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The Past Week's Frugal Accomplishments

May Harvest The Prudent Homemaker

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I mended seven leaks in the drip irrigation. I had accidentally cut these last year when pruning hedges.

I planted seeds for Armenian cucumbers, pumpkins, zucchini, and Thai basil in the garden.

I harvested apricots, lemons, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, green onions, garlic chives, oregano, parsley, and chocolate mint from the garden.

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I cut flowers from the garden to enjoy inside.

My husband and I had an at-home date night playing a game of Rummikub. My mom found that she had a duplicate of this game when she went through her closets earlier this year when I had a garage sale, and we kept the game back from the sale.

I redeemed free coupons from the grocery store Monopoly game tickets for five free 8-ounce cans of tomato sauce, three pounds of egg noodles, four free store-brand AAA batteries, two small bags of potato chips, a bag of free hamburger buns, two free containers of aspirin, and an 8-ounce container of sour cream.

I used a coupon for a buy one, get one bottle of shampoo to get a free bottle of shampoo.

My sister-in-law is moving house and downsizing. She offered to let me go through several boxes of children's clothes before she had a garage sale. I found several pairs of jeans for daughters number 2 and 3 (they wear the same size, plus my second daughter is very hard on clothes, which has meant a shortage of clothing for a few years for these two daughters; it seems they are always wearing everything through!) I also found a few other clothing items for other children.

My children helped their aunt with her garage sale on the actual day, and in return, she allowed them each several items to keep from her sale. They brought home several more items of clothing.

My husband arranged to borrow the bike rack that his brother made for the same sister for us to use at our house. There isn't a place for it at her new house and she's not using it right now. My husband was planning to make one for us with his brother; this will work well for us for now without any outlay of money.

My husband cut my hair for me.

My husband painted our front doors.

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What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • Athanasia June 01, 2018

    Thanks Jo. I realized you must be in the southern hemisphere after you said you open up the oven to warm the kitchen. :)

  • Darcy May 29, 2018

    One day this week was especially fun. My daughter homeschools our two granddaughters (ages 8 and 7) and they have been reading the Little House books. A local park had a Laura Ingalls Wilder Day and they invited me to come along. We packed our lunches to take with us and enjoyed a presentation about LIW, a real log cabin, a train ride, a blacksmith shop, a pottery shop, and a one-room schoolhouse. It was a very fun day!

    I gave my husband a haircut.

    My husband grilled some chicken and added other meats and vegetables to the grill to eat later in the week. It has been very warm here the last few days and staying out of the kitchen for cooking is high on the list. :)

  • Tanja May 29, 2018

    The weather here is exceptional warm, 27/30 dgs celcius. Normal at this time of the year is 18 dgs .
    So I had to water the pots outside, luckely we have a rain barrel to take the water from. The veg.garden is doing great but needs a lot of water to, There is a didg where we can take the water from. Already eating strawberry's from the garden, not that much, but enough to eat with some yoghurt. I was given some rhubarb, so I cooked it with some apples that where going bad into rhubarb/apple sauce.
    My husband fixed our beach umbrella.
    My bos gave me his old apple I-pad, he bought a bigger one ( and faster one ofcourse).
    We had an other birthdayparty! (we are al having our birthdays in april and may, my two boys even on the same day though they are 4 years apart) I made pasta salad, couscous salas, greensalad with goatcheese and walnuts, garlic sauce, marinaded the chicken filet myself, little packages with fish and vegetables. And some leftover meat from the last birthdayparty. Also made sangria wich was a present the last birthday. It was a 3ltr box of sangria wine, put into karafs with fruit and sparklingwater. It tasted wunderfull with the Spanish tempertures.....!
    Still there where leftovers wich we ate the following 2 days.

    Enjoy your little baby boy Brandy, they grow up so quickly.
    Tanja from the netherlands

  • April May 29, 2018

    It was opening weekend for our pools so admission was only $1(versus $3 ). Took the 11yo for an afternoon of fun

    Went to the movies with hubby and thanks to our Regal reward points, it only cost $3.48 for both of us! Def a nice surprise

    My mom gave me a family pack of chicken legs she didn't want and some cupcakes.

    Neighbor brought over a Walmart sized bag full of yummy Romaine lettuce and baby spinach from her family farm

    Hubby's boss sent us 2 dozen eggs from his chickens(I keep him in supply of egg cartons in exchange)

    Our car insurance was up for renewal so checked around for a better rate. I ended up switching to another company that was $80 less per month

    We've been eating from the freezer so our grocery bill has only been around $50 a week. We are starting to get to the last bits of stuff so I'm afraid of what our grocery bill is going to be when I need to replace the meat.

  • Rhonda A. May 30, 2018

    April, why don't you try the $5 pantry restock challenge. Each week, commit $5 to restocking your meat supply. Watch for sales and/or discounted meat and slowly buy some meat to restock your freezer. If you don't find good deals or can't find meat under $5, keep the $5 and roll it over into next weeks amount. This way, you won't be overwhelmed with a big grocery bill. Once the meat is restocked, you can use the $5 to restock other pantry needs.

