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Frugal Accomplishments for the Third Week in June

Roses in Blue Vase The Prudent Homemaker

I cut flowers from the garden for the house and put them in some garage sale vases.

I picked the last of the blackberries from the garden.

Apples and Flags The Prudent Homemaker

I picked apples, lettuce, basil, tomatoes , and three zucchini from the garden. 

I cut and dried parsley from the garden. 

I sowed seeds in the garden for zinnias and Bells of Ireland. 

I collected spinach seeds from the garden.

I collected warm-up water from the shower and used it to water pots in the garden.

My mom picked up a bag of top soil on clearance for $0.65 for me. I used it to top off the pots in the backyard that were needing a bit of dirt.

I opened the garage door in the early morning just a few inches and let the heat out of the garage. I also opened the windows for a couple of hours early each morning to freshen the house, during which time I was able to turn off the air conditioning (with lows at 83º next week and highs above 110º, I won't be able to do that then, though I will let in at least a bit of fresh air still each morning to freshen the house, and then close the house back up.) Monday and Tuesday we had unseasonably cool weather, and I was able to turn off the air conditioners! That changed quickly as temperatures were 110º F /43ºC by Thursday, which are normal temperatures for here this time of year.

I ordered some homeschool books while they were on sale and also used a free shipping code, which saved me a total of $48.63.

I listened to swing music on Pandora.

I studied French using free sources. One of my children studied French using free sources as well.

My husband gave one son a haircut.

My son and my husband mended the wheelbarrow.

We had an online video call with friends in France.

Gladiolus and Grape Vines The Prudent Homemaker

What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • Jenny June 20, 2017

    Its winter solstice today in the southern hemisphere and bbrr its cold. I'm continuing to put the grey laundry water on the garden beds that contain shrubs and flowers only. There is a shrub that lost a fight with a hoard of native sawfly caterpillars and it looks no worse than usual. The washing machine provides about 30 litres of water over a wash cycle. So I think its a good way to use the water twice and reduce my water bill overall.
    I continue to use the warmed up shower water on the vegie garden and in the plant pots.
    Now I'm looking for ways to save on heating.
    Frugal fail or relationship win...I had to fly to Sydney for work and the work trip incuded a free breakie. But I ended up going to visit a friend who lives a long way from the city and paying for breakie. I hadn't seen her a two years so it was lovely to sit and chat before I rushed back into town for work.

  • Lynne June 20, 2017

    Hello everyone! I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments. They always give me extra motivation to find ways to hold onto my hard-earned money, and find beauty in every day.

    This week, my sister and I took 3 of my children to the Botanical Gardens in our area, which was free since we are members. They had fun Lego displays throughout the gardens (a dragonfly, a butterfly, deer, a peacock, etc...all made from thousands of Legos!) that were quite amazing. We packed a picnic and ate outside in a park, so no added cost there. My son asked if I would buy him a bouncing ball ($4) from the gift shop. I told him that if he really wanted the ball, I would loan him the money, but he would have to pay me back immediately when we got home. He decided he didn't need the ball after all, and put it back. :)

    I also decided to plant some raspberry and blueberry bushes in my yard, so I dug up some big, prickery bushes to make room for them. It was hard work, but the beds are ready for the new bushes that I will purchase when I get my next paycheck at the end of the month. They may not produce this year, but I am thinking ahead to the future.

    Our neighbor invited us to swim in her pool one hot (93 degree) afternoon. It was exactly what my kids needed.

    Made all meals at home.

    One daughter made peanut butter cookies to take to a get-together with her friends, and another daughter made 2 kinds of popsicles to take to her friend's house.

    I'm planning to stay out of the stores for the rest of the week, so I made a list of all of the treats I can make with items I have on hand so that my kids (and husband) don't notice I haven't gone to the store to replenish their snacks.

    Have a great week everyone!

  • PJGT June 23, 2017

    I love that you make lists of treats to have...I make lists of snacks do that, when I am so hungry I cannot think of anything to eat except junk, I can choose thrifty healthy food.

  • Kim June 20, 2017

    This past week was a mixed bag. On the good side, my husband was invited by his boss to go deep sea fishing for the weekend. All his costs were covered and he came home with 11 pounds of red snapper and three pounds of black fin tuna. Since I do not care for fish, he's set for a while. I packaged it up in vacuum sealed bags for the freezer and he had a generous tuna dinner tonight.t.

    On the bad side, a foolish mistake on my part cost us on one of our utility charges. I won't be making the mistake again. To try to recover, we will be eating from the pantry for the rest of June and only buying necessities (milk, bread, etc.)

  • Hilogene in Az June 20, 2017

    Not a long list of accomplishments last week. We were on vacation for the early part of the week but came back a day early, so saved a bit there. We went to the national parks in the southeastern part of Utah, absolutely beautiful. My husband had surgery Friday so spent the weekend at home recovering. Overall, I continue to draw down the freezer and pantry, now the freezer is 1/3 full so the end is in sight...after I cook three turkeys ;(. I went insane last fall buying five most recent idea is to have a group of friends over for dinner and have turkey! One down, two to go. Since there are only two of us, a 20 lb turkey lasts a long time. Especially since I only learned how to make turkey soup two years ago...(I can't believe all the years I tossed out the turkey carcass...better late than never).

    Weather in Arizona is crazy hot this week so we will have another frugal week staying at home in our air conditioning.

  • Rhonda A. June 22, 2017

    Hilogene, have you ever tried making turkey pot pies for your freezer with some of the leftover turkey? You can use the homemade turkey stock to create the gravy base, then add cooked veggies/potatoes and leftover chopped turkey and season to taste to make the filling. We make homemade pie crust, then fill up the pies with filling, but you could buy pre-made crust if you prefer, or use puff pastry on top. Normal sized pies are perfect for family meals, but individual sized allow you to adjust how much you make. We freeze the pies unbaked, then bake them when we are ready to enjoy as a meal.

