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Frugal Accomplishments for the Third Week of April

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I cut flowers from the garden to enjoy in the house several times during the week.

I harvested hibiscus flowers, Meyer lemons, snow peas, lettuce, spinach, parsley, Swiss chard, green onions, and garlic chives from my garden.

I dried a large batch of parsley to use throughout the year. After picking it, I simply wash it and leave it out to dry on a cooling rack on top of a rimmed cookie sheet. Once it's done drying, I crumble the leaves, remove the stems, and put the leaves in a container.

I dried lemon zests and froze lemon juice to use throughout the year.

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I watched an episode of "Call the Midwife" for free on Pbs.org.

I watched a free webinar, learning what I could from it. I didn't purchase the product after watching the class.

We went to the library.

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I mended a hole in a pair of shorts.

We enjoyed having the windows open during the week to cool the house and air it out.

My son needed a new pair of glasses. I purchased them from Zenni Optical, going through Ebates first to earn cash back. Since I was logging in through my new computer, the site didn't recognize me as an existing customer and offered me a 10% off coupon. I wrote down the code and logged in to my account. When I went to place my order, I decided to see if the code would still work. It did. I chose the slowest shipping ($4.95) and still received his new glasses on Saturday (after ordering on Monday).  Total cost for a new pair of prescription glasses, including shipping, was $13.91. I'll also get a small percentage back from Ebates as well! I just checked, and Zenni has a refer a friend program; if you're new to the site you can use this link to get $5 off your order. Plus, you can refer a friend and they will give you $5 as well! 

My husband gave himself a haircut.

I stocked up on strawberries for $0.99 a pound and bone-in chicken at $0.77 a pound. These are rock-bottom prices here and were part of my grocery plans for the month. I froze the chicken and cut and froze strawberries to use throughout the year.

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What did you do to save money this past week?


April 22nd is a special day for me as it is the day my husband (officially) proposed. I wrote about it in a post 6 years ago entitled: My Husband is So Frugal He Proposed With a Coupon

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  • Peggy G. April 21, 2018

    We are trying to be more stringent about not wasting food. We also have been eatting out of our freezer & pantry to cut down on having to go grocery shopping.

  • Karen April 21, 2018

    I reserved my next book club book at the library.
    I used some iron on patches to mend my kids’ bedspread.
    I took advantage of spring weather to turn off the heat pump most of each day this week, and also opened blinds to let in light for free.

  • Piggykr April 22, 2018

    We've taken advantage of the park on warm days. We played croquet and catch. We've kicked around soccer balls and went for walks.
    My son played Pokemon go while outside.
    I baked bread.
    I cooked most of our meals at home.
    I made some chickpeas.
    I used up food in fridge.
    I line dried the laundry instead of using the dryer.
    I left the windows open to let in air.
    We met the neighbours for a playdate.
    My friend gave me some chocolate so I wouldn't buy a candy bar and ruin my diet.
    A coworker made coffee and gave me a cup.
    My son brought some books home from the library.
    We are still going without cable after several years. Youtube is enough to entertain us.
    I gave myself a facial, body scrub, manicure, and pedicure instead of heading to the spa.
    I did some work online instead of using paper.

  • Natalie April 22, 2018

    I love your daughter’s hat (your son’s is good too).

  • Lisa April 22, 2018

    I am always inspired and uplifted by your posts. I am entering an uncertain time. For health reason, I may not be able to continue my current work position. I have decided to try and live as if we don't have my income. This won't be easy. I make about 30% more per month than my husband, so it will be cutting our income substantially. We already try to save a lot each month, so it may not be as bad as it sounds. There are areas of our lifestyle that can easily be cut without much pain, but I think we need to practice a bare bones budget for the future. I will also look for alternative income streams.

    Thank you for all that you do.


  • Elizabeth M. April 23, 2018

    It is a good idea to cut back to this budget before you absolutely have to. It gives you a chance to figure out what works for you and what doesn't. Brandy's blog and the comments are full of helpful advice about living a good life on a modest amount of money, though it sounds like you are good at keeping to a budget.

    Most important for you is to focus on your health. All the best.

  • Lisa April 27, 2018

    Thank you so much for the words of encouragement.

