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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.

Nap The Prudent Homemaker

What did you do to save money last week?

 

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  • Margie from Toronto February 05, 2018

    The photos of your little one are just perfect! He looks like such a "little man" now.
    Not much accomplished this past week as I've been sick since Wednesday (cold/flu and I'm a bit worried about pleurisy) but I did manage to get all the bills paid and money budgeted for February. I haven't been eating much and I haven't been out in days so that has certainly saved money. I'm not going to push it and if I have to I could stay home all week - we'll see. I'll try to get up to speed slowly.

  • Lorna February 05, 2018

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) .

    Here is how we saved money and increased our future food stocks in the gardens for the week -

    Finances -
    - Banked more money into our saving for our house deposit bringing us up to 23.85% of the way there. We took out our at home emergency kitty so it was not reflected in our house savings.

    eBay free listings -
    - Took advantage of a free listing promotion on eBay and listed 25 homemade items saving $41.25 on normal listing fees.

    Sticking up for myself savings :D -
    - I purchased 6 lip balms off eBay from an international seller in October that never turned up so I had been eBay messaging this seller for an eternity to get a refund. They kept mucking me around and telling me that they did not have enough money in their PayPal account to refund me and I was out of time to give them negative feedback. I purchased 1 more lip balm from them knowing that in 7 days I could give them negative feedback. After contacting them and telling them I was going to leave negative feedback unless I got my refund they suddenly decided to refund both the purchases in October and the one lip balm I just purchased. Rightfully regardless of whether the last lip balm turns up or not I will be leaving them negative feedback to warn others not to deal with this seller and also for the abysmal way they treated me too through their lack of honesty and integrity. It wasn't much money but it was our hard earned money and it was the principle of the matter to us.

    Purchases -
    - Bought 14 x 4pkts of coat and garment vacuum seal bags at Aldi on special saving $294.15 over buying them in other local shops. We can now vacuum seal all of our winter clothing, blankets and quilts and have more room in our dressing room for the second pantry we have started in there to increase our food stocks.

    In the kitchen-
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch from items we had in our pantries, fridge and freezer. All our vegetables for dinners used were preserved and frozen from our own gardens.

    In the gardens -
    - Harvested 2kg of beetroot and 1.143kg of cherry tomatoes from the gardens saving less our garden hay purchase $3.81.
    - Used the free hay we got with our jumbo hay bale purchase to mulch a 10 x 5mt, all our front yard herb, berry and vegetable gardens and another 4.5 x 2mt section of another garden bed.
    - Picked rosemary from the gardens that I have drying for household stocks and some to sell on eBay as an added income stream.
    - Thinned out and transplanted carrot seedlings growing too close in the gardens making 2.5 x 7mt rows of carrots in our newly amended garden bed.
    - Thinned out and transplanted beetroot seedlings growing too close together making another 5mt row of beetroot in our newly amended garden bed.

    Water preservation-
    - Hand watered the house paddock lawns all week with saved grey water from our showers and washing machine.
    - During recent rain that was overflowing our rain water tanks we were able to save another 110lts by bucketing some into a barrel which we just used to fertilise the front yard gardens with.
    - Worked out our washing machine washes clothing perfectly well with a 1 rinse cycle instead of 2 saving 11 mins of electricity per load and around 20lts of water per load.

    Electricity savings -
    - Saved $7.50 in electricity costs by using our solar lanterns to light our home each night and by only turning on our hot water system on once this week.

    Have a wonderfully frugal and wonderful week ahead everyone :) .

  • PJGT February 05, 2018

    Just delightful pictures...thank you for sharing. My son was such a blond boy too.

    I found 20 cents, ate all meals at home even when we wanted to eat out, and avoided the grocery store. I did go to the thrift shop looking for something and found a LLBean wool plaid scarf for 50 cents. We are always on the lookout for warm scarves and hats here. I also found a quality German made China set in a more modern pattern for my daughter at a very reasonable price at the thrift store. There is a complete set for 8 as well as a coffee service, cups and saucers and serving platters and bowls. Although not engaged, she does have a serious boyfriend and is graduating from college this May. We have been "window" shopping. I was just tickled that I had the money for just such a purchase after not even having enough money for necessities last year. It will make the next two weeks tight, but didn't come from the emergency fund. I don't need to shop for anything and am feeling rather blessed. It will be an amazing present and DD ok'd the pattern. It gives me hope that our family will be able to recover from these setbacks when I am able to plan ahead and not always seem so far behind.

