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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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  • Lisa from Maine June 26, 2018

    Maine does not. I wish they did. We do get our money's worth from the passport though. My husband crosses the border 1 or 2 times a day. When I was working I crossed weekly to pick up the mail for work. My mother in law was born in Canada so most of the family events on her side are in Canada. So in other words we are there a lot!

  • Kim in Florida June 27, 2018

    Lisa is milk any cheaper in Canada? could your dh pick it up there? When I lived in PA it wa a few miles from the MD border, so I was able to go back and forth buying things where they were cheaper.

  • Rhonda A. June 27, 2018

    No, our milk is more expensive @ $4.27/4 litres (1 gallon) here is Ontario. Our dairy system is regulated here, so the price doesn't change much, nor do we see sales on fresh milk. Even with the exchange, what she is doing would still be cheaper. Also, I think this may be one of those products that can't be transported back and forth across the borders.

  • Lisa from Maine June 28, 2018

    Milk is way more expensive in Canada. At one time it was close to $7/gallon there. At one time local Canadians would cross to our side to buy milk & then cross it but I don't think that is allowed anymore. Many Canadians still buy food items on this side and cross it but what you can cross into Canada is not the same as what you can cross into the US. A lot of people in my community buy clothes in Canada but I hate dealing with exchanging money into Canadian. My husband has gotten good deals at the hardware store in Canada before and we had purchased a lot of furniture in Canada when the exchange was better for us--and in the case of beds we were able to get them in solid wood and not particle board.

  • Lisa, not sure what the pink bush you saw was, but my first thought was to wonder if it was a smoke bush. They don't grow here but I have seen photos and read of them growing in your area. Bot seeing a photo I am not sure, but you may want to google a photo and see if that is it.

  • Lisa from Maine June 26, 2018

    by googling it the closest I could find was a dwarf burning bush. Google said it was for Zones 4-9 and I am zone 3 so not positive. Also the shrub was very small. It was amazing to look at since it was almost a florescent pink. I have not seen it locally on this side of the border.

  • Andrea Q June 29, 2018

    Burning bush turns pink in the fall, but is rather dull otherwise. It's invasive and is prohibited in most New England states now.

    The other shrubs I can think of that would be pink or have pink blossoms (other than smokebush, which Brandy suggested) are spirea, barberry and weigela, but new hybrids come out all the time.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada June 30, 2018

    Now I am REALLY curious about the pink bush. I gather it was fairly substantial in size? Ann

  • Mable June 26, 2018

    I do the same thing with milk, although I only drink down a quarter of the gallon and then refill with water. We used to buy 2% but since I started doing this, I buy full-fat milk, which is always cheaper anyway for some reason. I hesitated to do it since my husband is a milk fiend, but he didn't notice until I told him so now is fine with it. With milk at about $3 a gallon, this is a real money saver. I wish that I had done this when we lived in the bush, where there were no roads to the village so everything was flown in. Milk was over $8 a gallon. Since my husband is a saint who seldom requests anything special for himself, I paid the $8 but always with a lump in my throat!

  • Lisa from Maine June 26, 2018

    since my store brand full fat milk is $3.50/gal. This move will save me $7 per week which I can use toward replenishing my staples in the pantry. I also need to get back in the habit of using dry milk for my cooking needs to further save.

  • Gardenpat June 25, 2018

    This has been a great week! I replenished my supply of Prego for 91 cents a jar and won’t have to buy it again for a year! I got 2 more flats of strawberries for 97 cents a pound and won’t need any more until next summer.
    A couple of days were quite busy and I was tired and thought about just getting take out for dinner but instead thought of how much food we had in the house and looked at my Pinterest boards to find quick and easy meal ideas! Within 15 minutes,dinners were ready without ever leaving the house! That translated into about. $40 in savings for those 2 nights!
    We continue to get 4 dozen eggs a week from our 8 lovely chickens and sold 6 dozen of our overage for $2.50/dozen! We also shared 2 dozen eggs, 2 pounds of fresh strawberries and some free bread with a couple who are having a real challenge with wife’s health! It always feels right to share with others when we see how abundantly we have been blessed!
    I made this baby quilt totally from scraps- I even pieced the batting! https://pin.it/ufjpcmv3a5ld5a
    I mended a huge rip in the back seam of my 5 year old grandsons pants that he loves!
    I got a $50 voucher to buy perennials, shrubs or trees for our yard from our City as part of their “green” initiative. The only exclusions are annuals, veggies and non-native invasive plants, shrubs or trees that are on their list! So I’m excited to look for more berry bushes or fruit trees! $50 worth for free!! I love our City!!

