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Thankful: November 15th

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French Study The Prudent Homemaker

I am very thankful for the opportunity to speak to friends around the world via video calls. I am so amazed each time I am able to do so. Yesterday a friend and I were able to introduce our children to one another, even though they are in France. Our children are similar ages and it was so nice to be able to speak with them. 


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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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Tomatoes The Prudent Homemaker 

It has taken most of the year, but my tomato plants are finally producing! I picked a colander full of tomatoes from the garden. I am glad that it has cooled enough for my plants to flower and set fruit.

I also cut basil, thyme, and chives from the garden.

I purchased 3 framed pictures for $5 (total!) from a Facebook garage sale site.

I purchased a candle lantern for $5 from the same site.

I wanted a pillar candle to put in the lantern, but seeing some candles at a store (around $15!) I realized that the price of the candle could quickly make my frugal lantern purchase into a not-so-frugal deal. 

My mom invited me to go garage sale shopping with her on Saturday, and I found 2 used pillar candles for free at a garage sale! I found another one that was brand-new for 10 cents! Though all of them are a bit skinnier than I would have ideally chosen, they will work just fine, and the price was right!

I found 3 more framed pictures at the garage sales (one for $2 and a matching pair for $5). I bought jeans for my girls ($2 a pair), 2 blouses for the girls ($0.25 each), a blue and white pot for $4, 4 matching blue and white vases for $8, a book stand for $7,  two bikes for my daughters (one for $10 and another for $5, which included a helmet), a brand-new fountain pen for $3, a glass box with an etched metal lid for $1, and a small blanket for $0.50.

I found a way to use a piece of furniture to provide more storage for us. This was a hand-me-down and we have been using it for years, but since the girls' new dressers arrived, we didn't have a place for it (so I thought) and I was going to sell it. It's now in my closet and I am able to be more organized because of the additional storage space it provides over the shelves I had there before.

I redeemed Swagbucks for an Amazon gift card.

I planted seeds for lettuce, arugula, and snow peas.

I sewed presents for my children for Christmas using fabric I had on hand.

I collected the shower-warm up water in a bucket and used it to water potted plants.


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Thankful: November 14th

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Apple Branches The Prudent Homemaker

I am grateful to have spent time organizing this year. While I still have some places in the house left to finish organizing, most areas in the house have been reorganized this year, and having the house in order makes life so much nicer!

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Thankful: November 13th

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I'm thankful that I was able to be at church today. A year ago, I was in too much pain to go anywhere after having broken my tailbone at the end of October. A year later I still have some pain, but I can now get in a car and go places, and sit in a chair rather than having to lay down.


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Thankful: November 12th

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I'm thankful for the opportunity to go garage sale shopping with my mom this morning. It's an unexpected trip; we usually only go on two Saturday mornings a year. She found a community sale for us to attend, and while I think it's much smaller than where we usually go (probably one tract, versus an entire planned development of multiple housing tracts) I'm hopeful we'll find more things on our lists.  My mom has been going every Saturday morning the last few weeks, working on her goal of finding Christmas gifts at garage sales (and she's found several great gifts the last few weeks, as well as a few items on my list, too!)

This is part of what I found last time:

Garage Sale Finds The Prudent Homemaker


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Thankful: November 11th

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On this Veteran's Day, I am thankful for the peace that we enjoy due to those who have served to make it that way.

Many in the world are running from war and looking for a place of safety and peace. May we who are in peaceful nations be grateful that we can remain in our homes, enjoying food, a bed, clean water, safety, and an education for our children.

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