    Paid off another of my daughter's medical bills. Yet another one is expected to be paid off this month. Only a few more bills to go!

    Determined to eat the wrinkly apples by dipping them in peanutbutter. I ate one banana that had accidently been left in the car and froze. It started to thaw and was actually a tasty treat. I also had a left over peanutbutter sandwich one day for dinner because it needed to be eaten. Drinking lots more water. I'm aiming for no food waste while not overeating. Some days the two are diametrically opposed.

    I spent some time taking care of my nails and filed them nice and short. They are finally uniform with a clear coat of polish that I had. I'm determined to focus on these little things.

    Winter doldrums are here...happy frugal-ing!

  • Rhonda A. February 05, 2018

    Wrinkly apples make the sweetest applesauce, no sugar needed, which is perfect for eating or can be used in baking.

  • Luba @ Healthy with Luba February 05, 2018

    Congratulations on the pasta stock up, Brandy!

    We have 5% off every Tuesday this month at our local co-op. I'm ok to re-arrange my shopping day to receive the discount. :)

    Last week I scheduled most of my appointments on Monday back-to-back in a couple locations and was happy to make good use of my time, vehicle, and gas that way.

    I doubled a recipe gladly to take a meal to my parents shortly after a surgery in the home. (We both had the same meal.)

    I used Facebook messenger to video a prospective client in another state. We talked for free that way. :)

    I used natural remedies I already had at home to feel better after catching a bug.

    My husband joyfully took my home-cooked meals for lunch every day to work.

    We used a gift card given to us for a birthday to purchase some needed items for both of us.

  • Laurie in AZ February 05, 2018

    Brandy, your boy is precious!

    Had a pretty good week. Below are my accomplishments.

    • Used free tea, coffee and toiletries, washed ziplocs and used ½ dryer sheets and ran only full loads in the washer and dishwasher during off peak times.
    • Made date nut bread to take to work as snacks for the week. I had received free dates a couple of months ago and chopped and froze them. I ate the date nut bread as my morning snacks and peanuts that the office supplies for my afternoon snacks.
    • Planned out the menu for the week.
    • Used refillable water bottles.
    • Hubby brought lunch 2 day and got free lunch 2 days at work, plus 1 free dinner out paid for by work.
    • I brought my lunch to work the 2 days I was in the office. One was leftover au gratin potatoes with cut up ham that had been leftover from a dinner a few weeks ago that I saved as a single size leftover. Another was leftover turkey & gravy and potatoes. My lunches at home were leftover roast beef and gravy that I had frozen and I mixed that with 1 c. of leftover rice I had frozen. This made enough for 2 meals.
    • Hubby needed a new fish basket for the grill. Still had $ left on the Amazon gift card he got for Christmas, so I used that to purchase it. Ordered it through Ibotta, so will also receive a small rebate on it.
    • Dinners were grilled pork chops with spicy rice (cooked rice mixed with sautéed garlic, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes with a little tabasco added to taste); leftover chili I had frozen in December, served with leftover spicy rice; steak & baked potatoes; leftover turkey & gravy with boiled potatoes and green beans (I had this twice, as Hubby went out for a work dinner on one night); spaghetti & sauce with Italian sausage; a free pizza from the Welcome Wagon packet we received when we moved into our new house; and Cajun spiced catfish and chicken with pasta that I served for a birthday party I threw for my Dad and my sister. The other guests brought a veggie tray, bread and a green salad.
    • Had smoothies for breakfast most days made with fruit that I have had in the freezer for a while.
    • Last week when we went out for dinner for Mexican food, I had only eaten ½ of my chimichanga. I also always ask for all beans instead of beans and rice. I never eat the beans with my meal. Brought home all the leftovers and Hubby and I had tostadas for lunch on Sunday with the beans and I took the shredded beef from my chimichanga and added it to my leftovers soup container in the freezer.
    • Sewed a button on a pair of pajamas.
    • Hubby got a free calendar from work a couple of weeks ago. My Dad needed a calendar, so I gave him that one.
    • Hubby had a few flights that he hadn’t gotten his frequent flier miles for business trips he’s taken over the year. He took the time over the weekend to get it all sorted out. He ended with over 54,000 points. Since it is on an airline we don’t use for personal travel, we will most likely use these miles for gift cards.
    • Worked 19.5 hours contract work.
    • Got about 30 lemons from someone at work with a tree. Used some to make lemonade for the birthday party on Saturday.
    • Ordered my son-in-law’s birthday gift from Amazon via Ibotta, so received a rebate.
    • Got free enhanced water from Friday’s Freebie, which my husband will take with him hunting.
    • Got $3.50 in Ibotta rebates from grocery. Plus had coupons for $3.50. Also sent away for a rebate on razors, making them free.
    • Got strawberries for 97c/lb. Bought 4 and froze. Before I froze them, I cut the tops off. I assembled our weekly smoothies bags and used the tops in those.
    • Went to Total Wine to buy the booze for the birthday party. Forgot I had a $10 off $50 purchase coupon in my purse. Made a point of going right back and saved $10.78 because of less tax also. For my Dad’s gift, I gave him a bottle of nice vodka that we received at Christmas. For my sister’s gift, I put together a breakfast gift basket. I made lemon muffins, put in hot chocolate packets, an individual overnight oatmeal (that I had received free) and homemade strawberry jam I already had. Already had a basket and cellophane and ribbon. The only thing I purchased was a package of coffee and a couple of miniature bottles of Irish Cream.
    • Got $100 credit from new credit card. Had to pay $69 annual fee, so that makes a profit of $31.

