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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.

Peonies and Rose The Prudent Homemaker

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.

Picnic in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker

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.

 April Arrangement Closeup The Prudent Homemaker

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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  • Jodi April 27, 2018

    Thanks Brandy,
    The rose is beautiful and looks so soft, like a peony! Here in the PNW my peonies grow great. I did look for a yellow variety but they are very expensive!! I thought maybe you had a special frugal place to get them! :O) Thanks for the rose info. I'll go look.
    Love your blog.

  • The lowest price I found for peonies is Van Engelen. I don't recall seeing a yellow one there, though. The next lowest price I have seen on peonies is from Eden Brothers, but again, I don't recall a yellow one. I think there are more yellow Itoh peonies than herbaceous peonies. I know there are yellow tree peonies, but now you are talking about a rather expensive plant.

    Being the PNW, this time of year, I would think you could count on double peony-flowering tulips to grow well. Van Engelen has a number of well-priced selections for those that should work in your zone. They start taking orders in June for fall shipping.

  • Maxine April 28, 2018

    When I contacted Bluestone Perennials a few years ago, they told me the best time to plant or divide peonies is in the early fall...around Labor Day, if possible.

    Most of my peonies have come from divisions of peonies I planted 20 years ago at my other house (those peonies were divided from a friend's). Generally, if a division has at least two buds on the root, it will bloom the next bloom period. I have planted pieces of root and have them bloom a few years later. I have also bought several packages of bareroot peonies in the spring that average about $5 per peony. I got a package of two pale pink doubles at Lowe's this year for $9.99, and I saw packages of three--one each red, white and pink--at Home Depot for either $9.99 or $12.99 (I forgot).

    About 3 weeks ago, I sowed seeds of columbines, lupines and balloon flowers, and everything has come up. Some are even getting their first set of true leaves! Very exciting as I will be starting gardens from scratch at a new build home this summer. They started on top of my refrigerator and currently reside on the window sill of my bedroom. I will be potting them up mainly in peat pots, unless someone has a better suggestion.

  • Anne April 28, 2018

    Congratulations on your new son. :)

  • Bethay April 28, 2018

    Not frugal at all, since we replaced both front and back doors and screen doors. They desperately need to be replaced. We spent a bit more and got fiberglass doors, so there will be no maintenance. The first place we looked offered an in home estimate, they wanted $955- just to install ONE door. Not counting the price of the door themselves. We called everyone we know looking for a handyman, and got it done for $300 for both doors and screen doors. They previous ones were quite old and drafty, so we are hoping that the new ones help with the heating in the winter.

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