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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Meyer Lemon Trees The Prudent Homemaker

We had beautiful, warmer than usual weather last week, and I took advantage of it, working in the garden every afternoon.

I planted seeds in the garden for poppies, dwarf hollyhocks, larkspur, Armenian cucumbers, lettuce,  and alpine strawberries. 

I mended drip irrigation lines that were broken.

I transplanted parsley seedlings into new spots in the garden where they can grow larger. I am completely out of dried parsley and I want to grow enough to dry enough parsley for our yearly use; we go through quite a bit and so I will need to grow it in several spots in the garden. Each year I grow enough parsley, oregano, basil, chives, thyme, and mint in the garden that I never have to purchase them dried or fresh.

I also harvested fresh parsley and used it in a dish.

The century plant I had purchased as a tiny plant at a garage sale a couple of years ago put forth two babies. I dug them up and transplanted them to two pots I already had.

I dug up a small mulberry tree that the birds had seeded in my garden and transplanted it to a pot I already had. 

I dug two boxleaf euyonomus starts and transplanted them to other places in the garden.

I transplanted nasturtiums that had self-seeded to another spot in the garden.

I pulled dandelions from the grass by hand (I never buy a pre-emergent weed killer; I just pull the weeds out of the lawn myself).

I took cuttings from my honeysuckle plants with hopes of starting some new plants to grow elsewhere in the garden.

Johnny JumpUps The Prudent Homemaker

I collected shower warm-up water in buckets and used it to water potted plants on my patio.

I harvested Swiss chard and green onions from the garden.

I picked up my hairspray at Walmart instead of Target. Both places seem to have trouble stocking it (I often have found an empty shelf) but I went to a different Walmart than usual and not only found it, but it was $1 cheaper than Target's price. Henceforth, I'll be buying my hairspray at Walmart.

I picked up the baby registry goodie bag from Target when I went to get the diaper deal, which included three diapers, some baby wash, and baby lotion that I'll use. 

We enjoyed watching the Thunderbirds flying overhead while they practiced. We saw them fly right over our backyard three times in formation; one time as we were watching they released and ended smoke trails all at the same time, which was pretty neat.

Leucojum Aestivum The Prudent Homemaker

Leucojum Aestivum (blooms in May/June in cooler climates)

I read two e-books from the library.

I mended a pillow.


What did you do to save money last week?


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  • Melonie K. February 12, 2018

    Love that you are able to mend so much for your mom so she can enjoy things like her sweater. I bet she's delighted and feeling so loved with how you are updating and organizing for her!

  • Terri February 12, 2018

    I've never heard of century plants until I read this post. I love reading about plants that I've never heard of before.

    I've been blogging my frugal accomplishments each day over at my blog, The Frugal List. Like you, I'm always looking for cheaper sources of things we use on a regular basis. This weekend, I found a cheap source for hand soap, dish soap, and cleaning solution: Cash and Carry, a restaurant supply supply shop that is open to the public. They sell bulk-sized containers of generic products, which are the cheapest prices I've seen per fluid ounce.

  • Amy February 12, 2018

    I really love your photos. They are so cheerful to me. Thank you for sharing them. I wish I could drink lemonade - it makes my acid reflux go crazy. But I used to love it. Wish I could figure out how to get rid of acid reflux :)

    This past week wasn't as frugal as I would have liked. Everyone has been sick. I did have all the supplies on hand except for one prescription that was needed.

    I made a menu plan, adjusted the menu plan as needed, paid bills online, combined errands, shopped sales and used coupons to restock. We stayed home more which saved on gas money. We watched the Olympics which is always fun. I worked on my cross stitch project in the evenings.

    Love reading everyone's post. Thanks to all for sharing such great ideas.

