We received rain this past week, so I didn’t have to water the garden. It is rare that I do not need to water the garden. I am grateful for the water and money savings. It is more rain than I have seen in a long time.
I put out a washtub before it rained. It filled quickly and I was left wishing I had had a dozen to set out.
The storm brought much colder temperatures. I was the only one in the house who was cold. I put on a cardigan over my pullover and tied a scarf around my neck so that I would be warmer. I know those of you in colder climates keep the house even colder, and so I did my best to keep warmer with layers.
I harvested Swiss chard, parsley, lemons, snow peas, mint, and cilantro from the garden
I made homemade laundry soap.
I finished sewing some burp cloths for a mother-to-be from fabric I had on hand, purchased years ago on sale.
My girls wanted to go to three stores in the same shopping center. I drove them there and waited in the car so that I wouldn’t be tempted to buy anything.
I served refugee and immigrant families again, handing out food from the food bank (we also had clothing, both used and new, to give out). I was happy to see some of the same people last time and to practice saying hello in several languages. It was definitely one of the highlights of my week! At the end of the event, I was able to take home some food: canned green beans, black beans, tomato soup, and chickpeas, plus frozen blueberries and frozen shrimp!
I said yes to some canned chicken that a neighbor was getting rid of because it expired in January. She brought over way more chicken than I had expected, canned marinara sauce, and canned peaches.
I cut flowers from my garden to take to see the new mother in the hospital. I brought a meal for her and her husband using some of the lentils that I received last month, and they loved it. I made extra, so I had plenty leftover for meals at home as well.
In one of the Facebook rose groups I am, people often sell roses that they no longer want to make room for others they want more. I have 2 roses left of 4 that I ordered years ago that I have not loved as much as I had hoped, so I decided that rather than tossing them, I would try to sell them. I listed them both for sale in a local (different) rose group and sold them!
What did you do to save money last week?