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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Lilies in Metal Vase The Prudent Homemaker

I cut lilies and herbs from the garden for my entry table.

My husband and son cut up a mesquite tree for someone, and we got to keep the wood.

Ezrom with hummingbird The Prudent Homemaker 

Monday was cooler as a storm went by. I opened up the house during the day and turned off the air conditioner.  

A hummingbird flew into the house and tried to go through our window. Ezrom caught it and it sat and rested on his finger!

Hummingbird The Prudent Homemaker


The children went swimming four days in a row (all in free locations).

I watched Crimson Field and Poldark on pbs.org.

I used Duolingo again this week as part of my French study.

I picked several baskets of figs from the garden. I sliced and dried most of them in the dehydrator.

Mint The Prudent Homemaker 

I cut mint, Genovese basil, Thai basil, thyme, chives, and tarragon from the garden.

Zinnias and edibles The Prudent Homemaker 

I cut flowers and herbs from the garden for my dining table.

I canned 6 quarts of applesauce from my apples.

I cut grapes from the garden.

Pioneer Day Dunking her brother

This throw dunked her brother.

We attended a fun free Pioneer Day activity at church on Saturday evening. There was food, including pulled-pork sandwiches, corn, watermelon, nachos,  pie, cotton candy, root beet, and cupcakes. There were all sorts of activites, including  water games, a photo booth, dunk tanks, blow up slides with water, and carnival-type games.

Pioneer Day Wren

Pioneer Day Ivory slide 1


Pioneer Day Ivory Slide 2

What did you do to save money last week?

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  • heidi July 27, 2015

    Awww what precious pictures.

  • AnnaInOhio July 27, 2015

    Agreed.. beautiful photos.


  • Mariana Cisowska July 27, 2015

    Is this freckled, beautiful girl Liberty or Wren? I think it has been a while since you posted their photos and they grow so fast!
    Your new camera is really doing a great job (well, really, it is you doing a great job and the camera is just helping ;)
    It has been so hot around here lately but we had a few slightly cooler days, it was so nice to breathe on those days. We did so much complaining last winter (it was too cold) but this heat seemed almost worse than the cold weather.
    Last week I was able to freeze more strawberries, blueberries and peaches due to fruit clearance (my local stores were just trying to sell instead of letting the fruit go to waste). It makes me so happy to see all the ziplock baggies full of fruit in my small freezer :)
    Full list of my accomplishments is here:

    Keep it up Ladies!

  • It's Wren.

  • Colleen July 27, 2015

    We also went to our church's Pioneer Day Celebration! It was not as large but still a good day. I bought peaches and pears at Sprouts for 2lbs /1.00 and Cantaloupes for .33 ea. I also found bags of frozen fruit and veggies at the dollar store as we do not eat meat, I stocked up Iabout 10 bags. (there are only 2 of us) I make lots of smoothies in the blender and brown rice with veggies for dinners.

  • http://thejewishlady.com July 27, 2015

    That is so exciting about the Hummingbird, wow! It also looks like Pioneer Day was enjoyed by all. I love free, fun activities for the whole family.

    I continue to shop the sales and use coupons. Last week, I found many good deals like free pistachio nuts, $0.69 paper plates, $0.50 pop tarts and fruit loops, marked down potatoes and green peppers, 6 free packs of dog treats and much more! All of my shopping trips with pics can be found here: http://thejewishlady.com/super-savings-saturday-72515/

  • Erika July 27, 2015

    Aw! How cute! I can't believe the bird sat so well with your son holding it. Amazing! Glad you got pictures. I have one when I was a child and a giant moth landed on my shoulder. My neighbor took a picture and I still have said picture today. It was a very cool experience!

    My list for the week can be found here...


  • crunchy July 27, 2015

    I received my final bill from the cable company, saw something that shouldn't have been on it, called to ask who authorized the charge and when. They couldn't give me that information so I politely advised them that I would be expecting a credit and it was granted. We composted anything that wasn't used up. Dehydrated any herbs or veggies left from out weekly farm share before picking up the next share. I discover I adore dehydrated onion. So much healthier than breaded, fried onion rings and just as tasty. Was almost out of bird suet and since our birds will knock on the window if the feeder is empty figured we'd best head right out to pick some up. It rang up $1 less than the shelf tag so that made me extra happy. Watching the birds provides us (and our cats) with so much pleasure. The suet cakes may not make it free entertainment but it sure is close. Everyone took their lunches to work with them every day this week. That is a small victory for me, getting everyone on board every day. So excited and hope to continue the trend. Air dried whatever laundry I could. Renewed a warehouse club membership through my corporate program, saving a few dollars and getting an extra three months. Although we only purchase groceries there in the winter, their gas is the one I get the best mileage with and is the best price in the area so it is worth the cost to us. Used up leftover paint to paint a closet interior. Thinned out the coats and jackets collected in there while I was at it. Gave a gorgeous coat that is not too big for my to my niece who is doing wonderfully losing weight. Don't want to rush the summer away but can't wait to see her in it, I know she will look like a princess and she deserves so many good things in her life. Passed along some things we no longer use to others who can use them through an app and got some credits that I used to get an underbed organizer, top for work and a supportive undergarment, plus still have some credits left over that I will use when I see other things I need listed. Used fans instead of a/c. Drove as little as possible, carpooled with family on errands. Used coupons for some specialty items I can't find any substitutes for and which rarely have coupons so I was very excited to save a few dollars off things I have to purchase anyway. Mailed out medical bills for insurance processing and reimbursement. Requested a free sample of a stevia product. My daughter brought home some sweet goodies from a baby shower as a surprise for her Dad.

