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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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  • Amie March 21, 2017

    I've seen battery operated socks in hunting section of stores. Use rechargeable batteries. Might be going on sale soon w weather shift or be a good birthday/holiday gift.

  • Laurie in central NC March 19, 2017

    I enjoyed seeing your beautiful garden bounty. I know it will be spring tomorrow, but it hasn't felt too much like it recently here. Organic potatoes were on sale for .99/lb, and I bought about 5 lbs each of red and gold potatoes to do us until our potato harvest comes in. I've been working on a chicken apron or saddle. Though it's been tweaked a few times, it's still not quite right. I'm hoping to report I've got it right next week. Happy to be joining in here:

  • Angela March 19, 2017

    I'm a bit jealous of your warm weather! We're still suffering through 6 days of rain in Oregon and on the occasional clear day (like today), we try to cram in all of our outside work! I'm so looking forward to planting our garden boxes soon! Our frugal accomplishments were mostly about getting good deals on groceries, kids' clothes and a few other things this week. The little bit of sunshine we have seen has definitely gotten me into the spring cleaning mood so we're working on that too. I posted my frugal accomplishments on my blog here:

  • Rhonda A. March 19, 2017

    At least it's not snow, Angela. I'd happily take rain at this point.:p

  • J March 20, 2017

    It has been a long winter this year for sure. I love winter but with a new baby I'm ready for spring

  • Melissa in Washington March 21, 2017

    I feel your pain. I'm in Washington and white is not snow, the constant gray skies and inability to get outside is wearing on us too!

  • Roxie March 19, 2017

    We have had home cooked meals all week. It has been Spring Break here and the kids have been home all week. So that means extra lunch here at home. We made a turkey and ham from the freezer to have for a meal and then I made some 'sandwich meat' of the left overs.
    I got some free samples of dishwasher detergent. They came in the mail this week and my neighbor does not use her dishwasher so she gave me her sample too.
    I line dried most of the laundry. We have had beautiful weather.
    I made a man's shirt into an apron and a new blouse for me.
    I got some Target dollar spot things for the kid's Easter Basket. (I give each day care child a basket of things) This year the basket is actually a sand bucket from Dollar Tree. I found some flash cards, and bubbles to go into the buckets. Spent a total of $3.00 on each basket. I am a small home owned home ran daycare. I do these things as a kind of advertising to others. "Word" of mouth is my best way of getting new clients. So when I send a child home with a gift (like Grandma would do) they remember and pretty soon when a friend is looking for daycare I get a call for a new client. The name of my daycare is 'Grandma's House' and I try to treat each and every child like a grand child.
    I looked on line for some new daycare snack ideas. I found a couple and will use them next week.
    Have not seen egg prices near as low as others have told of. So far the least expensive I have found is 99 cents. I got 2 dozen after church today. I hope to find more soon for a lesser price.

  • Lynne March 19, 2017

    I was really happy with how my son's birthday party turned out. In the past, I have gone a little over-the-top with themed decorations, take-out food, store-bought birthday cake, and large treat bags for each of his friends who attended. This year, I made homemade pizza, popcorn, lemonade, and cupcakes with ingredients I had on hand. I made very simple treat bags that were mainly filled with items I got very inexpensively through sales and iBotta. I didn't stress about planning a lot of games and crafts, but instead let the boys choose the activities they wanted to do. Overall, it was a very low-stress, successful party, and my son and his friends were all happy at the end of the day!

    Another big frugal accomplishment of the day was that I REALLY didn't want to cook dinner, and asked my husband if we could just go to a local restaurant for dinner. He said he was happy just staying home, so I ended up cooking a delicious dinner from things we had on hand. I am so glad we didn't spend the extra money go to out, especially when we had the ingredients for a wonderful meal on hand.

    I tried to get ahead of lunch prep this week, so I took out 4 storage containers and placed them on the counter. Then, I put the non-perishable items each of my 2 children would take for lunches Monday-Thursday in the bins (Friday is "pizza day", and this is their treat for the week). Now, all I have to do is make a sandwich, a wrap, or warm food for the thermos, and all lunches are done. If this works out, I'll probably continue to do it in the future to make lunch prep really easy.

    Finally, I have decided I will do a pantry challenge this week. I will only buy milk and almond milk later in the week. I mapped out a meal plan, and I think I have everything I need to make all of our meals at home. It will be interesting to see if anyone notices it is a pantry challenge week!

