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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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  • Linda Higgy June 19, 2017

    Devon, so sorry to hear of your sisters health. Having just gone through that myself I know what you are going through. Remembering all the fun I had with my beloved SIL (since I was 3 years old) and taking to her about it, even when she couldn't respond brought some comfort to my old heart. She and my brother were married 62 years, and three months after she passed he went to join her. A double whammy that I thought I wouldn't get through, but with loving family, a million memories and the love still sitting in my heart, I have. I pray you have the same.

  • Devon June 20, 2017

    Thank you Linda. I am so sorry for your double loss. I think you are right in that we get to a place where the most healthy thing to do is remember with joy and a grateful heart for the people we have been blessed to have in our lives.

  • Cindy in the South June 19, 2017

    Hugs and prayers

  • Devon June 20, 2017

    Thank you Cindy.

  • Thinking of you! I'm sure your sister must really appreciate all your love and care.

  • Devon June 20, 2017

    Thank you Margaret. I know she is grateful for the help from myself and our mother.

  • Lorna June 19, 2017

    Hello Devon and lovely you have joined us all here :D .

    As a fellow carer to my husband with injuries let me tell you you are doing a wonderful job and you are right family, friends and simplicity are certainly what get us through here too.

  • Devon June 20, 2017

    Thank you Lorna. Your husband is so fortunate to have you to love and care for him.

  • J June 20, 2017

    Devon, I am sorry to hear about your sister. We have said goodbye to several family members, including my father in law, over the past few years. Any moment you can spend with family is precious.

  • Athanasia June 22, 2017

    Devon, our prayers are with you and your sister that you both may feel peace and comfort during this time.

  • Cindi June 19, 2017

    This week was a good mix of hard work and fun. We started the week by spending a day cutting a cord of firewood in the National Forest. We found a huge downed tree and it only took half of it to get our cord. We hope to go back for the rest of it soon, but if someone else gets to it first, there are many more downed trees in that area. Getting the wood is very hard work, but it is very satisfying.
    We washed all the windows outside, and most of them inside. My husband took all the big indoor rugs outside and pressure-washed them (Best way we have found to get them clean without damaging them.) They look great now.
    We successfully switched our dogs over to Costco’s Nature’s Domain dog food. One of my dogs has a very sensitive stomach, so we have had him on an expensive pet store food – but a friend pointed out that the ingredients in Nature’s Domain were very similar, so we gave it a try. Not only is the ND $17 a bag cheaper, the bags are 6 pounds larger.
    A friend and I like to get together for lunch whenever our schedules allow (which is only about once a quarter.) This time I suggested she come to my house for lunch. I made a pasta salad and rolls and she brought dessert. She had been wanting to see my garden, so we had a wonderful time visiting – and no restaurant bill.
    We attended our annual neighborhood picnic. The homeowner’s group supplies fried chicken, brats, and dessert and everyone brings a side to share. I made a potato salad. We had fun meeting some new neighbors and visiting with old ones.
    We attended a free concert in the park. I packed a picnic dinner. We had a good time listening to the music and visiting with friends.
    Our local women’s club had their huge annual rummage sale. We spent $24 and came home with a bunch of stuff – including a large rolling suitcase (which we have been searching for for some time) for $5, a pair of women’s Sorrel winter boots in very good condition for $7 (these normally sell for over $100), and a brand new pair of walking shoes – the exact same shoes I bought last week for $50 – for $3. Since I know those shoes fit well and I like them, I bought them to stash away for when my new ones wear out. I also bought a gorgeous linen dress with embroidery around the hem. It was far too long for me, but it has a high waist and I was able to cut out the middle section and sew it back together. The dress cost $1. I wore it to church yesterday and received several compliments. We bought a lot of little, useful things, including fishing line, wooden spoons and Christmas cards, too.
    I harvested radishes, peas, and chard from the garden, transplanted some chard into an empty spot, planted more lettuce and re-planted black-eyes peas.

  • Pam B June 19, 2017

    We feed our cats the Costco Nature's Domain cat food, they do very well on it. The Nature's Domain food is made by "Taste of the Wild" (compare ingredients & the addresses on the bag).

  • Cindi June 19, 2017

    I was thrilled to discover that even though I don't have a Costco near me, I can get the food mailed to my house with free shipping. This will be a big money saver for us and the dogs really like it.

  • Linda Higgy June 20, 2017

    Wow, Pam, thanks for the information on Costco's ND! I feel Taste of the Wild to my 8 year old Cocker and am happy to learn they are the same. I'll check out her favorite on my next trip to Costco. Thanks again.

  • Cindy in the South June 19, 2017

    I am going to a work conference on the beach, and managed to squeeze my tubby self into my old bathing suit and other casual clothes so I had to purchase nothing...yay! I also had to work this weekend because of being gone this week, but that just meant I brought my lunch to work and did not spend any money, other than gas getting to work. I took care of my friend's dogs last week when she was on vacation. She will take care of my dog and cat while I am gone...bartering at its I did buy sunscreen, snacks etc. at Dollar General using their $5 off $25 coupon. I really need another beach towel but I am gonna try to make do with what I have. I hope that I am able to keep my food expense at a minimum at the beach. It is expensive there, we are required to stay in a hotel room without a kitchen, and I am taking one of my grown sons with me and he eats like a

  • Marybeth June 19, 2017

    We bring our crockpot with us when there is no kitchen. I wash it in the bathroom sink when done. We bring a cooler and fill it up with ice every day. I pre chop everything up ahead of time.

  • Jessica June 20, 2017

    What a great idea!!

  • SJ in Vancouver BC Canada June 21, 2017

    I used to take my small crockpot with me when I would go to conventions as well. Split pea soup was a favorite. Also, chicken and rice using canned chicken. Also rice pudding. Basically any 'pantry' food could work.

  • Juls Owings June 24, 2017

    I used to live in a motel for 8 yrs. Crock pot, electric skillet and cooler.. An instant pot would be better than a crock pot if you already have it. Ramen noodles soaked in lg bowl with hot water on them (cover bowl) will replace pasta. Minute rice is the same way.

  • Amie June 29, 2017

    I'd call and ask if they have coffee pots and/or microwaves in the room...or available.

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