with a mini kit that is TSA-compliant, handy for when she flies to her dad's house).

    Continued with navy showers, cloth wipes, drying clothes on the drying racks, and my daughter's free art class at the college, as well as reading library books & e-books.

    Got a Great Courses Plus catalog in the mail and spotted a coupon on it where we'll get a discount for prepaying for the full year for 2018.

    My son used a Gamestop gift card from his birthday this summer to choose some new (to him) games, which he and his dad enjoyed testing out over Thanksgiving weekend. We did not travel for Thanksgiving, so no fuel or lodging costs.

    Took two free FEMA Independent Study courses, one of which is about helping community members become more prepared and included free blackline masters for handouts (which I can use during the classes I'll be teaching our homeschool group this winter).

    Found a combo deal on subscriptions to two magazines I've been buying at the base store - planning to subscribe to save vs the cover prices.

    Hope everyone had a safe and lovely weekend and those celebrating Thanksgiving had a great one!

  • Leslie Langley November 28, 2017

    Check your local public library to see if they provide Hoopla Digital to patrons. If so, Hoopla has Great Courses that can be downloaded to a device for up to a month and they're free!

  • http://Melonie K. December 06, 2017

    Thank you - I will check!

  • Jeannie November 27, 2017

    Just because it is the holidays doesn't mean I should waste money. My money savings for the week of Thanksgiving:

    *My computer was slowly crashing due to me spilling coffee on the keyboard. Rather than buying a new one (I refuse not to drink and type), I accepted Joshua's offer to give me his old one. Outdated, slow and free fits my lifestyle. All the keys are in the wrong place and it is driving me crazy. They are not wrong, it is me who is messed up. As my old computer slowly died, my sons installed a program so the sticking keys (multiple coffee spills) could be reprogramed and worked by other keys. I remarked the keys with fingernail polish and tape. No one else could use my computer without screaming; I was happy.

    *I did pre-Black Friday shopping at JCPenney and found a shirt for my oldest son Joshua on clearance for $4.90 and a jacket marked down from $50 to $20 then used the $10 coupon to make it $10. I gave them to him as a trade for his computer.

    *I also shopped the online sales at JCPenney and was able to get a sweater for $5 for Scooter when we clip his fur. Joshua is size 4XLT and finding him nice work clothes is difficult. Penney's is the best place I have found. Black Friday I was able to get great deals for him and added Scooter's sweater to his order to save me shipping charges.

    *While everyone was home, I had my sons go into the attic and pull everything out. It was a mess. Every box was sorted and labeled. They, ok we, me included have used the attic as a dumping ground for anything we don't want to handle. I have a truckload ready to go to the dump, another load to donate to charity and Joshua loaded up his car to take things to a friend with children. We did not get to the shelves or dressers in their rooms or the shed out back, but it was a good start. Dustin (graduating) and Reese (Internship is ending) will be moving back home next month. We needed room to store the new junk they will be bringing.

    *Thanksgiving was exhausting but successful. Almost everything was either from the summer garden or from the pantry. I cooked from scratch, froze the dishes and then cooked early in the morning so it was ready when everyone arrived. The difficult part was when guests canceled at the last minute throwing everything into confusion. On Tuesday night while driving home from work I decided to move our celebrations to Wednesday instead of Thursday. This provided someone to drive Nana and also created leftovers for my sons who arrived home early. I shared details on how I managed everything.
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/11/thanksgiving-preparations.html

    *Since I was busy and tired, Scooter volunteered to write a post about his Thanksgiving day. It was difficult for him because he met one of his cousins who was visiting from Alabama and he did not obey the house rules.
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/11/scooters-difficult-thanksgiving.html

    *Last week a big storm blew through and knocked 4 shingles off of our house. We drafted our sons while they were home to seal the empty spots. It should buy us a little time before we need to get another roof. This is an expense we were not expecting. We hoped the house had a 30-year roof, but it seems it is only a 20 year. Darn.
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/11/roofer-reese.html

    It appears two of my sons will be moving back home. Dustin has graduated and Reese's internship has ended. Has it only been a year since I collapsed in tears and suffered from empty nest syndrome? I thought I was over it and now they return to do it to me again! I guess I can't be pleased.
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/01/empty-nest.html

    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry

  • Lisa November 27, 2017

    How nice for your sons to be coming home. I miss my daughter--she just got married in October. Our son moved out for a year and then came back and has been back for 2 years. He was going to move out again this fall, but he just about emptied his savings to pay off his student loan. Yay! Now he is saving for a house and it looks like he will be with us for a while. That's ok!

    I hope you can repair the roof and keep it for a little while!

  • Jeannie November 28, 2017

    Lisa, it was wise of your son to pay off his student loan instead of letting the interest build up. It was probably your encouragement that helped him to decide. Good job.

