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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Helping Grandpa The Prudent Homemaker

We had the most beautiful weather all week: temperatures of 70-75ºF/21-24ºC. I opened the windows and we enjoyed fresh air in the house all week.

We enjoyed lemons, Swiss chard, oregano and parsley from the garden.

I enjoyed working in the garden in the record highs for this time of year. Usually, I'm still sporting long sleeves and a jacket while I do the busy work of January and February in the garden, but this year I'm in a short-sleeved t-shirt.

I used stakes and concrete mesh wire that I already had to add another vertical growing space to the garden. I planted Armenian cucumber seeds under it.

I planted seeds for alpine strawberries and poppies.

I opened the house up to air it out for several hours each day.

I stocked up on pasta (I bought 96 pounds) at the lowest price it gets here ($0.49 a pound). This price only comes around 2-3 times a year. When I was leaving the store, I picked up a dime I found in the parking lot.

I redeemed 2200 Swagbucks for a Target gift card. I'll use this to reduce my out-of-pocket expenses for February's shopping trip.

I read two e-books from the library.

My two eldest downloaded a combined 12 free songs from the library through the Freegal program.

We enjoyed watching the last bits of the lunar eclipse early in the morning.

I gladly accepted a hand-me-down infant car seat and matching stroller from a reader who lives very close by.

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  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 05, 2018

    Lilli, Did you get my email last week?

  • lillianna pickles February 05, 2018

    Yes I did, I was so incredibly touched. The encouragement and support on this page is amazing.

  • Becky February 05, 2018

    I thought Rhonda did a great job with all of her encouraging ideas, as well! It sounds like your situation is temporary, so that's the good part! Blue sky is in sight.

    It's amazing you can get Hansen's soda for 6 cans for $1. I'm glad you can get your daughter a treat. I know sometimes that's what it takes for me to feel ok inside...getting a child something they really want. What kind of fun things does she like to do that are low-cost? (I totally understand about special needs kids--they want what they want and can't always just turn their thoughts to a different scenario--I have a handful of my own, plus a niece and nephew I spend a lot of time with--so it's GREAT that she likes some things that are low cost). So, it's worked for me, as well, to fill the time with low-cost, fun things, and then point out that we really don't have time for ......because we did....... And, then talk about the fun we did have.

    I'm sorry about your cats. I'm sure your daughter is heartbroken.

  • lillianna pickles February 05, 2018

    Sugar cookie is very quiet and low maintenance. She loves to draw for hours every day. I usually buy her cases of copy paper but was gifted about 50 reams of busted paper from the salvage store. I just had to collect it from all the boxes it was scattered in. I was extremely grateful to that store owner. She loves movies and has hundreds of them. The family buys them for her each holiday. She still has a few Barbies tucked away and often cuts up her shirts to make them clothes. ( so many of her shirts are from the thrift store that it is not to much of a problem} The sweet child cannot read but she loves to cook. Some of her creations are interesting and some of them are great. She requested cable this week for her birthday. I found her a special on Directv.now for 10.00 for three months. She will have several childrens shows and the cooking shows. She has been given 60.00 a month in SNAP benefits, so each week, I will take her coupon shopping. She loves this. We will buy a special treat each week and then whatever is a loss leader or free with coupons. That 60.00 will go a very long way shopping like that. I am grateful that she does not have any behavioral or emotional problems. Over time, many of these children like her have psychiatric problems but thankfully she has not exhibited any symptoms. She always tells me that God gave her to me because he knew I would keep her forever. She really is my sugar cookie.

  • Rhonda A. February 06, 2018

    Lilli, since your daughter loves to draw, you may be interested in the free drawing program that my daughter uses on her computer. It's call FireAlpaca which can be downloaded onto a computer for free. You can google it, then follow instructions on how to download it onto your computer or laptop (it is not an app, so won't work on tablet or smart phone. However there are free drawing apps available as well). The program not only allows you to draw on the computer with a mouse, it also can do fun and easy animations. One of the great things about using a computer to draw is that it requires no paper! Also, your favourite pictures can be saved and shared with family or friends through email, or printed to use for a gift or craft project.

  • Becky February 06, 2018

    She sounds very, very sweet. I'm glad God blessed you with a daughter like that:)

    I have found over the years that there is just nothing like a pure hug from a special needs child. My niece is very loving, and when she loves someone--she loves them. Unconditionally. It's a special kind of love, for sure.

