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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Daffodils in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker

I watched the bees working on the apple tree blossoms.

I sowed seeds for lettuce, Swiss chard, alpine strawberries, New Zealand Spinach, nasturtiums,  zucchini, butternut squash, radishes, and artichokes.

I planted some asparagus crowns in the garden.

Pea Vines on Trellis The Prudent Homemaker

My son and I took apart some old tomato cages and flattened them. We had made them from the 6-inch concrete mesh that you can get on a roll at Lowe's. I am using the wire mesh to grow beans, peas, and cucumbers instead. We attached these to stakes (that we already had) that we pounded into the ground where we needed them.

Radish Bouquet The Prudent Homemaker

I harvested lemons, lettuce, arugula, green onions, radishes, parsley, lemon verbena, Swiss chard, and the first couple of snow peas from the garden.

Lemons on Cutting Board The Prudent Homemaker

I juiced lemons from the garden and made lemonade.

I returned several pots to the local nursery. They give a recycling credit for the larger pots. I used my credit towards the purchase of some bulk topsoil.

I used a $15 off $50 coupon at Target for trash bags and stain remover. Since these items rarely go on sale (and when they do, it's usually just a tiny bit off) and these are items I buy anyway, I was happy to have the coupon to lower my total cost.

I made a triple batch of laundry soap.

My husband cut his own hair. I trimmed the baby's hair.

My husband recovered one of our boy's bicycle seats using a scrap of leather we had left from recovering our living room chairs. He removed the staples from the old seat, drew around the existing worn cover on the leather, cut it out, and used a staple gun to staple on the new cover.

I paused to watch the jets fly overhead. I see them often when I am working in the garden. 

I took time to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

I enjoyed the hummingbirds in the garden. They visited the blossoms on the lemon trees. The lemon tree blossoms smell wonderful, and I was able to enjoy them while I worked under them almost every day this past week.


What did you do to save money last week? What simple things brought you joy?


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  • Athanasia March 07, 2017

    Rhonda, your raised garden fill sounds like a good idea and very workable. Shredded leaves work best as sometimes leaves can mat together into an impenetrable layer that prevents moisture and air movement.

  • Rhonda A. March 07, 2017

    Thanks for the suggestion, Athanasia. My mom usually just runs the lawn mower over the leaves, instead of raking them, which helps to naturally feed the lawn. Perhaps we can rake up some of those shredded leaves to put in. On the other hand, there will hopefully be lots of other compost fill in there before we put the fall leaves in. It might not be as much of a problem if we make sure to mix the leaves really well with the other compost material. I'm not sure how it will all be accomplished quite yet, but at least we've formed the beginnings of a plan.

  • Kerri March 19, 2017

    Our mower has a bag attachment and we use that to collect the grass clippings and shredded leaves to put in our bed. Plus we don't have to rake.

  • Kerri March 19, 2017

    We have been putting our guinea pig bedding along with yard cuttings into a bed all winter. It only took a bag of soil to finish off the top.

  • Juls Owings March 06, 2017

    Frugal week is now Frugal FAIL week...sigh. live and learn the lesson So I don't repeat it again.
    We had a warm spell, I opened the back door screen and a window to air out the house. Spent a lot of time outside with the dogs.Enjoyed the sunshine even with the wind blowing over 20 mph. AND then back to winter. Looks like it's happening again this weekend here in north west OH. I picked up a few things today to get started in the gardens if we get the break in rain mid week like they are forecasting. I am hoping to prep the north garden for planting peas and cover a bit of the south gardens to plant spring veggies in at end of March.

  • Cara in OH March 06, 2017

    I live in NWO too!

  • Pam March 06, 2017

    I bought days old bakery bread and saved 50%.

    Because of smarter grocery shopping, less food waste and less food waste, I was able to reduce my March grocery allowance. Additionally, my electric bill has gone down again and I attribute that to turning on less lights, not leaving them on and being more conscientious about unplugging things not in use.

    I started a Sunday Spa day at home, where I make my own mask and facial and body scrub from products I have on hand and take an hour to pamper and take care of myself.

  • http://Erika March 06, 2017

    It has been busy around here lately. I SO want Spring this time of year despite the three feet of snow hanging around *laugh*. I feel pretty optimistic my husband might have a new job here soon, so that was definitely good news. I would love to be free of working for family as my father-in-law drives my husband (and me, and everyone) crazy :).

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

    Here's to getting things done this week!

  • Bethany March 06, 2017

    One thing that brings me lots of joy each spring is starting seeds. This week I started milk thistle, anise hyssop and horehound seeds, using a glass cake dome as a sort of greenhouse. I also transferred some lavender seedlings into an egg carton. I also brought some cherry tree cuttings indoors, and they are flowering now! All of my other frugal accomplishments can be found here:

  • Cindi March 06, 2017

    As always, I so enjoy your photographs! And I love that you were able to use the leather to recover the bicycle seat -- much better than buying a new seat.

