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This past week our frugal efforts were very much focused on saving food from our freezer. Our upright freezer is not keeping things frozen anymore but just cold. It made a noise the day before we had headed out of state to take Winter to college and we didn’t know what we would find when we came home. In order not to lose all of the food in the freezer, I did several things. I resolved to use things as they defrost, making several fruit smoothies with frozen apricots, figs, pomegranates, and blackberries from last year’s garden harvests, along with frozen strawberries that I had bought and froze on sale last year. I cooked meat as it defrosted. I froze bottles of water and our freezer packs in my fridge/freezer and put those in the freezer to keep things colder, taking them out when they were defrosted but still cold and returning them to the other freezers. I rearranged my two fridge/freezers and used up things in those (mostly fruit) to have room to move some items over into those freezers that were still frozen (chicken and turkeys). A lot of things really needed to be cooked and used anyway, as they had been in the freezer for a while. From freezer ingredients, I made peach pie, blackberry pie, smoothies (multiple times), strawberry lemonade, sandwiches, pasta salad with frozen vegetables, barbeque chicken and turkey. I threw out a few things that were too old that had been in the back of the freezer for a long time (including four ham bones; apparently I am never going to make navy bean soup), icing from two years ago, and several bags of figs completely covered in ice. For now, we’ve decided to go without purchasing a new freezer and will just use the freezers on the top of our two fridge/freezer combos, making sure to use up the meat and fruit that we have before I stock up on any more meat. I made chocolate Easter rabbits for my children with chocolate molds and melting chocolate I had bought in bulk on sale at Christmas. We had a very simple Easter and I only bought two bags of jelly beans to go in our plastic Easter eggs (I don’t do chocolate in eggs as it is so hot here that they melt) to go with our homemade small and large homemade chocolate rabbits. My friend gifted my children some Kinder Eggs which I also gave them, and my mom gave them all chocolate rabbits and other Easter candy, plus they came home with more candy from their Sunday School teachers, which made me glad I didn’t buy more candy. I harvested Swiss chard, snow peas, lettuce, garlic chives, green onions, parsley, and Meyer lemons from the garden. We opened the windows to air out the house. The hot weather has just started (it reached 95 this week) and on those hotter days I opened the windows in the early mornings to let in the cooler air. I’ll only be able to do this for a couple more weeks before I have to run the air conditioning all day and night, but by opening the windows in the mornings when it is cooler, I can save around $3 a day in electricity. We used the ceiling fans in rooms we were in when we needed them. For the first eight or so years that I lived in Las Vegas, we ran the air conditioner for a large portion of April. Now I try to wait until the end of the month and not turn on the air conditioner until it gets above 83 in the house. It was 95 outside this past week, so I started using the air conditioner on Thursday. I gave two daughters a haircut. My parents went to garage sales and brought us home a bicycle for the children (that they got for free) and several princess dress-up dresses that they bought for $1 each. What did you do to save money last week?