  • Caitlynn March 20, 2017

    Lynne, my kids also do pizza lunch Friday but for the last several months instead of having them buy the (gross) lunch line pizza I have been making pizza the night before and sending that. Not only is the pizza better but it's also cheaper! Food for thought at least once in awhile to save a few dollars.

  • Marcia March 19, 2017

    My store had 18 ct eggs for 99 cents this week--large size. I have sufficient on hand right now. I bought a small corned beef and even with buying the smallest I could find, it fed us for two days. I also made Italian wedding soup this week and it also fed us for two days with a bit left over. I think I have no idea how to cook for two people at this point in my life! We also were surprised with a couple feet of snow this week with two snow days for the school kids, followed by two days of chilly weather but lovely sunshine. The sunshine gives me a lift even if I don't get out in it, just seeing it from the window makes me move a little faster and more cheerfully. My granddaughter stopped in for a short visit last night--she had been to her friend's baby's first birthday party just down the road so had to say hello. We don't get many surprise visits from her so that was nice. She lives about 50 minutes away from us, so visits are usually planned. We are always glad to see her because she is usually much busier than we are. Looking forward to knowing it's Spring tomorrow--the daylight is lasting longer after dinner now since we've changed to Daylight Savings Time.

  • Libby March 19, 2017

    • Washed 9 ziplock bags to reuse them
    • Used Walgreens points to pay for vitamins that were BOGO50%
    • Brought snow shovel and ice melt inside so they didn’t get buried during the blizzard, my heat is normally set at 58 for the night, however, when I went to bed I turned it up to 64 so the house would warm in case the power went out with the storm – so not frugal to be heating the house, but very frugal if it help prevent potential frozen pipes.
    • Hand shoveled snow but since the snow was so wet I applied cooking oil to the shovel and the snow just slid right off!
    • Made pizza from scratch – spinach, garlic, and ricotta white pizza.
    • Baked oatmeal, chocolate chip, dried cranberry, pecan cookies – recipe makes 100 cookies so froze individual balls of dough on the baking sheet from my toaster oven before putting them in a plastic bag.
    • Ate all homemade meals including packing my lunch
    • Ordered cat food from and made the free shipping hurdle
    • Stretched haircut from 4 weeks to 6 weeks. Am not talented enough to cut my super straight hair. Made Swagbucks goal x1

  • Hilogene in Az March 19, 2017

    Here is last week's list;

    -Baked bread
    -Used electricity off peak hours as possible, just heard from the electric company that our levelized billing for the next three months will be $40 lower per month, due to our reduced usage.
    -Cooked from the freezer and pantry to keep costs low, and ate or froze leftovers
    -Cooked corned beef ($1.25/lb at Safeway) and cabbage, also cooked a turkey and put the carcass in the freezer for soup next week when I have more time.
    -Ate out only once last week.
    -Reached our $200 spending limit for groceries this month (for two of us). Another thank you to Brandy for this website, it is incredibly inspiring. Brandy, what I like most is the positive tone of your blog and website. There are probably 500 things you do that make a frugal life, and rather than me getting depressed I am only doing 10 of them, I find it inspiring and try to learn new things (my big successes have been baking bread, learning to cook more interesting meals and making laundry detergent). Five years ago we were spending $600 a month on food at home plus more money eating out, now we spend much less and the food is better ;). Thank you and the community here for all the ideas and positivity.

  • momsav March 20, 2017

    Wow! Our best price for corned beef was 2.99 lb. I didn't buy any. We made a two hour (one way) trip to Aldi's. They had eggs for 39 cents a doz. I bought two. My husband said "They're almost free." I probably should've gotten more. The different prices in different parts of the same country always amaze me.

  • Lisa March 19, 2017

    Brandy--thank you so much for the menu plans you have posted. I have gotten so much inspriation from them and they are helping me to use up stuff I have on hand.

    Here is my menu plan for the next couple of weeks. I think I may still be able to add a few things when I further inventory my freezer and pantry.