    It's nice she likes to shop with coupons. I agree that $60 will go a long ways for a little treat, a soda, whatever she loves, and you are very wise to stretch it out for several outings. You do have a lot of great ideas to keep her happy! Those cooking shows are great. My nephew likes them, even though he really cannot cook. He occasionally wants to make something, and will stir for a couple of minutes, then I finish, but it's a start.

  • Rhonda A. February 06, 2018

    Lilli, I'm glad you and maybe even a few others, found my comment helpful. I have experienced deep depression and I never want to face those feelings again. It was one of the most difficult times in my life. But I truly believe what helped me come out of my depression was finding things that made me feel good about myself when I accomplished them. Those little moments of happiness helped me build up my self worth, one step at a time. So, if you can fill each day with small accomplishments that give you even a little bit of happiness, it won't be long before you feel a little better about life.

  • Melonie K. February 06, 2018

    Oh, Lilli, I am so sorry to read of your loss. ((HUGS))

    Your sugar cookie sounds like such a delightful young lady. In your description of her in the comments, I just picture you smiling big describing her. So glad you were able to make it over to visit your father, as well as your nephew. I'm sure they enjoyed seeing you.

  • Allyson February 06, 2018

    I am so sorry to hear about your cats. It is so hard to lose an animal that is so much a part of the family.

    Glad you're seeming in better spirits this week. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, and it does seem like there's great support and understanding here.

  • Cindi February 05, 2018

    The week started with a trip to Costco for my husband’s hearing-aid check. They cleaned and replaced filters and batteries for free. While there we did a little shopping and had lunch -- $5.50 for both of us, which was a cheap treat. We got home late and resisted the urge to eat out. Instead, we had homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese – an inexpensive and really good meal.
    We spent a morning at the local hot springs, using free passes from a friend who works there.
    I made homemade bread and cooked meals at home. We ate all the leftovers. I also made a batch of waffles, homemade pancake syrup, and taco seasoning mix.
    I sewed a wide band of lace around the bottom of a tank top to make a top extender. These normally run $35 and up. I got a yard of the lace fabric at Jo-ann, using a gift card I received for Christmas and I still have over ¾ of a yard left to use for something else. (The tank top was an old one I already owned.)

  • Annaliese February 05, 2018

    I always love seeing pictures of children learning new things in life that will help in their future lives. Glad the weather has been nice for you to get outside. It snowed on Tuesday morning again - about 1/4 of an inch with a thin sheet of ice then rained all day yesterday (Sunday). It has been a pretty frugal week here except for haircuts for all of us and highlights in mine. I tried to do it at home several times but the color does not come out as I like, so I let this fantastic lady do it for me because she understands my hair.
    But here is my frugal activities for the week:
    - Cashed in points on Checkout51 rebate app for a $20 check that is coming in the mail.
    - Transferred $20 from Ibotta app into PayPal account.
    - Received a $20 rebate check from Duke Healthcare from doctor's appointment that shouldn't of been charged.
    -Received a $2.99 cereal rebate check in mail.
    -Found a lost GC for $2.55 for a local coffee shop that I won at work last year.
    -Received in the mail coupons for $8.50 worth of free yogurt.
    -Received another raise at work due to the cost of living in our area.
    -Grocery freebies= 3 bagels, 1 snack bar (bison jerky), 2 pourable brown sugars, 1 pk of tortillas, 7 containers of yogurt, 2 lg containers of ricotta cheese, 1 lg container of salad greens, 2 pkgs of frozen egg rolls and 1 can of enchilada sauce.
    -Gifted freebies= cheese, baby carrots, chili pinto beans soup, carrot curry soup, EVOO.
    - I ordered vitamins from Box.com due to they had a very good deal and got $12 in free stuff from one of their suppliers= a roll of tp, a box of Kleenex, a snack bag of roasted almonds, 2 laundry pods, pk of flushable cleaning cloths, 10 0z bag of ground coffee, 4 pk of AAA and 4pk of AA batteries, several samples of lens cleaner cloths and 2 sample pkgs of organic coconut butter. Not bad for $19.99 worth of vitamins (2 very large bottles) and free shipping.
    I hope everyone has a great blessed week!

  • Cate February 05, 2018

    I just looked up Box.com and it said it was a place to share and edit your files from anywhere. Could it be called something else?

