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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Meyer Lemons and Blossoms The Prudent Homemaker

I picked more lemons from the garden.

I gave the baby a haircut. 

I used Recyclebank points to get a free two-year magazine subscription to Better Homes and Gardens.

Our bank decided to start charging $5 per paper statement. We changed to get online statements, for which they do not charge.

I have been trying on a few different items of clothing each day to see what will fit and what will not. Most everything no longer fits, and so I have been putting it aside to donate. I am keeping some things that are too large to either try taking in or to just keep wearing until I can find something to replace them. Some things still fit, but fit better. Those will stay.

I studied French using free online sources.

I made a decision to not purchase two things that appeared to be needs. I realized I could make do with what I have and save myself a few dollars.

From the garden, I harvested lettuce, arugula, and radishes, which we used in a couple of salads.

My Swiss chard plants are huge and starting to bolt. I offered Swiss chard to several people. I was able to give huge amounts away to a couple of friends, who told me they like to saute it with garlic and also use it in homemade ravioli. I plan on trying cooking some both ways!

I harvested Swiss chard for us and used it in two frittatas, steamed it as a side dish, and in a stir fry. 

I cooked a large batch of black beans in the crockpot and made taco soup one day and bean burritos another day. 

Snow Peas The Prudent Homemaker

I made museum pasta salad using green onions and snow peas from the garden. 

I mended a hole in a sweater. I mended a dress.

Eagle Scout Project The Prudent Homemaker

My son was able to get almost all of the supplies (save for $4 worth) donated for his Eagle Scout project, which happened this past week.

My mom went to a few garage sales and came back with 4 large boxes of books for $15! They are for grades K through 2 from a retired teacher. My girls have been enjoying having several new books to read.

My mom bought a skirt for me at a garage sale for $0.50. The skirt isn't quite my style, but it has shell buttons. These buttons would cost more than that, so I will keep the buttons and use them on a blouse.

My parents were given a large lot of men's shirts, several of which were my husband's size. He chose the ones he liked and we will donate the rest. They are long-sleeved shirts, and I will turn most of them into short-sleeved shirts, as that is what he needs for most of the year in our climate.

After 17 years of not having a cell phone (I had a work one paid for by work company 17 years ago) I switched our home phone for a cell phone. Our home phone had gone up and I wanted to change it before the next month's billing. I went with Metro PCS, which is who my husband uses for his work cell. Their lowest plan is $30 a month for unlimited everything (that includes taxes) and there is no contract (you pay each month and can leave at any time). Since we combined our plans together, they have a discount of $5 per line, so my husband's bill went down $5 to $25 and I now have a cell phone for $25--just under what my home phone had gone up to--plus I have the ability to call long distance (which was becoming needful as many people I need to call for church have moved in and kept their out-of-state cell numbers). They had a phone deal where you can get a free phone (though you still have to pay sales tax on the price of the phone).  

I downloaded several free apps, and I'm on Instagram now; you can find me under "theprudenthomemaker".


What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • Mary April 05, 2017

    We have sold our house last week! We have been using what we have and putting more money toward our new house. We are renting our sold home for a few months for less $ then our previous mortgage payments.
    Our garden was not doing well so we will wait until we move and plan a fall garden.
    We are in the process of deciding what furniture willl be sold as we are receiving nicer furniture when we move.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. April 06, 2017

    Congratulations on the sale!

  • Mary April 07, 2017

    Thank you! We are blessed how everything is coming together. Also, learning more ways to save from others on this site is very helpful.

  • Athanasia April 07, 2017

    I have been having such a trouble getting a post written lately but I want to get this news in before any longer. My son and his wife had their first baby and named her Anna Joy. Anna is a big family name amongst my side and my husband's many. Joy is my daughter in laws name in that her Chinese name means "joy". They are going to use both names as one. Now we just have to wait til June til my husband's youngest sister and her husband have their first and that boy or girl will be the aunt or uncle to these 2 latest grandchildren. Funny.

    Brandy, I am glad the cell phone will work for you. I do like the calendar and the timer/alarm/stopwatch icon on the phone and use those daily.

    Thank you someone as re' the Aldi sale on cream cheese. We are going to go there...I won't go there myself as too difficult in the checkout area. I also don't like that they don't refrigerate the fruits and vegetables and the milk and dairy products are not local. I have also heard of problems with the meat. But I will chance the cream cheese. They also sell German candy and cookies so my husband wants to look that area over. I heard they had marzipan eggs for Easter.

    I heard this on the radio the other morning and it seems every one here is very comfortable using social media. I pushed the scan button on the radio by mistake instead of the preset and ended up hearing a conversation on a rock pop type radio station with the 3 disc jockeys discussing the topic. They all had young children, 2 were men and one a woman. One man said he hoped by the time his girl was old enough to be on line that the whole worldwideweb would have disappeared by then. The two men said that the Facebook is bad and that it is a common place for men to trawl/troll for women and girls. They all said snapchat is the worst as there is no parental controls but that is the one teens like best. I thought this was interesting as these were all apparently worldly radio station not a Christian one and they had great concerns over what could happen.

    Hope everyone has a nice weekend. We are up to 50 and sunny so looks like tomorrow will be a yard work day.

  • TerriC April 07, 2017

    Congratulations on the new grandbaby!

  • Athanasia April 07, 2017

    Thank you!

  • Tina April 09, 2017

    Do you ever freeze your chard? I have had great success with this, of course it must first be blanched. It does well in quiche, stir fry, or soups after having been frozen.

    I had a bad bout of flu that really kept me down for almost 2 weeks! In spite of that, we managed to eat all meals at home (thank goodness for a freezer with some prepared meals). I received a free pastry on the Panera card for my birthday, used a $10 off $10 purchase coupon from Staples (this is the 2nd in 3 months and I'm not sure why but I like it!)---with that coupon I purchased 2L of dish soup plus a can of Comet. We lost several well-established decorative bushes this summer due to drought. I've replaced 3 of those with blueberry bushes! I also planted lettuce and kale in another bed that has been cleared. I received nice shirts for my birthday that my husband purchased on sale---like thrift store price--from a department store. These are name brand shirts. We had a few big expenses with replacing our car transmission and purchasing new tires. However, these save money in the long term and enable us to drive our very old van for at least another couple of years. I love your towel idea! I've never checked out towels at Sam's either---I'll look at them.

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