I used the iron filings from a project my husband worked on to fertilize the blueberry bushes in my garden.
I potted two chaste tree seedlings that were growing in my garden to give as gifts. I also potted an oregano seedling to give as a gift.
I harvested Royal apricots, Green Gage plums, Dorsett Golden apples, a few grapes that ripened early, blackberries, tomatoes, spinach, a handful of red noodle beans, chives, basil, and thyme from the garden. I cut two large bunches of oregano for drying.
I pruned my bay laurel and dried the leaves (bay leaves).
I cut out the fabric to make a purse using a scrap of fabric that I had.
I watched part of a food photography class for free on Creative Live.
Winter was asked on Friday to help serve food at a wedding reception on Saturday night. She went and received dinner and dessert for her time.
I converted my survey points from Pinecone Research for cash and used a bit of it to purchase an embroidery pattern on Etsy.
I used two 40% off coupons to Joann’s to buy some fabric to make myself a dress and to purchase some new sewing pins. I also purchased some fabric on clearance to use for a dress.
I used a $10 off $10 coupon at Kohl’s to purchase a small offset spatula (on sale) and some lollipop/cake pop sticks (on clearance) for $0 out of pocket.
I did not purchase any food this week. This makes three weeks of not grocery shopping. Nevertheless, we added food to our pantry and freezer, in addition to enjoying fresh food from the garden.
I canned 6 pints of pickled beets. I had two beets from my own garden and the rest were from my friend’s garden that I was watching while she was gone (these were in the fridge all last week). She insisted that I take beets to can. When she came home, she canned the rest of the beets from her garden, and said that she has more than she needs for the year in her pantry now.
We butchered the chickens that we bought for meat several months ago (the money for these and their feed came from our grocery budget). These were kept at the same friend’s house. We butchered their chickens too. We also butchered some old hens from a friend who is moving and no longer wanted the expense of feed, so she gave us her hens. We butchered the last 10 more hens this morning.
I froze some of the blackberries from our garden.
I made two kitchen towels for my brother for a wedding gift, using a large flour sack towel that I purchased last year for $1 (it’s huge, so I divided it into two towels, hemmed the egdes, and transferred free bird silhouettes (that I printed from The Graphics Fairy) using Citra Solv onto them. I have plans for another gift to go with this one.
My nephew (the one whose state championship game I recently attended with my husband) played in an all-star lacrosse game in another state on Saturday. My husband and I were able to watch his game live on YouTube! I didn’t know that YouTube had this capability; there was a countdown to the game starting, and then it was just like watching the game on television, with announcers, multiple camera angles, and the score on the bottom of the screen. They were down by 7 in the first half of the game, but won 20-15! My nephew was given the MVP title for the game, making 3 goals and 2 assists. I enjoyed watching him play miles away, live from our computer! (I cannot help but wonder how many other games are able to be viewed this way now!)
What did you do to save money last week?