  • Hilogene in Az June 24, 2017

    Thank you for the idea. I had thought about it a few months ago, after the last turkey, but was intimidated since I never have made a pot pie before. I have a package of frozen pie crusts, so will do it next week when I bake the turkey. Thank you for helping get me to do it ;)

  • Annie-Blale June 20, 2017

    -I didn't book a vacation
    -I didn't buy a nice cold refreshing soda when running errands
    -I said no to having friends over and providing a meal for their family. We never get invites to their house and I feel it's unfair they never put on food for us. A very one sided friendship
    -staying with my parents at their vacation rental next week. Kids will have a blast at the beach
    -said no to buying things as per usual
    -my children's private french tutor is on one month holiday so no tutoring costs for that time
    -library visit
    -park visit and duck pond
    -rotating children's toys..brings more enjoyment and more creative play. Children have a restricted amount if toys but i still feel they only need a limited few out at a time
    -making cookies with flour, sugar and hours worth of rolling and cutting out shapes for the children!
    - researching internet providers and computer prices as we have neither
    -researching french TV to stream onto our TV
    -being intentional

  • Are you looking for shows for your children to watch in French? Do they like Le Petit Nicholas books? There is also a television show that they can watch for free on You Tube, based on the books, all in French. Here is the channel:

    We have the slowest cable modem (it's slower than they advertise if you call, but on their website they list this speed) but it is fast enough to stream online to watch. You may also want to look into Kodi; you can watch tons of stuff for free online with it (you'll need a computer) and you can watch French tv live online for no cost (provided you have a computer, internet, and have Kodi).

    While your children are taking a break from their tutor you may want to check out Learn French With Alexa on You Tube to keep them studying. If they're more intermediate, Francais Avec Pierre is a great You Tube channel as well.

  • Annie-Blake June 21, 2017

    Oh Brandy you are lovely. Thank you very much for these great resources, I have written them all down. Anything my children can watch and read to increase their learning (and have fun!) is fantastic.

  • Did you see my post on learning French? It's here if you missed it:

  • Quiet week overall.
    Husband got 2 tix to symphony and restaurant gift card for father's day. I won at silent auction. Was price of tickets alone.
    Made a breakfast cobbler with last of our peaches.
    Turned up thermostat. Lesson. Even if you think you've set it at a temperature... check!!
    Daughter is at free stem camp this week.
    Got 3 meals out of a pizza deal
    Have a great week everyone!

  • Roberta in So. Cal. June 21, 2017

    I'm not sure if it will help, but you might try contacting one of the Quaker colleges/universities to see if they have back issues (perhaps in their special collections libraries if they have them). Whittier College and George Fox University come to mind. There may be others (i.e., Azusa Pacific University is nondenominational, but it has a strong Friends connection).

  • momsav June 21, 2017

    Our weather is still very much up and down. I heard someone mention that we've had four days of no rain this month. We're due more starting tonight. All the rain means no garage sales, either. Boo.....
    I've been working my Summer job for the past month as well as my two one-day-a-week jobs. My frugal list is for several weeks.
    I used dried herbs from last year to make herbal oil for salve making. These include lavender and comfrey. (I've had the comfrey so long I can't remember where it came from.) I found some plantain in my yard so I have some of that steeping, as well. I hope to get to the salve making this week or next.
    I received a gift card from amazon so I ordered a bike basket. I've been trying to ride the bike more and use the car less. I work within three blocks of all my jobs. I'm not a fan of riding at night, though. Plus, I almost got hit two years ago when a car did not yield to me when I crossed a street. People do not see bikes.
    In the yard, as I was thinning apples, the limb split. So, I had to trim it. I also took the old mulch away from all the trees, cleaned up the weed barrier fabric, replaced that and added new mulch. (That was a sore day!) I also trimmed, repotted and picked the lemons from my indoor tree. I juiced those, cut the skins in strips, cleaned those and froze them to candy near Christmas. I love candied citrus peels!
    I made applesauce out of wonky apples and froze most of it. All peels and veggie scraps are going in the compost can. I made banana/chocolate chip muffins with some bananas I froze months ago. I put some in the freezer and shared the rest at work.
    In our small town, we were lucky to get some art installations from the DIA. We have about a dozen paintings that were copied and hung all over town. So, on one of my dog walking nights, I tried to find as many as I could. They've since added a few more so I need to take another look.
    Since I was working on Farmer's Market night I sent my husband to see if there was anything we needed. He used some of my dollar tokens I earned from walking and brought home rhubarb and pea shoots. I don't know what to do with the pea shoots but I'll learn. My rhubarb is still fairly small so this will be nice for crisps and maybe a pie. (Pie is under valued, in my opinion.

  • Deb June 23, 2017

    Pea shoots are yummy in a green salad! Just wash them and toss them in with the other ingredients. They taste just like freshly shelled peas.

  • Lynne June 22, 2017

    Hi Jessica,
    Thank you for sharing your tricks to scare away deer! I have hundreds of flowers ready to bloom, and the deer have already started to feast on them at night. I don't want to lose all of them, so I am going to try these tips. I have already put down some Irish Spring soap shavings, since one of my neighbors swears by this method, but better to double up on my efforts than go without flowers.

  • Cindi June 23, 2017

    Lynne, we have lot of deer in our area that will eat almost anything. I have had good luck spraying regularly with Liquid Fence or a similar product. It stinks when you first put it out, but that fades, and it does work. I have Columbines and several neighbors have commented that they can't keep the deer from eating theirs. You do have to reapply after a rain.

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