    I just got word a few minutes ago and must share it and my apologies! I have been buying from Zaycon for 3 years now and always been happy! I currently have 2 large orders for our family- one for Aug and another in October and am devastated! A friend just sent me a notice from Zaycon that they came out with today:

    "It is with deep regret that we inform you that as of today- June 25, we are suspending business operations.
    Zaycon Fresh has put forth monumental efforts to endure recent challenges but conditions are such that this suspension is necessary.
    Updates will be forthcoming as we are able to provide them.
    Thank you.
    Zaycon Fresh"
    I am in shock but the best thing to do is call your credit card and dispute charges for anything that you ordered that is still pending! For me that's beef and chicken!
    I am heartsick and so sorry!!

  • Tina June 25, 2018

    Thank you for posting this about Zaycon. I"m sick...so loved their products. I'm concerned that I've not received a notice from them from them and I will dispute charges with my credit card. I have beef & chicken ordered as well. We really don't need to lose that money.

    For frugal accomplishments: We sold our camper for $100 more than we asked. This was because the couple needed a lot of instruction on set-up. They wanted to tip us for all the time and trouble. That was really nice and generous! The money is being applied to bills. I've received several free items from Kroger...a free loaf of bread and a free Knorr Skillet meal. I made the skillet meal using a small bit of beef from the freezer (not the whole pound that is called for) and it was pretty good meal.

  • Lorna June 26, 2018

    Gardenpat so sorry to hear about the order you put in for beef and chicken and hope you can get your money back :( . We have had a lot of businesses here in Australia that is happening to as well and they just shut up shop overnight. Recently it was my favourite online bulk restaurant supplier but fortunately we got our order before they shut.

    It is a challenging business environment everywhere.


  • Amy S June 26, 2018

    I have an order that I am supposed to pick up today. I haven't received any notification or email that it isn't coming. I did email Zaycon but haven't received a response. I've heard some people are still receiving orders. I'm going to go to the pickup spot and see what happens. I'm sad too!

  • kgs June 27, 2018

    I got the notice via text message about 15 minutes ago. I'm not sure what to do since the money has already been taken from my checking account. I was so looking forward to that order and haven't been buying chicken on sale since my freezer is small.

  • Gardenpat June 28, 2018

    Contact your bank, credit card company, PayPal- however you prepaid and tell them that you want to dispute charges. Save your texts or emails that they sent out now cancelling your orders so your financial institution has another verification that you paid, but they did not deliver.
    So sorry that this is happening!!!

  • kgs June 28, 2018

    Just for information: Zaycon Facebook page has been removed, 800 phone number and the 509 area code number have both been disconnected. I have sent an email requesting a refund since I paid by e-check but have received no answer as of yet.

  • Athanasia June 28, 2018

    The Zaycon situation sounds bad. I hope you all can get your money refunded somehow!

  • Leigh Ann June 25, 2018

    Hope you feel better soon, Brandy!
    This week, we got children's museum passes through our library. We got an extra for our friends, and enjoyed a picnic lunch. This museum doesn't have picnic tables or benches outside, but we brought lawn chairs and enjoyed it tailgate-style.
    I found lots of grocery markdowns, and got the Kroger digital coupon deals.
    I removed the underwire from a bra I couldn't repair, and can still wear it, just without the wire poking me. I tried without luck to find more nursing bras, but still haven't in my size.
    I made a lot of inexpensive meals at home.
    My mom bought pizza one night while the kids got to swim at my aunt's house.
    Used said aunt's Costco card to fill up the van with cheap gas.
    Enjoyed lots of rain last week, which kept us from having to water.
    I sold a few items on FB marketplace.
    My relatives gave me some eggs from their chickens, plus let the kids cut a sunflower, which we're drying.
    Not really frugal, but I cleaned my vacuum cleaner. It was really disgusting, the way the roller brush piece had so much hair tangled around it. It now works much better. It really only took about 10 minutes, and I should have taken it apart to clean long ago.
    Swim team had an end-of-year party. The food was included in the registration fees we paid, so I didn't have to cook. Some very kind moms of older children offered to hold the baby while I went through the buffet line for the other kids, a huge help! My kids love our neighborhood pool, but it is really challenging for me take them and supervise them well, especially when the pool is crowded.
    We enjoyed lots of library books and some special summer programs.

  • That is so, so amazing that your library offers those passes! I wish ours did that!

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