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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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Green tomatoes detail The Prudent Homemaker

We picked the green tomatoes from the garden and began pulling the plants. There's a possibility of a light frost in the day (which now looks like it may not happen! And it will warm up again after that) but they can ripen in baskets and colanders and we can of course fry some up.

Under the tomato plants, I found two small butternut squash in the garden, so I brought those in.

I picked a few Meyer lemons from the garden.

I picked basil from the garden.

I used a free sample of shampoo.

I made a triple batch of laundry soap.

I continued to decorate for Christmas using decorations we already have.

Green Tomatoes in December The Prudent Homemaker

What did you do to save money this past week?

 

 

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Thankful: November 30th

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Today, I'm grateful for all of you who read and comment. I'm grateful when you share your struggles and successes. Thank you for keeping this site positive and encouraging for all who read.

 

What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 28th and 29th

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Christmas 2016

I'm grateful for the chance to do some tidying in the house. I had visitors the last two days and it was a relief to have several things cleaned up and put away before they arrived.

I did a little more Christmas decorating. I had bought a few small Christmas picks at 90% off last year that I had forgotten all about, and I was thankful for the little extra to add to an existing faux $3 wreath and faux garland.

What are you thankful for today?

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Thankful: November 27th

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Meyer Lemon Blossoms in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker

I am thankful for the scent of Meyer lemon blossoms that permeate the air when I go into the garden.

 

What are you thankful for today?

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The Alnwick Rose The Prudent Homemaker

I cut Swiss chard, basil,  and garlic chives from the garden.

I sewed and made presents for my children using fabric and supplies I had on hand.

I sewed two Christmas stockings as a wedding gift using fabric I was given.

I mended a hole in a shirt.

I began decorating for Christmas using decorations I purchased in the past.

My eldest is taking university courses online. She can take the quizzes for courses online, but her tests have to be taken in front of a local university proctor. Most charge $25 per test. She found that the local LDS Institute of Religion offers free proctoring, which will save us hundreds of dollars. She took her first test this week.  The location is not close (but none of the proctors are) but it is close to the Boy Scout office, so my husband was able to combine the trip to pick up some paperwork for my second son's Eagle Scout project (which was just approved!)

My husband enjoyed reading one of the books I purchased for him in October for $0.25.

I said yes to the offer of some hand-me-down scooters from a friend who had outgrown them. It ended up including a rip stick, for which my 12-year-old son was delighted.

I made buttermilk pie early in the week, using some buttermilk my mom had leftover that needed to be used right away (and she was going out of town). 

I enjoyed a magazine that came in the mail from a free subscription. It has several recipes that I look forward to trying.

My husband fixed our leaky toilet before it cost us a huge water bill. I used part of one of the Lowe's gift cards that I've been saving for when we need repairs that I earned on Swagbucks to pay for the part.

I redeemed 2200 Swagbucks for a Sam's Club gift card.

I returned an item.

I cut a daughter's hair and my youngest son's hair.

 

What did you do to save money last week?

 

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Thankful: November 26th

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I'm thankful for a quiet Sunday and simple meals.

 

What are you thankful for today?

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