I cut branches from my apple tree for some indoor greenery. These have lasted all week.
The vase was one my brother sent to me when Ivory was born (with flowers at the time).
It’s sitting on my free piano! We paid to have it moved and tuned only; it was given to us by someone who was getting a new piano. We’ve had it for several years now. We bought the bench for very little. It doesn’t open as it’s not a piano bench, but it is soft, which is nice. The clock was a $3 thrift store find. The urns were bought 50% off years ago. My husband made the bust.
The picture is actually a poster (cheap art!) that my dad framed for my husband’s office. We used to have a smaller copy of the same picture in this spot, but when he closed his larger office several years back, we put this larger one here, and when he opened a different office last year, the smaller one went there and this one stayed here. My dad is a picture framer. He sent me for training when I was 18, and I worked in my parents’ store helping customers choose framing for their pictures. They have a store in Las Vegas now. You can click here to see what they do (And yes, that is my piano in their header! And me and my children as well.)
Back to this week’s savings:
My husband changed the a/c filters. The air conditioner won’t have to work as hard which will save on our electric bill
I used over $40 worth of coupons this week on non-edible items.
One of them was a $10 off $10 purchase at Kohl’s, which I used to purchase a blouse for my oldest daughter for $1.07 out of pocket.
I used some of those coupons to get free eye drops, pens, and razors at Target.
The only food I bought this week was 35 pounds of pasta at .50 a pound ($17.50 total). I came home and did the math; that is only about 5 weeks worth for us now that my children all hit a growth spurt at the same time, so I will probably go get more on Monday while the sale is still going.
I made popsicles from the syrup left in a quart of home-canned apricots.
I watched free shows on Hulu.
We checked out books and movies from the library.
I downloaded free coloring pictures for my children from this week’s Dover Sampler.
I used part of one of the cucumbers with a pear from our garden for some cucumber pear salads with homemade dressing (I took this picture right before I topped the salads with dressing).
I mended 3 dresses.
I finished sewing a pillowcase dress for Ivory. This is a dress that I had almost finished for Elsa when she was a baby, but she outgrew it before I finished it. Unlike most pillowcase dresses, this one has sleeves. I also embroidered the top to match the bottom. This dress deserves its own post, so I’ll have to photograph the baby wearing it.
I finished sewing 2 dresses for 2 other daughters at a total cost of $5 for both.
What have you done this week to save money?