  • Mari at the Jersey Shore February 08, 2018

    Cate, Annaliese may have meant to type boxed.com
    www.boxed.com They ship free to the lower 48 states.

  • Mari at the Jersey Shore February 08, 2018

    Hit send too soon. Meant to also write I've not shopped with boxed.com and don't know anything about them.

  • Libby February 05, 2018

    What a cutie patootie Octavius is! I was thinking that when you are part of a large family you learn to sleep anywhere:)

    • Made swag goal x 5
    • Hung a load of laundry up to dry inside the house x 3
    • Cut forsythia branches to force inside
    • Shoveled driveway by hand – the guy who plows my neighbor charges $40 per time so even though shoveling snow is so not my favorite thing to do, it saves a huge amount of money. I do pay to be plowed when we get more than a foot in one storm.
    • After two hours on the phone I think I straightened out unemployment/income verification for health insurance on the exchange and then paid the health insurance premium. I’m so relieved that I will have health insurance while unemployed.
    • Traded books with a friend.
    • Watched a DVD from the library and read library books
    • Applied to many jobs online
    • Used $20 off $100 grocery shopping coupon and before going to the store, I planned meals for the entire month of February – among other things, I bought 21 different fruits & vegetables (snow peas, sugar snap peas, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, lime, potatoes, sauerkraut, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, bean sprouts, leeks, zucchini, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, arugula, and carrots). This shop should last me three weeks.
    • Roasted a whole chicken from the freezer at same time roasted a sheet of carrots, potatoes, and grape tomatoes. Baked oatmeal raisin cookies. Made chicken broth in slow cooker. Made Masaman curry, homemade pizza, couscous with cucumbers, feta, and lemon dressing, and baked raspberry muffins (using Brandy’s recipe for blueberry muffins).
    • Tried a new recipe – pad Thai – from the cookbook, “Cook’s Illustrated the New Best Recipe” and it was delicious! I used leftover chicken rather than shrimp and used lime rather than tamarind paste. I had bought the rice noodles a long time ago and they have just been sitting in the pantry.
    • My son came to visit for a night and woke up feeling like he had a cold. After he left, I opened the window in his bedroom to air out the room, even though it was below freezing outside, and closed the BR door so all the heat in the house didn't get sucked out the window. Also wiped down all the door knobs, faucets, and light switches with rubbing alcohol on a rag.

  • Elizabeth February 05, 2018

    1. Refilled my downstairs bottles of conditioner and moisturizer with product from my upstairs bottles. (I am lazy and like to have duplicate bottles up and down stairs) This saved me from buying new bottles:)
    2. Found bags of four large apples for $1 on the discount rack at Kroger
    3. Redeemed coupons for free food from Zaxby's and Whitts bbq
    4. Made do with homemade cookies for a Groundhog Day treat...
    5. Having a no spend week to kick off Frugal February

  • kim February 05, 2018

    I have to do a no-spend February if I want to make my extra mortgage payment this month of $563. My deep freeze is full to the brim as well as my kitchen freezer. I'm hoping to clean these out by summer.
    I'm dieting again and have been using my DVDs I purchased used online to exercise.
    I'm thawing out my last turkey this week to cook next Sunday. Last time I froze 3 quart bags and just used the last one. It makes meals easier as I just add a whole grain and veggies and cook on the stove all together.
    My frugal task today was remembering I had popsicle molds that I bought for $1 at Goodwill. I had never used them but now that my girls ate 3 and 2 they can eat popsicles better. My eldest had fun and love the banana/orange juice popsicle!

  • Wendy Laswell February 05, 2018

    I came across this seed store the other day and felt very prompted to tell you the website. I hope it is of some benefit to you. God bless! http://www.nativeseeds.org/

  • Ann February 05, 2018

    love your posts of money saving ideas, When I find mac/cheese boxes on sale .19 each but have not seen them at that price for a long time I buy several boxes and don't especially use it for mac/cheese, but cook the macaroni for anything and save the packet of cheese, for which I can use for any number of things, cheese sauce, topping for pop corn etc. the macaroni is cheap and the cheese is a bonus.

  • kim February 05, 2018

    Brandy, you mentioned the Target deal on diapers spend $100 get a $20 gift card. That is on their app now through 2/10. I might get some size 5!

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