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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

I gleaned olives again. They are all soaking in lye water now, to take the bitterness out.

I cut red noodle beans, thyme, and green onions from the garden.

My husband cut both boys' hair.

I made turkey broth and used it to make soup.

I made French bread.

I made yogurt.

Winter made carrot cake for my mom's birthday.

I printed free worksheets for school for the younger girls from several places.

What did you do to save money last week?

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  • Rhonda A. October 28, 2014

    Maydijo, when I read you saw a wild platypus, I ac...

    Maydijo, when I read you saw a wild platypus, I actually gasped. My daughter is completely obsessed with them...it is her favourite animal. She would be so envious of your trip! Maybe some day we will have the opportunity to visit Australia or Tasmania. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Andrea October 28, 2014

    I do love the dark meat...it works out well in our...

    I do love the dark meat...it works out well in our family because my husband prefers the white pieces and I love the legs. I think I also heard that the dark meat is higher in zinc which is wonderful during cold and flu season.

  • Andrea October 28, 2014

    These are all great suggestions to help battle ane...

    These are all great suggestions to help battle anemia and I'm going to try every one of them, starting with Marivene's Snack Mix! That sounds wonderful and who would have thought all those yummy things together would be so full of iron! I don't have a cast iron pan, but I think I've also heard that it's a good idea to cook in them to boost iron levels. I've gone back and forth about buying one because of the seasoning thing and caring for it. I need to do a little research and maybe get a small one to try. Anna, I am also being tested for fibroids even though I didn't put the two together before you mentioned it here. I've had a fairly long-standing battle with anemia and women generally do have lower iron levels even if it's not technically full-blown "anemia". I'll know more in November about the fibroids and I'll keep you in my prayers as you go through your testing as well. I am definitely going to have to get some Floridex and I wish I had known about it when I was pregnant with my son. Not too long after I delivered him, I went to get out of bed to use the bathroom and went face first onto the floor...whoops! The nurses later told me that my hemoglobin was at 7 (the normal threshold starts around 12, but I was told it should actually be around 14). A friend of mine who is also a nurse said if I had been at her hospital they would have given me a blood transfusion since they transfuse if it falls to 8 or below where she works. I'm glad I didn't have to go through that. The other thing that is difficult about getting enough iron is making sure to drink enough fluids. One would think after as many years of living in this desert environment that I'd have the hang of drinking lots of water by now, but I know I'm still not getting enough. Brandy, making your Minestrone and Swiss Chard soups should help on both fronts! :)Thanks again for the wonderful suggestions.

  • Linda June 18, 2017

    You can buy preseasoned Lodge cast iron pans on Amazon.

  • Maydijo October 28, 2014

    We had a fun week, we spent a few days in Tasmania...

    We had a fun week, we spent a few days in Tasmania. The airfares were free; we had to pay for the hotel, rental car, petrol, and food, although we were able to salary package the hotel and meals out, which cut the cost by about 40%. Still ended up costing more than your week away! We paid for the Cadbury factory presentation (and got more than what we paid in chocolate samples) and for MONA, an art museum which is a great reason to go to Tasmania just on its own, although the pooping art is a bit on the nose (literally, it stinks). The rest was free. We had a wander through the Salamanca markets; enjoyed the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, stopped off at the Antarctic exploration centre (absolutely nothing there for visitors at all, other than a very small art gallery; but the museum had a very good Antartic exhibit), went to Richmond (an historic town, one of the oldest in Australia), drove almost as far south as you can drive in Australia (stopped about 20 k from the end of the road because of huge signs warning that the bridge was structurally unsound!), took a little walk through a bit of forest that had ferns that towered over us, and trees that towered over them, saw a platypus in the wild, spent some time exploring the Hobart waterfront, and visited a cheesery.At the Cadbury factory store we stocked up on very cheap chocolates - some of the prices were not that much better than the grocery clearance stores near us; some were considerably better; all prices were half or more off the normal retail price. We saved several hundred dollars at the Salamanca markets by not buying the several things I was drooling over!I've been doing better at meal planning and using what we have in the freezer/pantry. I took an inventory of the kids' clothes - we don't need to buy them anything, except new swim trunks for my son. The school has its second hand uniforms out for grabs at the moment, so we've taken a few things we'll need, but we're pretty set for school uniforms too.

  • Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] October 28, 2014

    Kristine, I am so sorry your husband lost his job....

    Kristine,I am so sorry your husband lost his job..But thankful ,you are prepared..Will be praying for his job hunt..

  • Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] October 28, 2014

    Anna, So proud your daughter is improving.. Send...

    Anna, So proud your daughter is improving.. Sending prayers..

  • Teresa October 28, 2014

    I love the teabag idea. I drink at least 6 cups of...

    I love the teabag idea. I drink at least 6 cups of herbal tea a day and usually put them in the compost bin but like this idea to get another use out of them before I do that!

  • The Prudent Homemaker October 28, 2014

    Becky, I read on the UC Davis site that the olives...

    Becky, I read on the UC Davis site that the olives can be in brine for a year if kept in a cool place.

  • Becky October 28, 2014

    MaryAnn, O, the stories I could tell......I grew u...

    MaryAnn,O, the stories I could tell......I grew up on a hazelnut (filbert) farm and u-pick fruit farm. I also lived there as an adult for many years, helping run the farm. We had to chase a steady stream of people out!!!! Sounds like your bunch were a little more organized than most, though. Wow!I could eat the entire big can of olives before it went bad:)LOL! Seriously, once I was given a large amount of olives and divided the olives, covered with their brine, into glass canning jars. I refrigerated them, tightly covered, for a long time. None went bad before we ate them, but I don't remember how long that ended up to be.

  • Paula October 28, 2014

    Pamela, I rarely have any freezer burnt meat. I d...

