I checked the local nursery’s sale ad online (no need to get the paper to check their ads) and found out that they were having manure 10% off when you bought 10 or more bags. We had been planning to purchase manure to fertilize our lawn and the timing was perfect! I have never seen the nursery have a sale on manure before, but I was happy to spend less money on something I was planning to purchase. They also had grass seed on sale. I picked up a bag to overseed dead areas in our grass (before I put down the manure).
We have found that manure greens up a lawn faster than other fertilizers. We put down manure when the weather warms up in the spring, and again in the fall before it turns cold, to keep the grass greener in the winter. In between that we use a granulated fertilizer a couple of times. We have found that using the manure in the spring cuts our need to fertilize as often in the summer.
I used our manure spreader to spread the manure on the lawn. You can rent one if you need one, or you can sprinkle by hand. My husband looked into renting one years ago, as we had done it by hand and it was quite tedious that way. He saw that the local nursery had a used one on sale for less than the cost of renting one! It had a broken hinge on the door, which was why they were selling it for so little. I just keep the door closed with a bit of baling wire. We’ve used it for several years now.
After you spread the manure, you use a leaf rake to rake in down into the grass.
In two to three weeks, the grass will be a deep green.
Some other things I did this week to save money:
I mended a shirt.
My husband cut his own hair.
My husband purchased 50 pounds of potatoes at 16.8 cents a pound. This is our first food purchase this month.
We had several meals using the turkey I cooked last Saturday.
My husband took Ezrom to go bowling using two “bowl 2 games free” coupons that came in the mail. They only had to pay for shoe rental.
I continued to use free samples of facial moisturizer.
I received a free magazine in the mail.
I planted more seeds in the garden. Most of these were seeds I had leftover from last year’s seed purchases.
I reevaluated the water in the white garden. Some areas seem to be too wet, as the garden is still in the shade (come summer it will be in sun again). I changed the programming on the irrigation clock to only have them water one minute at a time. It goes on twice on Friday and twice on Monday. By watching the ground and checking the needs of the plants more often than I have in the past, I have found that I am able to use less water. I am mostly making changes to the white garden, as it is my first time watering it through the cooler months. It appears to use less water than what our previous kidney shaped piece of grass and bushes used. We did not know if it would use less or not, but I am setting it for less time as it is all drip emitters and no sprinklers.
I printed some Beatrix Potter coloring pages (from Peter Rabbit), some rather complicated dot to dot pages (2nd to 3rd grade level–but complicated enough that my 7th and 5th graders asked for some, too!), and some kindergarten letter pages for from this week’s Dover Children’s Sampler.
You can sign up to receive emails for their samplers to get free pages to print from their books. I find it best to save each picture first (I right click on the image and choose “save image”) and then make sure to unclick “fit picture to frame” so that nothing is cut off by printing margins. By saving the images, you can also use them again when your younger children are old enough to use them. I have a large number of Dover Sampler pages that I have saved over the the years to use for school and for fun.
On Saturday night my sister-in-law invited us to send off sky lanterns with her family to celebrate the finalization of the adoption of 5 children that she has fostered for 4 years. (She is now the mother of 12 children, some of whom are grown with families of their own).
We had a large family gathering and sent off 78 total.
It was amazing.
What did you do to save money last week?