I harvested lemon verbena, roselle hibiscus, Armenian cucumbers, basil, a zucchini, and the first two lemons from my garden.
I made a large batch of pesto with just basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, water, and a little olive oil. I’ve found we don’t miss the expensive pine nuts, and we can use water in place of most of the oil (saving money and calories).
I bought potatoes on sale for $0.99 for a 5-pound bag. This is what I used to pay for a 10-pound bag on sale at Thanksgiving a few years back, and there was no limit. Now, there was a limit of 5 bags. We can easily go through 25 pounds of potatoes in a week, but with higher prices, we are eating fewer potatoes and more rice.
I spent the minimum $25 to be able to purchase a turkey on sale (limit 1) for $0.79 a pound. The potatoes were part of that $25 minimum. I spent $41 total. As we had several large expenses recently (including repairing our fridge this past week), I am trying to spend as little as possible on groceries right now, even though I know there are many sales this time of year.
I used glass jars to cover several seedlings in the garden so that they will grow faster in the cold.
I sowed seeds in the garden for parsley, Swiss chard, lettuce (including seeds that I had saved from my garden in the spring), spinach, and arugula.
In an effort to use my time wisely (because I think being frugal with one’s time is important as well) I used the time driving home from one and later to a second doctor’s appointment to make two international calls to a friend. My friend joked that the call was expensive because of the cost of gas. It still amazes me that I can call friends internationally without having to pay by the minute and pay nothing more than my regular internet and phone bills, as I can call through any number of apps (such as Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram). Just a few years ago I was having to use a prepaid calling card to do the same thing.
What did you do to save money last week?
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