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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Apricots in White Garden The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested the first apricots from our garden.

 Artichokes and turnips The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested turnips and artichokes from the garden.

Fig Tarts 2 The Prudent Homemaker

I made fig tarts using figs we froze from the garden last year.

I watched a couple of episodes of Call the Midwife on Pbs.org.

My husband had some work done on our vehicle. He had everything written out and he paid half down and had the work done the next day. When they had finished, they told him that they replaced the brake pads (something he had not agreed to have done). He refused to pay for it, as he already had agreed upon the work that was being done. They told him the brake pads were under warranty, so he could skip paying for those, but that he would have to pay $200 for the labor. He reminded them that he already had a signed contract with them and had paid half down, and he was not going to pay for more work than he agreed to have done.  He came home with new brake pads, free of charge.

May Flowers The Prudent Homemaker

Yellow Graham Thomas roses, pink Earth Angel Roses, purple rocket larkspur, and Dusty Miller

I cut flowers from the garden for our table.

We were blessed with several new things this week:

My mom brought over several clothing items for my girls that she had found at garage sales for $0.50 each, including jeans and a brand-new coat! She also brought us some books that she found for $0.25 each.

We were given some hand-me-down clothes from my sister-in-law that will fit one of my daughters.

A friend brought by 18 eggs from her chickens.

Grand Canyon The Prudent Homemaker

We took atrip to the Grand Canyon. It's a 5 hour drive from my house. To save money, we chose to make the trip in one day. We brought food with us, including homemade French bread, chocolate chip cookies, almond blackberry muffins (I substituted frozen blackberries from our garden and some almonds I bought in bulk for the blueberries in this recipe), and balsamic vinaigrette. I did not make enough salad dressing for both lunch and dinner, so I stopped at a grocery store to buy a bottle of salad dressing. The kind I wanted was on sale, and a coupon fairy had left a $1 off coupon for me, which I gratefully used!

Route 66

My husband cut my hair (the day after this photo was taken!)

I gave the baby a haircut.

We celebrated the baby's first birthday with a simple party at home. We had ice cream and homemade brownies.

What did you do to save money last week?

 

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  • Lynn from NC Outer Banks May 10, 2017

    Congratulations Laurie! Wishing you much happiness.
    Noticed that you are in Seagrove. Distantly related to some of the old-time potters there (the Coles). Father's family grew up in Star:) with lots of family still in Asheboro.

  • Kathy May 09, 2017

    My goodness! You're weight loss is amazing!! You look years younger!

  • Lorna May 09, 2017

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) . Brandy I am so glad you and your husband had a great day away together and that your DH stuck up for himself in not paying the additional $200 on the additional unauthorised work too, I would have done the same :) .

    Our frugal accomplishments for the week are -

    Financial -

    - Banked more money into our saving for our home with cash bank account bringing us to 20%.
    - Got more building quotes for building our home with to compare costs.

    General frugalities -

    - Repaired 3 skirts rather than buying new ones.
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Watered the garden less with town water and supplement watered with rain water from our tanks.
    - Picked strawberries, cherry tomatoes and pumpkins from the gardens.
    - Planted broad bean, early Massey pea, beetroot, brown onion, silver beet and spinach seeds in the gardens. The onion and pea seeds were saved seeds from previous crops.
    - Watering our lawns with saved grey water.
    - Using our solar lanterns instead of using mains powered lights to light our home at night.

  • Mandy May 09, 2017

    Happy first birthday to Octavius! Time has sure flown by :)
    We (my husband, myself and our 6 year old daughter) took a day trip to Chicago, IL (we live 1 and a half hours away). We went to the top of the Sears Tower, walked around a little downtown, and went out to eat at a restaurant my hubby has always wanted to go to. He took me to a store I have always wanted to go to that we do not have anywhere near where we live. I brought breakfast and snacks with and the restaurant was a late lunch, early supper. I would have planned the food better but he surprised me with this trip that morning lol.

    I was offered a job! I am waiting for my start date. It's part time and 10 minutes from my house, I can sit down frequently which I need for my health issues. :) Super excited!

