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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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  • Jenifer April 29, 2018

    Congratulations on the arrival of your son!
    I finally got my peas, lettuces, beets and radishes planted. Yay!
    I roasted 2 whole chicken legs, saved the bones after and made 6 cups of broth. I also filtered the chicken fat as best as I could and added about a tablespoon of it to a pot of rice (about 3 cups cooked). Personally I think it added more flavor to the rice which was for a “meatless” meal.
    I took a sundress that I adore and keep rescuing from my donate pile and turned it into a skirt. It didn’t work as a dress, and looks so much better as a skirt. I used supplies in my stash.
    Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. I bought the awesome Mister some nice chocolates and we will make steaks for dinner. We had plans to go out, a day trip in fact, but with schedules, parents needing extra care, we are really looking forward to a date night at home.
    Finally, I took some me time and took a few hours to read a book. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. It is clean with a few romantic/sex sentences and a light read. I really enjoyed it. It was so nice to be caught up momentariarliy and sit outside reading for an afternoon.

  • Juls Owings April 29, 2018

    I don't do instagram either so missed the news.. Congrats.... Many blessings to you and yours.
    I didn't write down what I did each day so can't remember most of it.. I remember Hubby getting cranky because my lines seem to be "is it on sale? can we wait for a sale? is that the best price? LOL
    the rest is here

  • Anne April 29, 2018

    I can't believe you didn't mention your, by far, most frugal accomplishment of the week; having a baby at home so no hospital bill. I think that beats pulling up some parsley from the garden. :)

    I was reading the titles of your books which are supporting your jar of flowers and noticed Austen's "Sense and Sensibility", my favorite of her novels. I am currently rereading it in an annotated form. Nice to pick up a few new pieces of information.

  • Anne, insurance doesn't cover a home birth, and a midwife is not inexpensive, so not truly frugal, but the best choice for me. :D

  • Marcia R. April 30, 2018

    I was really frugal and had both our daughters while my husband was in the mililtary. The going cost at the time was $7. The second one came so quickly I didn't get to the hospital until after she was born--so got charged for TWO admissions, so she cost us $14. Ironically, the charge was for food, and I was supplying all her food in the form of breast milk, but they charge the extra because it was two admissions instead of one. Mysteries of how the military works! They were both bargains at the price!!

  • Mable April 29, 2018

    1. Usually make all our bread but this week found a coupon for a local bakery so got a huge loaf of challah for $2. Sadly, it tastes better than my version...
    2. Every morning I drag wagons of seedlings out of the garage into the fresh air, and drag them back in at night. The ground is still frozen, even in my greenhouse, but this will toughen them up for transplanting and means I don't need to pay for supplemental lighting indoors. Since I have over 600 seedlings now, this is six wagons plus a lot of flats hand carried outdoors. I keep reminding myself of the money my gardening saves (about two thousand a year, after expenses).
    3. Mended a blanket
    4. We ate soup four nights running, to use up sad vegetables. BOring but thrifty.

  • Jenny April 30, 2018

    Wow, a lot of seedlings. I wish I had the time and space to grow so much food. And such a saving. Could you check out challah recipes on the internet? Although I still think home made beats commercially made every time.

  • Gardenpat April 29, 2018

    Congratulations on your newest edition!! Had a great week!!
    Ate from our pantry without needing to buy anything plus took dinner to two families! Oh, how I love having a well stocked pantry!!!!
    We now have 30.5 DOZEN eggs in our fridge and our hens keep producing 7- 8 eggs/day!! Probably time to sell some more! We only have to mention that our supply of eggs is growing and friends are there askingto buy some! That usually pays for the chicken food!!
    I used the homemade anti-static cling spray on Sunday for a skirt that had previous been sticking to my legs as I walked and Voila!, it worked great. Good thing too because I made 2 spray bottles of it!!
    Through egg sales, eBay, our HandmadeinOldeTowne business and also my “zeroing-out” our checking account at the start of the new pay period, I was able to add an extra $500 to our savings account and $500 off one of our last 3 debts! Whatever the “extra” income those things add up to, I split 50/50 and use for building up savings/paying down debt! I do it as it comes in, so my accounts may show $2.50 activity in each one day for egg sales or some other odd amounts, but I can tell you that those really add up!! Our savings account has never been this high and we see the debt continue to decrease!
    Hope everyone else has a great week!

  • Did you share the anti-static spray recipe in a comment before and I missed it? I don't like the smell of Static Guard, and we are out. I rarely use it but we have been needing it lately. I went to the store looking for it and couldn't find any! I would love to just make some.

  • Juls Owings April 30, 2018

    Brandy I use witch hazel in a spray bottle. It's what my grandparents and Aunts always used.
    This is what my daughter uses

  • Jenny April 30, 2018

    Thanks for the link. I'll make some up now.

  • Marybeth May 01, 2018

    Great job on paying down your debt more. If you have a small emergency fund and are paying off credit cards or car debt I encourage you to start putting all of the extra money to the debt instead of adding to your emergency fund. If it is your mortgage then keep doing what you are doing. I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey and really believe his plan works. It did for me. Good luck getting out of debt. Here is my story: https://mcoia.blogspot.com/2018/03/why-i-love-dave-ramsey.html

  • Lorna April 29, 2018

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) . Brandy what a blessing to be picking all that lovely produce from the gardens as it really helps keep the grocery budget lower as it does in our home. Your flower arrangements in your home are beautiful and would bring a smile to anyone's face.

