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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

June Arrangement The Prudent Homemaker

My son and I repaired a leak in the garden.

I signed up for a free online mini-class.

I used a $15 off coupon at Joann fabrics on top of purchasing items on sale.

I collected shower-warm-up water and used it to water potted plants in the garden.

We picked blackberries and apricots from the garden. I cut green onions from the garden.

I mended a hole in a pillowcase and a hole in a pair of shorts.


What did you do to save money last week?



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  • Mandy June 25, 2018

    That was so nice of the nursery! I hope nothing else happens to your garden and it is plentiful!

  • Liz June 25, 2018

    Thank you! It truly was a unexpected blessing. I am hoping that there is no more bad weather! We love in Colorado and we get these weird summer hail storms here.

  • Cindy in the South June 25, 2018

    I went to a required work conference ( so I could get my CLE hours) at the beach. Work paid for it, so I was delighted. Although I was in classes all day, I had the evenings free, and enjoyed walks on the beach. My meals and gas were paid for also. I would never spend that money on a trip for myself, so it was perfect. I took my youngest child (who is grown), and who stayed in the hotel with me for free. He liked having a beach trip also! He got to enjoy the beach all day, while I was in classes. I made chicken fried rice when I got back from my trip. I used leftover chicken, leftover roasted carrots, frozen peas, leftover cabbage, and spinach. I made a homemade shrimp sauce that was delicious. I made enough to last for several meals. I dyed my hair ($3.00), and trimmed it myself. I did my nails. I trimmed up the bushes in front of my house.

  • Annaliese June 25, 2018

    Hope you are feeling better, Brandy! Here's my list;
    -Received a free sample of Dunkin 'Doughnuts Ice Coffee bag in snail mail. It will make one pitcher-saving it for when we have company.
    -Dehydrated extra leeks.
    -Rethinking my style of clothes-sending more to threadUp to sell. Plus will be sending some of DS. I have made a=over $8 so far with them.
    -To clear up freezer space, made all menus from there.
    -Found stocking stuffers for 75% off. Hid them for Christmas.
    -Invested in more canning jars while I had a coupon and they were on sale.
    -Sold $30 worth of books to a woman in town. Saved on gas and met her while I was running to the store.
    -Made creamy watermelon sorbet using frozen watermelon cubes and frozen banana.
    -Sold more books on Ebay.-
    -Crops from garden over the weekend= green beans, cucumbers, peppers, 3 large tomatoes and about 10 cherry tomatoes, and rhubarb. Made rhubarb-blueberry oatmeal bars and Amish rhubarb jelly. Shared with neighbor's for giving me tomato plants for Mother's Day. while delivering the goodies, they gifted me 2 more cukes and a jar of jelly they made from their grapes.
    Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!!

  • Sue June 25, 2018

    Would you be willing to share your Amish rhubarb jelly recipe?

  • Annaliese July 01, 2018

    Sure! Found it on Pinterest. I used a box of black cherry jello and I pulsed up some canned pineapple since that's what I had in my pantry. I gifted some to a couple of co-workers and they liked it very much.

    4 c rhubarb (diced)
    4 c sugar
    1 small can crushed pineapple
    3 oz box cherry jello
    1. Cook Rhubarb with sugar for 12 minutes.Add pineapple and cook three minutes. Add Jello Mixing well and Pour into jars and seal.
    ***This is a jelly that stays in fridge but will seal by just the hotness of the jars.

