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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

April Flowers The Prudent Homemaker

Iceberg roses, snapdragons, dusty miller, lavender, larkspur, and parsley flowers in the crystal pestal vase I bought the week before last at the garage sales for $2


I picked lettuce from the garden almost every day this week. We had many salads. I gave lettuce to a friend of mine, who trades eggs with me for lettuce. She brought me 5 dozen eggs.

I picked strawberries from the garden.

I cut flowers from the garden for the entry table (shown above).

We celebrated Ivory's birthday this week. I cut flowers from the garden for the table.

I made her a dress from a piece of fabric that I bought a couple of years ago for this purpose; it was the last bit left on the bolt and I loved it. 

I made her two headbands (one to match the dress, and one white one that she can wear with that dress or another dress) and a bracelet to match. I'll have pictures of her gifts in an upcoming post.

Blue and White Bracelet The Prudent Homemaker

I made myself a similar bracelet with some of the same beads. I bought these beads sometime last year with the intention of making these two bracelets. I never had made mine, and it took me two minutes to string the beads on some stretch elastic.

I spent several days doing some spring cleaning. 

I mended two pairs of pants. I knew my husband had a big hole in the front of his pants, and I thought we was going to discard this pair. I found it in the hamper, however, so I decided to mend it before I washed it, so that the hole wouldn't get any bigger. I mended the hole and put it through the wash. When it was done washing, I checked the hole to see if it needed any more mending. It needed a bit more on one edge, so I fixed that part. I was so thrilled to have saved these jeans that I thought were destined for the trash. I then folded the pants--and as I did, I noticed an even bigger hole in the back! Neither my husband nor I had seen this new hole. I mended this one too, and hopefuly he will get some more use out of this pair of jeans.

My mom went to a local rummage sale on Saturday morning. I found a few more items on my garage sale list, including a Rook game (for $0.50!) , a mandolin (also $0.50!), an aluminum water bottle with a carabiner attached ($0.25). We stopped at two small garage sales on the way home and I found a blouse for myself ($1), a long-sleeved t-shirt for Winter ($1), and an Edith Nesbit book for the children ($1).

I used several coupons at Target and I'll send in a rebate on the items that I bought for another $15 back.

I used a couple of $10 off coupons at the nursery. I decided to make some additional changes to the garden this year, including a few more flowers (I bought a 6-pack of begonias for $2.98 for the full-shade spot near the front door, where the primroses are done blooming). This is different that my original plans for the garden this year, but plans can change! I bought two hibiscus plants so that I can make hibiscus tea. This is my first time growing hibiscus. I found that they will need to come indoors when it gets close to 34ºF, so I will be looking for some pots for these. I also bought two gold raspberry plants. Raspberries have never done well for me in the past, but I want to try again, as they are one of my two favorite fruits (the other being clementines). These could be a frugla addition to the garden, or a fail--I'll just have to see!

What did you do to save money last week?


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  • http://thejewishlady.com April 19, 2015

    I love those beautiful blue & white bracelets. All of your craft projects really inspire me, but I'm a total novice.

    I continue to stay frugal by shopping the best deals and using coupons if possible. Last week, I got free salad dressing, $0.75 mayo, $0.30 candy, and free sandwich baggies. I also found an unadvertised manger's special on turkey breast, only $0.99/LB! I bought 3 and bulk cooked all of them to save time. Another great find was a hair trimmer for only $1.24. These are usually $14.99 each, so a huge savings. All of my deals with pics can be found here: http://thejewishlady.com/super-savings-saturday-41815/

    Thanks again to everyone for inspiring me with your own tips. I look forward to this post every single week.

  • Michelle S April 19, 2015

    -I received credit for some SavingStar offers. This was my first time using SavingsStar and so far so good. I will continue to use it if there are coupons for things I need to purchase.
    - I hosted a bridal shower this week. About 30 minutes before it started, I realized I didn’t have a centerpiece for the table. Now I know it’s not a big deal, but I wanted the table to look nice. I scrounged around my house, but couldn’t really find anything that worked. So I dug out my wedding bouquet (I had a bouquet of fake flowers), took it apart, and put the flowers in a vase. The flowers were the perfect colour, and looked great on the table. I am hosting a baby shower next week, and can use the same centerpiece. A part of me is sad that my bouquet is no longer intact, but it’s been sitting in a box for 7 years doing nothing but taking up space. Now I have a beautiful centerpiece that I can keep on the table all spring and I can use the flowers for other things as well. I also have more ribbon to add to my ribbon stash.
    - I worked 3 hours extra during the week. Since I get paid by the hour, this will be extra income.
    - We have been opening our windows in the morning and evening to keep the house as cool as possible. We turned on the A/C for the bridal shower, but other than that, we have kept it off. It is not that hot here yet.

  • Peggy April 19, 2015

    We've had quite the blessing this week. We were able to go to a relative's birthday party. My parents treated us for the hotel room and the meals were provided. So the trip only cost us the gas. Another family gave us their old Keurig Coffe maker (less than 2 years old!) as they bought a new one. Their new one didn't fit the pods they had left over from the old one, so they sent us home with over 7 dozen pods in various favors! We had been wanting a keurig for quite a while but could not justify the expense.