  • Laurie in central NC July 27, 2015

    How lovely that Ezrom got the special experience of holding a hummingbird while it recovered. I've always been grateful to be able to care for and see a bird up close when they've flown into the windows here. Your bouquets are always so pretty, and I'm sure they add to the beauty of your home. I don't know why I don't cut more of them here. Pioneer Day looked like a very fun day for the kids. Joining in here: http://abelabodycare.blogspot.com/2015/07/artful-squash-and-frugal-accomplishments.html

  • Mrs.LC@loosechangeliving July 27, 2015

    Paid the second half of our property taxes via a bank generated check saving us the hassle and cost of mailing the payment.
    Ate cabbage, green beans, peas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and raspberries from the garden.
    Only grocery item purchased was milk for making yogurt.
    Went out of town one day to visit son and his girlfriend. Brought beverages and snack with us in the car. Also brought green beans, onions, and potatoes from the garden for them.
    Did not turn the air conditioning on in the house all week even though is was warm and humid.

  • Well, as always, your photos are amazing! Sounds like you had a wonderful week. We had a good week, with some big changes!! I have a post about all of it here:

    This week is hot for us (it would not be for you) and we are just staying cool! :)

  • I left the wrong link above! It should be http://quietcountrylife.blogspot.com Ooops!

  • JoannaTopaz in Minnesota July 28, 2015

    Laura, thanks for fixing the link! I was trying to guess what it should be -- I try to click through and read links when people share their frugal doings there, since I often find inspiration from various things posted on this forum.

  • JJ July 29, 2015

    Actually, I had to google to find your blog. It ended with ".ca" not ".com." Interesting site. Thank you for mentioning it.

  • Great pictures -kind of cracks me up how brother looked before he was dunked. Like she'll never do it! Great!

    The vegetable garden is really started to come in now. I listed the ways I've used the produce so far in my frugal accomplishment here:

  • She waited for about 25 minutes for him in line. She dunked him with her second throw!

    She liked even more when they switched and he dunked her!

  • becky shook July 27, 2015

    i have been drying mint and this morning again picked garden and i canned 8 1/2 pints pizza sauce, i will want to do this again before doing salsa, did the great bread experiment can see here www.frugalmeasures.blogspot.com working also on Christmas gifts these happen to be scrubbies cotton yarn crocheted on dollar tree scrubbies that look like flowers back half is dish cloth front is scrubbie as center of flower. I have been doing dishcloths will replace mine will give the old ones to my husband for rags he is an oil painter www.dickshook.com he is pretty good also collected pea seed for next yr also composting for next yr and continue eating storage which seams strange to say that as we use our storage as a large pantry so have always used it with a sixteen dollar a month budget for groceries we are using it mainly now. I did redeem pop cans from when kids have visited over a couple yrs of saving cans i was able to get pasta 99 cents lb so i do add to storage when i can using creative means i am still teaching myself to tatt and to weave my sis has given me some looms an taught me a little type gifts from my sister when you go to the frugal measures site and you can see the looms i also am now up and doing rugs on the rug loom i got marked down then for half off it was seventy then took me a couple yrs to restore it it is a weaver's delight this all takes much learning on my own plus i have a toyota knitting machine again from a yrd sale yrs ago she used it twice and i am trying to learn more on it i am a hand knitter then got a bond for a gift and ran into another for six dollars at goodwill i have that one figured out but the toyota another animal bond does heavier yarns toyota the thinner yarn i am 59 and it takes a lot to teach me too many things one has to learn like with the weaving i thought how hard could it be i am a basket weaver after all now i am saying how did they ever know what to do i believe they passed the how to down to their kids and somewhere along the way they quit doing that so be sure to pass these things down to your kids what you are learning and doing i think they will need it to move on in their lives.. back to frugal things our youngest daughter gave me some black and some white wool and she doesn't know i am spinning it and she will get the yarn for Christmas she knits and crochets and will love it she is wanting to learn skills when they were here a few weeks ago i taught her to make jam at her request. we keep pushing on.

  • Rhonda A. July 27, 2015

    Becky, the pioneer village I work at has a weaver's shop, and I just learned to weave this past winter. To become a master weaver in the 1800s, a man would apprentice for 3-5 years. Since it was considered a trade, only men were professional weavers. Some women may have had a barn loom at home, but the majority did not. They, instead, would commission the local weaver to make their hand sewn rag strip yarn into rag rugs or weave their hand spun wool into warm woolen blankets. Weaving looks easy, but it is far more complicated that one realizes. I am currently involved with a project at work where we have a restored Jacquard loom that we have finally assembled all the working threads and are now learning how to run. Now there is a complicated loom!

    Here's a link to a picture of our Jacquard loom before all the threads were put on:

    And here is a picture which sort of shows the threads set up on our loom:

    And just for fun, here is a picture of me all dressed up in my costume at work (this was at a Christmas by Candlelight event on year):

  • becky shook July 27, 2015

    thanks so much for sharing it is a lot to learn on my own but that is what we can afford

  • Athanasia July 28, 2015

    Rhonda, thanks so much for the picture links. That does look like a complicated loom. What year is your village set in?

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