    I do not mind any of my sons living here as long as they are working and saving for something important. Reese saved almost all of his salary from his internship even though he was completely supporting himself. He had no cable TV, internet, fancy cell phone (TracFone), cooked for himself and took his lunch to work. Dustin has managed to make it through 6 years of engineering college (VERY HARD CLASSES) without any debt. Well, no debt to anyone but his Dad. And Joshua is staying with Nana and is helping her. As long as each one is trying, I will help. The day they start blowing their money and living off of us, they are OUT.

    Jeannie @GetMeToTheCountry

  • Lisa November 28, 2017

    Completely agree!

  • Juls Owings November 28, 2017

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry... flex seal... really flex seal. We used it on Son's roof 3 yrs ago...still holding and our daughter used it last year and it's still holding

  • Jeannie November 28, 2017

    Flex Seal! I will tell Bill so he can buy it. I don't know what he used. It was what we had in the garage from when the roof leaked around the chimney a few years ago. He tried to buy new shingles but they would only sell them in a packet and Bill only wanted 4 so he walked away.
    Thanks for the tip.
    Jeannie @GetMeToTheCountry

  • Melissa V November 28, 2017

    Jeannie - put it out there that you are in need of just a few shingles - many, many people have the leftovers from roofing their house stashed away. Maybe try Craigslist as well?

  • Jeannie November 29, 2017

    I never thought about that! Thanks for the idea.
    Jeannie

  • Andrea Q November 28, 2017

    Ask on Freecycle or Facebook if anyone has a few leftover shingles for a fair price.

  • Jeannie November 29, 2017

    Thank you for the idea! I will pass it on to my husband. I really hope we can put off roofing this house for a while.
    Jeannie

  • Susan M November 27, 2017

    I found that our local library had a book I had been considering purchasing, so I checked it out from the library instead! That saved me $22 plus shipping. I also went Black Friday shopping with a list of several clothing items our family needed. Found one of the things on my list for our daughter, normally $50 but on sale for $25. Used two coupons on that item, which brought my total price for it down to $12. It is now wrapped up and tucked away to be a Christmas present, which also saves us from needing to purchase a present for her.

  • Susan November 27, 2017

    A beautiful picture as always. I got a root canal today and got a 20% discount because the endodontist is my neighbor. Really didn't want to cook dinner tonight but made myself make crockpot chicken and carrots with a marked down package of chicken thighs from Aldi. Dinner for the 5 of us for less than $5. Got a Great Clip haircut using a coupon. No I don't cut my hair or let my husband do it. Decided to stop the $50 for a hair cut since I have natural curly hair and most mistakes don't last long. Had to go out to lunch because a meeting that I thought would be an hour was four hours and my diabetic son has to eat at certain times. Managed to keep it under $10 and then was able to fill up with gas using my Kroger points saving 20 cents a gallon. This helped offset lunch a little.
    Went to daughter's for Thanksgiving and they sent us home with all the leftovers since they don't eat leftovers! Had a wonderful meal with them the next day. Cooked on on sale pork roast that fed us for 3 meals. Shopped at Aldi's.

  • Tammy November 27, 2017

    I know it takes a lot of work to get to Eagle Scout. Congratulations! I wonder if the local library offers free proctoring?
    I haven't been doing any shopping but grocery shopping for my diet. Just basic vegetables and protein. i bought most of what I needed at aldi. i lost 11 lbs this past week, even though I ate a bit of stuffing at Thanksgiving! What fun! I am feeling great!
    Been wearing my aunt's clothes. Glad to have the winter clothes. I hope to shrink out of them soon.
    Started teaching great nephews today! I love my job and they had fun too!
    I will be going to the toy library for educational toys for them and my grandchildren.
    Free exercise playing Head and Shoulders knees and toes, Ring around the Rosy and all the other games and activities I do with my great nephews and grandchildren. I needed a nap today. But now I feel great!
    Instead of buying school supplies. I used supplies I had on hand.
    I only bought a couple expo markers from the Dollar tree. I also bought a package of small notepads. A dollar is a good deal.
    Because my blood sugar seems to be stable on this diet. I am not craving junk that costs extra money. I haven't been having health issues. I am able to wait until I cook something healthy.
    My husbands job called him to work overtime. I take that to be a good sign they will keep him. My husband called back to say yes, but they had already got someone else. But at least they know he is willing. He also studied this week for his job. He is working so hard.
    House is coming along. Boxes are slowly being packed and some things are being donated.
    Free Entertainment at the library.
    I did take my son out one day. It was a special treat for him and me. I enjoyed his company. I ate one/fourth of my meal and brought the rest back for my husband to take to work.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada November 28, 2017

    Fingers crossed, Tammy, that they will keep your husband. It sounds like things are looking up or progressing.
    I've been thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Ann

  • Jeannie November 28, 2017

    Congratulations on the weight loss!

    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry

  • Tammy November 27, 2017

    Our library offers free test proctoring.

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