    We have most shops having end of summer season sales here on clothing and I wait until the summer clothing is reduced for final clearance and buy what both DH and I need for the coming seasons. It saves so much money rather than buying clothing at full price and this time we saved a whopping 65- 74% off usual retail prices a number of items of clothing we needed especially as I had put on some weight and needed quite a few items.

    We try and set ourselves up for a few years in advance buy buying clothing at end of season sales so we never purchase any clothing at full retail price and by doing so they are cheaper than buying at our local op shops here.

    Here is what we saved and did to build up our household this week -

    Financial -
    - Banked more money into our saving for our home deposit bank account bringing us to 24.81% of the way there.
    - Downloaded $14.29 from the sale of saved garden seeds on the internet which I banked to top up our pantry stocking budget with.
    - DH earned $50 from a paid gardening mowing and weeding job which we put into our home cash emergency fund kitty.
    - We saved $40 in total on our last 2 quarterly power bills by only turning on the electric hot water system when our water was cold and needed heating twice a week.

    Purchases -
    - Purchased 6 x new short sleeved white shirts for DH on clearance for $3.50ea or $21 total saving $39 or 65% on usual prices. I was over the moon to find clearance items in DH's size of 3XL which is highly unusual as they are usually in smaller sizes, so we purchased every packet in his size :) . He will be set up for a few years on church shirts now.
    - Bought 7 pairs of new shorts for $6 a pair and a pair of 3/4 embroidered jeans for $9 for a total of $51 saving 74% off usual prices or $145. I am now set up for jeans and shorts for the next years and future years summers as it gets really hot where we live.

    In the kitchen-
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Juiced and zested a grocery bag full of lemons gifted to us and froze the zest and juice for future use and used the peels as compost in the gardens.
    - Blanched and froze silver beet and corn cobs picked from the gardens making 4 more meals of silver beet and 2 more meals of corn for the freezer.

    In the gardens -
    - Harvested 4.5 bunches of silver beet and 6 cobs of corn from the gardens saving $22.95 over purchasing them.
    - Planted a 6mt row of broccoli, 2.4mt row of cauliflower and a 6mt row of snow pea seeds in the garden.
    - Out of saved garden seeds we planted a 12mt row of broad beans and a 6mt row of early Massey pea seeds saving $10.85 over purchasing the seeds in the garden centre.

    I hope everyone has found lots of ways to save in their budget last week and also coming into this week too :).

  • Lorna April 29, 2018

    Brandy I missed your subtle hint :o , so congratulations on the new baby (not sure if it is a boy or girl yet :) ) and I hope you are feeling well after the birth. Rest up and enjoy your new addition.

  • Janet May 01, 2018

    What store has 3x for men on sale?

  • Lorna May 01, 2018

    Janet I am not sure what country you are in but we are in Australia.

    If you are in Australia we got them on clearance from Big W here and I think they were going out of this particular brand.

    I hope this helps.

  • Shelley April 29, 2018

    Did you have your baby?!?

    I had a pretty frugal week. I got my free download Friday from Kroger...Taco seasoning. Also cookies for my sons lunch for 0.99...and chips for $1.49...for my daughter's lunch... it's much cheaper to make the kids lunch's than buy.
    Made all meals at home.
    Stayed under food budget.
    I am trying to be more and more frugal every week.
    Getting ready for a garage sale next Saturday!

    Brandi if you did have your baby congrats. You are amazing!

  • Tammy April 29, 2018

    Congratulations Brandy!

    We moved to our little farmhouse even though it isn't finished. But it is livable and I am happy. Hired movers because no-one in family can lift much. Packed ourselves. I am working 40 hours this week and I probably will continue that. Happy to have the hours. It doesn't pay much but it definitely helps a lot. We have done all eating at home except a picnic lunch we packed in our picnic basket at home and ate in the park. Hubby is totally on board with being frugal. We want to keep house. Basil is growing. Grandson will be happy. Want to plant with granddaughter too.
    Went to town together in one vehicle and hubby ran all our errands while I worked. Writing a list of things we need and waiting until I have to go to town for work to get them. Making frugal meals. Using all leftovers. Turning off lights except what is above us. Resisting temptation to buy anything that is not necessary. Even hubby is doing this. Waiting to finish things in house until we actually have extra funds to finish. Planning on having a yard sale soon. Moving made me realize that I have a lot of unnecessary things. Mainly clothes that I probably will never fit into again. Hoping for a nice asparagus harvest. I would like to sell some this year for extra funds. Saving on shower water by sponge bathing. Shower isn't finished yet. But it is our first priority and I have a sink I am going to wash my hair in. Excited because I have a dishwasher and dishes take hardly any time to load. Happy because I have a washing machine and dryer now. Thinking about things and feeling blessed.

  • Ellie’s friend April 29, 2018

    Congratulations Tammy on moving into your house. That is great news! I am sure you will treasure the house and look forward to hearing your progress with it in the future. Once again, congratulations!

  • Tammy April 30, 2018

    Thank-you. We sat on the back of the truck yesterday evening and listened to the birds as we watched the moon come up in the sky. This morning we saw a doe and fawn as we headed to town for work. I do love the country and you are right, I treasure our little house. It is a small metal structure. But inside it is home.
    One day I had just thanked God for the little farm. Immediately after there was a rainbow. And a farmer came by and asked us if he could take our picture. We've never seen the farmer again. But now we have a picture of us in front of the rainbow on the farm. Something similar happened the day we got married. I'd just thanked God for my husband and then someone says there is a rainbow. So we got a picture of us in front of a rainbow on our wedding day too. It makes me so happy to think about how much God loves us all.

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