    Pamela, I rarely have any freezer burnt meat. I don't skimp on wrapping materials. If I want to freeze the entire package as is, I put it in a new, freezer quality zip lock bag, making sure to force all the air out.If I divide meat before freezing, I wrap meal size portions in plastic wrap and put those in the freezer bags, again being careful to not leave air in the bags. I rarely freeze whole ham or turkey, but would recommend over wrapping well with plastic wrap and foil or freezer paper.If I have a piece of meat get old, I pretty much do as you did. Make it so tender and flavorful that there is no bad taste. Stew is always successful.The thing that gives me trouble with freezer burn is purchased frozen vegetables. These really don't stay nice very long and I've learned to not overbuy. If I had a large freezer and wanted to stock a lot of them, I would probably put the bags in freezer bags as I do the meat.

  • Paula October 28, 2014

    Linda, our vehicles are even older than yours, alt...

    Linda, our vehicles are even older than yours, although one of them is extremely low mileage for its age. We didn't buy them new, but we know their whole history. It's true, our personal property taxes are almost nothing. In our area, vehicles are all they look at for personal property. Weird, but true. If they taxed on household items and rare books and records, we might be in trouble.A friend of ours once described the penchant of some for late model expensive cars quite succinctly. He said it was a form of mobile superiority. We made a decision early in our marriage to concentrate on owning a home and paying it off, letting vehicles take a much lessor place in the scheme of things.

  • Terri Cheney October 28, 2014

    Kristine, Your attitude of gratitude is awesome! ...

    Kristine, Your attitude of gratitude is awesome! I am sorry that your husband lost his job but I see so many positives in your post. Praying your husband finds his career job soon.

  • Terri Cheney October 28, 2014

    Debbie, I bought the chocolate chips at Aldi and l...

    Debbie, I bought the chocolate chips at Aldi and like them very well. I lucked up last January at Target on Girhadelli chocolate chips for even less than the Aldi chips,so I bought a dozen bags to put in the freezer. I plan to go back to the Aldi brand when I'm done with these.

  • Marivene October 28, 2014

    Nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, raisins and dark choc...

    Nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, raisins and dark chocolate are all good sources of iron, and mixed together, they make a very nice little snacking mix.

  • The Prudent Homemaker October 28, 2014

    I rarely have trouble with things being freezer bu...

    I rarely have trouble with things being freezer burnt. I do use Ziplock freezer bags for things I freeze. The only times I have had it is with things that we were given (such as some things from my grandmother's house when she moved and someone else's house when they moved). Those items were in thinner plastic. You can cut off the burnt part or just use a good amount of sauce (like barbecue sauce) to cover it.

  • Terri Cheney October 28, 2014

    I do not think I have ever heard of anyone gleani...

    I do not think I have ever heard of anyone gleaning olives. That's just great! It is my understanding that olives are a crop now being grown in Georgia, too. Here are the things I did last week to save money:http://bluehousejournal.blogspot.com/2014/10/living-frugal-living-well_24.html

  • Pamela Burkholder October 28, 2014

    This isn't really related to this week's f...

    This isn't really related to this week's frugal post, but... I know you store up hams & turkeys for your meat all year - does your meat ever get freezer burnt? And if so, how do you deal with it? I'm asking because I cleaned out our chest freezer on Sunday and found 3 steaks I didn't know we had. One was somewhat freezer burnt around the edges, and all of them had been in there a while and needed to be used. I trimmed off the burnt area and sliced the steaks into strips and layered them with sliced onions in the slow cooker, topped with a tomato-based sauce. I figure 8-10 hours of cooking may do the trick. I'm just wondering if you have any advice on avoiding freezer burn, or how to overcome it if/when it happens? Thanks!

  • Kristen October 28, 2014

    Our frugal accomplishments list seems to be gettin...

    Our frugal accomplishments list seems to be getting smaller. I think this may be a good thing though. I'm getting into the habit of doing certain things and it's just second nature now, and we just haven't been doing as much away from home.We harvested bell peppers and radishes. I love how quickly the radishes grow.I froze leftovers or made extra as a freezer meal for most meals.We had mandarin orange chik'n (vegetarian chicken flavored wheat meat) stir fry one night. We ate all the chik'n, but had a ton of rice and veggies left over. I used that and leftover yellow rice and made fried rice for the lunch the next day.I hit my Swagbucks goal every day, and was able to order two more $5 Amazon gift cards. I will use these for Christmas presents.I uploaded receipts to Ibotta, Checkout51, Snap, and Savings Catcher. I price match; so I don't usually get anything with Savings Catcher, but I forgot to match bananas this week and Savings Catcher caught it.I stopped by Kmart to pick up a couple 25 piece Mega Bloks sets that were on sale. They had a whole cart of Ghirardelli chocolates and store brand chips on sale. I ended up paying $15 for 7 bags of Ghirardelli chocolates, 4 bags of pretzels, 3 bags of tortilla chips, 2 bags of Dorito type chips, and 2 sets of Mega Bloks. The chocolates, pretzels, and Mega Bloks will all be Christmas presents.I finally got my homemade vanilla made. Each 8 oz. bottle cost about $4.50 to make.I picked up Triscuit crackers and cat treats at Kroger for free.We've been doing all our usual things too: saving shower water, turning off lights/electronics, reusing bags, eating meals at home.I hope everyone has a great week!

  • BitsofMoxy October 28, 2014

    I had a similar idea Rhonda. Tools. Do you have a ...

    I had a similar idea Rhonda. Tools. Do you have a Harbor Freight near you Preppy? They have freebie coupons every week, enough selection to make a starter tool box. I did this for my my nephews. I found 2 small plastic tool boxes at Big Lots (discount chain) for $3 a piece. That and with the free tools made for very nice gifts.

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