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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

Octavius Playing in the Mud The Prudent Homemaker

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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  • Jennifer O. September 18, 2018

    I am so sorry to hear about your son. Young people are resiliant and I am sure he is well looked after.

  • momsav September 18, 2018

    Jenn, So sorry to hear about your son. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

  • Marybeth September 18, 2018

    Praying for your son and family. When my oldest was 13 she was in 2 hospitals for 11 days. Total bill was $113,000. With our insurance it was $1,000. She did have PT and OT for another year so the copays were OOP. Don't worry about the bills right now. You have enough to deal with. Focus on your son and yourself. Stay healthy so you an take care of him. Everything else will sort itself out.

  • Cindi September 18, 2018

    Jenn, I pray that your son makes a full recovery.

  • Ava September 18, 2018

    Jenn - God bless you and your family at this frightening, frightening time. I was so sorry to read this, and so thankful to read that your son WILL recover. You are in my heart and prayers!!

  • PJGT September 18, 2018

    You and your family have our prayers

  • S. CO Mary September 18, 2018

    Jenn - so sorry to hear of this. Glad that you have a support system. Will be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts. Mary

  • Cindy in the South September 19, 2018

    Prayers for y'all Jenn

  • Athanasia September 19, 2018

    Dear Jenn, I am so sorry to read of your son's accident. We pray for continued and complete healing. I am glad you have folks coming around to help in so many ways. It makes all the difference for your peace of mind.

  • Patty from the NW September 17, 2018

    Dear Brandy,

    I am very sorry to hear you have skin cancer~ thankful you will be having surgery soon to remove it. My aunt had this as well, and had a successful surgery~I am lifting you in prayers for complete healing and a very quick recovery for you.
    It is wonderful that you have case lot sales where you live, I do not think we have this opportunity here where I live. I may research to see if there is a town near by we could benefit from buying for storage. Usually I buy from Costco about every 3 months the basics of what my husband and I need.
    I have had a medical bill that I am paying on so my personal home budget is decreased for about 10 more months. I also will be paying in now starting in November for Medicare and supplemental now from my disability income. Because of this financial situation, I've had to rebudget and plan for 10 months of my monthly household finances. Thankfully, I am able to read where you have cut back, and to go on a more frugal menu plan. THANK YOU!!! While this time seems difficult for me, you create a beautiful hope in how you have structured your menus, and writings of encouragement on your blog and website. You don't know how much a blessing you are to me~ and I am sure to others.
    I spent 1/2 of what my food budget normally was for our groceries this month. Took a calculator with me, and bought sales only and needs only. I am relieved. We also went to Costco and purchased a few items for the pantry to last us 3 months . I was pleased in what we spent for the month.
    We had a meeting at our Church on Sunday with a free lunch. I pulled out a bag of old clothes from the garage to purge and bring to Good will, and found some clothing I can still use. I made your homemade laundry soap.
    Take good care of yourself Brandy~ my heart in hugging you while you are going through so much at this time. Rest in the Lord~ as he is the Healer.
    Patty from the NW

  • Elizabeth M. September 17, 2018

    Good luck with the health situation. I'm hoping for the very best for you. I am glad you are surrounded with a family that will be so supportive as you get through this.

    A strange week, starting with bad vertigo and an upset stomach, which really reduced how much I could do for several days. Fortunately, there was a leftover skillet of rice and eggs and vegetables, and quite a few pantry and freezer items that could be made into easy on the stomach meals with very little effort.

    I missed cancelling a subscription on time, and had no cash. Planned to take bottles and milk cartons back for deposit refunds, so I could buy cat food, but it snowed for two days. Very, very rare for it to be this early. Between that and the illness, I just couldn't go to the bottle depot. I cooked some meals for the cats instead of buying cat food.. They are not crazy about people food, but ate enough to keep going. I'm glad there was enough food that they would eat. The good news is the cat with stomach problems had no problems when eating home cooking.

    I missed two paid meetings, which will lower my income for next month. However, I was asked to do a 45 minute phone interview with my electricity company this week. I did that today, and a $50 gift card is on its way. Also managed to do enough transcription so I could buy cat food and gas to get to another meeting this week.