  • Susan May 29, 2018

    These posts are always such a bright spot in my week! This is such a wonderful place to be inspired and cheer others on.
    My husband and I just returned from a trip to Ireland and it was wonderful! While this wasn’t a frugal accomplishment by any means, we did stick to our budget while there. That’s big for anyone!
    My FIL sent over tons of starts to plant in our garden—we only had to purchase basil this year. Score! We have also enjoyed lots of rain lately so no need to water.
    I gratefully accepted a bag of cast-off clothing from a girlfriend. I was able to add a few things to my summer wardrobe because of her generosity. A few weeks ago she also sent a huge bag of winter clothing. In the fall it will be like I have a new wardrobe.
    Someone mentioned lending a park pass to a relative for a day out. Our local libraries carry special activity bags from our local state parks. When you check out one of these bags, they give you a parking pass to use for the week. Check it out and see if your library has something similar.
    Have a great week everyone! Brandy, congratulations on your precious boy, Hamish. What a blessing!

  • Janet May 29, 2018

    When you go to replace the meat watch for great sale just yesterday I found ground beef 98/100 on sale for $3.99 per pound angus grass fed beef the store had 15 % off for veterans day for military (which we are and I used a coupon $4.00 off when you spend 40) I stocked up on packages up to $40.00 and now I have some great priced beef in the freezer for the summer.

  • Marivene May 29, 2018

    *Continued to harvest rhubarb, stewing some of it & freezing for future use. Made & ate lots of strawberry rhubarb jello, which is a favorite here.

    *Placed the large netting over the cherry tree, to keep the birds from decimating the crop. This takes 2 people, so we did it while our daughter was visiting.

    *Mowed the lawn & continued saving the clippings to use as mulch over the garden.

    *Continued to fill at least one tree tub with weeds per day, to keep the weeds under control. Over Memorial Day, our youngest daughter was home & we had several weeding sessions. The garbage can at the curb for pickup is completely full as a result

    *Utilized some of the Memorial Day sales to restock the pantry in areas where we were low. One of the promotions running locally let us buy lemon lime soda for just about half price, & receive a free tub of Red Button ice cream as well. That was a pleasant surprise.

    My daughter & I sorted thru my heirloom seeds. She is renting a garden plot again this year, & wanted to plant carrots, parsnips, beets & bush beans in a “canning garden”. I had extra seeds for all the things she needed, so she took some back with her. Last year I let a parsnip that had been missed when we dug out the roots the year before, sprout & go to seed. Oh my goodness! The plant was a magnet for ants & aphids, was nearly as tall as I am, and had seed umbrels galore. As soon as the umbrels were mature enough to harvest, I cut an ice cream bucket full of them & let them finish drying on a shelf in the garage, while I cut down the plant. It filled most of the garbage can for two weeks, & I was glad to have it out of the garden, but now we have sufficient seeds for multiple years, for anyone in the family who wants them. I like using parsnips along with carrots & potatoes when baking a chicken or a roast, or in a root vegetable mix with potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots & onions.

    *Our daughter shopped the house at Mom’s to find a couple of pictures we were not using, rather than buy pictures for the walls in her apartment. One of the pictures she took back is a photo she took of of Second Dam in Logan, Utah, when she was in college. I had ordered it to fit a large frame I purchased at DI, & painted gloss black to cover some stains on the linen inset in the frame. It was a casualty of DH wanting to move the bookcases downstairs, which eliminated the spot where the picture had hung on my walls. Her roommate just married last month, & our daughter has elected to keep the apartment without a roommate, so she is gradually filling in the spaces from the items her roommate owned.

  • Marivene May 29, 2018

    I also cashed a pine cone check, that I had forgotten.

  • Jenifer May 29, 2018

    What wonderful finds!
    My car died; this happens when you pay it off (lol!)
    Thankfully, some extra money came in from a side job. It helps with the above.
    I rented a car only on days where getting a free ride wasn’t feasible (no public transit available). My dad has been pretty awesome dropping me off at the rental office, I treated him to a coffee at Dunkin‘ Donuts which ended up being free because of my birthday (rewards program) he found some free change while we waited for the coffee.
    We had a simple family cookout to celebrate my birthday. With everyone’s food “allergies” I was able to make two side dishes that fit everyone’s requirements, thankfully just shopping my pantry.
    I’ve been watering my garden with collected water.
    We recently watched a documentary on Faberge eggs, so interesting and we learned a lot. I found that a museum nearby has 2 on display. Free admission to boot! I’m planning a day trip where gas would be the only expense. Now, I just need my car up and running...