  • Andrea Q April 19, 2015

    Some hibiscus are hardy to zone 4. My father-in-law gave me cuttings last year (he's zone 6) and I am waiting to see if they made it through our zone 5 winter.

  • How nice! The employee at the nursery (we have talked about gardening for years) told me to plan on taking it in then, and the sign on the hibiscus said it can sustain frost damage at 34º, so I am planning on putting them in pots. How big are your plants?

  • Andrea Q April 19, 2015

    My cuttings are only 12" or so, but they will grow to be small trees 7 to 12 feet tall. The variety I have is commonly called Rose of Sharon.

  • Ahh! I've seen Rose of Sharon in gardening catalogs (not locally, though). I didn't know it was type of hibiscus! Garden.org lists them as two different plants; hibiscus is listed as a tropical plant, which is what I've got. Tropical hibiscus cannot handle the cold.

  • Adriana Bean April 20, 2015

    I purchased a Rose of Sharon for my yard in VA. I had no idea it was of the hibiscus family!

  • Teresa in the North April 20, 2015

    We can put them out for the summer and then bring them in for the winter. I used to work in a place that had an amazing hibiscus that they grew indoors .It was 7+ feet tall and multiple stalks in a large pot ( maybe half the size of a garbage can).Hibiscus likes to be pot bound to bloom well. This one did bloom as did my mother's. It was just lovely. Brandy , what we do up here when we have the possibility of frost is cover our plants with old sheets at night and take off in the morning or just move pots into our garages over night. Is that a possibility for you?

  • Glenda Rainbolt April 20, 2015

    Not sure the Rose of Sharon is a hibiscus? I have a few Rose of Sharon and the Hibisicus actual plants I have planted died?

  • TerriC April 20, 2015

    I believe Okra is also a form of hibiscus plants. Here in Georgia there are tropical varieties that many people plant in sheltered areas near the house and they winter over. I've only ever had them in a pot myself, as our winters are so unpredictable. We might have very very mild ones or ones with lots of below freezing temperatures.

  • Christie April 21, 2015

    I have also used cheap tablecloths to protect plants and or pots. The ones with the vinyl on one side and flannel on the other side are great in the damp / rain. I put the flannel side in towards the plants. They are stiff enough to make a bit of a tent shape over the plant.

  • Marcia April 22, 2015

    I grow hibiscus in my garden but they are called "hardy hibiscus" I believe---they are huge-- 8 or 9 inches in diameter and are perennials---I've had mine for at least a decade, and bought them at a flower show out of state. They sprout very late in spring and blossom in July or August--can't remember exactly when. I'm zone 5--although lately they have started calling it zone 6 for some reason.

  • We were invited to go to dinner with our in-laws, but instead we had them over to dinner. They're not in a financial position to treat anyone to a fancy restaurant meal, so my husband would have insisted on paying. Huge savings and a much more relaxed evening.

    I sold an old coffee table for $100.

    We cooked all meals at home and packed school and work lunches.

    We sold some MLS soccer tickets instead of forcing ourselves to attend on a busy day.

    I bought an underpriced purse, which I now have listed on Craigslist.

    My 16 y.o. Son worked two shifts at an art supply store.

    I shopped almost entirely at Grocery Outlet.

    My husband cut his own hair.

    I returned unused art supplies from my son's winter term art class and had enough credit to buy the supplies for the current term.

    We did our own taxes using a review code I got for hosting a turbotax giveaway.

    I was able to use the clothesline for a few loads of laundry.

    I've been listening to library audiobooks while cooking, cleaning and running errands.

  • Emilie April 19, 2015

    I thought about you and these posts yesterday...I hung out two loads of laundry as the snow had melted under my lines and the temperature was up to 55 degrees :)

    I also did a lot of spring cleaning and organizing

    I found some items to donate and some books that I will bring to a used book store for credit

    I downloaded a lot of music to my amazon prime music station for free

    My husband and I went with another couple to the movies today for a total of $6. It was a nice date.

    I moved somethings in my deep freeze and found some venison stew meat I did not know we staill had and will make stroganoff this week.

  • Mae April 19, 2015

    I hung out two loads of laundry yesterday . . . and then half an hour later it started bucketing down rain. Oh well, another rinse cycle never hurts, and the longer it's on the line, the longer I can procrastinate putting it away! ;)

  • Melissa in MD April 20, 2015

    This made me chuckle! That's the way I think too! :D

  • Sheop April 20, 2015

    My grandmother sad rainwater made the best fabric softener. Lol

  • Teresa in the North April 20, 2015

    When I was a child the very elderly lady who lived next door to me would wash her hair in rain water and comb it all out in the sun. It was long and she held it in a bun. She said your hair would be the softest after using this water. She was right, it is:)

  • Mae April 20, 2015

    All of our water comes from rainwater. I do notice my hair seems healthier when I'm home as opposed to on holidays; but I'm not sure how much of that has to do with rainwater at home, and how much of that has to do with lots of time spent in chlorinated pools on holidays.

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