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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 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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  • Athanasia May 18, 2017

    I have 2 crockpots also, plus a mini one that came as a bonus with one of the large ones. We use that for hot dips. We also sometimes use a nesco roaster that we borrow from church (church has 8 of them). They get a lot of use during graduation season, picnics, holidays, birthdays...any celebration. I like that I can set them out in the garage kitchen or even in the breezeway to cook since I don't have to keep eye on them. We use them more as an extension of cooking capability as when the ovens and stove top are occupied with other items. But in the summer I am more likely to use them to cook something like baked beans rather than use the oven.

  • Melissa V May 16, 2017

    Hi all - recovery from surgery has been very easy other than the annoyance of a 5 pound weight limit and getting tired far too easily. I discovered very quickly that pruning my grape vines takes alot more stomach muscles than I thought it would so that chore is going to have to wait!
    * I planted lettuces, New Zealand spinach and peas in the garden. I built 2 new trellis' for the cukes, peas and summer squash plants to climb on using 1/2 inch PVC pipes we had and rope I already had (these can also be covered in plastic and be used as greenhouses) I painted an antique chair with left over paint and it will be a planter. I fixed a window box and attached to my chicken coop to pretty things up a bit. I greased up all the window cranks in the chicken coop (they are vintage trailer windows) so they can open and close easily again. I also painted the back side of my duck coop with some very old leftover paint and did some much needed repairs and put leftover shingles on it. I need more paint in order to get that coop + the chicken coop all taken care of so I am watching Craigslist for some free exterior paint. I have several perennials that I need to split and move to an area where the Danes don't have their race track. I think we lost all our strawberries, mulberries, grapes and apples to heavy frost last week but since I still have so many berries in the freezer that I haven't gotten around to making jam with, I'm not too upset. The trees and plants are fine - the blossoms just got hit. I also made plant markers out of leftover paint sticks - I painted them with bright colors and then clear coated them so they'll last for at least this season - I am hoping longer. I took a rusted bathroom shelf that had been on the wall behind the toilet in the master bath and hung it in my shed. It is now holding all of the winter heated bowls, extra feed dishes and chick starter supplies. I am hoping to get a rabbit or two and some quail again soon so I am hanging onto some of the supplies needed.
    *I sold quite a few little things to have money to go out to the huge greenhouse and out to lunch with my mom and sister in a couple weeks. It isn't much but I am really looking forward to it!
    *I trimmed my long hair again - the ends were getting really ratty and it wasn't getting better with paint in it hehe OOPS!
    *For Mother's Day, we needed to bring dessert so we bought a huge cheese cake at the discount grocers and I made a raspberry sauce from berries I had in the freezer.
    *We have stayed out of the big grocery store and have tried to only shop at the discount grocers and only for things we were out of. Almost all of our meals have been at home - they haven't been very creative but at least we aren't spending $20-$30 eating out!
    *For sewing projects: I put elastic in 3 pairs of jeans, recovered a chair cushion to match the new room colors and started on taking in a sweater and shirt that I love, but they are now too big. I still have to get to the 2nd roman shade for our master bedroom as well - i have all the supplies - just have to find the motivation to do it :)

    Hope you all are having a great week - Did any of you get hit by the massive hail storm???

  • Athanasia May 18, 2017

    Melissa, glad to hear your recovery is going well. No we did not get hail. Thunderstorms and lots of rain, another big one last night.

    Did you succeed in screening your chickens from the neighbors??

  • Melissa V May 18, 2017

    The money I had set aside for bushes had to pay for a car part and to help buy my daughter some new scrubs for her new job :( So, no, I haven't managed that yet. They haven't started building behind us - yet - but I am putting a call in to the township to find out if the project is still going ahead. I did pretty up that whole side of the yard and I found out that 20 year old paint that has never been opened (we had big intentions of painting the whole house's aluminum siding when we moved in) but stored in an unheated garage takes ALOT of mixing and doesn't give a very smooth finish but it worked PERFECT on my coops :) Now I just need to get my annuals planted in the pots and window boxes to give it a more finished look.

