I used a gallon-sized pickle jar to hold the 6 pounds of brown lentils that I bought in bulk a little while back. It looks like I could probably fit another pound in the jar! I love using large pickle jars to hold beans. I did find out that my family (including myself) prefers the taste of the pickles I made to what was once my favorite brand of pickles!
I harvested rosemary and sage from the garden.
I made homemade French bread.
Every other year, my mom has bought some new aprons for me for Christmas to replace my worn-through ones. I wear an apron most all day long. I have a few different ones that I use for different things. I bought fabric this weekend to make myself some new aprons instead. (She is going to give me something else). I bought heavy cotton twill at a couple of places, and the cost of my aprons will be between $3.39 and $4.12 each. The aprons she had previously bought for me are $19.95 each.
I also purchased some other fabric for other gifts and clothing at a great discount.
I was home all week except for Monday and Friday. I normally don’t drive anywhere for 5 or 6 days a week. Not only does staying home save me on gas, it also gives me the time and energy to get things done at home.
I started 2 quarts of clementine vinegar for cleaning. The smell of clementines is one of my favorite smells. I think I will enjoy this vinegar more than the orange cleaner (grapefruit cleaner smells wonderful, too). I buy my white vinegar in bulk at Sam’s Club (it comes 2 gallons for $3.38), and simply fill a jar with citrus peels, cover it with vinegar and a lid and let it soak for a few weeks (or more), and then strain the vinegar to use for cleaning. (You can dilute it with water if you want but I haven’t been.)
I mended two sweaters and a nightgown.
I modified an old skirt of my grandmother’s to fit my daughter.
I changed a $1 garage sale dress into a skirt for myself, with fabric leftover to make a few other items.
I repurposed the edge of a torn bottom bed sheet to make a Christmas gift. I repurposed a zipper from a sheet set and part of a garage sale curtain to make another gift.
I watched a few shows for free on Hulu.
My mom shared the produce that she had in her fridge with us before she left for the weekend.
Some friends of my parents gave us three pumpkin pies! Last week another friend of my parents gave us two turkeys. She has given us two turkeys each for the the last couple of years. We ate one of those turkeys for Thanksgiving and of course we ate the pies. The other turkey is in the freezer for another month.
I was able to get two free turkeys this week from a store’s spend $30, get a free turkey deal.
Altogether, I was able to get 8 turkeys this month to use over the next year. Turkey is usually the least expensive source of meat that I can purchase. It was much higher this year. Thankfully, I restocked my supply of bulk beans, so we will have plenty of protein over the next year. I will look for Christmas ham and pork roast sales next month.
I cut flowering Genovese and Thai basil and some zinnias to decorate our Thanksgiving table.
What have you done to save money this week?