I made some gifts for my nephew and his bride-to-be for their wedding shower this week. She is doing a red kitchen. I made them two hot pads, using fabric I had been given and cotton batting that I had also been given. (I will be making more for me, too. I was planning on making some for me this week, but I decided I had best get the ones done for the shower first!) I also embroidered two kitchen towels with their initial. I have these same towels in my kitchen. The ones from Sam’s Club are very large; I cut these in half and hemmed them to make two towels, and then I embroidered each one by hand. (Uncut they are great for covering rising dough). I have some just like these in my own kitchen already, and I already had towels on hand, too, as I have been planning on making some more for myself just like them. His bride seem to really like the towels, too! I gave them some kitchen utensils from their wish list as well.
I planted seeds that I had purchased last year and previous years.
I moved some stock that had reseeded itself at the very edge of my front walkway into the pots by the front door.
I had an at-home date with my husband on New Year’s Eve. I had another at-home date with him another night after the children were in bed. It’s fun to play a simple game together, just the two of us, and talk. On New Year’s Eve we celebrated with some food that usually doesn’t make it into our house. It was a wonderful change and much less than going out would have been.
I harvested parsley and Swiss chard from the garden. Both of these plants are very cold tolerant (Swiss chard can go to 15ºF, and even colder if under a blanket of snow).
I used the water from steaming vegetables to water the pots by the front door.
I watched a couple of shows for free on Hulu.
My husband cut his hair and I finished it up for him.
I downloaded a free book on Famous Women of Rome, which went perfectly with our study of the Famous Men of Rome. My oldest began reading it for fun.
I used a $10 off coupon while ordering my garden seeds for this year. I chose mostly open-pollinated varieties; I hope to collect enough seeds this year so that I can plant ones from my own garden next year.
I wasn’t planning to buy food this week, but my mom called me from Winco to tell me that they had grapefruit for .28 each. I had her pick me up an entire box, which is 40 grapefruit. I will be making citrus fruit salad this next week, as well as enjoying grapefruit for breakfast with toast.
I made a triple batch of laundry soap.
I began my list of birthday gifts for this year. I always start the first week in January, writing down ideas for upcoming birthdays and Christmas. I will be making several things, including lots of pretty spring dresses for my girls, for which I already have the fabric.
What did you do to save money last week?