  • Cindy in the South May 18, 2017

    Glad you are doing ok after surgery!

  • Cara in OH May 16, 2017

    I haven't posted in a few months and I am hoping to start posting more helps keep me accountable when I am weekly recording what I did to save money. Here's my list for the past two weeks:
    *had a garage sale during our community sales. I sold a boat-load of things and put all my earnings towards paying for Family Camp over the July Fourth Holiday
    *have a free daily bagel from Panera during the month of May. Have been redeeming this daily
    *paid all bills online
    *combined errands when I did leave the house
    *my parents babysat for us two times
    *cut toothpaste tube in half to get a few more 'brushings' out
    *completed some Pinecone surverys
    *free samples in the mail
    *free BHG, Family Fun and Parents mags in the mail
    *cooked most meals at home
    *continued to eat down the freezers...I am now starting to put away food from our 2017 Season. Rhubarb is ready here!! I cut some rhubarb from my parents plant to use and freeze. I also have two plants that will be ready very soon.
    *bought a bag of 6 pairs of shoes on a FB group for $10. I knew the woman selling them-so know they were from a clean home. All the shoes were very gently used (some look new) and both of my daughters can wear the shoes
    *stopped at some garage sales. At one sale, found many clothing items for both of my girls. Everything at that sale was reasonably priced- most clothes were $0.50-$2.00 /each. At another g. sale, I found soccer cleats and shin guards for one of my daughters-both in excellent condition and $2/each. I am very happy garage sale season is here in Ohio!
    *while at Barnes and Noble, I found a 50% off bin. Bought some beautiful note cards for myself and for my mom for Mother's Day. Also picked up a few stocking stuffers for Christmas.
    *my husband fixed our dishwasher using items we already had. Saving the cost of parts and labor.
    *turned heat/air off-this is going on 2 weeks -the next electric bill should reflect this savings
    *we are selling a rental property we have and some windows needed replaced. The seal broke btw the double panes of glass. When we called the company, found the windows were under life-time warranty! We ordered the new windows and my husband will do this repair himself. Totally free expect his time. We close next Friday on this house.
    Looking forward to reading everyone's comments. Have a wonderful week!

  • Athanasia May 18, 2017

    Cara, how do you get the free bagels? We've had a Panera bread for a few months now but have never been there.

  • Lisa May 19, 2017

    You can sign up for their rewards program on their website. Once you register, they send you a free cinnamon roll offer. We have never bought anything there and have still gotten the free daily bagel offer several times each year!

  • Athanasia May 19, 2017

    Thank you for the info.

  • gabrielle May 16, 2017

    Hi Brandy:

    Inspired by your beautiful embroidery posts, I hand embroidered a pillow for my Mom for Mother's Day. I've never embroidered before but I was pleased with how it came out: Our lettuce is ready to harvest from the garden. Our peas are doing well. My girlfriend brought me a rhubarb plant as well as some cut stalks from her own garden. My cole crops such as celery, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage are flourishing. Tomorrow is the military appreciation day at my local nursery. I'm going to buy tomato plants and roses (in PA, we wait until Mother's Day before planting tomatoes. My other goals include finishing some sewing and mending projects.

    Additionally, I taught at my children's school Art's day today. We made hummus from scratch for all 4 first grade classes. I bought most of my ingredients cheaply at Aldi and the presenters were treated to a lovely lunch by the PTO. It was so great to see children tasting and creating foods. Teaching young children food appreciation and cooking is one of my passions. Have a good week!

  • Sheila May 17, 2017

    The pillow really turned out well!

  • Athanasia May 16, 2017

    What a beautiful flower! We are still in spring here with tulips and daffodils. Those 100+ bulbs my daughter found that were being thrown away have come up just lovely...some of them are ruffled yellow with red splashes. The flowering trees and bushes are abloom...the forsythia, lilac, crab. The bleeding hearts are open too.

