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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Octavius Summer The Prudent Homemaker

I turned a pair of jeans into jean shorts and mended two dresses. 

I harvested Armenian cucumbers, red noodle beans, and cherry tomatoes from the garden.

I took seeds from one of my Armenian cucumbers and planted them in the garden.

I made Ranch, Italian, and Balsamic Orange Vinaigrette dressings to go on our salads. This time of year I have to buy lettuce as it won't grow in our heat, but including homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers on top is great!

I purchased some items using coupon codes at two different websites (30% off on one site and 20% off on the other), going through Ebates first to earn cash back. I had free shipping with both of these codes as well, saving me time going to the store as well as gas to get there and back.

I used a free shipping code to order two math books for homeschooling, one of which was on sale for 28% off.

I made a triple batch of laundry soap.

The early morning temperatures cooled down to 72 for a short while, enabling me to turn off the air conditioner and open the windows between 5 and 7 a.m. It's still over 100 here during the day, but the nights were 85 last week and I am grateful for some fresh air in the early mornings to open up the house. I always feel like a fresh burst of oxygen is helpful to get going in the morning (plus it makes the house smell nice!)

My 15-year-old son attended the free first workshop of a three-week ACT workshop taught by an ACT tutor.

I read three e-books from the library.

I redeemed 2200 points on Swagbucks for a $25 Lowe's gift card on the thirty-first. You can only get one $25 gift card a month for the discounted rate of 2200 points, so I redeemed for another one on the first of September for $25. 

My husband and I used a buy one get one free coupon to have a date out for $9.

What did you do to save money last week?




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  • Athanasia September 10, 2018

    Jeannie, we're about 3 miles outside our little town, then another 5 to the next town where I work. I hate to not support businesses in our little town but it is not fitting anymore. We do not see all these deals that everyone mentions on post here associated with their Kroger stores. So the store I will go to now is a locally owned store. It's bigger so I might use their motor cart to get around. It is slightly north of where I work but then I can get back onto the same road to drive home easily.

  • Laurie in AZ September 05, 2018

    That boy is adorable!

    Here are my accomplishments for the week:

    • Used free tea and toiletries, washed ziplocks and used ½ dryer sheets and ran only full loads in the washer and dishwasher during off peak times.
    • Ate dinner in 6 times, including leftoverc garlic chicken with fettucini; split pea soup made with some leftover ham I had in the freezer (twice); pork roast, stuffing and green beans; steak, baked potato and asparagus; and pork chops with baked potato and corn.
    • Worked 16 contract hours. Was able to work from home a couple of the days so I saved on gas too.
    • Saved carrot peels, onion skins and celery ends in my stock bag in the freezer.
    • Had to buy paint for the wood trim Hubby is installing around all the windows. Paint had a $10 rebate!
    • I have been on Weight Watchers since the end of May and have lost 19 lbs. My summer clothes are starting to be baggy on me, but I am trying to make them last until it gets cool enough here to wear jeans, which is the middle of October. I have a couple of sizes of jeans in my closet, some that fit now and some that will fit if I lose another 10 – 20 lbs. Then I will need to check out Goodwill until for in between clothes until I am at my goal weight.
    • Hubby took his lunch to work all week. I brought mine the only day I had to go into the office.
    • My sister is downsizing and sent me 6 antique cookie cutters that had been our Grandmother’s. I’m going to frame them in a shadow box frame and use them as décor.
    • We are going to Italy with our best friends in March. I’ve decided to try to learn Italian. I had a Pimsleur cd set on learning Italian already that my husband gave me years ago when we thought we would be going then. They are now downloaded onto my phone and home computer and I have been practicing. Once they were downloaded, I gave them to my friend to use too. She also told me about the free app “Duolingo”, so I have been using that too.
    • This is a funny money story this week. I had sent our friends’ daughter a check as a graduation present. When it hadn’t cashed, I asked my friend if she’d gotten it. She told me they hadn’t. I said I would send a replacement check and she said, “Don’t do that.” When I saw my friend in person on Saturday, I tried to give her cash for her daughter. She wouldn’t let me. Turns out they found out the check HAD arrived, but the daughter’s room was such a mess that she lost it in her bedroom. When they found the check, as a lesson to the daughter, they took the check and tore it up. They want her to be more responsible. I told them I would donate the money to a charity and they were happy about that.
    • The mall stores were having great Labor Day sales. We needed a new comforter set badly. I found one on sale 70% off. The decorative pillow that matched was also 70% off. Also got a silver chain I needed for 60% off, 6 cloth napkins for 70% off, which I will give my daughter for Christmas and a large lined galvanized tub for putting beverages in at a buffet marked down from $68 to $20. I had been keeping my eye out for one of these since February.
    • Put together smoothie bags for our breakfasts for the next 2 weeks.
    • Got a free bag of Peatos snack as the Friday Freebie.

    Have a wonderful week!

  • Debby in Kansas, USA September 06, 2018

    Laurie, I bet that's the last check the daughter ever loses!!

