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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

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We had a rare bit of rain, so I turned off the drip irrigation and sprinklers for a couple of days.

I planted seeds in the garden for snow peas and green onions.

I harvested Swiss chard from the garden.

I purchased a few artichoke plants and herb plants on sale at the local nursery. I also purchased manure for the lawn (when you buy more than 10 bags at a time, you save $0.30 a bag, making them $1.99 for a 2 cubic foot bag). We took the trailer my husband built with us to pick up the manure and also a cubic yard of topsoil, lining our trailer with a tarp my husband got for free via Craigs' list. Picking it up ourselves saves a delivery charge. 

I made a triple batch of laundry soap.

My eldest daughter was invited to go along with a friend on her family vacation out of state, so she enjoyed a trip to go camping on the beach and then they either were going to go to Knott's Berry Farm or Disneyland (I'll find out which one when she returns; they hadn't decided before they left).  Each of the family's daughters was able to invite a friend; they have only two girls left at home now, which means at least four girls got to have fun together.

What did you do to save money this past week?




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  • Susan M. October 29, 2018

    *I posted the recipe/instructions on my blog this week for the home made French Fries. They are yummy and also very frugal (and healthy!) to make!

    *I was very happy that we already had proper attire for my daughter to wear, when she was asked to be a substitute violist for our local high school orchestra. Her dress blended in just fine with the other girls in the orchestra, even though we found it for just .75 cents at a thrift store.

    *I ordered some food in bulk from a co-op.

    *I found some special sized paper that I use at a good price and stocked up.

    Looking forward to reading what everyone else did this week! I am writing from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood October 29, 2018

    Love that close-up of the flowers!

    My frugal accomplishments for the past two weeks:
    - I made baked potatoes with broccoli and homemade cheese sauce for dinner one night, and then turned the leftovers, with a few additions, into 5-Minute Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potato Soup. So, so yummy and so, so easy! I'll post a recipe on my blog once I'm up to it, as I gave birth last weekend.
    - My mother and I went shopping for a mattress pad together, and she was able to find the one I wanted for only $30, down from something like $170, by combining a sale, a coupon, a discount, and some points. My mum understands the thrill I get from a good deal!
    - I made (extremely, extremely strong) red raspberry leaf tea to help induce labour, as my doctor wanted me to deliver a week early due to several risk factors. I had bought the tea from Amazon previously using Swagbucks gift certificates.
    - I received a cheque for all of $2.98 from Ebates. Hey, $3 is $3!
    - I was able to use my local trading app to trade an old bulletin board in good condition (from my childhood) for btz (the digital currency that the app uses). I’m saving the digital currency to buy groceries or treats, as it’s now accepted in some local stores. The trader was able to meet at the subway stop closest to my condo, so it worked out perfectly.
    - I asked my workplace whether it would be possible to continue my health benefits during my mat leave. They said yes, as long as I pay. They’ll still pay the employer portion; I just have to pay the regular amount that I do. I don’t know whether they legally have to pay, but it certainly is appreciated, as I definitely make use of my benefits!
    - I redeemed Swagbucks for a $10 gc to Starbucks.
    - Used hospital wifi on my phone
    - At the first pediatrician’s appointment, the dr. gave us a sample of vitamin D drops, and a travel carrier of newborn diapers and wipes
    - I redeemed $10 worth of Air Miles towards a purchase of diapers and wipes.
    - I stopped by a rummage sale on the way home from the pediatrician’s visit, and bought 3 square glass containers and a cut glass bowl for $4. One glass container broke when I washed it, but I used the other two (dif. sizes) to replace some old wicker baskets in my master bath. I used the cut glass container to organize my makeup.

    Looking forward to learning from everyone else, as always!

  • Mia October 29, 2018

    Congratulations!!! Boy or girl?

  • AndreaG October 29, 2018

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new little one! Hope you are both doing well.

  • Margie from Toronto October 29, 2018

    Congratulations! I knew from your blog that the baby had arrived but I believe there were a few complications so I hope you are both doing a bit better now. No doubt you will need all your energy for the little one so I won't be surprised if your posting tails off a bit but would love to know if it's a boy or a girl once you get the chance to catch your breath.
    Hope you have good maternity benefits - and yes, wherever I have worked the employer always continued to pay their share of benefits during mat leave and you have the rest deducted just as you do from your regular paycheque.

  • Chris M October 29, 2018

    Congratulations, Margaret and family. Sounds like this little one is already a part of your frugal adventures. :) Many, many blessings to you and your little one.

  • Heidi Louise October 29, 2018

    Happy days to you and your family, Margaret!
    I hope you can hold and enjoy your little one as much as you want.
    And thank you for the mention of the YouTube "The Night Watch" flash mob last week when we were writing about Holland. I enjoyed that.

  • Lisa from Maine October 29, 2018


  • Mari at the Jersey Shore October 29, 2018

    Congratulations and best wishes Margaret and family :)

  • Mary in Southern AZ October 29, 2018


  • Margaret @ApproachingFood October 29, 2018

    Thank you to everyone for all the congratulations! It's a girl! Named after both of her grandmothers. We love her so much!

    I have to share another frugal win: I bought my breast pump off of Amazon, and it's not a brand-name pump. But it had good reviews and was affordable (something like $50 as opposed to $250 for a brand-name one). It's a bit unusual in terms of power (it plugs into a computer outlet or computer battery pack, as opposed to a wall or batteries) and my husband wanted to get rid of it and buy a higher-end one, but the lactation consultant at the hospital checked it out and said, "Why? This works perfectly well." And it has!

  • Patricia Koernig October 30, 2018

    Many blessings to you and your family! Congratulations!

  • Juls Owings October 30, 2018

    Congrats and take care of yourself...
    Blessing all around

  • S. CO Mary October 30, 2018

    Wonderful news! Congratulations and welcome little one!

  • Maryann October 30, 2018


    Congratulations on the new addition to your family.

  • PJGT October 30, 2018

    Congratulations! Enjoy each of these days

  • momsav November 01, 2018

    I’ll add my voice to the congratulations! New babies are the best! I hope all is well with both of you!

  • Lorna October 30, 2018

    Congratulations Margaret on your new arrival and I hope you are doing well also :) .


  • Rhonda A. October 30, 2018

    Congrats on the arrival of your new baby girl, Margaret. I hope you enjoy every cuddle with your new little one. They really do grow up so fast!

  • Marybeth October 30, 2018


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