  • Cindy in the South February 12, 2018

    I made homemade oatmeal using gifted coconut and free mulberries from my tree. I also made a frozen yogurt/mulberry concoction for dessert. I made chicken and vegetables, using the cheap vegetables that I usually eat, turnip greens, onions, carrots, and potatoes. I made mulberry juice. I figured folks make orange juice, I could make mulberry juice. I made homemade ranch dressing, based loosely on the recipe in The Tightwad Gazette. I walked after work outside. It is in the 70's here now, with some days in the 60's so it is very nice, but very sloggy. My backyard looks like a pond. The good thing is that I saw two robins taking a bath in my back yard. I guess it was one big birdbath...lol. I had to buy my car tag this month. I went to sacrament meeting up where my son's live. It is a college town, and I always enjoy attending church there, since they have several professors and students in that ward, and it makes for some very interesting talks.

  • Douai February 12, 2018

    This week to save money I learned how to prepare 2 new to me recipes. One of them was ham and pinto beans soup, the other a Shepard’s Pie recipe. Other than the recipes, I didn’t do much. I actually spent my grocery budget as well as went out to eat which wasn’t in the budget. For Lent one of the things I’m giving up is going out to eat. I hope to also report by the end of Lent that I have saved a specific amount of money as well as didn’t buy anything except what is needed for birthday celebrations and Easter Sunday. For years I’ve tried to accomplish a no grocery shopping month but always fail miserably due to my lack of discipline. I hope I can report that I make it this time!

    Have a great week everyone. I always enjoy hearing how everyone saves. It encourages me greatly! And Brandy, keep putting up great pictures of your garden. I’ve been asking my husband if we can grow fruit trees for awhile now to which he would say no. Lately I have been showing what you can do in your yard. I think he is beginning to see the possibilities! Granted we have a smaller yard than you but if we can do something in front and back then it would be a great help to our resources.

  • Gardenpat February 12, 2018

    This has been a good week for us too! I was in charge of a compassionate service activity where we made 22 freezer meals in just over an hour. I had a sign-up for ingredients to try to defer some of the cost to our budget and called and left reminder messages to each of the donors. Since I didn’t hear back from some of them and we had just had a level 2 snow emergency in our city the day before, I was concerned that some of the ladies wouldn’t attend and that we might be missing ingredients to make our freezer meals! So I took from my own pantry and was pleased that I had every ingredient from the recipes to make those 22 dinners without making a big dent in my supplies! As would happen, everyone came and brought the ingredients so I went home with my ingredients in tact!
    Since I already had those ingredients out, I made up 7 freezer meals and then withthe excess rice that i had already cooked up, I dehydrated it into Minute rice and vacuum sealed it into a half gallon jar!
    At my produce market I saw that there were 9 individual quart containers of yogurt marked $1 each. I had seen them in their refrigerated section a week before, so I asked the sweet cashier if I could get a better price if I bought all 9. She smiled and asked if $2 total for the 9 containers was a price I’d like! I said yes please and came home with 9 quarts of plain yogurt for $2!!!
    We sold another 3 dozen eggs which paid for almost a month’s worth of their dry chicken feed!!
    I bought 5 jars of Kroger peanut butter for 89 cents/jar after using their digital coupon!
    I made all of our meals at home and made a DIY Vegetable Beef Soup Seasoning mix that one of the freezer meals called for. It only took 6 spices I always have on my shelf and when I priced it out at Krogers, the same seasoning was on sale this week - 2 for $5, regularly $3.19 each!!! I used that as a demo Thursday night before we made the freezer meals as an example of how saving time and money by DIY in the kitchen doesn’t have to be hard!! The ladies were enthused!!!
    We have been reorganizing our sewing room and office by using materials/furnishings that we already have and we are pleased with the results so far! It’s almost like a game to do these remodeling/reorganizing projects to see how much we can do without having to buy materials!!
    This has been a good week! And Sprng will come here to the mid-West eventually!!!

  • Cindy Brick February 13, 2018

    How do you dehydrate regular rice into Minute-style rice? I'd love to know how to do this.