    I haven't had a chance to post since the beginning of April. Time just speeds by.

    The blog configuration seems to have gone off, as it did a couple weeks ago. Not sure how this post will end up, or where, so will wait til it comes through and the blog goes back on track before I finish. In the meantime, I'll go back and read everyone else's posts.

  • Kim May 16, 2017

    Brandy- good job on the garage sale finds!
    My week went well. I picked up two packages of fresh mushrooms at the grocer for $1.50 and dehydrated them to use later in soups, stews and spaghetti. I hosted a birthday dinner using only items I already had in the pantry and freezer. I hosted Mother's Day brunch for my mom and two sisters and their spouses. I served strawberry waffles and bacon, juice and coffee. Everyone enjoyed it.
    My kids were very generous to me for Mother's Day. My son gave me a thyme plant and 3 magazine subscriptions. The new subscriptions will save me a ton of money because one of my weaknesses is to buy home/garden magazines at the check-out counter.
    My daughter bought me a very nice quality pruner which I will put to good use in my gardening activities. My grandson gave me a big bag of M & M candies and a glass bottle of Coke as he knows those are Grammy's favorite treats. Very generous!
    I actually bought 3 Christmas presents. I found Lego/Duplo sets on sale at WalMart for $2 so I picked up two for one of my nephews for Christmas. I also found these awesome rubberband Hot Wheel cars for $10 each (regularly $20) so I picked up two of those as well and marked off two more nephews. The cars may not seem like much of a bargain but I like to encourage the kids to play with something other than electronics and these cars are see through plastic and you have to wind up the rubberbands to make the car go- they also come with lots of extra rubberbands so I think it will be a toy that will last and can be passed down to younger siblings.

  • Rhonda May 16, 2017

    I had a garage sale and got rid of a lot of unnecessary stuff!

  • Riley May 16, 2017

    So inspired by everyone's efforts- it really helps me on tired days!
    - Sadly we had to put down our beloved 8.5year old dog. She has a sarcoma (cancer) in her jaw and the only cure was to remove half her jaw and then do radiation. Beyond the cost, it just didn't seem fair to put her through that since she was already an "old" 8 year old with other health issues. It was so sad saying goodbye to her, but at least she isn't in pain. The next day, a dear friend of mine delivered 25 week old twins who are in the NICU. It really put my sadness about the dog into perspective. Besides praying constantly for the little ones, I am so very grateful for the health of my two children.
    - for Mother's Day I made two height measurement "rulers" out of 2x8 in 6 ft boards, walnut stain, and a paint pen. They came out fantastic! I gave one to my mom to mark her grandkids heights and one to my sister in law.
    - menu planned to avoid eating out
    - made 6 loaves of banana bread for our daycare teachers to say thanks for Teacher Appreciation Day. Also gave a little Amazon GC to each.
    - the girl who watches our kids one day a week just gave her notice. We'll be so sad to see her go- she's fantastic with the kids plus that's one day a week j don't have to rush everyone out in the AM. I think we'll add a day at daycare because it's less costly. These frugal accomplishment posts will hopefully keep my resolve to stick with daycare up, as it's awfully hard for me to get everything done with work and studying to boot!
    - continued to use cloth diapers and pack lunches for everyone
    - stopped by a thrift store and bought a pair of work pants for $4 and 10 books for the kids for around 8. I gave my son some of the books now but I purposely bought 4 Christmas stories. I heard this lovely tradition of having 25 Christmas/winter themed books and wrapping them up. Then each day in Decemebrr you open one and read it. The next year, you reuse the same! I hate the idea of wasting the wrapping paper though. Maybe the kids wouldn't notice if it was newspaper?
    - filled out a survey for some extra cash. Promptly spent that on a couple of sun shirts and hats for my son.
    - tried to remember to "hypermile" and be gentle on accelerator and brake when I drive. It's hard to do for an impatient person like me!

