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Frugal Things The Past Couple of Weeks

These are the things that we have been doing to save a little bit of money these past couple of weeks:

  • We have picked 5 tomatoes so far from our container garden. Unfortunately, we had to throw out a lot more that developed tomato rot. In all the years that I have planted tomatoes, I have never had this before. I had to research to find out what it was. Seems in this heat we need to water them a little more often. We were thinking they were getting plenty of water by soaking them once a day until the water ran out the bottom of the pots. Evidently we need to do this twice a day. Also the soil needed calcium. So instead of going to the garden center to buy it, I found out that I could water the soil with some milk. So I got out my stored dry milk and mixed it up and did that this morning. Hopefully this will solve the problem.
  • A few nights this week, I made chicken BLT’s using cooked sliced chicken, bacon and lettuce that I had purchased on sale, and our tomatoes. They were so delicious and so easy. In the summer, I love easy!
  • I sewed a button back on one of my favorite blouses, right after it came off in the washer, before I lost it.
  • I went to the bank and deposited some checks that had been sitting here into our high interest account until I can decide what we want to invest it in. When checks sit in the office, they make no money at all. I know I have been very busy the past couple of weeks but that is no excuse.
  • I read the current 2 free magazines that I get. Hubby read his Handyman magazine that is gifted to him every Christmas.
  • I contacted my cable company to get credited for an outage of our cable TV, internet, and telephone.
  • I hard boiled a dozen eggs in my pressure cooker. We use them for breakfasts, egg salad, and for snacks.
  • I cooked up a pound of bacon for breakfasts this week.
  • My wedding ring is getting loose again on my ring finger. The ring guard no longer worked. So instead of going to a jeweler to get one, I ordered one online that will suffice until I am sure that I won’t lose any more weight. At that time I will have the ring resized.
  • I traded some fiction books with a neighbor for some books that she had that I hadn’t read.
  • We had quit B.J.’s, which is a warehouse club, very early this year. We decided to rejoin because they sent us a coupon to sign up for a year for $25. I was hoping that their shelves would be better stocked than when I quit. They were. That day I shopped for items that we needed that were a lot cheaper than my grocery stores. I only spent a little over $71.
  • My son switched all of our cellphones to a new carrier. Because of that we got a new G5 phone for free. I researched prices online and got a great price on a protective case and a screen protector. This cellphone is bigger than our last one so we couldn’t use the old case.
  • We are working on using up a huge box of free dental supplies that we have collected over the past couple of years from our dentist. We have way too much toothpaste and floss.

We have also been doing the usual to save on our utility and water bills. What have you been doing the past couple of weeks to save a little money?

4 replies on “Frugal Things The Past Couple of Weeks”

We’ve been eating a lot out of our garden. So much fresh produce – it’s all been delicious. We have picked probably 250 peppers (all different types) & hundreds of tomatoes. Maybe 60 zucchini. Our herbs continue to be huge, and we’ve had a lot of cucumbers as well.

Tonight Nick made habanero mango chicken wings, out of peppers from the garden. I made a caprese salad using tomatoes & basil, and a big green salad, mostly using our garden ingredients. It’s all so fresh & delicious. I’ll really miss it, although feel lucky we have such a long garden season.

Otherwise, we’re up to the same stuff here. I need to figure out how to collect our shower warm up water. With two teen boys, they are known for long showers, and we’re clearly wasting water that can be better used on the garden.

Hi HP,

Wow! That is a lot of peppers, tomatoes and zucchini. I am jealous! Produce is always so tasty this time of year.

When I had 2 teen boys I set a limit on the showers. Otherwise they would have been in there all day! A 5 gallon bucket captures a lot of water. HTH!

It’s good to hear from you.

Hi AD. One thing I did last week to save money was to buy a couple of presents for our granddaughters for Christmas at the toy clearance at Meijer. I found a couple of Lego/Duplo sets for them. I was excited b/c it is not very often I see Legos on markdown. I took to heart what you said last week about starting Christmas shopping early in case there are supply chain issues.

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