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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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  • Athanasia June 22, 2017

    I will look for them.

  • Laurie in AZ June 22, 2017

    Thank you for making me aware of Wartime Farm! I love it!

  • Alexa McAllister June 19, 2017

    Tis past week I've tried to use food we have in the freezer...we have so very much for which I am very thankful

    I have been transplanting self sown Heartsease into small punnet multi pots till they grow a bit bigger. I gave one punnet away already to a friend .

    Instead of buying a cake for a Surprise Bday party at the last moment I organized myself and made a basic packet cake mix I keep as a back up and jazzed it up....also used Egg replacer in it deciding to keep the eggs for later.

    Hired a steam cleaning machine for the car seats instead of getting the car detailed . It cost a fraction of the price and I got a workout....although it was an expensive carton of spilt milk ;) but we have a clean car now!

    Buying for our use when transporting grandson after school a Booster Seat for the car from a local Buy, Sell and Swap for a third of the full price.

    Getting some large black plastic garden pots from a friend who works at a wholesale nursery... Reuse and recycle. I am always looking at ways to save but still to look nice.

    Asked a friend for some Daisy seedling which have sprung up in her garden. They are very hardy and will fill some dry corners.

    Mended, altered and repaired some Pyjamas

    Bought to alter some very reduced price knee length straightish skirts. I am using the easiest method and taking in the side seams all the way to the top and making tiny waist darts. They are a knit material with wide elastic inserted waistband ....I wear long tunic style tops over them. It's a real comfy style .

    I smiled when I changed the sheets on our bed as I had bought them years ago during a very lean year. They were in an Op Shop as Donna Covers so I just restyled them adding extra to the sides....I don't think they will ever wear out they are such thick cotton. I still wish that I'd had more money to buy extras :)

  • Lynne June 20, 2017

    Alexa, Great idea about renting the machine to clean the car interior! I am borrowing my daughter's car for 5 weeks while she is out of town, and I thought of getting it detailed for her as a "thank you" before I return it. However, your idea has prompted me to rent a machine and put in some effort on my own to clean the car and save some money.

  • Lorna June 19, 2017

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia where it is cold and we have the fire on in our mountain cottage :) .

    This weeks frugal accomplishments were -

    Garage sale finds -
    - Picked up 4 outdoor garden solar lanterns new in their box, a leather punch and 10 plastic garden pots for $5 in a pay what you think it is worth garage sale.

    Groceries & budget -
    - Purchased chips to last us until the end of the year on special saving $21.69 compared to usual prices.
    - Whilst out of town topped up on 4 shave creams for DH to last us a year.
    - Topped up on 4 additional tins of lychees and mangoes for our food storage.
    - Came in under budget for our six weeks by $20.56 on our phone and internet usage.
    - Came in under budget in fuel by $37.64 by combining errands when we went out.
    - Banked more money into our saving for our home bank account.

    Home internet business -
    - Sold some saved seeds from our gardens on the internet making $8.50.

    Garden -
    - Picked cherry tomatoes, capsicums, early Massey shelling peas from the gardens.

    In the kitchen -
    - Made an apple pie and pumpkin soup from pumpkins picked from the gardens to last for 2 meals for us and 2 guests for one night.
    - Washed, diced and froze 13 bags of capsicums for advanced food storage.

    Fuel -
    - Purchased fuel while we were out of town saving 7.4c per litre or $2.76 on what we pay here in town.

  • Robbie June 19, 2017

    Hello Lorna,
    I love reading your posts every week and I'm oh so curious what the name of your Etsy shop is? I would just love to check it out:)

  • Lorna June 19, 2017

    Hi Robbie and glad you like reading my posts and sure that wouldn't be a problem.

    I did shut my Etsy shop but do have one on Ebay. I sell under the name of sewingcreations15 so if you do a search by seller you will find my shop. For most items I design and sew them myself and sell and post internationally. With the saved garden seeds unfortunately due to import/export restrictions I can only post those to Australia.

    Hope this helps.

  • I love that your wheelbarrow was mended. I think that is one of the most needed tools in my garden.
    I made my grandson's teacher appreciation gift this past week. We live in Michigan and school is just now over.

    Here is a list of the ways I've saved this past week

  • Darcy June 19, 2017

    In the garden we have tiny tomatoes starting to grow. A couple of weeks ago I planted some old cilantro seeds in the garden not really expecting anything to grow, but this week I found some beginning to come up. That was a nice surprise. I harvested more lettuce for salads to put into our lunches.

    Over the weekend and during some 90-degree weather our ac motor went out. Since it was the weekend we weren't successful at getting anyone to come out to look at it. On Sunday afternoon we were at our daughter's house who lives next door for a cook-out. Our son-in-law, who works for our local utility company, looked at our ac unit. He was able to get a new motor and installed it for us. It saved us about $500! We have always known how blessed we are to have central air conditioning but this past weekend we felt especially thankful.

    I made Greek yogurt.

    I gave my husband a haircut.