  • Lilli June 25, 2018

    I replaced my Kindle for the second time under the extended warranty I had purchased . That's the best $10.00 I ever spent. I happily bought a $1.99 case for it at the thrift store this week. It is bright pink so when I misplace it, it should be much easier to locate. I also found a toilet paper holder for my bathroom. I paid $1.19 , new in the package and it matches the bathroom lighting fixtures I just installed. I need one lighting fixture for the cathedral ceiling in my living room and the whole house will be done. I am afraid I am a little OCD. I want to replace all the doorknob s and the hinges. I like everything to match and I hate my old gold finishes.
    Sugar cookie is leaving this week for her summer vacation. College boy graduated at age 19 with his 4 year degree. The military will be welcoming him next week. Not so sure how I feel about that. I continue to collect an amazing amount of coke caps. Perhaps we will win a nice prize one day. I redeemed Swagbucks for a gift card that is accepted at multiple restaurants. Over the next three months, I am treating myself to several free movies and low cost lunches. While I am alone in the house for three months, I am reducing all services. I am canceling my internet and trash pickup. My overall savings for the three months I am home alone will add up and pad my emergency account even more. I have many projects planned to occupy my time. I am bleeding turnips as my grandmother would say. I plan on squeezing every penny I can while no one is at the house but me. We are enjoying thunderstorms today. I love the rain and it keeps the house cool. No A.C. here. My Rite Aid is closing this week. I have rolled my one $5.00 rewards so many times. I increased its value to $12.00. This week I used it to purchase $48.00 worth of goods at 75% off. Google express and I are best friends. I have received a total of 10 wrong packages. We taped their delivery and opening and forwarded it to them. I just don't understand how anyone could ship 10 separate wrong orders out. I canceled my debit card, accepted the goods delivered and still have a credit with them. I just love surprise packages. I never buy paper towels. They are out of my budget. One of their mistakes is a 20 pack of Bounty that is so incredibly plush. My bacon will be very happy On Sunday mornings. I love freebies but enough is enough. I hate to imagine what shipping cost them for all those boxes. Happy frugalness this week my friends. I am off to cut the princess puppys hair.

  • Athanasia June 28, 2018

    Lilli, I just had to do that with my kindle also. It is only about a year old! My last one went for about 4 years before it could not keep up with updates. This one suddenly refused to charge.

  • Jeannie June 25, 2018

    I have missed everyone on this blog for the past few months and while I was away, Brandy had another baby! That was a fantastic accomplishment. Congratulations! I will be reading the past posts and comments to see what else I missed. Feels good to be back.

    My life has been centered around taking care of my Mother as her vision deteriorated. It has been extremely frustrating. Sad to say, Mom was unable to continue living on her on as she wished. Adapting to her poor vision was more than she could handle. Two weeks ago I moved her to another state to live with my sister. The difficulties were made easier due to the helpful advice I received from the kind people on this site. I was able to pass along many of the suggestions to my sister: can’t tell the boxes of detergent apart (use rubber-bands to distinguish them), can’t turn the dryer knob to the off position (tape the knob so you can feel the position), can’t feel the flat buttons on the microwave (attach raised rubber stickers), etc. I humbly thank everyone who offered suggestions a few months ago. Now I must try to get my life and home back in order. Oh, my, what a mess.

    Being frugal is automatic in my life but these last few months have presented different challenges. Closing down a home someone has occupied for 53 years is an enormous task! It is cleaned and ready if Mom decides to return for a weekend visit but that may never happen. Many things she could not depart with were given to me and I have dumped them in my basement. That mountain of black trash bags must be sorted. This week I will begin taking food from her cabinets and adding them to my pantry rather than letting it all expire. For a while, the house will sit empty because Mom can’t let it go. It is fine because I need to focus on my home.

    The biggest cost saving accomplishment we have done these past few months was to meet with a financial adviser. His services were free since he worked for the bank. It was eye-opening. My husband is close to retirement and the future has seemed uncertain. The adviser was able to help us identify short-term and long-term goals plus see how we are prepared for retirement. My husband and I discuss our finances together but a trained outsider (one who knew finances and tax laws) made a big difference. We will make $750 a year just from moving money from one account to another!!!!

    These past few months have taught me many things, the importance of family and the difficulties of families. Aging gracefully is a myth – there is nothing easy about it! Everyone gets old unless you die young, so we are faced with only two choices. The time will come when the money saved from frugal choices made now will make all the difference in the world. Will you be comfortable or miserable when you are the most vulnerable in your life? Will you be able to choose where you want to live or where you must live? Can you afford the co-pays for the medicine which makes you feel better? Choosing to be frugal and saving money now, will give you more choices when you are helpless. Being frugal matters. It makes a difference. It makes life better when you need it the most.

