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I cut Swiss chard, white and yellow zinnias, and Thai basil flowers from the garden. I arranged the zinnias and basil in blue canning jars on my table for centerpieces that lasted all week. I also picked the first of the Meyer lemons from one of my lemon trees (just the ones you see in the photo; the others are still ripening and will last longer if left on the tree a bit more).
I made two lemon meringue pies using lemons from my garden and I made a shortening crust, which is less costly than a butter crust.
I planted more seeds in the white garden. I thinned foxglove seedlings and transplanted them to other places in the white garden. I also transplanted parsley seedlings in the white garden to another spot.
I listened to music on Pandora.
I watched a show on Hulu.
I accepted some free pillows and some unmatched bed linens from my mom, who is going through her closets. I chose a large piece of unbleached muslin, a pink sheet that I can repurpose for clothing, and a red pillowcase that I will repurpose for a toddler bib. She also gave me some plain barrettes (much like the ones I used for the wool bows) and some bobby pins that she wasn’t using.
I sewed the button back on a jumper and mended holes in the jumper.
I sewed a button from my button jar onto the pair of shorts that I bought for Cyrus in October at a garage sale. I didn’t notice the missing button; only that the shorts were like new. Adding a button was simple and it didn’t cost me anything.
I sewed a button onto Liberty’s dress to replace the one that broke.
I mended a pillow cover.
I cooked a large pot of kidney beans and made chili on Halloween. We had company for dinner and they brought cornbread.
On Halloween, the children wore costumes that we already had. I didn’t have to buy anything for this year. I gave out candy that had been given to us. We didn’t carve any pumpkins; I just turned on the lights and called it good.
|Wren went as Santa Clause in this garage sale dress that was given to me, and a belt from another costume that we had. We had a hat in our Christmas box but she didn’t want to wear a hat.|
I used the water at the bottom of the pan that was left after steaming the chard to water a potted orange tree.
My husband washed the windows.
|We taught her to cluck like a chicken. I actually bought this costume at the store for Ezrom when he was her age.|
I started working on Christmas gifts using items I had on hand.
What did you do to save money last week?