  • Melonie K. February 12, 2018

    I stepped out of my comfort zone this weekend and started downloading some savings apps. I still feel rather awkward with the smart phone but I had a grand time finding cash back offers on items that may be on the grocery list. If nothing else, it was some free entertainment for me! haha! This week I'll be grabbing all the local sale flyers, my coupons, and sales apps and comparing it all to my grocery list to see where I can save the most and earn back the most cash. I'd be grateful for tips from any who really know how to work the deals. I'm still learning this method, so if anyone has ideas and is willing to share what I should do, the apps I've grabbed are listed on my blog post:

    Next up I hope to sign up for Swagbucks and Coupons.com app. Keep your fingers crossed that I can figure those out! :D

    Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

  • Kim in Florida February 14, 2018

    I just discovered that coupons.com has a cash back thing from Walmart. You click on coupons that you want, buy the item and submit the receipt. In a few days they will refund you the money via paypal. Yesterday I got a 5lb bag of potatoes that I will be refunded on, and last week it was eggs up to $2.50.

  • Susan M. February 15, 2018

    I have had good luck saving money by following www.southernsavers.com. Not sure what part of the country you are in, but I am in the South and this site lists grocery stores and tells you what coupons are out there and where to find them.

  • Susan February 12, 2018

    Had a Valentine party for my family and daughter's family using super cheap ham I bought and froze from Aldi's. Made Brandy's orange balsamic dressing to put on top of butter lettuce, pear, craisins and shaved parmesan cheese salad. Also served crockpot baked beans and bacon green beans. Served ice cream from gourmet ice cream store bought with gift cards. Dinner for 9 of us less than $15. Had a huge Valentine's box that grandsons "delivered" Valentines to all of us. Made up candy bags to pass out too. Bought a whole chicken that I cooked in crockpot and served with rice and veg for one meal and then made cream of chicken soup in the crockpot for lunch today. My daughter went to the Time Tebow Night to Shine Prom in a dress that cost under $20 on sale at Target. The dress is black with a tulle over skirt. She wore my jewelry and a hot pink very large scarf as her wrap. She looked stunning. Bought a huge box of Marigold seeds at the dollar tree and a pair of gardening gloves...$1 each. Read your blog for more money saving ideas.

  • Janet February 14, 2018

    Wow what a great Valentine meal for so cheap ! It is amazing what we can do when we plan ahead. I just fed 8 people for 5 days for $80.00 meat bought on sales and deep discount with senior discount etc...

  • Megan Z. February 12, 2018

    I have been sick for quite a few weeks so went to the doctor again. I still had credit from a prior visit so did not have to pay anything out of pocket. I am hoping that this 3rd round of antibiotics will do the trick. In the meantime I'm also trying all of my home remedies (neti pot, fire cider, elderberry syrup, vitamin c) in the hopes that something will work.

    I have not been going out much so saving money by staying home. I returned a pair of shoes that I ordered online. I went to Costco and spent more than anticipated. I usually only go about once a month so was due for a trip. I am trying to keep eating away at the food in the pantry and freezer.

    I started some seeds this weekend- tomatoes, eggplants, and herbs. I bought a heat mat last year which greatly helped the tomatoes and eggplants to grow from seed. I purchased a few new varieties this year but am trying to use up what I bought last year. I still have some bags of frozen veggies that I need to turn into dinner.

    My (container) Meyer lemon is finally flowering. I have had it for about 2 or 3 years and this year is the first with buds. I am keeping a close eye on it and the weather. We've had warmer than normal temps so it is outside to enjoy some sun. C'mon lemons!

  • http://Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden February 12, 2018

    Your flowers are so pretty! We had quite a bit of snow this Past weekend so I'm glad to visit and see your pictures.
    I've been keeping busy crafting and sewing. I have even made a game for the grandkids to play. Here are the ways I saved this past week. http://www.vickieskitchenandgarden.com/2018/02/my-frugal-ways-this-past-week-21118.html

  • Heidi Louise February 12, 2018

    Vickie: Loved the game you made, and the door-prize bear! Will you make clothes for him/her/it as part of the present? Or maybe for later holiday gifts?

