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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

I planted seeds for Armenian cucumbers, red noodle beans, pumpkins, lettuce, basil and sunflowers in the garden.

I made lemonade from our lemons.


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I cut arugula and picked lettuce, nasturtium flowers, and radishes from the garden.

I found eggs for $0.79 a dozen at Sam's Club (in the 5-dozen package). I bought 10 dozen.

The children played in the sprinklers several days when they came on.

I wasn't planning on buying Easter candy until next month, but the sales were good, so I did the following:

I went to Target and bought Easter rabbits this year (I was unable to get any melting chocolate at after Christmas clearance to make my own this year) at 25% off. The coupon (Target cartwheel) was a limit of 4 rabbits a day, so I needed to go twice. I also combined coupons and sales for money off jelly beans and peanut M&M's. I will still make some tiny chocolate rabbits as part of our dessert that night (I'm thinking to make either a cheesecake or a carrot cake and I will use the tiny rabbits to decorate the edges).

I went to Winco to pick up some potatoes. The former produce manager is now the butcher, and he saw my cart (with 40 pounds of potatoes,  pounds of carrots, a head of cabbage and 7 cucumbers) and asked if I ever buy any meat! He then told me about some chicken legs her had marked down to $0.44 a pound. I bought several packages; we had some for dinner and I froze the rest. I am glad we have been eating down the freezer to make room for new deals. 

I took in a blouse that is now too big on me along the side seams to make it smaller. I really like this blouse and am glad that I will still be able to wear it.


What did you do to save money this past week?



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  • Janet March 21, 2017

    One year my daughter had no green so I took a blue jean dress she had and put green buttons and ribbons on it. I didn't know she had no green until like 11:30 PM the night before March 17th so I was glad I had green ribbon silk in my Christmas stuff and for whatever reason I had six large green buttons that matched likely off a ugly Christmas sweater from my MIL so she had green and I took her socks and crocheted with green embroidery thread on them as well. It all looked so cute.

  • Mandy March 21, 2017

    That sounds cute! Unfortunately we had no green in the house at all, anywhere lol.

  • I haven't seen chicken that cheap in ages. It hardly goes below 99 cents per lb, even for legs and thighs anymore. I'd jump on that bargain, too!

    Here are the ways we saved last week:

  • Mable March 19, 2017

    This week has been blessed with the generosity of friends: 1. a co-worker moving gave me 91 (yup, 91!) packets of mashed potatoes. I don't care for mashed potatoes but the husband loves them, and I can use them to thicken soups. 2. Another friend gave me 35 packets of seeds--a seed company had sent her a duplicate order. When she tried to return it, the company told her to keep them because once something leaves their warehouse they can no longer guarantee the integrity of the product (meaning someone could poison or ruin the seeds). She knows I garden and we've had a tough financial year due to health issues, so she gave me the entire duplicate package. 3. A friend realized she made too many jars of salsa last summer, so she gifted us 3 quarts of salsa. I am not a big fan of salsa and chips but I made a large quantity of spaghetti sauce and adding a jar made it nice and spicy. 4. I frequented this yarn shop that is now going out of business. I stopped by there to wish the retiring owner well and tell her how much I will miss her store and as I was leaving she gave me a huge box of yarn that was not selling in the going-out-of-business sale. This was at least $200 worth of yarn!

    I saved money by cooking from the freezer and cupboard all week. The only thing we bought this week was milk; my husband asks for very few special items but he drinks a lot of milk so I always keep two gallons in the fridge so we never run out. If the milk gets close to the expiration date I make clam chowder or bake something.

    My husband had a business trip so while he was gone for two days I made and froze different cookies so I am now ready to fill his Easter basket. His Easter basket to me is always a solid chocolate bunny and four hours of labor--he fixes things that annoy me but are low on his priority list. He now does a work gift as part of every holiday (birthday, Christmas and so on) because the first time he did it I was so appreciative that he was blown away. I look forward to various holidays just so I can get him to do things like put a new lock on the back door, build some shelves in the garage for a place to store my seed starting supplies. I now keep a running list of what he calls tiny chores.

    Cut my own hair but I think I will need to have a professional fix it. Apparently the fact that I can cut my husband's hair doesn't make me a hair stylist. But I'll wait until the hair dressing school does their quarterly sale where you can get a haircut if you are willing to have a student do it.

  • Mandy March 19, 2017

    It's so nice to read about the generosity of others. It gives me home our society is not lost :) Blessings to you and your husband!

  • PJGT March 19, 2017

    Amazing blessings! Thank you for sharing them with us. I'm encouraged and pleased for you.

  • Rhonda A. March 19, 2017

    What an amazing list of gifts you received this week, Mable! That must have felt so good receiving all those free items, especially when you've had a rough financial year. A very blessed week for you, indeed!

