The Prudent Homemaker Blog
Frugal Accomplishments for the Second Week in March
I harvested snow peas, lettuce, garlic chives, parsley, and Swiss chard from the garden.
I purchased two lined baskets for my linen closet for $10 ($5 each) off a Facebook garage sale page using money I earned from my garage sale. After getting rid of some unused linens at the garage sale and donating the rest to the thrift store, I wanted to put the sheets we actually use and other items on the shelves into baskets (which I'm hoping will help the children to keep the closet tidier!) Buying the baskets used will save me a lot of money, and I plan on looking for more baskets at the garage sales in April ($5 or less per basket is the price I'm hoping to find, so these were just right!) I had been looking at some other baskets in stores and I actually liked these more!
I donated my unsold garage sale items to the thrift store and picked up a receipt to use for next year's tax returns.
I experimented with spraying hydrogen peroxide on stains on some vintage linens that I kept from the items my mom had put in the garage sale. I hung the linen outside on my drying rack in the sun and sprayed them with hydrogen peroxide. After a few hours, the stains were no longer visible. I washed the linens in the washer on the delicate cycle afterward. I will be using these in future photos for my website.
We fixed a leak in the garden. It seems that after 10 years, everything is settling quite a bit and parts are giving out, and we have had a number of repairs to make. We are fixing them all ourselves.
I carefully dug and transplanted lettuce and spinach seedlings in the garden and replanted them in places where seeds didn't come up.
I went to the nursery to pick up a couple of small parts for future possible repairs. I had not been able to get there last Saturday as my husband was in a class for work all day, so I missed the chance for a free tomato plant with purchase. The manager saw me and asked if I had gotten a free tomato over the weekend. I told him I hadn't been able to make it in and asked him if he had saved any. He told me he had one left and he knew he had saved it for a reason! I got a free tiny Early Girl tomato plant (which is a kind I usually purchase). Our weather turned chilly and windy again, so I planted the tomato plant and then covered it with a jar to keep it warm and protect it from snapping off at the ground from the wind.
I picked up four LED bulbs from the dollar store and used them in the house to replace existing bulbs.
I combined these two stops with the trip to purchase the baskets from Facebook garage sale page to save gas.
I redeemed 2200 Swagbucks for a $25 gift card to Sam's Club. I'll use it next month to cover part of my grocery shopping.
I studied some French using free online sources.
My husband gave our eldest son a haircut. I gave our youngest son a haircut.
My eldest son attended two free dances. My eldest daughter attended a separate free dance with two live bands and dance instructors.
I mended holes in a bath mat. The fabric is falling apart, but it will last many more washings before it needs to be replaced.
I mended two pairs of pants.
What did you do to save money last week?
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