  • Lea Stormhammer April 23, 2018

    I'm so sorry that you will have to leave your current position for health reasons - been there, done that and it was no fun at all!
    Remember that if you do have to leave your job, all your job-related expenses (gas, parking, clothes/uniforms, materials, licenses, etc.) will be unnecessary as well, which will cut your expenses and stretch your budget even further. If you can live without your income while still working, you should be in good shape when you are not working!

    Best wishes, Lea

  • Lisa April 27, 2018

    Thank you!

  • Marybeth April 23, 2018

    I'm sorry you are going through this. Like others have said practicing ahead of time is helpful. Use that money to pay off as much debt now while you have 2 incomes. Good lock. I know you can do it.

  • Lisa April 27, 2018

    Thank you!

  • Samantha April 23, 2018

    Hi Lisa, I've been in your situation, and know that it is stressful in the beginning- but it's absolutely doable! My HR rep (who was very kind) offered that if I wrote in my letter of resignation that I was leaving due to health reasons (which I was) that I could apply for unemployment insurance and receive it if I applied through the state. It was a very nice option, and I appreciated her help and the income while looking for other work. There are requirements for receiving this and each state is different, but she noted that the company already pays into the program and it might be worth exploring? I was also the one with the higher salary, and it was tough to adjust initially, but the quality of life has improved dramatically in our home! I hope you experience the same.

  • Lisa April 27, 2018

    Thank you for your words of encouragement!

  • Ellie’s friend from Canada April 26, 2018

    While you are still employed, if you receive benefits, try to have all of your annual or semiannual visits paid for such as the dentist or eyeglasses etc. Make sure also that you have all your prescriptions refilled if you have a drug plan. Some companies enable you to acquire private health insurance if you were leaving employment. You might check into those options as well. I know these times are trying for you but remember you have the love and support of your friends and family and our prayers

  • Lisa April 27, 2018

    Thank you so much for your advice and kind words. Fortunately, my husband carries all of the benefits, but I make more of the income.

  • Lisa April 28, 2018

    My sister went through the same trial. Before she quit they made a bare bones budget and an emergency budget. They replaced a few things like a water heater they knew was on the out. Purchased some much needed clothes and shoes. Stockpiled their pantry with the basics. Anything that would put them in distress for when she quit working. Then save, save, save. After she quit she ended up selling her car. It was unjustified to pay insurance and lisence and kept her home so she wasn’t out buying things. Wish you well on your future!

  • Gardenpat April 22, 2018

    I’m curious, Brandi, when you “stock up” on strawberries, how many pounds do you end up buying?

    This has been a good week. I got over $65 Just from selling 3 little things on eBay that I not only wasn’t using, but actually had forgotten that I had! It was nice to declutter and make money at the same time! eBay had a promo going with no-fee listings so I took advantage of that and by paying for the mailing cost through them, they give a discount on the actual shipping charge and I can prepay and print my shipping label at home! I just drop it off at the post office and they even automatically send the tracking info to the buyer!!! Easy-peasy!!

    My favorite nursery had their 4 pack veggie plants for 89 cents so even though sowing my own seeds would be cheaper (and I will do that too), this will speed up my time waiting for first harvest so I feel like it was worth it!
    I planted broccoli, cabbage, two varieties of kale, Romaine lettuce and red onions.
    I also bought a thornless blackberry bush and added that to the 20 foot raised bed that we built last fall. It previously only ad a goji Berry bush anchoring each end. My blackberry bush is almost in the middle of the bed and I read that it might like something to climb on. I found a wrought iron open pavilion kind of thing that fit directly around my blackberry bush and looks quite decorative! The “pavilion-cage” (whatever it should be called) was one we rescued from the alley that was set to be tossed out by a neighbor! We didn’t “dumpster dive”

  • How many I buy just depends on what I can afford in the budget. I think I bought only 20 this time, but I still have some strawberry jam on the shelves that needs to be used, so I should be fine. I would have loved to buy more, and if I see a good price again next month, I might. Thie week the sale price is $1.25 :( and of course I can get more if they are less.

  • Athanasia April 23, 2018

    I saw that strawberries were 2.50 / quart at the grocer here last week. That was the sale price.

  • That was the sale price here a few weeks ago, Athanasia. I won't (and can't) pay that price, so I wait until April and watch for the lowest sales price, and then I buy a bunch to freeze and make jam.

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