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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

White Larkspur The Prudent Homemaker

For the first time ever, I have apricots and peaches ripe at the same time (usually the apricots are ripe first). This past week we enjoyed both from the garden.

I watched a few shows on pbs.org for free.

I harvested a few white alpine strawberries from the garden.

Strawberries were on sale for $0.99 a pound with no limit at Smith's. I bought 24 pounds. I froze berries and made strawberry popsicles made chocolate covered strawberries.

I went to several garage sales with my parents on Saturday morning. I found a few clothing items for our family, each priced between $0.50 and $2 each. I found a small urn for $2 (an item that has been on my list for a while). I found a garage sale where the books were free! I brought home several free books for my children and one for my husband (a photo book about Prague). I also purchased a few books for them between $0.10 and $.50 each. I found a small basket for $0.50 that I will use to organize some things in my sewing room. I found a lightweight coat for my husband for $5. I found a small purse ($0.50) and some decorative bobby pins ($1) that I will save for gifts for Winter. 

I found two games for $2 each. One of them was Stratego. My friend's son (our exchange student) has loved playing this game while he has been here, so I bought it for him to take home. When I sat down in the car, I noticed the front of the box was in English and French! I peeked inside and noticed that there were instructions in both languages inside, and also that the board was marked in both languages! When I got home and double checked to see that all of the pieces were there (something I should have done at the sale but had not), to my surprise, the pieces were still sealed in the original bags--the game was brand-new!  (The other game, 7 Wonders, also looks to be brand-new as well!)

What did you do to save money last week?

 

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  • SJ in Vancouver BC Canada May 16, 2017

    On a recent trip to the thrift store, I looked in a section I had previously skipped by. I found a package of cards, about 20, for $1.79. I could easily see they were a mix of birthday and thank-you cards. Turns out some of the cards were blank, too.

  • Jennifer May 17, 2017

    Congrats on your Thesis defense!

  • Athanasia May 19, 2017

    Yes K, congratulations on hurdling the thesis defense. That is a great feeling.

  • Bethany May 15, 2017

    I made a salve for my goat, and picked up some free stuff on the side of the road. And saved some $$ at Aldi! Other accomplishments can be found here: http://therenaissancehousewife.weebly.com/home/frugal-accomplishments-this-week3667033

  • Lilllanna Pickles May 15, 2017

    After reading several posts about making yogurt , I tried it. Oh my gosh, it is amazing. I used a gallon of marked down organic milk. My stock up item for the week was 40 jars of pickles. Coupons netted me 8.00 cash back for the deal.
    1. Groupon with a coupon bought me my favorite magazine subscription to Cooks Illustrated for 9.00.
    2. Bought a shirt for 1.20 and a Mary Higgins Clark book for 60 cents at thrift store.
    3. Bought lunch for 1.79 , Cooks Illustrated cook book, 6.00 and bakery cookies for 2.33 at Sam's Club. Enjoyed my mother's day outing by myself even if it was a strange location.
    Groupon provided us with a 45 day free trial to Hulu.
    4. I bought two bicycles at Wal-Mart for 69.00 a piece. They were marked down from 150.00 a piece. I used Ebates and will be getting 80.00 back from referrals. I had not planned on this purchase but, I have a special need child who can use the exercise. She can't ride alone so this will benefit both of us. Sometimes I save a lot and other times I might be off budget, but it always balances out. By always being frugal, I can take advantage of good deals when we want something. After dropping my son off at work, I stopped at the salvage store. My lucky day. The Wal-Mart bins were 4 for a dollar. I got 6 Ziplock boxes and 6 lint roller refills. I picked up a total of 36 items . I saved 170.00 , out of pocket, 9.00.
    I also collected about 2 reams of scattered copy paper from the boxes. He lets me have that for free, so baby girl can draw.

  • Congrats on making yoghurt! Isn't it fun? And so easy! :)

  • Athanasia May 19, 2017

    Lillianna Pickles, what a nice purchase of the two bicycles. I hope you and your daughter have many enjoyable rides for fun and for fitness.

  • http://Jen @ Healthfulsaver May 15, 2017

    Well it sure was meant to be for you to find that Stratego game. What a blessing! We had a pretty good week, despite things being a little off kilter from all of us having colds. One of our best frugal saves was revitalizing a dry birthday cake by sprinkling a little teaspoon of coffee on it. https://healthfulsaver.com/2017/05/14/saving-and-homemaking-513/

  • Mary May 15, 2017

    Hi to all
    I had a few nights of ordering out - which was ok as I almost never do. So it was a treat. I sold some more things thru a quick last garage sale and donated the rest. Money earned is being split on new house and graduation gift.
    I have not had to grocery shop much since we are using what we have.
    Another not frugal thing was taking my husband shirt shopping - very hard to find for him. Found several at Dillard's, most were on sale but not all - very expensive!
    All I can think of for now.
    Have a great week everyone!