  • Kelly February 05, 2018

    Found a free code for another year of ePocrates Plus, which is a medical app I'll be using when I start clinicals to become a Nurse Practitioner(NP) at the end of August. This is $175/year app. There's a free version too but the Plus offers more. The code added another free year on to my account so I now have access to it through August of 2020! I shared the code with other student NP groups I belong to.

  • Marcia R. February 05, 2018

    Still spending most of the time at home, since the weather has been either cold or wet or both. Windy too. Today wasn't too bad, and my early morning doctor's appointment went fairly well. Saw the doctor who took over the practice when my primary retired at the end of the year. After almost 40 years as his patient, it will take some getting used to a new doctor, but he seemed all right to me today. I also got so much ahead on my laundry (ahead of my regular laundry day) that I had time to spend part of Saturday at the fabric store. I looked at very much more than I bought, but I did get everything I needed for the moment. Hoping to put together and quilt a wall hanging for my daughter for her birthday--if I can stop her from "popping in" and seeing it ahead of time! I know when she has a couple appointments this week so can work on it then!

    Cooking went fine this week also--homemade pizza, goulash, chicken stir fry, spare ribs that I got on sale and were delicious (another package is in the freezer) with yellow rice; we went out one night for BBQ with a gift card, and also ate leftovers another night.

    I spent all of $57 on groceries this past week, including the two packs of budget priced spare ribs. They have been so expensive we hadn't had them in a while. Also had to stop buying fruit this week as it was getting ahead of us. I had bought six of the really huge oranges when on sale for 88 cents each--husband has been eating only half at a time. I was hungry this afternoon and found that 1/3 of the orange was enough at one time. Really good ones but enormous!

    Messed up a payment online somehow last month and paid by phone when they called me to say they hadn't received a payment. I made sure I paid this month's payment very carefully and noted that it was taken from my checking account already today, so that was a relief. I really need to be more careful on my payments. Still, not as bad as the time I misplaced the decimal point and sent $7000.00 to pay my $70 bill. Took a few weeks to get a refund on that one! Emergency fund came in handy that month.

    Christmas gift cards are great, aren't they? Planning on getting my hair cut after yoga tomorrow with another gift card! I love saving money.

  • momsav February 06, 2018

    Marcia R, Adding an extra zero or two is my worst nightmare! I always wonder why we have to find and correct it. It seems to me, that the company should have something in place to find it first.

  • Marcia R February 07, 2018

    I wondered when that happened why they would accept a $7000 payment on a $70 bill without questioning it or calling me or something. They simply posted it and waited for me to catch my own error. Lucky we do have an emergency fund, as that really did mess up the cash flow for the month around here!