  • Laurie in AZ September 09, 2018

    I bet you are right!

  • Ellie's friend from Canada September 05, 2018

    Meant to mention that I loved seeing Octavius playing in the yard! He is so beautiful!

  • Kara September 05, 2018

    I met a friend at Starbucks. I took my own teabag, and ordered hot water (which is free).
    Made a thank you gift for a friend that gave us 60+ pounds of organic apples.
    Ate beans and rice two nights. I cook dried beans and freeze in family size portions.
    Dried or froze organic apples gifted to us. Also have 3 shelves full of apples in fridge.
    Bought 100% whole wheat bread at Grocery Outlet for $1.59 a loaf. .
    Using unwanted (left at home by kids who have left home) face wash in foaming soap dispenser as hand soap. So nice to use it up!
    Happy 1st week of September!

  • Tejas September 05, 2018

    I stay so busy that it is hard to find time to contribute here. Minimum of 12 hrs. in car each wk. just driving grandkids to and from school and to and from 3 drs' appts. and 3 therapies each wk., not including time spent at said appointments and time spent going into 3 different schools to check them out and again to return them. It is next to impossible to get any afterschool appts. Excited that grandson who is a sophomore can take the culinary arts program at school. At the end of this yr. he will receive the state food handler's card, which is required to work in any food establishment in our state. And the next yr. he will receive the food manager's card, required to be a manager of a food establishment. Grandson has autism, plus 3 other psychiatric diagnoses. He loves to cook, and I have been teaching him for several yrs. He is interested in becoming a chef and eventually opening his own restaurant. I am grateful that his school can help him on the road to achieving that goal. Not enough time to list all my frugal methods over the last couple of wks., so I will just hit the highlights. Made 27 jars of strawberry jam and hope to make peach jam Friday. Apple butter making is planned, too. Harvested carrots and made a batch and a half of Brandy's Tomato basil soup, subbing blended white beans for the cream, and water and additional spices instead of chicken broth. Served it to our 5 adults with my homemade no-knead wheat bread made into garlic toast, using olive oil and salt, in place of butter. We have a vegan family member, so over the past 5 yrs., I have learned how to veganize every one of our favorite dishes, and always bake without dairy or eggs. I take my inspiration from free online WW1 cookbooks. They did not have soymilk or tofu, xanthum gum or lecithin. Many foods and ingredients we take for granted were unheard of or completely unavailable 100 yrs. ago. The recipes WW1 cooks used produced real foods that tasted great without expensive modern ingredients. By baking vegan, I can use eggs for a protein main dish and milk for cereal and drinking. Stumbled upon a half-price toy sale yesterday at Dollar General, so I am now done with my Christmas donations to needy children. I do have a small baking ministry to the needy in our community during the fall and winter seasons. Last wk. I bought 6 zuchinni for a dollar, using them to bake 3 doz. zuchinni muffins and chocolate zuchinni brownies. I was so blessed to make several families happy.

  • Tammy September 05, 2018

    My husband made Brandy's Rosemary White Bean soup for me one day. I made her Tomato Basil soup. Checked out a couple movies from the library. Ate at home. Brought sandwiches, apples, popcorn and a mason jar of water when we left the house over lunch time. Used the internet for recipes. We have been brainstorming ways to make money on the internet and on the farm. We need to do things that cost very little to start. Made food for grandchildren at our house even when we were asked to take them to their favorite places. Grandson enjoyed a homemade pierogi and homemade coleslaw and macaroni salad even though he had never tried any of it. I think it helped that we put very little on his plate to begin and that we were throughly enjoying out food. Besides the fact that I told him he didn't have to eat it but that I think he would really enjoy it. After trying it he ate the entire Pierogi.
    Hoping husband's company will give him accommodations. I think we have one more paycheck left. We are going teach classes on the internet for income and I am going to go through my clothes and sell things. I have started writing again.
    Coyotes got several chickens today. We decided upon seeing a coyote in our yard that we will not be able to free range them. When we have more money I'd like to build them a movable chicken coop. I have so enjoyed them running up to me whenever I come out or come home. But we need to keep them safe in their coop. I really did not enjoy seeing a coyote in our yard.

  • Becky September 06, 2018

    When we lived out in the country, we jokingly (but truthfully) said that "free range" was not a healthy option for our chickens as well. One morning, I well remember looking out our bedroom window and watching a coyote run past, chasing one of the poor chickens, and then saw it catch one and take off with it. After that....it was in the coop for those chickens.

  • Tammy September 07, 2018

    It is sad but true that our chickens prefer their coop right now. My husband hopes to make a movable coop so they can enjoy fresh grass and bugs along with the grain we put in their run.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada September 06, 2018

    Hi Tammy,

    So nice to read about what you're doing! It sounds like you are broadening your grandson's menu choices. A good move, likely, and Pierogis are great!

