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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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At the case-lot sale, I purchased two cases of canned tuna fish, a case of green beans, and a case of corn. The next time I stock up on corn and green beans will be during the Thanksgiving sales. 

I also bought a package of mini-marshmallows on sale at the same store. I checked my receipt as I was leaving and noticed that they had rung up as the regular price. I had the store refund me the overcharge.

We celebrated my daughter's birthday with homemade brownies from scratch and ice cream purchased on sale for $3.99 a gallon. 

I used the solar oven to cook a batch of beans one day and to roast a chicken another day. I used the chicken broth and leftover bits of chicken with the beans to make a soup. Cooking the chicken in the solar oven with a lid on it (you can get the same effect in the oven) with the breast-side down have juicy meat that was falling off the bones and the chicken made its own broth, saving me time and energy making broth another day.

My son attended his third week of a free ACT prep class.

I gave two sons a haircut.

One of my orchids rebloomed. I moved it from my bathroom (where I keep my unblooming orchids) near my desk to enjoy it.

I used items we had on hand to stage a home for sale that I was photographing for my husband.

The house was near Smart and Final. I'm rarely in that part of town, so we went there afterward and I purchased 4 gallons of rice vinegar ($8.88 a gallon when you purchase 4 or more gallons) and 2 large bottles of molasses.

What did you do to save money this past week?


A little note: I found out that I do have skin cancer. I'll be having surgery next week.

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  • Sue September 17, 2018

    Praying for you Brandy.

  • Kitty B (Calgary) September 17, 2018

    Brandy I hope you have a quick recovery from your surgery. Thank you for keeping up with your blog during this time. We all look forward to reading and commenting on Mondays!

    A few frugal things this week:

    made SB goals X3
    listed and sold items on local FB buy & sell; made $57
    accepted additional work at home hours from my occasional office job, also worked in the office for 5 hours

    This week I found I was very mindful not to waste my time. I was thinking of how busy Brandy's life is and realized that I could get more done. I continued to clean and declutter my home, listing a few items for resale. I decided that the money I earn from selling extra stuff will eventually go to new carpet for our basement. It nice to have a goal to work towards.

    Wishing all a frugal & joyful week.


  • Kathy L September 17, 2018

    I will keep you in my prayers for complete healing and also total elimination of all anxiety about the surgery and recovery.

  • Gardenpat September 17, 2018

    My husband had his first bout of skin cancer over 24 years ago after we moved to Ohio. It was malignant and so, because it was on his face, he was referred to a plastic surgeon. I’ll never forget the dermatologist who originally did the biopsy and confirmed it! She said, “You’re not from Ohio, are you?” Days are more dreary here and she was right! Dave is an Az pioneer boy and grew up there in the days before sunscreen and since he is blonde and Fair-skinned, he has regular dates with his dermatologist at least every 6 months, but almost always just to take care of pre-cancer! Do wear sunscreen and a hat when you’re outside (although I’m sure you already do)! I’m sure your surgery will go well!
    This week I’ve sold another 8 Scrappy Bags online and we got our website up and user-friendly (our Facebook site was becoming harder to use!) So we are now at HandmadeinOldeTowne.com . The best part is that by making my Scrappy Bags, I’m using up scraps from my fabric stash, rather than yardage and I don’t have to buy any supplies! I can “shop” without any cash outlay!! And it’s decluttering my sewing room! Here are a couple I just made: https://pin.it/wekgu4u655p6mf and here’s another : https://pin.it/3323qmfgqz4agu
    And should they stop selling, I can use them as Christmas presents for the 11 kids, their spouses and the 34 grandkids! That would take over 50! Lol!!

    We have 2 volunteer Roma tomatoes that are right up next to the chicken coop that are producing baskets of beautiful Roma’s! My Roma’s that I carefully planted in my lovely raised bed garden barely produced! Ironic!

    The chickens keep producing, although it’s around 3-1/2 dozen eggs a week-down from the 4 dozen over the winter! But, it is still wonderful and it’s now been over a year since we bought an egg from the store!

    Made all of meals at home, often using leftovers in other dishes to enjoy! Chopped up homemade French fries went into a new breakfast burrito that I was making in bulk! I made up more cookie mix as I used the last of the previous batch to make peanut butter cookies. Every time I was in a hurry or tired from a long day and thought about bringing dinner in from a restaurant, I would get a simple idea for a dinner I could get ready and sit down to using what I already had in my food storage and had it ready to eat in less time! Money and time savings- that’s my favorite!
    We wanted to organize the laundry room better and had the idea of using heavy duty plastic totes and a metal shelving unit. Hubby thought it would involve a trip to Target or Sam’s Club, but I found empty totes in the basement as well as a nice metal shelving unit there that I had just emptied last week. So now, our chicken feed is all in totes and my pressure canner and steam canner are on those shelves too, which makes it easier for me to get them out to use! I love being blessed to have things like the shelves and totes that we could use for the organizing without having to buy anything!!! And it looks so nice in there now!
    More of the usual frugal stuff here, planning and mapping out errands to not backtrack to save gas. I started a blog to help some of my friends start or refine their food storage. About 7 years ago, at Church, we spent almost a year making a notebook to keep as a reference. So, rather than trying to print it for the ones who wanted it, I started writing the 21 stepsons then having links to PDFs I’ve made for the page. Theantorthegrasshopper.blogspot.com
    All free.
    Great job, Brandi and others who have already posted this week! As always, you each inspire and motivate me try harder!

