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Frugal Accomplishments for the Fourth Week of April

Iceberg Roses and Honeysuckle The Prudent Homemaker

Iceberg Roses, German Chamomile, and Hall's Honeysuckle

The weather was warm this week, in the low 90's. For some, this is a summer temperature, but here, we're just getting started with the heat, as we have over 5 months of temperatures above 90°. I opened windows and doors at night and in the morning to cool the house, ran fans only when needed during the day, and only turned on the air conditioner in the afternoons when we needed it most.

I cut flowers from the garden to enjoy in the house.

I mended two holes in a pair of shorts.

I harvested parsley, oregano, Swiss chard, lettuce, Meyer lemons, spinach, garlic chives, hibiscus flowers, snow peas, and green onions from the garden.

I dried lemon zest and parsley from the garden.

I froze lemon juice from our lemons to use throughout the year.

I watched an episode of "Call the Midwife" for free on Pbs.org.

I collected shower warm-up water and used it to water potted plants in the garden.

I used Zelle to pay my midwife. Zelle is a free way to pay other people through your bank. You just have to have their email address and their bank has to also use Zelle (and most do). You don't have to write a check or mail it. If your bank offers this service, you can see it on their website when you log in to your account; it should have a "Pay someone with Zelle" option. Unlike Paypal, the recipient is not charged anything to receive the money.

I studied French using free online sources.

David Austin Roses The Prudent Homemaker

Graham Thomas, Queen of Sweden, Claire Austin, and Earth Angel Roses 

What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • Mable April 29, 2018

    Jen G: My father grew up in terrible poverty and did not have the money for a doctor to take care of foot infections. If someone got a foot fungus, his mother made the boys pee into a bucket and the one unfortunate enough to have the foot fungus had to soak his feet in the urine. He tried to use that home remedy on us, his children, but we rebelled. Instead, he had us soak our feet in a mild chlorine solution. It seemed to work. Years later I told the urine story to my doctor, expecting a laugh at folkways, but he said that if a person is healthy, their urine is sterile and that his own grandparents were too poor to afford shoes other than the ones for school so in the summer the children went barefoot---but for weeks before summer, they soaked their feet in urine every night, to toughen the soles up for summer bare feet. Then, when I moved to Alaska, I learned that the old style tanning involved urine...So, tell your husband he is lucky you wanted to use Vicks!!

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood April 29, 2018

    Mable, that's so interesting! And the Romans had a use for urine too; they collected the urine of slaves and used it to bleach their togas whiter. Who knew? And, I know that during the Great Depression, in order to toughen up the feet during dance-a-thons that would bring in much needed money, dancers would soak their feet in vinegar. Not too much different from your doctor's grandparents!

  • Rhonda A. April 30, 2018

    Stale urine (which as we all know turns to ammonia) was historically used in the dying of fabric and wool. Urine is obviously quite handy! LOL

  • Libby April 29, 2018

    JenG: I've had good luck with getting rid of foot infections and eliminating stinky feet & shoes by mixing cheap vodka and a few drops of tea tree oil. I mix them in a small glass spray bottle and the inside of the day's shoes are sprayed before being put away.

  • Juls Owings April 30, 2018

    Jen G April 29 2018
    Listerine orginal is what our doctor told us to try

  • Jen G April 30, 2018

    Thanks so much for all of the suggestions. I think I'll skip the urine suggestion, but that was a super interesting read, haha! My mom actually had a severe reaction to an anti-fungal medication that almost put her in the hospital. Apparently such reactions aren't uncommon. Another reason why we homeopathic is probably the best course in this instance.

  • Marybeth May 01, 2018

    I cannot use anti fungal medication as I am allergic. Tea tree oil is what my doctor suggested.

  • Amy May 01, 2018

    The podiatrist suggested apple cider vinegar or soaking in Epsom salt and tea tree oil.

  • http://htpp://Melonie K. May 02, 2018

    Good luck for the new job!!!

  • Angela Carpenter April 29, 2018

    So I see where congratulations are in order on the newest member of your family. Another boy!!
    Blessings and prayers for all. Can't wait to see what his name will be.

  • Libby April 29, 2018

    And I believe you had a baby this week too Brandy!! Congrats and the flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for letting us know on Instagram :)

    • This was just one of those ho-hum/block & tackle weeks but all meals were eaten at home including: orange beef stir fry, broccoli, wild rice, cheddar casserole (Smitten Kitchen), asparagus soup, chicken taco soup, potatoes au gratin
    • Made chicken stock in slow cooker using chicken carcass
    • Fixed a brooch by gluing a glass stone back into the setting,
    • Turned heat off until next winter
    • Consolidated errands when I drove 45 minutes away for an interview
    • I would like to have a selection of paint pens to use for crafts, but rather than paying full price and buying them all at once, I have been purchasing one a week at Michael’s using 40% off coupons each time.

  • Shirley April 29, 2018

    Thanks, Libby, for mentioning that the big news was on Instagram. It was quite perplexing to see most knew of this important event and I couldn't find It. Well, all I see is pix in Instagram so I'm still missing a beat! I'm hopelessly old school.

  • Shirley April 30, 2018

    Oops...got to stop being so hasty clicking submit! I was so impressed by those gorgeous pictures, it didn't occur to me till afterward to go back and click on what must be the most recent one. Such important news deserves its own blog entry too! Big congratulations!

  • I April 30, 2018

    If you click on the pictures you can read each Instagram post.

  • Cate April 30, 2018

    That's all I see, too, Shirley.

  • Athanasia May 02, 2018

    Yes, Shirley, I kept looking at the picture above and rereading the post wondering how they were getting she had a baby boy? What were the clues I was missing? We do not do instagram or facebook or etc etc and etc.

  • Shirley May 03, 2018

    Glad to see some others were mystified too! Even with this newfound "knowledge" I'm just sticking to blogs...I don't need another time drain. Well, maybe once a month or so I'll check on the picture aspect of Brandy's as she has such gorgeous photography and it is amazing to see it all lined up.

  • Megan Z. April 29, 2018

    Congratulations on the baby! Have you picked out a name yet?

    My husband and I went to Home Depot to inquire about getting a new door. We enjoyed free Starbucks coffee and tea while there. We also looked for a cucumber trellis but decided the one I want can be easily made.

    I used my chick-fil-a coupon to get a free chicken biscuit. I wasn’t very hungry but it was set to expire so my husband and I split it.

    I checked out some books from the library. I then went to the grocery which was right across the street.

    I had cooked too much orzo so decided to use the rest in a lemon chicken orzo soup. It should last for the week if I don’t freeze it first.

    I was given some compost tea by a friend so used it in the garden. So far I’ve only harvested mesclun but this week is supposed to be beautiful so I’m hoping my peas begin flowering.

    I went to Marshall’s to buy a shower gift and found a linen dress. I used a gift card so only spent $5 on the dress.

    I ordered some tubers and bulbs online. The site was having 20% off with free shipping. Now I need to figure out where in the yard to plant everything. The previous owners didn’t do a lot of landscaping so my husband and I have started one plant at a time!

  • No name yet!

  • Mary Ellen April 29, 2018

    I don't use instagram so missed the big news! So happy for you and your family on welcoming a new baby boy to your family!

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