  • Those are some fantastic deals you got at yard sales this week! I once got some free books and even a couple of free pots for planting lettuce. Here are the ways we saved last week: http://www.mediumsizedfamily.com/5-ways-weve-saved-money-this-week-76/

  • What a great find for your exchange student. I have never heard of that game before. It sounds like fun.
    We went to a lot of flea markets while we were away last week. I found a large sack of paper plates for $2.00 -I wish I had bought two of them. Here are the rest of my frugal accomplishments:
    http://www.vickieskitchenandgarden.com/2017/05/my-frugal-ways-this-past-week-51517.html

  • Lorna May 15, 2017

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) .

    Brandy well done on picking up so many things for you family at such a good cost especially the games that were new :D .

    This weeks frugal accomplishments are -

    Financial -
    - Banked more money into our saving for our home with cash bank account bringing us to 20.02% of our target.
    - Decided to not go grocery shopping instead spreading our grocery shopping out to 6 weekly. We have found by doing this so far we are reducing our grocery spending even more.

    General Frugalities -
    - Watered the vegetable gardens twice with rainwater from our tanks and watered newly sprouted vegetable seeds as well, instead of using town water. We also reduced watering times when we got rain.
    - Boiled water on top of the slow combustion fireplace to make hot chocolates with and steamed our vegetables on there one night for tea reducing electricity costs.
    - Used our solar lanterns instead of turning mains powered lights on in our home at night.
    - Turned off power points to unused appliances in the home.
    - Did all our washing and hung it on the clothes line to dry apart from one load that didn't dry that we put on for 30mins to finish drying.
    - Picked strawberries, cherry tomatoes, capsicums, silverbeet and spinach beet from the gardens.
    - Blanched and froze silverbeet and spinach making 2 packets of spinach and 3 packets of silverbeet extra in our freezer for advanced food storage.
    - Washed, diced and froze 21 bags of capsicums from the garden for advanced food storage.
    - Combined multiple errands to save on fuel costs.

  • Jess May 15, 2017

    Dropped some unwanted books off at our favorite "Little Library" and picked up a book I've been wanting to read! We celebrated Mother's Day cheap this year. Fire in our homemade fire pit, hot dogs and marshmallows for dinner, slept in our tent in the back yard, woke up and hubby made breakfast. It was wonderful! We picked dandelion flowers from our yard and I made dandelion jelly from it. It was surprisingly good but a lot of work! We used up pantry and freezer foods. The freezer needs to be defrosted again so it was a good time for it. The kids needed about $70 worth of unplanned "Stuff" for school this past week so it was really good that the grocery bill was so small for the week.

  • Athanasia May 19, 2017

    Jess, what a fun backyard Mother's Day.

    Yes, have made dandelion jelly. Yes, it is a lot of work. I used to make it when the children were younger and all at home as it is a good project for them to go out and pick the blossoms. I think we last made it 3 years ago when several of the children were home at the same time. My husband's mother is the one who taught me to make it. She had 8 children. So my husband does ask for it once in awhile but someone else has to gather the blossoms for me.

  • Elizabeth M. May 15, 2017

    Maybe the game comes from Canada. Everything here has English and French packaging, since we are officially a bilingual country. Its very good luck for you and your young family friend.

    Some frugal successes over the last couple of weeks:
    Went to two different meetings where a meal was provided. The meetings were both very interesting, which made the week more interesting too.
    Bought five 5 lb chickens directly from a Hutterite colony. They delivered to the Hutterite colony near my town, which I had never visited before. One of the ladies kindly carried the package of chicken out for me, and told me how she makes chicken and rice which was cooking the morning I visited. The whole dining hall had a wonderful smell from the chicken and peppers that were cooking.
    Roasted one of the chickens, and had several meals of leftover roasted chicken. I also used leftover chicken to make chicken tacos, with homemade tortillas and mozzarella cheese, and my own version of chicken and rice, which also resulted in several leftover meals. It was not the least expensive chicken I have bought, but the quality was excellent and it made many meals.
    Stocked up on 12 small cans of chicken and turkey on sale for $1 a can (Cdn) for quick meals and emergency stores, and 4 lb of cheese at half price.
    Made oatmeal cookies, using applesauce instead of butter, since I am nearly out of butter and completely out of oil. The cookies have a pleasant, mild apple taste that goes well with the cinnamon I add to the oatmeal cookie recipe. They are also healthier.
    Started to have oatmeal for breakfast. It is not my favorite breakfast food, but I am liking it more now that I am having it regularly.
    Mended a pair of pants. Wore them with a jacket that was given to me several years ago secondhand, that I've never worn. It fits well now and gave me something business-like to wear that didn't look too wintry.
    Was having trouble finding affordable shorts for summer. Found two pairs of capris at a local discount store in the style of waistband, pockets, and fabric I wanted, at a reasonable price. I will shorten them to the perfect length. We had more snow this morning, so I think I will delay shortening them until it is actually warm enough! I've decided to do without "new" shoes, unless I see some at a thrift store next month.
    Spent a couple of days doing a new resume and some editing tests for home-based editing jobs. My goal is to increase my income, so that my budget this year is a little easier.