    I am so sorry about the coyotes getting your chickens. So disappointing. I have coyotes in my yard, too but they usually get the mice and hares. Is your husband leaving his job? I wonder if you could make and deliver meals for money to a nearby senior (or other neighbour) in need, for a price of course. What types of things do you write? Stories? best wishes, Ann

  • Tammy September 07, 2018

    Thank-you for the idea to make money. My husband has a foot problem that is aggravated by standing, climbing and walking. We are hoping that his employer will give him a job with accommodations if they can. He has been on sick leave and vacation while figuring out the problem with doctors and HR. Still waiting. In the meantime we are going to have bills to pay. I work part-time for my son as a Personal Care Attendant, my sister and mom also work for him.
    Sometimes I write stories and poetry. But most of what has been published are essays. I've been published in Woman's World, Farm and Ranch Living, Kaleidoscope, Teacher's of Vision, and Kansas City Voices. I also have an essay in the book The Paid And Published Writer called "Money for Groceries". Also my son and I have a children's picture book out on kindle at Amazon called "I Like You So Much That I Love You." I eventually want to get that out in paperback. Anyway, I hope to get more work published to supplement our income. But also I think my husband and I are going to develop classes to teach online. Thank-you for the best wishes. It is much appreciated.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada September 08, 2018

    Hi Tammy,

    Thanks for explaining about your husband and "accommodation". That is so great that you are a published writer.
    I like writing poetry and in sorting through a box of papers the other day found all of the poems I'd written when I was a teenager. I really sympathize about your husband's foot pain. I had plantar fasciitis and it was very painful. There are many seniors who need a little help to stay in their homes –– including good home cooked meals.

  • Jeannie September 08, 2018

    We had chickens for years because our yard was dangerously infested with ticks. You could not walk to the car without dozens crawling up your legs. The previous homeowner kept livestock close to the house. We purchased chickens for the sole purpose of cleaning the yard of ticks so they free ranged. It worked but we slowly lost all of them to predators. We discussed confining them to the coop area but decided our priority was our safety. The ticks are gone and have never returned.

    I agree and would NOT like to see a coyote close to my house!


  • Athanasia September 10, 2018

    Yes, chickens are excellent bug vacuums! My oldest girl manages and free range egg farm with some of her cousins and free range is not. It has to be well fenced with overhead deterrents for hawks and it includes a live in with the chickens chicken guard dog.

  • Bethany September 06, 2018

    I am still canning tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, along with the green beans. I also made a large stock pot of minestrone from the last of the odds and ends from the garden and some beans, and canned it in 1.5 cup jelly jars. I'm the only one who likes it, so I will take those for work lunches this winter when there's no leftovers to take. I redeemed my speedway points for a $25.00 gas card. I made rice pudding for a labor day cook out, using ingredients I had. I substituted evaporated milk bought during the holiday sales for the 1/2 and 1/2, and it turned out wonderful. We purchased buy 1 get 1 free tickets for a local Renaissance festival online. We plan to use these this coming weekend. This is one of the activities we have enjoyed for several years, using the bogo option and taking a picnic lunch and our own drinks makes it a very affordable and enjoyable outing.

  • April September 06, 2018

    Walmart had some deli flat bread pizzas marked down to $3.60 each(got 3). I cut them in half, sealed them with my food saver, and now have 6 cheap lunches for myself. I might pick up more if I find them again.

    My mom sent over 2 bags of chips

    My daughter switched over to band this year. Thankfully, she can use a school instrument instead of having to rent or purchase one(because as soon as she gets to high school, she wants to do choir). If she decides to stick with it, we'll purchase one then.

    We are 2/3s of the way towards a 10% down payment on a vehicle for me

    Picked up 6 extra hours this pay period

    Sold 3 clothing items of the 11yos. $17 in the Christmas fund

    Making sure to use up what we have first before buying more. I some how ended up with a surplus of cleaners

    Sent in rebates to menards.

    School is back in session so going 11 days on $25 worth of gas is gone. I combine errands as much as possible

  • Maggie P September 06, 2018

    I joined the free IKEA family rewards program last year. They sent me a coupon for $15 off any purchase, plus a free meal in their cafe for my birthday. I bought towels and a glass container for my lunches. I ended up spending $2.16 out of my own pocket and spent a nice evening wandering the displays. The other frugal thing I did there was to not buy what I don’t need. It’s easy to go overboard there.

    My commute doubled due to my office moving, so I am taking books on CD out of the library. My friends has been giving me lots of tomatoes from her garden. I’ve oven dried a bunch and preserved them in oil with basil from my garden and garlic from my friend’s. I’ve been taking lunch to work. I bought boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for $1.88 per pound. I’ve been cooking in bulk and freezing meals for days I don’t have time to cook. I bought casual t shirts on sale for $3 each.

  • Joan September 06, 2018

    Hi Brandy,
    That is a really sweet picture of Octavius. All your children have beautiful smiles.:)

  • Marybeth September 06, 2018

    My garden has been keeping me busy. I have been making sauce and canning it, making lots of pickles and jam. My washing machine broke but Hubby fixed it. My full list is here:https://mcoia.blogspot.com/2018/09/my-frugal-list-week-of-august-27-2018.html

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