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Frugal Accomplishments for the Third Week in March

Iris in Ginger Jar The Prudent Homemaker

I cut daffodils, nasturtiums, and iris from the garden to enjoy in the house. I shared more photos earlier this week in my Spring Home Tour.

I opened the windows to air out the house.

I traded Meyer lemons from the garden for two dozen eggs.

Leeks The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested leeks, Meyer lemons, snow peas, Swiss chard, parsley, arugula, and green onions from the garden.

I mended a pair of jeans and a coat sleeve.

I turned a toddler bodysuit that had torn by the snaps into a shirt by cutting it off just below the leg holes and sewing a narrow hem.

I figured out a solution to a need/want using something else I already had, rather than buying something new.

I decided to not purchase more maternity clothing for hot weather, though that had been part of my original plan for the year. When it was in the mid-70's in January, it looked like I was going to need more clothing for the end of my pregnancy. Since the weather turned unusually cool after that and is still cool, I can get by with what I have and not need to look for more at the thrift store. 

I saved my parents $100 on a mobile repair on their motorhome. I had made cookies, and my dad asked if he could have two: one for him and one for the repairman. One of my daughters brought over the two cookies and gave one to the repairman. He was so touched with the homemade cookie that he said he would take $100 off their bill, and he did!

I asked if a procedure was necessary (it wasn't), and saved $30 plus the gas and time to have it done.


What did you do to save money this past week?




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  • Patty, I put the leeks in a soup with Swiss chard, barley, and chicken bullion.

  • Mable March 25, 2018

    Have you ever made leek pie? That is the main reason I raise leeks. Delicious.

  • Libby March 27, 2018

    I've made goat cheese & leek tart a few times this winter - totally agree with Mable - delicious!

  • Patty from the NW April 03, 2018

    Oh , the leeks would be so good in soups. I had good success last year with growing swiss chard. I used this for stir fry and for soups as well. I also grew rainbow swiss chard which was pretty in the garden. I have never grown leeks but I think I will try this year. :)

  • Cindy S. March 25, 2018

    I hope you and your husband have a lovely, healthy Easter. I'm sorry about your son.

  • Patty from the NW April 03, 2018

    Thank you, we had a lovely Easter. I hope you did as well.

  • Marybeth March 26, 2018

    I hope you husband is feeling better and you have a wonderful Easter.

  • Sheila March 26, 2018

    Patty, what a beautiful tribute to your son. Your faith and joy in the Easter celebration touched my heart.

  • Patty from the NW April 03, 2018

    Thank you~

  • Athanasia March 28, 2018

    Patty, I pray you have a beautiful and blessed Easter. I am so sorry you had to suffer the loss of your son but glad you have a nice way to remember him.

  • Patty from the NW April 03, 2018

    Thank you. I love Easter and the hope that the Lord brings. I also love Spring~ which brings new life , buds on the trees and birds singing. Each year in my yard, I always plant a flower garden for my son ~ just for him. I have a plaque for his garden that says " Josh's Secret Garden" ~ the new life from seeds to flowers from God always brings me smiles :)

  • Cindy in the South March 29, 2018

    Prayers for you as you celebrate your son's life with flowers. One of my son's is chronically ill, so I treasure every day.

  • Patty from the NW April 03, 2018

    Thank you~ I am praying for your son ~ cherish each precious day and rest in HIM knowing that God is with you as HE was and still is with me~ His peace that goes beyond our understanding. I am so thankful for this.

  • Luba @ Healthy with Luba March 24, 2018

    * We joyfully ate what we had at home instead of shopping for more (with did need to purchase salad ingredients).
    * We were blessed to help two families with a meal each. I made one big pot of soup using what we had on hand and delivered the meal at a time when we would already see each other.
    * I conscientiously unplugged the computer each evening.
    * I did my best to run errands in groups.
    * We joyfully used our car with excellent gas mileage for longer drives.
    * We are thankfully staying healthy by eating onions and garlic as much as possible as well as by continuing our healthy lifestyle.
    * I gratefully used the bread machine to make delucious bread at home for a fraction of the cost of bread at the store.
    * I energetically began spring cleaning by using my economical cleaner in the kitchen and by cleaning the washing machine with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. I'll spare you the before pictures of the washing machine.
    *Using graphics I already had, I created promotions for upcoming speakers at out networking group.