    Excluding our Chicago trip I prepared all meals from scratch at home. I continue to do weekly meal plans which helps me reduce food waste and not get in the "i don't know what to make for supper, let's eat out" glut.

    Exchanged books at the library.

    I made more lotion and all purpose spray. I made coconut milk once and pistachio milk once (from free pistachios). I dried the ground up coconut and nut meat and saved them to be used in muffins, granola, etc.

    I stayed home! When I do have errands to run I wait until I have several and complete them all on the same day, planning my route to save time and gas.

    I washed and reused several zip top bags and glass jars.

    Have a great week everyone!

  • TerriC May 09, 2017

    Laurie, congratulations. I pray you have many many happy years together.

  • Laurie in central NC May 09, 2017

    Thank you, Terri!

  • Lee May 09, 2017

    We ate from the pantry this week, and delayed a grocery trip. My trip this week will probably be an expensive one, but I didn't make any impulse buys last week (since I just didn't go). We used coupons to reduce the price of the one meal we did eat out, and we did a lot of staying home last week.

  • Mandy May 09, 2017

    I forgot: to try to figure out some health issues I am having I have taken gluten and dairy out of my diet (for now) to see if it helps. So far it does. I went to Aldi and purchased a couple of gluten free items (wraps to use in place of bread and pasta) to help ease the transition. I also purchased some coconut "butter" spread. I have two different Doctor appointments this week, we shall see if I get any answers.

  • Marcia May 09, 2017

    One day trip? Wow that is a long day. We can't do that. We've tried! Six hours is our limit for one day

  • Marcia May 09, 2017

    What a great photo too. I am impressed with how you pack your meals for road trips. I do my best to do that too. I can't believe the baby is one. It went fast! For me anyway. We had a road trip planned this summer to AZ, CO, UT. Now we are flying instead. Oh well.

  • Rhonda A. May 09, 2017

    That is so wonderful you and your family were able to visit the Grand Canyon. Love the picture, too. We did a side trip to the Canyon when we visited Vegas. Have to admit it was a bit scary standing near the edge! I also can't believe that your little guy is already a year old. Boy, time really flies buy when your having fun, doesn't it? Happy belated birthday, Octavius!

    Well, life is still very busy right now for us. Between work, appointments, getting my daughter ready for her grade 8 graduation next month and everyday life, I'm just outright exhausted! My frugal accomplishments this week include:
    *Meals made at home included chicken strips with potato wedges and peas/carrots mix, corckpot meatballs in Diana sauce with scalloped potatoes and corn, hamburger helper with salad, and pasta with choice of sauce.
    *Due to appointments, errands and total exhaustion, we had dinner out twice and take out Chinese food another night. Not frugal, but worth the extra cost this week. The Chinese food did had have enough leftovers to extend over multiple meals.
    *The grocery store I frequently shop at has had a dollar sale for 2 weeks. I bought a frozen turkey for $1/lb to put in freezer for next fall (in case they don't have a good sale for Thanksgiving) and have stocked up on several pantry items, including 12 cans of spaghetti sauce. Best buys this week were 2 bags of spinach for $0.25 each (not clearance either) and a 1kg (2.2lb) package of sliced cooked turkey luncheon meat for only $1 (will divide into smaller portions and freeze most for future use)!
    *I attended a manditory work orientation on Monday for seasonal staff. We were fed very well, including free breakfast treats and free lunch. They also try very hard to make learning all the manditory policies fun with little competitions and rewards. I came home with a $5 gift card for Tim Hortons, a reuseable water bottle (which my daughter immediately claimed), a nice pen with a touch screen tip on one end, a small sticky note pad and a small pot of play dough (daughter claimed that too). Best of all, I was paid for attending!
    *We traveled to a mall located in a city 45 minutes from our home to look for shoes for my daughter's upcoming grade 8 graduation. My daughter has a very wide foot that is extremely awkward to find shoes that fit well and are comfortable. She was so pleased when we found a pair of shoes that she absolutely loved. They even have a small square heel that makes her feel grown up but she can walk easily with. I loved that they were on sale and only cost $35! So far her entire outfit has been purchased for well under $100.
    *My daughter's respite worker started back with us on Sunday. We discussed having her work on getting our daughter a little more "street smart" (paying attention to surroundings when walking, how to safely walk along busy roads with no sidewalks, etc.) and learning how to take the city bus this summer. This is in preparation for going to high school in September. My daughter is happy to be hanging out with her again! Thankfully we have funding which helps cover her wages.