    The snow is gone and the world has stopped spinning in my head, so I'm happy with that.

  • Linda September 19, 2018

    A physical therapist gave me one treatment for vertigo and it was gone. It had to do with realigning the crystals in my ears. I was amazed since I had suffered for quite awhile with the vertigo. An audiologist referred me to the physical therapist. I try to let people know about the treatment that is available from physical therapy for vertigo. The physical therapist must be trained to treat the vertigo.

  • Elizabeth M. September 19, 2018

    Yes, I've read about this. It sounds like it is very effective. This was just a middle-ear infection, which lasts a short while and then is gone. It doesn't happen any more often than every few years for me, when viruses are coming and going.

    The first time it happened, I didn't know what was happening. I grabbed one of my dogs like we were Dorothy and Toto in the Wizard of Oz. Then I noticed that the dog wasn't worried, and it occurred to me it was my head that was spinning and not the house.

  • Laura September 17, 2018

    So sorry to hear about your cancer and surgery. I hope the surgery takes care of it.
    I did not have a frugal week. We had some unexpected home repairs in the 4 figure range. Trying to think positive though so I also:
    Packed lunches for my husband and I all week, and for my son 3 days out of 5.
    Used a coupon to get bananas for 29 cents a pound. Bought extras to freeze for smoothies.
    Enjoyed free entertainment this last weekend via a trip to the library and fishing (already had the equipment and license).
    Paid a doctor bill in full on time and received a 10% discount for doing so.

  • MaggieP September 17, 2018

    Oh Brandy so sorry you need surgery. I’ll be praying for you. As many have said, you’ll have them removed and are very likely to be fine. Please let us your caring readers and fans know if you need help with your medical bills. I feel like it would be the least we can do.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 17, 2018

    Maggie, it is thankfully covered by my insurance. Thank you.

  • Marivene September 18, 2018

    I am sorry to hear that your biopsy came back positive, Brandy, but so glad that your insurance will cover the surgery. Good insurance is such a blessing!

  • momsav September 17, 2018

    I’m gathering from comments that your cancer screening came back positive. Add me to the list of well-wishers for a complete recovery! You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jerri September 17, 2018

    I'm sorry to hear that your results were positive for skin cancer. I'm praying for you and your family for successful surgery and rest and healing.

    I have more apples to dry and will try to get half of them in the dryer tomorrow. I made apple syrup from the peels and cores and quite like it. I cleaned out the fridge prior to grocery shopping and saved those scraps for the pigs my son feeds as part of his job. The pigs will also get some windfall apples from my friend's yard, saving the friend an extra-heavy garbage can. I think of these activities as feeding my future dinner.

    The mountains to the south of our home are on fire. I made sure I have photos of all the furniture and appliances in the house so that if we have to evacuate I have the information I need should I have to file an insurance claim. Thus far no homes have burned and my area is not at immediate risk. Still doesn't hurt to be prepared! We've been watching the helicopters and planes dump water and fire retardant most of the day. Free entertainment for the 5 year old!

  • Liz September 17, 2018

    Hello Frugal Friends,

    Brandy, I am sorry to hear of your cancer and praying for a quick, full recovery.

    I had a good frugal week. Here are the highlights:
    - I have been cleaning out everything... Bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen. We are decluttering and getting rid of stuff. It helps to see what we really have and not buy more stuff.
    - I used a gift card to have a nice birthday lunch with my (13!) year old at Red Robin. He also got a free ice cream and Happy Birthday sang to him.
    - I ordered a free tree from arborday.org! I am so excited to get a free tree! I need one in our back yard. I saw a flyer in the library that told about our local utilities partnering with them. We pick it up in October.
    - I ordered lots of free samples. They are all on my blog at: https://lizsfrugalfamilyfun.com/2018/09/17/10-freebies-today-9-17-18/
    - I made lots of food from scratch including: chicken, hamburgers, tacos, burritos, and lots of rice.
    - I am using what I can from my garden including lots of swiss chard, a few squash and zucchini.
    That's about it! I hope everyone has a healthy, wonderful, week!

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