  • Athanasia May 18, 2017

    Riley, I'm sorry to hear about your dog. It is a sad situation to lose a pet.

  • Hilogene In Az May 16, 2017

    What a lovely photo! I was hoping for another update on your French visitor, sounds like it was a good visit and the going home present was a big hit ;)

    I wasn't going to post this week since my savings weren't very inspiring but then decided that is the nature of life sometimes. We had a quiet week, my husband had surgery Weds, it went fine but he has been resting a lot in the past week to recover. We ate all but one meal at home. This is week number two of only spending $25 per week on groceries and I have met the goal both weeks! Yeah! The freezer is getting emptier and I am finding it easier to avoid the grocery store sales. Hope everyone has a nice week and good weather!

  • Jennifer May 17, 2017

    I stayed home a bit more this week and weekend than last. I did go to the street fair to walk around on Saturday, but did not buy anything. Then took myself to lunch (with a coupon) and to a matinee movie. Brought in my water bottle. Movies are expensive!!! I know now why I rarely go. I can’t imagine taking a family! I went to a painting class at a local bar. Great fun. I prefer it when it’s at someone’s house, but once a month or so it isn’t bad. I have my wine club tomorrow night.
    The 911 Memorial flag was displayed at our VFW post. If it comes to your town, go see it; it is an amazing and moving experience. Picked up the flag caretaker’s dinner/bar tab.
    I am still cleaning out the freezers. This week is lots of random single servings with side dishes from the pantry and freezer: Chicken parmesan, chicken alfredo, freezer burritos, fried shrimp, fried fish, chicken cordon bleu, Swedish meatballs, gumbo, and ravioli. Spent $14 on groceries – I needed milk, heavy cream, sour cream, salad (I was BOGO), and fruit to round out the meals. I will provide bananas for our end of year ice cream social.
    Expenses this week were high, but largely expected: dog food, ac filters, salt for water softener, new mattress pad, bona refill container (the gasket broke on the old one). I did have a couple of splurges (a $7 dress and 2 replacement essential oils) and two home improvement items (stair paint and an interior dog gate; I will do both projects next weekend). I have been using primal pit paste. It works great, but is really pricey for such a small jar, so I found a recipe and ordered the materials to make my own. For about the cost of 2 jars, I got enough to probably make 20, plus reusable roll-on containers to make applying easier.
    I fixed by dripping kitchen faucet, did the mending, and sewed a sample cover for my bona mop with fabric from my stash. The Velcro just isn’t cutting it, as I use the mop more than I think it is intended (old paralyzed dog ). Hopefully, these slip on covers will do the job.
    I broke my work coffee mug this morning. I have used the same mug for 15 years. I will have to start hunting for a new one, once I’m over my trauma .
    I am thinking of painting my worn laminate flooring. I have been happy with the floor. It had a 5-year warranty and we’re coming up on 10 years(!) with 5 very large dogs including the end years for 2 of them. Replacement isn’t in the budget right now, so I’m looking for an inexpensive fix. I figure I can replace the damaged pieces with the spares from the attic and, if I paint it, the fade and wear difference won’t be noticeable. I expect the paint will also provide an extra bit of protection from the old dog and the repeated mopping.
    Has anyone done this? Am I nuts to try?

  • Sheila May 17, 2017

    I haven't done it myself, but have seen blog posts where they painted vinyl flooring and it looked great. I'm not sure about laminate though. I wonder if the wetness of the paint would cause warping of the laminate.

  • Elizabeth M. May 18, 2017

    I think you would get good results painting the laminate floor. There are tons of articles on the internet about it, so it is definitely something people do. The paint probably would need a good sealer on it, though, to withstand elderly dogs.

    My sister-in-law painted the living room floor in her trailer home years ago. It looked nice and held up for all the years she lived there.

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