  • Rebecca June 19, 2017

    Wow. You have it so hot! We live in PA where it gets very cold and occasionally very hot-but 110 is a rarity. My husband travelled to CA for work once and told me how you never saw anyone outside during the day because it was just too hot. He said they were more comfortable than we are because they are always inside in the air conditioning (and we don't have one.) Then I see you and I know FOR A FACT that you are outside quite a bit. One can't have a garden and yard the likes of yours without lots of effort. But, at the same time, you have fair skin and haven't burnt to a crisp either. So my question is...when do you do most of your yard work? In the morning? Evening? What time do you wake up or go to bed routinely?

    You should be proud of all of your accomplishments. You are a rare find!

  • Weather Underground says it should be 117ºF (47ºC) here today. I went out early this morning (a little late for me; it was 6 and I prefer to be out there by 5), planted two things, covered some more of my grapes with sheets (this seems to be working well, but where I didn't cover them, the birds are eating them!), pulled a few weeds, and watered the pots. I am usually up before 5 but not today. You can see my schedule here:

    I do burn very easily so I wear a hat and for my face I use a moisturizer with sunscreen on my face and neck. I try to garden when the sun is not up/still low and again at 7:15 or later in the evening in the summer. But picking fruit sometimes means going out during the day, so I try to work quickly. Otherwise I don't go out during the day in summer. A quick trip to the store (all of 5 minutes away) means getting into a car that is 140º inside and it doesn't cool much in a 5 minute drive. It's exhausting and can wipe me out for the whole day. So, when I go to the grocery store, I go after dark (8 here) and while it is often 113º at that time, I am at least not in the sun and am planning on going to bed afterwards.

  • Laurie in central NC June 19, 2017

    I enjoyed Pandora during a 5 hr road trip to visit hubby's family over the weekend. Even sang along to several of the songs :o). Yesterday I was excited to see the zinnia seeds sprouting that I planted last week. Blueberries and blackberries are coming in well. I thinned some of the apples, and chopped a couple up with the dog's dinner. We have plans to harvest our garlic today or tomorrow. Basil and purslane were harvested, and turned into a yummy pesto last night. Joining in here:

  • Sandra June 19, 2017

    I agree about preferring to cook with gas vs electric. You can learn to time things using residual heat with electric, but I like the immediacy of gas. When it's on, it's on and when it's off, it's off. Does that make sense?

  • Marcia June 19, 2017

    My Mom always had a gas stove and we always seemed to rent apartments with electric stoves after we were married. When we bought this house 39 years ago it did not have gas run to the house at all--and still doesn't. Now I love my electric stove--you have the exact same "evenness" of heat when you turn it down, so it isn't a little higher flame on Tuesday than it was on Monday. The residual heat thing can work to your advantage too. Making your double recipe of granola, I cook it for 8 minutes and then another 8 minutes after stirring, and stir again and put it in for 8 more minutes after turning the oven off. I let it cool for 10 minutes and then put it into my granola container for the week ahead. I guess you can get used to anything if you have to use it.

  • Athanasia June 21, 2017

    I like the best of both worlds. We built this house with a gas cooktop and 2 electric wall ovens. I like the instant on and off heat for the kettles and pans on the cooktop.
    I like the constant temp and the residual heat, as mentioned above, in the ovens. I cook and bake a lot. When the power goes out you can still use the gas stove too by manually lighting.

    In our old farmhouse next door where my oldest girl and her family live the kitchen still has the old wood burning range, though no one uses it now.

  • Pauline June 19, 2017

    This is off-topic, but it struck me that there seem to be some Mennonite or Quaker or other Plain folks who comment here, and I wonder if anyone can help me. I am trying to locate a source for back copies of "Plain Magazine," which ceased publication some years ago. I have recently read a couple of books by Plain's former editor, Scott Savage, and I would love to find copies (even digital) of the magazine itself. Many thanks for any suggestions anyone can offer.

  • Athanasia June 22, 2017

    Pauline, I don't have a good suggestion. You already read the books he wrote so that is a good portion. Have you actually had any of the magazines in your hand? They were never "mass produced" like other magazines are. There are no digital versions. We have some in our church library, in our magazine section. Which is basically box slips of donated magazines, newspapers. Did you try the EBAY?

  • Pauline June 26, 2017

    Thanks, Athanasia and Sheena, I am grateful for the input from both of you. No, I have not actually seen an issue of Plain (and I have since read more about how it was hand-printed). It makes sense that much of the books' content came from the magazine articles, so maybe I have read much of it without knowing it. Checking eBay sounds like a good idea. And I don't know what abebooks is, but I'll be looking into it!

  • Sheena June 23, 2017

    Hi another source may be abebooks- good luck

  • Devon June 19, 2017

    I have been fairly frugal I thought, until I came across your blog a few months back. I have always gardened and love yard sales and thrift stores. I will be taking leave from work this week as i just brought my sister home on hospice. As we are going through this time of transition, it has become even more clear to me the importance of family, friends and simplicity.
    My frugal accomplishments have been packing my food for the 24 hour stays with my sister when she was in the hospital. Now, I bring items from my pantry I can prepare at her home. She is not able to eat, so it is only cooking for one at this point.
    Thank you for the loveliness of your blog and your wonderful tips. As my life returns to a more normal pattern I will be glad to add more of your habits to my routines.

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