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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Floral Arrangement Prep The Prudent Homemaker

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I cut flowers from the garden.

We harvested Katy apricots, blackberries, chocolate mint, peppermint, chamomile, green onions, and Mission figs from the garden.

I planted seeds for Dark Opal basil and Armenian cucumbers in the garden.

I received an email advertising a discount for season tickets for the Philharmonic. Purchasing them, even with a 10% discount, is not in my budget. I read through the concerts and noticed that one of them was for Dvorak. I love Dvorak's "New World Symphony," so I decided to enjoy it now. I looked up the piece on You Tube and enjoyed listening to and watching the New York Philharmonic perform the piece.

We spent Memorial Day organizing and tidying several things inside and out, so that we can enjoy our home more. 

I used garlic ear oil to treat my ear infection. One dose is usually all it takes, and that was the case this time too.

I opened the windows each morning to air out and cool the house. I was able to keep them open until 9:30 a.m. each morning before the house heated to 79°F/26°C, which is how hot I keep the house in summer (that won't be the case this week, as that was the low temperature this morning!)

My husband took several of our children with him to help his sister (who recently moved and downsized considerably) load a trailer of items to donate. He brought home several items, including tools and tool boxes, a package of balloons, and some white paper lunch bags. 

I bought nothing at all last week.

What did you do to save money last week?



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  • Cindi June 04, 2018

    A no-spend week is great!
    moved my broccoli seedlings out of the greenhouse and into the garden. They weren’t doing well inside and I hope they’ll do better outside – but I may have to start over in the fall. I planted green beans where the broccoli and arugula used to be in the greenhouse.
    I harvested lettuce, baby arugula, green onions, asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, and a few peas from the garden. I thinned the collard greens and used the thinned greens in a salad.
    I watched the last episode of Little Women on PBS.org. I listened to a book I downloaded from the library while I worked on my quilt.
    I finished a neck gaiter I knitted from some alpaca yarn in my stash. I bought the yarn several years ago, intending to make a scarf, but I hated trying to knit lace with it, so put it away. It was perfect for the gaiter.
    I washed the windows inside and out, and my husband cleaned all the ceiling fans. (I always think of Brandy when I wash my windows – and I think of neighbors who pay someone to do their windows and how much satisfaction I get in doing them myself.)
    It rained briefly one day this week – the first rain we have had in almost a month. I caught the rainwater to use to water plants and was able to turn the irrigation off for one day.
    I mixed up a batch of homemade laundry detergent.
    My husband has decided to give up coffee. He is drinking tea instead. He gets up before I do and makes his tea. Later, I make my cup, reusing the tea leaves from his cup. So – no more cost than when I was making a single cup of tea for myself, and a big savings over the price of coffee.
    I made a Father’s Day card to send to my father in law.

  • http://Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden June 04, 2018

    I'm going to write down the recipe for the ear oil for just n case. Thanks. We've been busy gardening and garage sailing. Here is my list of. Frugal Ways http://www.vickieskitchenandgarden.com/2018/06/my-frugal-ways-this-past-week-6318.html

  • Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden June 04, 2018

    I guess I will buy it instead. Have a great week.

  • Vickie, you can make your own with garlic and olive oil. I haven't done it and I don't know the amounts, but I do know that you can cook cloves of garlic in olive oil and administer it with an eye dropper in the ear. It needs to be warmed before you put it in the ear (warm, but not hot; for some reason, it doesn't work while cold).

  • Alissa D June 04, 2018
  • http://Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden June 05, 2018

    Thanks for link Alias. It sounds very easy to make.

  • http://Vickie@Vickies Kitchen And Garden June 05, 2018

    Thanks Brandy...I'll look into it. Sounds good to have around.

  • Amy June 04, 2018

    The flowers are so pretty!!! I just love your pictures of flowers.

    *We kept eating down the food we have on hand. We did go out to eat once for my son's high school graduation. It was fun to spend the time together as a family and celebrate him and his accomplishments.

    *We do all our own yard work to save on costs.

    *We installed a new ceiling fan in our living room that we bought on sale. It has already shown that it saves us from turning on the A/C as soon as we used to before we had it. My husband installed it himself.

    Hope everyone has a beautiful week. :)

  • Glenda June 04, 2018

    What do you do with your mint? My ex several years ago, weedeated a container of spearmint and I have a huge abundance every year now... it is bitterly everywhere!

  • I am looking for more ideas. For years, mine has struggled. This year it is growing in abundance! We have been putting it in water to drink, I used some in a salad recipe that I tried, and my daughter put some in brownies, but I am looking for more recipes to use it.

  • Heather in L.A. June 04, 2018

    Brandi, when the mint overflows, I use it as cut greenery, it adds a lovely scent to flowers that do not have a smell. I will also place bunches of it tied upside down in the shower also, I will do the same with eucalyptus... it will open up your nose if it’s stuffy. I also do the same with rosemary. I even design bridal bouquets with long rosemary branches weaved through them or encircling a bouquet.. adds support and a lovely smell and represents rememberance, so if a loved one has passed I always try to include a bit.

  • Signerjack June 05, 2018

    I put a sprig in a mug and add boiling water. In about 3 mins you have delicious mint tea. Mint chopped in vinegar with a little sugar added makes great mint sauce to have with meat.

  • Juls Owings June 05, 2018

    I dry mine for teas for presents also, a friend freezes hers in ice cubes for drinks.

  • Mary Anne June 05, 2018

    Mint makes a wonderful "garden" tea. Just prepare leaves as for regular tea. It's quite a refreshing drink.

  • Rhonda A. June 05, 2018

    You could make some mint jelly, add it to smoothies, make mint tea (or mint iced tea) or add it to lemonade, or use it to make a salad dressing. I also found a recipe to make candied mint on Pinterest (link: https://erecipe.com/recipe/candied-mint/). There are lots of other ideas on Pinterest too. I typed in "fresh mint recipes" for my search words and tons of interesting ideas came up!

  • Jacki June 05, 2018

    We use mint in cucumber tomato salad. Use lemon juice salt and pepper as a dressing.

  • Laurie in central NC June 09, 2018

    Brandy, I love making iced mint tea from my spearmint. I put a large bunch of mint leaves into just boiled water, and steep 10-15 mins. I then throw in some sprigs of stevia to sweeten for about 5 mins. more, then strain. Easy, no-cal and free. Sadly, my stevia did not return this year, and I need to replace it. I'm not sure how stevia may fare in Las Vegas? The only thing that kept me from making the tea more often was the time consuming task of pulling the mint leaves from the stems, but you have many hands to help. I found when I left the stems on, the tea was not as flavorful as I prefer. Basically, more leaves to water ratio makes for a stronger tea.

  • Darcy June 05, 2018

    Last year I dried some of my mint and have used it for hot tea. I find it very refreshing. I also like to combine it with chamomile before bedtime.

  • Heidi Louise June 05, 2018

    Mint can be used in vinegar for cleaning spray-- look online for recipes.
    With so much extra, you could probably put some sprigs into cleaning products you have purchased as well!
    Dry it and sprinkle it and baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming.
    Invite the small children in your neighborhood to come and pick it/pull it up. Might make more mess, might get rid of some!

  • Athanasia June 06, 2018

    Glenda, I mentioned on the last post when someone else asked about mint to google "meadow tea" and you will find recipes there ( a variety) from Amish and Mennonite sources.

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