  • Juls Owings February 13, 2018

    Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden...I'm old and boring also but found if I wait until evening, the later the better I qualify for surveys from Swagbucks more often, especially the peanut surveys. You have to click more on the survey list to get them to come up.

  • Laurie in central NC February 12, 2018

    Goodness, your photos are visions of loveliness! I just looked yesterday to see if my snowdrops were poking through the ground, but not yet. The broom has started blooming though, so that's encouraging. I love that you received a mulberry as a bird gift. I'm planning on planting more parsley this year as well, as I haven't had as much as I'd like. The one I tried to overwinter in the house didn't survive. I look forward to reading everyone's comments, and am joining in here: https://abelabodycare.blogspot.com/2018/02/simple-pleasures-sewing-frugal.html

  • Libby February 12, 2018

    I love how you set goals and then attack them. Sounds like you have been a gardening ninja!

    • Made swag goal x 5 and also was awarded 102 bonus points for meeting January daily goals.
    • Worked on decluttering and posted eight items on Ebay
    • Friends were going away for three weeks and offered me their perishable food and I said yes.
    • Made Valentine’s Day cards using supplies on hand
    • Watched a DVD from the library
    • Tried a new recipe: Sichuan spicy orange beef over rice
    • Made oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, walnuts, and dried cranberries; risotto with arugula and gorgonzola; and blueberry muffins
    • Came down with a cold on Friday and am very thankful for the homemade soups I had previously frozen as they make quick and easy meals.

  • Jeannie February 12, 2018

    Saving money has been up and down recently. I was making progress cleaning out the pantry and using up the extra food before it expired, then the natives revolted. No more healthy food preserved from last year’s garden they said, my family wanted junk food. I gave in. I was in the big city, passing by an Aldi’s so I called home and asked if anyone wanted anything? Big mistake. Everyone circled around the phone calling out their fantasy foods, hot dogs, pizzas, potato chips, real Pringles, corn chips…. At least it was after the Super Bowl and all that stuff was still on sale. I will be patient knowing they will tire of the junk and begin craving healthy food again. In the meantime, it is a break for me in the kitchen because they can cook that crap without my assistance. Win, win, sort of???

    *I was gifted a bag full of assorted AWESOME tea from Margaret at http://approachingfood.com/ She received more than she could use and passed some on to me. It has created a backlog around the microwave. Everyone must smell each and every kind before deciding which to try. I am happy re-steeping anyone’s leftover tea leaves because I can’t abide a tea bag being used only once. I am the true, hardcore tightwad in the family. Just in case no one knows, Margaret is a fantastic person.

    *Waited until Saturday to use a $5 off $25 coupon at Dollar General along with other coupons. I kept a running list of items I needed and forced myself to wait until I had enough to total $25.00. My savings were 23.93%.

    *Hair color was on sale at DG so I loaded up and then colored my hair myself.

    *Also went to Kroger and purchased ONLY what was on my list, on sale and for which I had a coupon, saved 18%. All items replaced used pantry items. Absolutely no junk food was purchased.

    *We finally had one warm sunny day and hubby used it to give Scooter a clipping saving us lots of money. Scooter is wearing his new doggy sweater that Nana gave him and he does not like it at all. I keep the electric blanket up on high during the day so his belly will be warm while snoozing.

    * We have eaten almost all of the greens from the garden. Everything is dormant. It is possible to still pick one big bowl each week.


    *We are not starving and still have plenty of food left from last year’s summer garden, especially peanuts. As promised, I have shared more details about growing and harvesting them.


    *Mostly I have been hibernating, enjoying my sons being home and enjoying the slow time of winter. OK, OK, I WILL TELL THE TRUTH! I have been secretly reading everybody’s blogs, but not commenting.

    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.blogspot.com

  • Susan February 12, 2018

    You should get a side gig in comedy! I thoroughly enjoyed your post! Circling the phone calling out their fantasy foods...hilarious!

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