  • Jenny February 06, 2018

    Gorgeous upholstery Brandy. I remember when you posted about your plans for those armchairs.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 06, 2018

    These aren't the chairs we had redone, actually. We had the living room chairs recovered. These chairs are in the library and I bought them for $250 each from Sam's Club a few years back.

  • Sarah February 06, 2018

    My husband is always arguing that gardening costs more than just buying the produce from the store. (we only buy on sale). Can you offer any insight? I see your posts and wonder if he's wrong but he is so numbers oriented I figure he knows more than I do in that respect.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 06, 2018

    There are definitely costs involved in gardening! It really depends on where you live and what you have to start with. Here, you have to buy dirt, as our ground is so hard that it has to be jackhammered to dig holes (or soaked for 4 days before a backhoe can move it). The dirt is white and doesn't have enough nutrients. Dirt is a large expense, but SUPER important.

    Water--well, if you live where it rains, you may not have that cost (especially if you also use rain barrels or have a well). Rain is rare here (4 inches a year) and I water my garden on drip irrgiation, which uses less than half what a sprinkler would use and delivers water right where you need it.

    The general setting up of the garden is where most of the cost lies. It takes several years before you you break even if you have to put lots in. But, if you're just building inexpensive wood raised beds, or gardening in the dirt you have, you will make come out ahead the first year.

    For me, I would have a garden of flowers even if I didn't have food (so same water and dirt needs). I like that I get water back in hundreds of pounds of fruit from my garden.

    There are lots of things where you really make money from the garden. Fruit trees are one of those. Look how costly lemons are (and Meyer lemons, the ones I grow, are considered a luxury item and cost much more). But even if you bought regular lemons on sale for $0.49 each, I have HUNDREDS of lemons on the two trees in the back every year. (The same goes for peaches). These two lemon trees cost me $20 each a decade ago. My peach trees (the ones we are now replacing) cost $15 on sale a decade ago, and they gave me hundreds of pounds each each year.

    Lettuce seeds are well worth it. Looseleaf lettuce is rarely on sale here anymore. It's usually $1.99 a head--and my family can use two heads in a meal. For less than two heads, I can grow hundreds or heads of lettuce from one packet of seeds. If they're open-pollinated seeds (which is what I grow in lettuce) you can collect your own seeds and never have to buy seeds again. Plus, looseleaf lettuce can be harvested three times (essentially producing three heads each) as you pick outside leaves and let the plant continue to grow.

    Swiss chard is very pricy at the store, but super easy to grow, and VERY inexpensive. You can harvest it again and again, as the plant will continue to produce leaves. It can grow in extreme heat as well as in shade, making it very versatile.

    Herbs are very inexpensive to grow and not cheap to buy.

    Homegrown tomatoes are not only cheaper per pound to grow, but they taste SO much better. The same can be said for home-grown grapes (also very inexpensive to grow). The ones at the store are tasteless compared to homegrown, just like tomatoes. So you get a better tasting fruit for less money.

    There is no way I could afford to buy blackberries here. They are super expensive, even on sale, but I can grow them year after year from the same plants, and they are wonderful!

    The first few years you aren't going to come out ahead if you are landscaping your yard and buying fruit trees, berry bushes, and vines (and especially dirt) and putting in irgiation or building beds. But after that, your trees, bushes, and vines are going to be producing, and you'll come out ahead.

    I've got some new trees in my garden: pistachios and almonds. Those are more per pound to purchase than beef (even bought in bulk), and once they start producing in a few years, I will definitely come out ahead.

    The same thing works for flowers. I could buy two dozen roses at the grocery store (on sale for $14 a dozen) or I could buy a rose bush for the same price and have flowers for years and years.

  • Marybeth February 06, 2018

    You also have to take into account the health benefits. I know what I am putting on my fruits/veggies. Store bought lettuce has recalls almost yearly. Droughts happen and the prices go up. Bugs/rodents destroy crops. Plus I love to garden. I put the radio on and weed away. Its my therapy. If I need lettuce I run outside. Its save gas going to the store and who runs to the store and actually leaves with one item. I grow my veggies from seeds so it is much cheaper then paying for the plants.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood February 06, 2018

    Sarah, I totally understand where you're coming from. My husband is also a numbers guys (MBA) and what I invested in my balcony garden last year was definitely not worth the amount of food I got out of it. That said, what Brandy said is absolutely accurate: after a few years I will break even, and then I will come out ahead. The cost really is in the setting up. So if you know that you will continue to work away at your garden for the next few years, it IS worth the investment.