  • Athanasia May 19, 2017

    Elizabeth M...(hope you see this...would not attach to your post) How nice you were able to visit the Hutterites. They are a "sister" denomination to ours, though we do not do the communal living as they do. If you are interested there is a good book published by Herald Press called THE HUTTERITE DIARIES by Linda Maendel (sp?).

  • tadpole May 15, 2017

    Happy Mother's Day everyone.
    This week we did a pretty good job of minding our pennies this week.

  • I voted in our provincial election and discovered that our community center has a free book exchange.
  • Rendered free pig fat into lard
  • Designed and printed a label for a bottle of wine for my mom on Mother's Day.
  • Went shopping in the boxes of stuff I have stored at my mom's and brought home some canning supplies and household tools.
  • Happily accepted a bouquet of flowers from my mom's garden
  • Harvested rhubarb and dandelions from my garden. I made a strawberry and rhubarb cake and a batch of dandelion jelly.

  • Have a great week everyone!
    https://hiproofbarn.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/frugal-endeavors-mothers-day/#more-2654

  • Marivene May 15, 2017

    Continued to dig out grass roots & weeds from the planting beds. Emptied the 2 bags of dry leaves that have sat on the garden all winter into the green Rubbermaid tub & used the mini-tiller to grind down the leaves. Buried some in the bottom tier of the garden, & used some as a bottom layer in an open part of the red raspberry bed. Covered the ones in the red raspberry bed with some of the fresh grass clippings from mowing the lawn the day before.

    Removed another western yellow jacket nest in the back yard.

    Sent home youngest daughter with garlic in one pot & onion sets in another, for her little patio garden. Deer should not bother either of those. Separated & reset a small clump of garlic, where it will have more room to grow.

    The strong wind gusts we had over the weekend knocked over the tuteur, so I used my bulb planter to dig 4 deeper holes in which to re-set the posts.

    Planted heirloom corn, radishes, heirloom pole beans, carrots, more onions & beets.

    Harvested a lettuce head on Sunday afternoon & made a salad to go with the chicken & rice casserole.

    Harvested about half of one of the rhubarb crowns (so far). This cutting I sliced, then simmered with a few strawberries from the freezer for color, then strained the juice & will freeze it in the ice tup molds again. This cutting yielded 4+ quarts, so that should be enough for ice cubes for slush. Cut more rhubarb & stewed it into sauce to serve over vanilla ice cream for Mother’s Day.

    Crocheted a pair of black pants, a little grey sweater, a blanket, & a white bonnet for Little Stuff’s doll baby.

    Used the remaining funds on my Home Depot gift card to buy 24 more pavers for the edge of the front bed.

    Cashed a pine cone check.

    Stocked up on lemonade Koolaid while it was on sale. They had regular & pink, but not the strawberry lemonade flavor, which was a bummer, since that is my favorite!

  • Athanasia May 19, 2017

    Marivene...tutuer...I had to look that one up. :)

  • Becky May 15, 2017

    I'm calling this past week the "Wild Week Edition!" It was so crazy busy, but we still managed to save some money along the way. One thing we did was watch 2 nieces and a nephew all weekend. We managed to get everyone everywhere they needed to be, and not eat out very much--just a small thing here or there. (Since 2 of them are extremely special needs, they have very unique eating patterns and we usually get them a thing or two, such as french fries or a soda. Because that is what they are used to at home, it helps them keep calm to stay to routine.) Instead of running through drive-throughs constantly, I took my autistic niece to Winco and let her choose some items she wanted to eat and let my nephew live on bagels pretty much. She chose animal cookies, a Red Delicious apple to go with her constant diet of peanut butter sandwiches (no jam), and a donut. I felt good about the apple--she rarely eats them and she ate a 1/2 of one. We had a great time.

    I got a lot more of my garden planted before it began to pour again. Whew!

    I put the week down on my blog: https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/saving-money-wild-week-edition-may-14-2017/

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