I collected seeds from my Pandora poppies and saved them to plant next year.
I harvested apricots, blackberries, peppermint, parsley, lettuce, and tomatoes from the garden.
I canned apricot jam from our apricots.
I hosted a party for the young women from church.
I used blackberries from the garden to make blackberry scones (and used milk in place of cream in the recipe, which saved money as well as a trip to the store). The stand was given to me years ago. I made mint tea from peppermint from the garden. The straws were purchased from the clearance section of the grocery store for $0.25 a couple of months ago and arranged in a cookie jar that was gifted to my husband many years ago. I made choclate frogs using a mold I have had for years and decorated the platter with nasturtiums from the garden(the leaves look like lily pads).
I used a cake mix from one of the ones my mother got for free at a garage sale recently to make miniature cupcakes, which I topped with homemade glaze icing and sugared violas that I grew in my garden. I borrowed the tiered stand from my mother, who purchased it at a garage sale.
I made mini three-layer cakes using a one-egg cake recipe and decorated them icing and with mint leaves from the garden. These were baked in some half-sheet pans that I had purchased at a garage sale years ago and cut with an old cutter that also came from a garage sale.
The marble board on which they were arranged was given to me after the owner of it passed away. I cut flowers from the garden for the table and arranged them in vases that were also purchased at a garage sale.
We made cucumber sandwiches with cucumbers bought on sale at $0.38 each. The tray I served them on was purchased for $1 at a garage sale. The punch bowl contained hibiscus tea made with bulk hibiscus. I purchased them in bulk from Winco. I made ice cubes with violas from the garden to float in the cold tea. The punch bowl was purchased 55% off from the current price on Amazon during the lockdown in 2020. I had been looking at it for some time and when the price dropped way down (as no one was having parties then) I bought it. I plan to use it for many events in the future.
I served apricots from one of our trees in another garage sale purchased piece.
I made meringues and arranged them on the plate of a candle stand that used to belong to my mom.
The milk bottles were purchased long ago. I had the napkins but bought a second set, which I was wanting anyway, and I purchased the tablecloth, which is something I was planning to have on hand for parties. Someone spilled red hibiscus tea on it; I sprayed it and it came right out washed on cold water, so that was wonderful! I plan to buy more of these tablecloths in the future to have on hand for larger parties.
I collected shower-warm up water and used it to water potted plants in the garden. I also used water left in glasses at the end of the day to water potted plants.
What did you do to save money last week?
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