    Because I was starting from scratch, and with some disadvantages (ex. no covered balcony, so pouring rain from the top of the building hits hard on any plants, people tossing cigarette butts onto my balcony from above), I had to invest a bunch. I did a number of things to offset the cost. I bought containers from the dollar store as opposed to pretty ceramic planters, I bought additional planters from amazon using swagbucks gift cards, I bought dollar store seeds, and I requested that for birthdays/Christmas if my family wanted to give me a gift they purchased, a $20 gift card to a local nursery or some seeds would be great. Then when I got a gift card, I waited until items went on sale to buy them. Plus of course, I had to buy lots of dirt. And I had to learn a lot; there is no super bright sun due to a lot of buildings around me, so lettuce doesn't grow well for me, but Swiss chard will grow about the size of lettuce so I use that for salads. Tomatoes grew well, so I plan to plant many more this year. Radishes grew well but not carrots, so I planted lots of radishes. I also did what Brandy does (thanks for teaching me, Brandy!): I grew up the wall on a trellis, grew down using English breakfast radishes, and did succession planting (so much Swiss chard). I also purchased a metal bookshelf type rack from IKEA and planted in containers on that so that I could get more out of my space. My husband now calls the balcony 'Las Amazonas'. I also learned that if people see a balcony full of plants, they are less likely to toss their gross cigarette butts onto my balcony. :)

    If things grow very well this year, I will break even, and next year will profit since I will only need seeds, and very few at that. The thing that made my numbers guy husband a believer in my garden? The TASTE of the produce! He loves fresh tomatoes off the vine! If your husband is anti-investment, start small, such as re-growing celery, lettuce, green onions, or carrot tops; grow your own sweet potato starts from a single sweet potato; or grow a single tomato in a pot (you can buy a tomato plant for a few dollars, reuse an old bucket or container for a planter, and scrounge some dirt from somewhere). I think the taste of a freshly picked home-grown tomato will win your husband over! :)

  • Becky February 06, 2018

    I agree with all of the above comments. Gardening costs money, but the payoff is worth it to me. Last year was the first year at this new house, but the previous owner had a good garden spot, so I still got a great harvest. However, this year is more expensive, because I needed to buy all seeds--every single kind--because it had been a while since I started my own seeds. The taste, the quality, the fact that I grow organic once I get the seeds planted (the seeds themselves are not usually organic)...it all factors in for me. There are berries established here, raspberries and blackberries, and I put in strawberries last year and got a few.

    I like to try new things, so I'll admit, sometimes I buy something I don't really need, such as a new kind of pepper to try, just because it looks fun. I look at it as a useful hobby. Learning more and more skills is worth time and money to me. The skills I've learned, such as gardening, canning, freezing, sewing, etc. have served me well during tough times throughout our 36 years of marriage. It does take time to learn a skill, and I was terrible at gardening at first. But, I got better at it. So, I am sure I didn't break even financially at first. I am also sure I do now.