    I did the usual cooking from scratch, hanging out laundry, etc. I made sandwich bread and French bread this week, as well as granola. I turned leftover beef stew into beef pot pie, and leftover steak tips and gravy into stroganoff – both of which were big hits with my husband. My girlfriend and I went thrift shopping. I found a waterproof, insulated jacket, which has been on my wish list, for $4, a Tshirt for our locale for $1, and a gorgeous blue glass jar for $2. I paid $7 for a shirt for my husband, which was on the pricey side, I thought – but the shirt is really nice and he loves it, so well worth it. While out with my friend, we stopped off at the fancy boutique where she works to pick up her paycheck. I spotted some really cute decorative pillows -- came home and found the supplies to make similar ones in my craft closet. I made one for me and one as a gift for my sister in law. (She is very involved with dog rescue and the pillow says Home is Where the Dog Hair Is. I know she will get a kick out of it.) I cut up an old shirt of my husband’s for cleaning rags and cut off the buttons – 17 very nice buttons on one shirt! One of the free flower pots I received last week was scuffed up and faded, so I painted it with some spray paint we had in the garage. It is now a cheery, shiny red. I planted arrugula and lettuce in my cold frame.
    I hope you all have a wonderful week.

  • Cara in OH March 06, 2017

    Hello Everyone! This week:
    *our family had dinner at my parents house- we had Mexican take-out and my parents bought
    *stayed home and made all meals at home
    *went to my local coffee shop and got a free coffee! The wonderful people who work there said the coffee they made was 'weak', so my cup was on the house
    *at Barnes & Noble found $2.00 note cards in the clearance section. They are Kate Spade Holiday cards, (originally $25.00:o) I picked up 2 boxes for the upcoming Holiday Season.
    *found lots of WooHoo deals at Kroger while shopping this week.
    *used 3 'Free Friday' coupons for free items at Kroger this week
    *continued with my usual: library for DVD and books, turn lights off, turned heat down, used candles in the evening instead of extra lights, paid bills online, etc.

    Now I am off to read everyone else's accomplishments. Have a great week all! :)

  • Laurie in central NC March 06, 2017

    We are also in a flight path here, & often see planes large and small. I've just gotten home from a short trip with my niece and sister. It was joyful spending time with them both. Arriving home to the greetings of my pups filled my heart. I plan to uncover the lettuce, chard & arugula this afternoon, and pick lettuce for dinner tonight. I'll also check on the peas and asparagus, and the wintersown seeds, to see what's new since I left. I look forward to reading what everyone has been up to. I'm joining in here:

  • Terry March 06, 2017

    Cooked a chicken in my pressure cooker after first removing the breasts for a nice dinner. Boned out the cooked chicken and saved it for later. Used most of the chicken stock to cook homemade noodles for veggie pasta bowls and the remaining to cook rice. There is rice and also pasta left for another meal. Got 2 pounds of shaved parmesan and a pound of butter reduced at cash and carry for a total of 4.26. Purchase of a bountiful basket will provide veggies and fruit for a couple weeks. Purchased pajamas and a new robe plus 2 purses at the thrift store 1$ sale today. One of the purses will be included in a granddaughters birthday gift....only Monday noon and its already been a good week

  • Sandi March 09, 2017

    Wow you are off to a good start! I never would have thought to remove the chicken breasts before pressure cooking. Great idea, thanks!!

  • Allyson March 06, 2017

    Love your flowers! I can't imagine seeing humming birds yet! We saw a woolly worm last week on the patio, which was fun to investigate with little man.

    I enjoyed a frugal date with my husband, and appreciated having my mom close enough to watch little man overnight for us.

    Check out all of our accomplishments here. I hope you'll stop by!

  • March 06, 2017

    What an amazing picture of lemons! They look so juicy, just perfect for that lemonade. I bet it was delicious.

    To stay frugal, I continue to shop the sales and use rebates/coupons whenever possible. My biggest find this week was an unadvertised manager's special for boneless chicken---only $0.99/lb! I bought a bunch and then turned it into 2 casseroles, soup, and a big salad. I also picked up 5 free cans of beans and 3 free packs of hummus. Another treat I really enjoyed was meeting a friend for BOGO Macchiatos at Starbucks. All of my deals with pics can be found here:

  • gabrielle March 06, 2017

    I love that your seasons are ahead of ours so I can see previews of what is to come.

    I mended clothes and finished two dresses for Dr. Seuss week that I started (there was some frantic sewing at the end).Here are some photos:

    I hosted 12 relatives for dinner on Saturday night and we have a frugal steak, chicken and refried bean taco meal. I made yogurt but it was suggested on an online forum I belong to that I reuse the whey in bread baking, so I will try that this week.

    I am teaching an instant pot course to my local Moms of Multiples group this week. I'm trying to narrow it down to which dish I will demonstrate. So far, salsa chicken and rice is in the lead .I gave a way a dozen eggs to my SIL as we had more from the hens this week.

    Hope everyone has a great week.

  • Athanasia March 07, 2017

    Gabrielle, how is there whey left over when making yogurt?

  • If you strain the yogurt to make Greek-style yogurt, there is easily a quart of whey left over from a gallon of milk turned into yogurt.

  • Athanasia March 09, 2017

    Oh ok, I never strain it though. We just stir any liquid back in.

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