    Thank you, Brandy, for creating this website.



  • I'm sorry about your mum, Jeannie. It's so nice that she can live with her daughter. And all those suggestions will help her retain her independence, which is so important.

    I agree about planning for retirement/old age. I used to work with low-income frail elderly, and while there are lots of social programs in place in Canada to help (I can't imagine how hard it must have been 100 years ago, to be poor and elderly, and live in a slum), it's still not how one would like to live when ill and frail. People used to ask me how to avoid ending up living like some of the seniors I worked with, and my glib but accurate answer was "have kids and money; if one doesn't work out, hopefully the other one will". Not everyone is in a position to save money for old age, and not everyone will have a loving family to take care of them in their old age, but hopefully between a fiscally prudent youth/adulthood, and nurturing a family (whether a family by blood or a family by choice), we will all have the resources to soften the hard edges of aging.

  • Jeannie July 04, 2018

    Margaret, very wise words.

  • Athanasia June 28, 2018

    Jeannie, your mother is so lucky to have you and your sister. My younger son is a Social Worker who works only with the elderly. There are so many at risk just because they don't have a regular and close member of the family to keep up with them. I hope you can find a good solution for the house. One of your boys need a place?

  • Jeannie July 04, 2018

    Athanasia, no one needs a place to stay at the moment. Joshua, my oldest lived with her which allowed her to stay so long at her home. He has chosen to move out with his buddies, can't blame him, and that pushed Mom to make the decision to do something. It was way past time for her to leave also.

    The house is in need of major renovations and repairs. Mom does not need to be sinking money into the house. The market is hot in Nashville right now and it is the best time to sell. We will wait for her to make the decision to do it.


  • Athanasia July 06, 2018

    Jeannie sounds like you should sell the house. It will certainly bring money to put away for her future needs.

  • Amalia@AHousewifeWrites June 25, 2018

    We rented a little cabin on the lake last week for our summer vacation. We stopped at Aldi's before we got there and that shopping trip plus a box of food I packed made up the meals we ate on vacation--so cheap!! And we ate really well.

    We stumbled onto a couple of incredible flea markets on our travels and found
    -a set of 5 vintage drinking glasses
    -a stainless steel bowl
    -a hand egg beater (patent date 1921)
    -an unusual sandwich cookbook (unknown date--1920s? I plan to try recipes and share them on my blog this summer)
    -hand wool carders
    -a vintage oven-type box that sits on a stovetop
    ALL for a combined total of $15.50 (with no haggling). I'm over-the-moon happy with my finds. It was so unexpected!

    Now that I'm home I'm harvesting Juneberries and currants. I just bought 8 pounds of cherries from a friend today for $10.

  • Athanasia June 28, 2018

    Amalia, have you been to the Princeton markets in the summer? A vacation on the lake in a little cottage is my idea of a really good vacation.

  • Amalia@AHousewifeWrites July 02, 2018

    Where are the Princeton markets? I've never heard of them. I know there is a Princeton IL... I'll have to do some google searching. :)

  • Athanasia July 02, 2018

    Amalia, your website says your mailing address is Monroe. Princeton is about 100 miles north. It's pretty famous.

  • Amalia@AHousewifeWrites July 04, 2018

    I've been there! It's an Amtrak stop. Somehow I've missed hearing about the markets but I looked it up. Thanks for the information!

  • Sarah June 25, 2018

    We picked cherries from our tree. Last year, we lost all the cherries to birds but this year, a large number of old CDs hanging in the tree have kept them at bay. We have also been able to pick raspberries and blackcurrants.
    The sun has dried the washing!
    We have used up ends of casseroles stored in the freezer.
    I have mainly cycled around locally.

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