  • Becky March 20, 2017

    I am going to get my hair fixed this week, too. Apparently, grabbing scissors and just chopping off whatever part of my bangs I can't see out from under isn't working too well for me anymore:) I have not had mine cut professionally since sometime last summer, and it's getting a bit scary. My husband is the hair-cutter in our family, but doesn't feel comfortable trying to style mine. He did the boys' when they were young, though, and the girls' sometimes over the years.

    What a great gift--all those seeds! You will be able to grow so much from 35 packs! The other things were great, too, and they will all help you out so much.

  • Amie March 21, 2017

    I can't do anything wild, but I can trim my own bangs. I find that using a straightening iron first helps me. I've got curl/wave to my hair. Laying it flat helps me to cut it straight across.

  • The egg prices have been excellent here too Brandy. We are also getting milk for approximately a $1.00 a gallon every week. We are loving that!
    Here is the rest of my frugal accomplishments:

  • Jennifer March 21, 2017

    $1 a gallon for milk??! Wow! Milk here is still $4.99 a gallon and that's not even organic!

  • Juls Owings March 19, 2017

    I love your gardens. I wished I could sew as well as you. First is I wished I had the craft/sewing room cleared out so I could set it up to sew LOL.I've started a garage sale list as next month the garage sales will start. I am restocking the emergency supplies in the root cellar that we use when there is tornados.

    rest is here

  • Lisa March 19, 2017

    The nasturtiums are beautiful. I can't wait to get outside more. We went back to winter this week and I a ready for cold weather to be over!

    Here is how our week went:

  • Cindy in the South March 19, 2017

    I went walking at the free park by the river. I took a nap. I cleaned my house. I listened to music on public radio. I am currently cooking .49 cents. lb chicken in oven with carrots. I am cooking rice on stove with green peas. I bought canned vegetables, three cans for a dollar at Family Dollar.

  • lillianna Pickles March 19, 2017

    My son requested spaghetti for dinner and I was amazed to discover we had no ground beef or turkey in the freezer. I picked up two 1 pound packages of organic ground beef for 3.50. That was cheaper than the cheapest regular ground beef. The meat was fantastic. I wish I had bought all they had. I will know now to keep an eye out for future mark downs. I will need to stock back up on ground turkey from Aldi,s. I ordered a free 30 day trial of Hulu and Showtime. I recently canceled a trial of Audible and they turned around and offered me another one. I have 6 free books now and bought several 99 cent classics I wanted. I accepted a GROUPON for a two month free trial of Amazon Unlimited so I can read for a long time. I love my Kindle. I am having a huge frugal fail. My mother moved in with us unannounced. She has my heat kicked up to 72. We have had a mild winter and rarely turn the heat on. My bill will be double to triple next month and out of my budget. I am frustrated but since this is my mother I see no solution. I seemingly qualify for some financial aid for myself so I will be returning to school. The local college has free registration on Tuesday so my son will be taking advantage of that offer. Life is good . My college daughter recently sent me home with 12 bags of clothes from her Sorority house. I have found several nice t shirt s for my son ( fraternity brothers ? ) and three pairs of nice Nikes for myself. I was amazed to find 1 Coach purse and two Michael Kors. I am thinking of sending the clothing to Thread Up and getting a credit. Each night I spend time reading past posts and have enjoyed finding this blog so much.

  • Andrea Q March 19, 2017

    Could you get your mother a space heater? Or come to a compromise about sweaters and extra blankets (unless there's a medical reason, of course)? We'd have to have a frank discussion about our budget if one of our parents moved in and expected something like that.

  • Juls Owings March 20, 2017

    as a mother who does turn up her kids heat when at their house staying I would suggest that you sit down with mom with your budget and let her know if she wants the heat on that she will have to pay the difference from your budget. IF she can't pay the difference then you can either get her warmer clothes or a small heater that would sit next to her wherever she sits. I pay the difference for my kids even with me being the one on the budget. As I have gotten older I get cold easy and slide into hypothermia very easy. She's your mom, she might see some areas you can cut the budget and save more...makes us feel important.

  • Linda Higgy March 21, 2017

    Perhaps you could let your Mom know that your budget only allows for $$ in electric bill and that is why you keep the heat down, HOWEVER, if she would like to take over that bill she could keep the heat as high as she would like.

  • Jenifer March 21, 2017

    Hello! Not to diss ThreadUP, but as a former buyer/sender to them - if you have more time, you might have better results on Ebay or a consignment shop. I usually average 40% more from Ebay and consignment shops than ThreadUP.

  • Amie March 21, 2017 she actively moving or mostly sitting down. Besides a space heater a small electric blanket or heating pad might be an option too.

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