    That's all I can think of for this week, but there could have been more. So busy, I have little energy or time to keep really good track! Looking forward to slowly reading through everyone's comments. Have a wonderful week everyone!

  • I can't believe the baby is one already! You look fantastic, by the way! I need to follow your weight loss tips. I love that you took a day trip to the Grand Canyon. I'd love to visit one day, but it will be a long trip for us. :)

    Here are the ways we saved last week: http://www.mediumsizedfamily.com/5-ways-weve-saved-money-week-75/

  • Juls Owings May 09, 2017

    Not been very frugal , been real busy though .
    Glad to see you were able to take a day trip. That's one of the things that will be going back on our to do when we get the finances in better shape.
    http://chefowings.blogspot.com/2017/05/first-8-days-of-may.html

  • Jeannie May 09, 2017

    Last week I shared how I expected this week will be less than optimum frugality wise. I was right.

    First the positives.

    *I harvested the following from the garden: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, cabbage, collard greens, onions, miner's lettuce

    *Used coupons at Dollar General and saved (according to the receipt) 37%

    *Used coupons at Kroger and saved 23%.

    *Resumed my weekly trips to the Amish to purchase fresh milk and also purchased honey.

    *I am purchasing the bare minimum and walking past anything required to be refrigerated. I am cooking only enough for one day at a time expecting the refrigerator to stop any minute.

    *Shopped Goodwill's half-off Saturday and found two work shirts (.$99) and a pair of jeans ($3.50). I have continued to be disappointed in the way they are changing their policies toward the customers. Now they no longer accept any exchanges. In the past I would shop for everyone's clothes, bring them home for them to try on then exchange what did not fit for other sizes. I can no longer do that and shopping with four men is not a pleasant option. My youngest son moved into an apartment last week (in another city) and sent me a list of what he needed. After looking at GW's prices, I realized I can purchase everything (new) at the dollar store for almost the same price. A big disappointment.

    *The plumbers repaired the leaking pipes. They only had to knock one hole in the wall so I think we came out good.

    Negative

    We decided it will cost more to fix our refrigerator than it is worth after hubby researched repairs on Youtube. They managed to get it to cool, but is slowly dieing. We began shopping for another. The kitchen space for the refrigerator is very tight and only one size will squeeze in. We also must measure the door in person because some brands swing out further and won't fit. I searched the internet but could find no sales, rebates or discounts on the few that would work. Time is of the essence because my old refrigerator is fading fast. It is turned up on high and we are watching the thermometer closely.

    Sometimes you just can't win. We bit the bullet, paid full retail price, plus paid for delivery and a disposable fee to remove the old one. It is a special order and will take two weeks to arrive. In the past we would have delivered, installed, and trashed it ourselves. With the boys gone and hubby's back hurt, none of this was possible. Life has changed.

    I did not fret or lose sleep over any of this. I am a master at money saving but realize sometimes there is nothing you can do. The small pennies saved in the other areas of my life makes up for times like these. We have money in the bank saved for emergencies, we were prepared. We chose to not pay cash but instead used Hubby's Cabelas' credit card to earn points to go toward free bullets. He has never, in his life, paid an interest charge on any credit card.

    Positive

    I have continued posting daily for my Mom (my biggest fan) for her Mother's day present. She is getting up early, checking her computer regularly to see when my post will arrive. Then she reads it over and over. When I call to check on her (as I do daily) we discuss it. Sometimes the most expensive present is not always the best. Your time, is always more valuable than anything else.