    Here are some ways I save money gardening:
    1. When I start seeds, I order a packet of the variety I like and only start 1/2 of it one year and the other 1/2 the next year. If it's something I only want 2 plants of, like pear tomatoes, I may stretch the pack for more than 2 years. When the seeds get older, sometimes you have to plant more than one to get a viable seed, but it still saves money.
    2. I take gifts of starts of things when offered. Or, I move some things around to make better use of them. Examples: Strawberries make runners, I've often re-planted a whole new bed from the runners off the old bed. Blackberries and raspberries are always sending up extra "babies" and just yesterday, a relative stranger offered me some blackberry starts from her bushes. I have enough, but if I didn't, I would have accepted.
    3. I let things re-seed. For example, my green onions bloomed and dropped seeds, and I have encouraged them rather than tilling them up. Brandy has it down about saving lettuce seeds--I'm not as on top of things as she is, but still find a lettuce packet to be a great money saver. I have saved lettuce seeds on occasion. I've planted potatoes that started in the compost heap and grown a fine crop of several pounds from those volunteers. I moved them into a row. I notice that there are peas coming up here and there in the garden right now. I will encourage those, and hopefully get a few snow peas, as that is what I had there.
    4. Some things are cut and come again, such as chard and lettuce. I can whack off the row of leafy lettuce mix and it will regrow more leaves by the time I am ready to eat them. Just don't take it off too low down--leave a bit of the heart to grow back. Cabbage will grow tiny little baby heads if you leave the plant after you cut off the main head, and broccoli grows many, many side shoots. In fact, my broccoli was giving us little broccoli pieces all summer, way into fall.
    5. This sounds like a money spender, but I buy the bulk of my seeds from catalogs. They are expensive. The reason I do this is because I usually want a variety for either a)disease resistance (I lost all my tomatoes to a blight one year, so I buy blight resistant kinds now), b) heavy production and c) short season until I get the crop. In our area of the Pacific Northwest, we have a mild climate, but it rarely gets super hot. So, if I want a melon, for instance, I need to have one that makes melons in a short period of time, and handles cooler temperatures. Each region has it's own needs, and I like reading the descriptions and getting something that gives me a greater success rate for the most production.
    6. That being said, I do buy a few packets for 4/$1 at the Dollar Store. These are things like marigolds, some lettuce, pickling cucumbers, other flowers, etc. There are only a few seeds in the packet, and some varieties are not as productive, but the price is very low. I did not buy very many there this year, as our garden is much smaller, and I have to carefully plan what I plant.
    7. I succession plant. I put lettuce in about every 2-3 weeks and we have it all year, unless we have a heat wave in the middle of the summer. Then it gets bitter and bolts. I put in cool-weather crops in the spring to get something early, such as boc choi, spinach, etc. After I pull up a crop, I try to put some compost back into the ground before I plant another crop. I also get my husband to till there, to fluff up the soil.

    Those are a few things I do to save money on the garden.

  • Juls Owings February 06, 2018

    I'm in OH and I found it worth me growing a garden. Especially if you are looking at organic. I grow lettuce, spinach swiss chard and other greens, radishes(eaten raw and fried) tomatoes, bell peppers, etc . I would say if you have to spend $5 for 1 plant, it might not be worth it. I grow some sweet potatoes and white potatoes but not enough to supply us through the winter as that would take up to much of my ground even though they are a hands off crop.

  • Jennifer February 08, 2018

    I have learned gardening can be done cheaply... and I’ve spent a lot as well. Here are my best tips:

    Build raised garden beds using free wood. Post to local community Facebook sites to see if anyone is wanting to get rid of scrap wood. We picked up a bunch of wood that included cedar and my husband built our new beds out of free wood! We put down several layers of cardboard saved from boxes over the course of the year at the bottom to prevent weeds and grass from growing up. I then bought organic dirt from Costco for $8.99 for 60lb bag. I bought three bags. I bought one bag of potting soil and mixed this with the dirt for better drainage ($18). I bought open pollinated and regular seeds.

    I purchased two 55 gallon rain barrels several years ago for $60 each on clearance from Walmart with $10 hoses. It saves on watering but not a necessity to garden.

    I start my seeds indoors using egg cartons and place them on window sills (no grow lights or fancy seed starting containers needed). You can get a good start for little investment! For three new beds this year, I spent $45 dirt and $18 on seeds.

  • Allyson February 06, 2018

    Brandy, I love the picture of your little one asleep in the chair! Those moments are so precious. It's enough to make me want another one!

    This past week the best thing we did was to save on groceries through gleaning at the food pantry and participating in Harris Teeter's super doubles coupon event. We spent about $50 and saved $80. This is about half of our monthly budget, so we'll only be purchasing necessities such as almond milk, produce, etc. for the rest of the month.

    The boys were sick, but we made it through at home with essential oils for congestion, pedialyte popsicles for nausea, lots of rest, hot tea with honey, and homemade soup and oatmeal. We only had to use minimal Tylenol for fever, and thankfully little one didn't develop a fever (likely because he's still nursing).

    Here's what else we did this past week, so I hope you'll stop by! https://liveandsave.blogspot.com/2018/02/frugal-accomplishments-second-week-of.html?_sm_au_=isVH0PHvQrvTFsTS

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