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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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  • tcr September 06, 2018

    Won a $120 Kindle Paperwhite at my library's Summer Reading Program a few weeks ago. Found 2 brand new cases that retail for $25 each at local discount/liquidation store. One was 50 cents and the other was 22 cents. I am loving checking out ebooks from my library on it.
    At same store I got tons of little kids jewelry that retails for $5-10 for 25 cents (will use for Christmas happies for lots of little girls in our family plus donate leftovers to toy drives) and some necklaces for me Retail $17, I paid 50 cents. Everything brand new. Plus it was Senior Day so additional 10% off.

  • Lea Stormhammer September 06, 2018

    I'm late to the party here - it's been a busy week - but I have so enjoyed reading everyone's comments and I gleaned several new-to-me ideas this week. Thank you everyone!

    Here are my frugal accomplishments from Friday August 31 - http://lea-intherefinersfire.blogspot.com/2018/08/frugal-friday-week-35-of-52.html

    A couple of highlights - lots of food preservation and an end of summer day out for us! I had hoped to get a Christmas present posted this week but ran out of time. Hoping to get that done this next week instead.

    Thanks for sharing the photo of Octavius, Brandy! I love his big blue eyes and the way the stripes on his shirt make them pop. He looks like he's really enjoying himself.

  • Mary Carvajal September 08, 2018

    Brandy you are such an inspiration. I love reading your blog and indeed most of the comments. I envy you your gardens.......... On our property we have deer rabbit fox hawk chipmonks squirrel ......I can not grow anything other than hot peppers and some herbs.
    Thank you for sharing

  • Susan September 08, 2018

    Our house is on the market so I am trying to use up what food we have on hand. I made banana date blondies with some old frozen bananas, old dates, and many holiday colored M&ms. Made zucchini bread, peach cobbler with random rice flour, an old package of fish with a few sweet potato fries, and using up lots of fresh tomatoes and peppers. We picked peaches from a local farm and canned about 50# of peaches for my DS. I have wanted a salad spinner for years but refuse to pay $30-40 from Target, found one at Aldi for $7.99. Finished all of the remaining repairs ourselves around the house. I don’t want to move extra stuff so I’m staying out of the stores. Sold a few more items on FB marketplace. I wanted fresh flowers for showings so bought huge bunches of gladiolus from Kroger for $6 instead of expensive arrangements from florist. Ate home and invited my parents over for food instead of going out. Also packed food to have a picnic dinner on the boat. We own several rental properties so we put repair expenses on our Southwest credit card for points (planning a trip out west to visit family) and use Menards rebates. Our garbage company doesn’t take construction waste, so we out little bits from renovations out every week so we don’t have to pay for a dumpster. Over the past month, we bought a new rental(fixer upper) and my DS went through 4 month sleep regression, so I stopped running, as I’ve been exhausted. I have been watching my diet but hope to get back to running this week, so I don’t have to buy new pants for the winter and get back to my pre-baby size.

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