    This week on by blog I have posted the following:

    I recommend these if you are discouraged about the condition of American and need to be encouraged:
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/american-flag.html
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/all-flags-from-here-to-there.html

    On the subject of being frugal, I took my first step toward attaining my new year's resolution of finding new, free healthy teas by either growing or foraging them.
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/red-clover-tea.html

    And then I shared some nonsense to please Mom such as:

    A forlorn turkey in search of love,
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-is-she-thinking-she-loves-me-she.html

    A mailbox in worse shape than Mom's (We have ordered her a new but I could not resist teasing her),
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-were-they-thinking-duck-tape.html

    Rocks for sale (yes people do that around here),
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/rocks-for-sale.html

    And her favorite, Scooter, floating on a cloud.
    http://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/05/scooter-floating-on-cloud.html

    I wish everyone a frugal week!
    Jeannie
    GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

  • Jennifer May 09, 2017

    The fig tart looks spectacular.
    Went to the theatre with friends (bought the tickets months ago). We carpooled since the theatre is an hour away and used a groupon for dinner. Going again on Thursday (different show).
    Went to dinner at a friend’s house. I brought a jar of homemade jam as a hostess gift and collected 2 previous jam jars to refill this summer. I traded another jar of jam for getting my dogs nails trimmed.
    I chaperoned the prom, dinner was provided, and I wore a dress I had in my closet already.
    It was teacher appreciation week at school so several lunches and daily snacks were provided. Made tzatziki with the last of some Greek yogurt and the cucumbers left on a vegetable tray. Chick fil A offered a free sandwich yesterday, so that was dinner last night, then I joined a friend for an impromptu birthday party. I brought a bottle of rum I picked up on my last trip to the DR and a jar of jam.
    A friend who is a flight attendant brought me a box of macarons from Paris. We enjoyed them with a cup of tea while we visited. It was amazing realizing they had been made halfway around the world only a few hours before!
    I actually did eat some meals at home and I brought lunch from home on the days it wasn’t provided. Spent less than $20 in groceries for the upcoming week/pantry this week. It could have been less, but I bought lunch meat to share with my colleagues. Others are bringing breads, salads, desserts, other meats, etc., so none of us will need not pack our lunches this week. Very helpful as the school year winds down.
    I did the mending, cleaned the dishwasher, the dryer, the washing machine, and all of the household drains. I played with the baby chicks.
    Fail - Had to close the windows and turn on the AC due to the raging wildfires here in south Georgia. Watching carefully, as they are less than 20 miles away right now. I am packed and have an evacuation plan for myself, and the animals, if I have to go. Pray for rain and the safety of the firefighters and evacuating residents.

  • Jennifer,

    I hope all goes well and your house and property stay safe, and that the firefighters will be able to stay safe and put out the fire.

  • TerriC May 09, 2017

    Jennifer, my prayers are the same as Brandy's. I remember when we had wild fires some ten years ago in South Georgia and the smoke was thick all the way up into middle Georgia area.

  • Athanasia May 10, 2017

    Jennifer, we too, pray for rain and for the safety of all concerned.

  • Gabrielle May 09, 2017

    What a lovely trip. Did you take your foreign exchange student?

    I love your produce photos.

    I have spent the last week rearranging my sewing room/ study. I'm trying not to buy anything new for it, save a piece of peg board.
    I did buy a new serger...mine is 4 years old and is just not reliable. Since I have a goal of almost a85% me made wardrobe for myself and the little girls it was a beneficial purchase. I bought a new babylock, so much better.

    I receive three bags of mushroom mulch from my friend for the garden (we have commercial farms here and their mulch is fantastic. I bought new plants for my garden although we still have frost warnings here so it is too early to put in anything but cold weather crops.

    I modified a favorite recipe for my instant pot. http://www.dollarsandsensetimestwo.org/2017/05/dinner-party-macaroni-au-gratin/

    have a good week!

  • We all went to the Grand Canyon, including our foreign exchange student. We wanted to make sure he got to see something of the country while he was here, so we made the trip specifically while he visited. My husband has always wanted to go, so we just planned it for this time. It was a beautiful day and not too hot yet, which was wonderful!

    Congratulations on organizing your sewing room! It seems to be a constant chore . . .

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