  • Lilli May 29, 2018

    I found that the running budget I keep in my head just didn't match the actual deductions from my bank account. It only takes a dollar or two here or there and yonder to throw it off. I totally reworked my budget to accommodate the increases in gasoline prices. We have a couple new prescription co payments and with the potential for the electric bill to rise, I had to find a way to cover it. I did not renew my Amazon Prime and let our streaming services for tv go. I have decided to pull out spending money for the month in cash. I labeled a small accordian file with various categories so I can have a complete visual sight of what we have budgeted. I think this may help sugar cookie . She seems to think that if mommy has a card, she can just keep swiping. I started rolling drug store rewards last week. I invested 5.00 and bought much needed cold medicine. That reward then bought razors. I don't much enjoy this but it will provide needed items. I redeemed 30 Pepsi caps for a Chuck E Cheese 30.00 giftcard. Sugar cookie will enjoy this. I used Coca Cola caps to get a movie ticket, popcorn and a soda for free. We don't buy soda but I am amazed at the bottles just laying around. And no, I am not too proud to pick them up. Sugar cookies medical issues are draining me. The few treats I can find her make her smile so. I guess this is frugalness at its lowest. I am hoping to use Swagbucks this week to get my car oil changed. I love Swagbucks. I have been doing surveys frequently and find that they seem to generate one after the other and our often connected. I hope you are all having great weeks. Looks like the hurricane has us scheduled for rain all week.

  • Jenifer May 29, 2018

    Lilli, one year when working for my family business the resession had hit the business SO hard...and because I had picked up every Coke cap I could find on walks, parking lots, rummaging through near by neighborhood recycle bins (and boy did I get strange looks, thankfully, I didn’t live there) that year, I was able to get everyone in my family a gift all thanks to those Coke caps. It might have been frugalness at its lowest but it did wonders for my morale. In my mind what you’re doing for your family makes you a rockstar!

  • Janet May 30, 2018


    Very well said! I use to save every nickel dime penny every coupon etc. Over 27 years the bank account I put the proceeds in turned over to $400 K (I didn't get to have any part of that but that is a long story with an ex but it does add up !)
    $400K that is a home !

  • Maxine May 29, 2018

    Lilli, you can get free shipping on Amazon for any order over $25. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=527692 I know someone who starts a shopping cart and keeps adding to it until it reaches $25, then she buys. Also, I've heard there is a Prime program for people with disabilities that costs about 50% less and is billed monthly. I couldn't find anything on it, but you might. Personally, I'm thinking free shipping on $25 orders might cause me to let my Prime membership lapse. It's gone up to $119 year.

  • Janet May 30, 2018

    Every week I put $20 in the car if it runs out before the end of the week we walk. This is the way that I have managed the hike in gas prices. When we go on vacation I budget for the gas and we always look for the lowest prices. The lowest price on gas right now in the nation is $1.59.9 per gallon of regular while we were away we found a station that was $160.9 we filled our empty tank. I saw many with up to five gas tanks that were large and two cars at that price. We just got back from this trip.

  • Diane May 31, 2018

    Lilli, I admire the way you find ways to get through the month. I was wondering how you redeem Pepsi and Coca Cola bottle caps?

  • Lilli May 31, 2018

    Hi Diane, I am on my Kindle and have no clue how to post the links on it. I go to US.Coca-Cola.com and Pepsi Stuff.com. I don't think all flavors have a code under the individual caps. Boxes have codes worth a couple more points. I believe Pepsi may let you enter only 5 codes per day and I am not sure about Coke. Make sure you read all the details. If you click on Cokes contest, several of them allow you to enter once per day online. I won a season pass to Six Flags last winter doing that. They all let you mail in a 3X5 card to enter the contests , but I don't want to pay the postage. Also, the Dr Pepper bottles with the Jurassic Park logo has free tickets. I bought ( 10 ) 2 liters for 10.00 and redeemed for 5 tickets. I see that AMC theaters have a 5.00 Tuesday. I will have to check and see if ours offers that.

  • Kara May 29, 2018

    I picked 13lbs of organic blackberries for free (from a friend's enormous patch). I have been invited to pick more. I will freeze what we don't eat fresh/in a cobbler/give away right now. They are delicious. I am trying to be grateful for the good things that come out of our incredibly hot weather.
    Swam in our pool for the first time this summer. Bought a new swimsuit, I need a tall, for 50% off. They last me several years, and I swim several times every day 5 months of the year.
    Making several gifts.

    Something I'd like to work on-grilling outdoors more in the summer to keep the heat outside!

  • Rhonda A. May 31, 2018

    Kara, perhaps you should make some blackberry jam with your winfall of free berries to give as gifts next Christmas! You could make up a nice gift basket with the jam and perhaps a few other items (such as homemade bread, home sewn pot holders, a nice tea towel, or something like that). The jam would work well for both men and women, since it is a food item.

  • Mable June 01, 2018

    Blackberry pancake syrup is another food item to make for gifts. There are also many blackberry chutney recipes on line, which can also be canned for gifts.

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