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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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I picked the first lemon from our trees. 

We harvested tomatoes, basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, and Swiss chard from the garden.

I planted nasturtium seeds (collected from my garden) in pots on the patio under my fruit trees.

I saved shower warm up water and the water from washing potatoes for Thanksgiving to water my potted fruit trees. 

Thanksgiving Arrangement The Prudent Homemaker 

I cut roses, Thai basil, and Genovese basil from the garden to make arrangements for Thanksgiving.

I decided to do a little Black Friday shopping. I bought some flannel at 70% off for $2.06 a yard (a yard is .9144 meters). I also picked up some iron-on interfacing for $2.99 for 8 yards (I bought 3 packages; it comes by the 8-yard bolt). I picked up a few other small bits of fabric for some small projects on sale, plus used an additional 25% off coupon on top of that; I have fabric to make a blouse for myself for $4.38, fabric to line the sleeves for a $1 garage sale dress ($2.44, and there's enough left to use for some other small projects) and fabric for the front of a couple of bibs (which will be gifts) for $2.25.

I also picked up candy melts (on sale 3 bags for $5) to use for making Christmas candies, candies for the baby shower I'm hosting in December, and some Valentine's treats.

I bought some beads to make a few bracelets for gifts for my daughters, on sale for 70% off.

I used a coupon code to order a free 8 x 10 print that I will give as a gift.

We were offered a pair of shoes for my girls. A friend had ordered them and they did not fit any of her children. The shoes were marked "Girls 7" on both the shoes and the box. They were very large and I thought perhaps they would fit me (I wear a women's 7). They were even too big for me! I had Winter try them on (she wears a size 10) and they fit her perfectly! 

I refrained from buying several items and decided to make do with what we have.

Thanksgiving table The Prudent Homemaker


What did you do last week to save money?


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Thankful: November 27th

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I am thankful for food in the pantry and freezer.

What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 26th

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April Graham Thomas Rose The Prudent Homemaker

I'm grateful today for roses. 

I was looking at some medieval rose gardens via Pinterest, and I thought about how roses were a luxury item for so long. Only the wealthy had rose gardens. There were some once a year blooming wild roses, but roses gardens were a thing for those with huge estates.

Today, as I plant rose bushes in my garden, I am amazed to think that I can have a rose garden too. What a wonderful time to live!

Roses and Thai Basil 2 The Prudent Homemaker

What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 25th

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I am thankful for leftovers, and the time they give me to do other things!

What are you thankful for today?

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving The Prudent Homemaker

Today, dear readers, I am thankful for all of you.

I am thankful for the ways I learn to be more frugal from all of you.

I am thankful for the struggles that you share. They are a reminder to me of why I write.

I am thankful to know that many of you are finding solutions here to make what you have go even further here.  I love hearing your successes!


What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 23rd

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Pecan Pie Ingredients

Today I am thankful for vanilla! What a rare ingredient that is so easy to purchase, and yet would have been difficult to obtain in times past.

I'm also thankful for spatulas!


What are you thankful for today?


P.S. Here's a little history of available spices in the 18th century to English-speaking cooks.

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