  • Becky March 20, 2017

    One of my favorite things I did this week was preparing a place for the strawberries I ordered. When you order them, they tell you they will send them when the time is right. I guess the time was right, because they came this week. It has been so wet--inches and inches of rain and even snow--that I have not been able to clean out the area where I want to plant them. The previous owner had strawberries along the side of the shop. There were a few surviving plants, and a whole lot of grass and weeds. Yesterday, I only had 1-1/2 hours, but we got a sunny day, so I used it and got the grass dug out. It was really still too wet to work in there, but I did it anyway. I grouped the surviving plants on the end. I sprinkled coffee grounds I got from McDonald's along the area. I sprinkled some organic fertilizer we had on hand on the dirt. Now, I want to get some bone meal and some dirt, put that on there, and then plant the 25 plants. In the meanwhile, I've tucked them into a pot with some potting soil. Sadly, there is more rain coming, all week, but I'm well on my way. There is a 25% off sale at the farm store Tuesday, so I can get my supplies then, and hopefully be able to get out there again, soon. If I get a couple of bags of some kind of dirt, hopefully it will be dry enough right after I put it down to go ahead and plant the plants!

    The other things I did this week are on my blog:

  • Marybeth March 20, 2017

    -My parents gave us money to go out to eat for our Anniversary(24years). The kids were at school and we were both off so we went out for lunch. We both picked out lunch specials. Came home with lots of leftovers and have enough money still to do 2 more lunches.
    -My sister treated us out to dinner to celebrate my son's 18 birthday. 3 of us drank water, we all shared 2 appetizer's and 2 desserts. We came home with leftovers that will be lunch for my husband and me today.
    -My daughter, sister and I went to see Beauty and the Beast for free(I work at a movie theatre part time and get 8 free passes a month).It was wonderful. We also shared my free popcorn and drink.
    -Had the family all over on Saturday for my son's 18 birthday. Cooked my last clearance ham from before Christmas. Made maple carrots(49cents a lb) and mashed potatoes (20cents a lb). Made cupcakes and cookies and my Mom brought fruit. 2 of my sisters brought snacks. We always bring something to help each other out. Sent my parents home with leftovers so they didn't have to cook the next day.
    -Did the big swap with my family when they came for my son's party. We always keep our eyes open for deals for each other. We swapped magazines, books, coupons, returned jars and containers. My parents travel a lot and gave my a huge bag of hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. Gave my sister a small BBQ we no longer use for her apartment and some nail stuff. Less stuff in the land fill and we all benefit.
    -Baked Hubby a carrot cake for our anniversary(his request). Baked Brandy's Lemon poppy muffins for the first time. They were a hit. Cooked all meals and snacks at home except 2 mentioned above.
    - Kids had a snow day that ended up being almost nothing so I was still able to go to work. I only get paid if I go in.
    - All birthday and anniversary cards were home made. We decorated with stuff we already had.
    -Got some good sales on shopping this week. BOGO vitamins, free 4 pack of yogurt, free canned soup, marked down meats. Saved $43 on stuff we use.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. March 22, 2017

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Lorna March 20, 2017

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) .

    I am glad Brandy you were able to pick up such good specials for your home and could remake your blouse to fit.

    Our frugal accomplishments were -
    - Picked cherry tomatoes, carrots, strawberries and capsicums from the gardens.
    - Planted 2 x 2 mt rows each of dwarf butter beans and green bush bean strike seeds, a 3 mt row of carrot seeds and some money maker tomato seeds.
    - Cooked a quadruple batch of lovely granola substituting sultanas instead of cranberries.
    - Made all our bread and meals from scratch.
    - Cooked a half batch of oatmeal cooking using sultanas.
    - Took our new juicer back that broke and exchanged it with a stainless steel titanium one and bargained the price down $40.95 so no more out of pocket expenses :D .
    - Found and purchased another kitchen jug for making powdered milk in for 0.83c cheaper than another store.
    - Bought ourselves a treat today by buying a large block of chocolate on special saving $3.15.
    - Managed to line dry all of our washing between rain showers saving on dryer use.
    - Used our solar lanterns all week instead of turning on mains powered lights in the home.
    - Watered the lawns and new manure on the lawns with saved grey water from our showers and washing machine.
    - Saved 896lts of town water use by not having to turn the drip irrigation systems on in the garden all week :) .

  • Jenifer March 21, 2017

    I just admire your zip & pep each week.
    Reading your weekly comment is a like a shot of caffeine. :)

  • Lorna March 22, 2017

    Jenifer thank you for your encouragement :) and I am glad I have motivated you.

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