  • Elizabeth March 25, 2018

    1. We bought a "new to us" car to replace a gas guzzling diesel truck...frugal in the long run
    2. Having a no spend week
    3. Will be spring cleaning and organizing this week to keep me away from the stores and focused on making do with what I have
    4. Fixed a broken marker holder attached to our whiteboard with just thread and a needle. Not pretty but it works
    5. Rearranged my budget to fit in upcoming annual costs. Hopefully this will prevent me from having to take out money from savings....it's always a juggling act...

  • Elizabeth M. March 25, 2018

    There were great sale prices on turkey (88 cents a lb), butter, and shredded cheese. The turkey had a limit of 1. This store normally only has turkeys at this price at holidays with a minimum purchase, but no minimum purchase was needed this time. These sales were at the alternate store in town. I checked prices on flour while I was there, since they have a better selection of flour than the store I normally shop at. Also found soft brown sugar at this store!

    I took and passed the test for a home-based job doing captioning, which will help replace my income from giving up my library job. Now I have to study the Style Guide and do some practice jobs, so that I can get to work.

  • Cindy S. March 25, 2018

    I just want to say how much I appreciate captioning. I don't have a hearing problem, but I like to have the captioning on because it helps me with comprehending what is going on and adds more detail. I also think it helped with my kids reading and spelling (at least when they're spelled right.Sometimes it's comical how badly it's done).

  • Darcy March 25, 2018

    Spring is slowly making its way to us. The crocuses have bloomed and the daffodils are peeking out of the ground.

    Frugal Accomplishments at our house:

    We took our lunches each day to work, except for one when my employer provided lunch.

    Dinners at our house were grilled chicken with vegetables. We have found that we love grilling jalapenos and zucchini. We used leftover chicken for several meals and lunches. We also had spaghetti, spinach salad, ham and bean soup, and flank steak that my husband found at a very good reduced price.

    Our daughter and son-in-law and two grandsons took us out for brunch. Spending time with our family is such a gift. We are excitedly looking forward to all 14 of us being together for Easter Sunday. The larger our family has gotten the more difficult it is to get all together at once.

    I exercised following a couple of you tube videos. Years ago I belonged to a gym and I don't miss the extra bill each month!

    We were given a dozen eggs from a coworker who raises chickens.

    Our daughter is redecorating her house and gifted us with a very large beautiful wall hanging that we will put in our dining room.

    I made laundry soap.

  • Cindi March 25, 2018

    Your cookie story made me smile! Good for you!
    I planned meals around what we already had in the freezer and pantry. I bought a few extra ingredients and sale items at the grocery store. The butcher was just adding to the marked-down meat case, so I was able to get a sirloin roast for $5, and a big round steak for $5. Even though we were out late a couple of nights, I resisted the urge to eat out and made food at home. In my continued search for interesting meat-free recipes, I made this: https://food52.com/recipes/6164-indian-spicy-pinto-bean-curry-rajma It was a big hit and will go into our regular rotation.
    I pieced a baby quilt top for my niece, who is expecting her first child in June.
    I re-covered the cushions of the bar stools we use at our kitchen island with upholstery fabric a friend gave me.
    I completed our taxes using Turbo Tax. I sent the federal return electronically, for free. Rather than pay the $25 they wanted to e-file the state return, I printed it out and sent it off for the cost of two stamps.
    I downloaded audio books from the library.
    I met a friend for lunch and we went to the local thrift store. She had a box of items to donate and gave me a very nice fleece top and a pair of shorts from her box. I bought a puzzle and a book at the thrift store.
    I planted green peas in the green house. My husband covered the hoops over the raised bed with plastic, in hopes of raising the soil temperature in there quicker. The tomatoes and peppers I planted inside two weeks ago are still not up, so I may have to try again. I will give them a few more days.

  • Laurie March 25, 2018

    I transplanted seedlings into bigger pots in the greenhouse and started new seeds. We now have broccoli, onions, kale, celery , carrots, and lettuce growing. Im turning off the heater on sunny days and collecting rain water.

    We are eating from the pantry this week and not grocery shopping.
    I picked up an extra shift at work. I also stayed home a couple of days to deep clean and purge unneeded items.

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