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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Roses in Enamel Buckets The Prudent Homemaker

It's been a very busy week here, and on top of everything we've had our foreign exchange student here. I wasn't sure ahead of time how much English he spoke, and so while we help him to learn new words in English, we've also needed to converse quite a bit in French. I've had a lot of French study this week! I especially used Word Reference to look up words for both of us, and I've pinned a good number of French language pins on my Pinterest board. My French comprehension skills have really increased this week; there were only a couple of times I didn't understand, and that was usually because something was said too fast or too quietly.

I enjoyed a couple of video chats with friends in France. It continues to amaze me every time that video calling exists, and I love that it is free!

I cut peonies and roses from the garden.

I harvested lettuce, spinach, snow peas and Swiss chard from the garden.

Several of my children (and our houseguest) enjoyed climbing and rappeling on my nephew's climbing wall. It's pretty amazing that he has a climbing wall in his backyard, and it was great fun for everyone.

I downloaded a free Photoshop app to my phone to use to edit pictures on my phone.

My husband cut his own hair and a son's hair this week.

I turned a pair of torn jeans into jean shorts by cutting them off and hemming them.

I had a number of teens over for dinner. I made a large pot of minestrone soup and some French bread for a frugal meal.

 

What did you do to save money last week?

 

Note: I misplaced my camera battery charger recently, which is why there was no post last week and no additional posts this past week. Now that I can use my camera again and we've worked out a "new normal" with an additional teen in the house, I should (hopefully!) be able to get back to projects and more posting this week! If you want to see more photos, check out my Instagram account, where I have been sharing photos from my phone during the week.

 

 

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  • C April 29, 2017

    Maybe offer to babysit kids of your neighbors? I knew one guy who made most of his money doing a "summer camp" where he would pick up kids and take them on outings to the park, the beach, etc. Anything to get the kids out of the house. If there is a park nearby or just in your home, you can make a little side money from that.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada April 27, 2017

    This week I went to the "buy one, get one free sale". Before I went, I checked the flyer to make sure the price for one had not been bumped up. (only 1 item was like that). So I got two bags of flour, ($2.20 each), 8 yogourts ($1.40 each), 12 bags of shredded cheese (at $2.50 each) (for the freezer), 12 little seedling geraniums that I will grow on instead of buying 2 or 3 bigger geraniums at $5 each (they can tolerate some cold so should be ok outside from now on), 2 cucumbers ($1.00 each), 4 bags of frozen fruit for $10 (my friend went to her store and got me 3 more blueberries since my store didn't have any more blueberries), bought a very heavy melon for $4 (so heavy that at normal prices it would cost $8 on a per pound price). Looked at tiles (my friend picked up the samples for me) at $3/sq ft not $11. Decided not to buy them (saved money!!!). These are Canadian prices so they are even less in U.S. dollars and everything in Canada is more expensive than in the U.S. anyway. Bought a Calvin Klein raincoat for about $50 U.S. (usually $150)–– rainproof, windproof, detachable hood, and best of all machine washable. Had my drycleaner shorten the cuffs. I would have done it myself but because of the decorative stitching I didn't dare. Dry cleaner/seamstress did a fabulous job. Had my dental onlays completed while I still have a good dental plan. Just have finished all of them ($10,000 work of which I paid $3,000). I learned that silver amalgam fillings could be fine but with time the teeth crack. Haven't had a filling since 1976 but teeth cracked. Did onlays to prevent the need for root canals. Negotiated with my telephone/internet/tv provider to offer me the internet special discount again. I am going to start making my own yogourt. I made one trip to the grocery store that should last me a month.
    Saving on cab fare or gas to get there and back and saving on time, too. Am going to make my own bread due to allergies and cost of store bought bread. Am contemplating what to do with my mother's beautiful rose coloured raincoat that is too small for me.
    give it to a thrift store so someone can treasure finding this like new coat?

  • Athanasia April 28, 2017

    Starting with page 5 something about the configuration of the blog went off. All the side info and links disappeared and the reply link doesn't connect to the comments. Does any one else have the problem? I was going to post my week but will wait til next week I guess as not sure what will happen.

  • momsav April 29, 2017

    Mine's messy, too, Athanasia. I figured it would correct itself but this happened days ago. I am gald it's not just me!

  • ann lee s April 29, 2017

    yes Athanasia it happened to me as well, here in BC Canada ..... ann lee s

    to Ellies friend from Canada: how did you negotiate the price of your tv/internet withthem? I've tried to talk about this with Shaw but nothing so far has worked. I am paying about $140 for lowest cost tv/internet/phone, seems outrageous to me. ann

  • ellie's friend from Canada April 30, 2017

    Well, I didn't have tv so when I negotiated for tv, I tied it into a 3 year term but did not tie in my internet. I deal with Telus, not Shaw. They gave me a loyalty discount (since I've been with them for a very long time). Ann Lee, does your price include a cell phone as well as a landline? If so it might not be too bad (even though it's high) but if not I think it's high unless you're getting a lot of tv channels and movies. Also, I cut some of my tv channels. I get the major Canadian channels, some of the U.S. channels, PBS (for sure!), and RAI (Italian ––as an indulgent treat so I can practice learning Italian). I think somehow you should be able to bring it down to $100 -115 Cdn. not including a cellphone. I may give up my cellphone but I had such a great deal with the data that if I were to get it today I would pay that for the data and as much again for the cellphone other services. It's hard to give it up. That's with Rogers and I would never get it back again plus if I were to switch then Rogers would charge me a $65 unlocking fee. I haven't quite figured out what to do with the cellphone. In one sense I don't really need it and could give it up altogether but on the other hand a cheaper, lower data plan (even a pay as you go) would cost not not that much less. The problem with a pay as you go is that even if you have lots of minutes and data leftover at the end of the month, it doesn't carry over. I like having a cell when I am out as an emergency backup. Being in B.C. you could phone Telus and see how much they would charge you for service comparable to that you're getting from Shaw. Just make sure that if you'r offered specials to switch that once the specials are off that you are not paying an exorbitant rate again. A lot of it depends on what agent you get on the phone. I told the first agent I was prepared to give up my internet and I meant it and he transferred me to the loyalty department where I explained the situation. The Telus fellow gave good advice about Rogers and the cellphone as well as I was ready to switch it to Telus. How long have you been with Shaw? Have you ever been referred to the loyalty department?

  • Juls Owings April 30, 2017

    April was a struggle for me. I really hope this coming month is more frugal and better over all.
    Still it had some blessings and lovely days with flowers AND we went around with a credit report company and showed them proof we had paid a bill and it was closed.THEY confronted the company that claimed it wasn't even after we showed the manager we had the canceled check. She was the one that said for us to contact the credit report companies and to give the info to our attorney general ..saw her the next day at Krogers and she said she quit, wasn't going to work for that type of company, Kroger's manager heard her and asked for her to put her application in...she got the job that day and started within 2 days with better pay and benefits than what she was getting.I was happy she was blessed.

    http://chefowings.blogspot.com/2017/04/what-month-april-waswhat-i-did-frugal.html

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