  • Rhonda A. September 18, 2018

    I have bookmarked your blog, Gardenpat, and look forward to reading it! I'm always looking for great suggestions or new ideas on building and maintaining my pantry. I'm sure I will enjoy reading every post!

  • S. CO Mary September 18, 2018

    Pat! Love your blog! And love the bags. I am thinking about investing in a small sewing machine to take with us when we travel in our 5th wheel. I have a Kenmore (really a Singer but sold by Sears) that is 35 years old. It works great but weighs a ton and with an RV weight is always a consideration. I haven't done a lot of sewing in many years but am thinking it would be a nice activity to do. So I am wanting smaller projects and the bags really fit the bill. Plus I can find fabric that is reflective of the area (Southwest, coastal, mountains). These could be gifted to people we meet as tokens of appreciation. You really do amaze me in so many ways, but most of all for your positive attitude. I've followed Brandy for years and I seem to remember that several years ago you and your hubby had a tough financial patch (if that is incorrect I apologize for the confusion) and you've really are now just living but thriving. Mary

  • Janet September 21, 2018

    Your scrappy bags are amazing ! I would love a very large one!!! I also have a large amount of material I could send you if you need it.

    Where is your blog I would love to read it !

  • Ava September 22, 2018

    Pat, I just checked out your "scrappy bags" and they're awesome. Love your site and will be following it from now on.

  • Jenn in Indiana September 17, 2018

    Brandy, I am so sorry to hear about your skin cancer. I will pray for complete healing.

    On August 8th, our 16 year old son was in a devastating single vehicle crash. He was airlifted to the trauma center in the next big city. He suffered a tibia/fibia fracture with 4 different breaks, a spinal and neck fracture and a severe head injury. Praise the Lord he is doing much better. To say the last few weeks have been stressful is an understatement. We have been so blessed with over $200 in gift cards for restaurants from friends and family, my mom has brought us countless meals and my mother-in-law has came over many times to watch him, sometimes just so I could take a shower. Someone also mowed our 3 acre yard, we want to thank them, but so far no one has confessed!!

    So know we are dealing with medical bills. I think we are up to $126,000 with more coming in daily. It is very stressful. I was kinda freaking out until I remembered that our insurance has a max out of pocket of $6,000 after our deductible. I am cutting everything, and living very frugally, so glad for our already frugal lifestyle that we are able to handle this bump in the road.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 17, 2018

    Oh, Jenn! I am so sorry!

  • Lisa from Maine September 17, 2018

    sending prayers for your son and your family

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood September 17, 2018

    So sorry to hear about your son's accident, Jenn. Glad to hear that he is recovering and that you have the support of family and friends. Hang in there!

  • Tammy September 17, 2018

    I'm so sorry that your son has been injured. My son had a traumatic Brain injury playing football in 2006 and couldn't walk or talk or feed himself. He also had seizures. We had him sent to the Madonna Brain Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska not long after he came out of a coma. My parents stayed there and my other son and I drove there every weekend to visit. They helped a lot. Of course, he has had much therapy since then and now can walk and talk, he has friends.
    I am glad he is alive. It is amazing how many people cared and helped when it happened. I didn't leave the hospital for 4 days when it first happened. Finally I went home to sleep and shower. Then back to the hospital. It has been a long road to now. But I am so happy to have him around. As well as my other son.

  • Sabrina September 17, 2018

    Jenn, I will pray for your son and your family. You are very blessed!

  • Maxine September 17, 2018

    Jenn, I am glad your son is doing better. What an awful thing to happen. ((( Jenn )))

  • JENNIFER B September 17, 2018


    I'm so sorry to hear of your son's accident. I hope he makes a full recovery. Wonderful to hear of the care bestowed on your family during all of this. Prayers for you, your son and Brandy as well.

  • Megan B September 17, 2018

    I’m so sorry to hear about your son, so scary! I hope he has a full recovery!

  • Ellie's friend from Canada September 17, 2018

    Dear Jenn,

    I'm so sorry to read this. You and your son will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Patricia Koernig September 18, 2018

    Prayers for you and your family. May God's healing light surround your son.

  • AndreaG September 18, 2018

    Jenn, I will pray for you in this difficult season. Frugalness always pays off and you are good example of that!

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