Sunday, July 14, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 7/14/19!

It's was hot here many days this past week.  We've had to run the air conditioner when needed but kept it off as much as possible.  Last night was beautiful cool sleeping weather.   I don't remember a thing until I woke up to this beautiful sunrise this morning!  

Here are the ways we saved this past week:

We picked up a pretty book shelf from the neighbor's curbside.   I had a few things stored on the floor so this will become a small pantry. 

We were late going garage sailing yesterday and people were getting ready to call it a day.   I was given a free thermos and lunch bag for the grand daughter and he was given some motor oil so they could get rid of them. 

The neighbor was mowing his lawn last night and I asked if he could just dump the clippings on the garden.  He was glad to get rid of them (no pesticides used).  I'm using it for mulch to help retain moisture and to help with the weeds. Eventually, some rain will come but right now all the storms are passing us by. 

I've spotted tomatoes, cukes, squash, and zucchini on the vine in the last few days.  The garden is starting to look so much better after the flood and I'm very hopeful there will be something to harvest!

I used the rain barrel water to water some of the plants last night.  

I hung out clothes to dry many of the days last week. I just decided to take it easy yesterday though and used the dryer. I think I was frugalled out (I made up a new word)!  

I made sun tea.

I made a turkey on Friday and we had a couple of meals from it.  I froze the rest for use in future meals.

My goals for next week:

Starting cleaning up the wood pile.  We had too much rain and we never got to this.  

What are the ways you've saved this past week?

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Cheryl Kimbley said...

Isn't it funny, how we had so much rain and couldn't wait to be done with it? NOW - it is dry and hot! Knew this would happen. LOL Need a nice medium place for it all.
Glad your garden is starting to produce.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Yes the weather was like this last year too although the flooding was extreme this year. It's so fun to see the veggies on the vine. Gives me hope! Have a great week!

Lana said...

It is good to see your garden producing! We have had a no spend grocery week some there were no great deals and we did not need anything. We did have too much excitement though with THREE 5-6 foot black snakes in our house. A neighbor brought over a snake trap and it has not been touched for 18 hours now so maybe that is now one for the history books!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Oh man I had to re-read that twice! There were snakes in your house. They were looking for some place cool I bet. I hope they are gone for good.
We didn't shop much either. Have a great week

Little Penpen said...

LOL on frugalled out... I can relate. I've been running my dryer more because I don't want to go outside in this humidity and heat!

Anonymous said...

Vickie I know how it feels to be frugalled out (love it) and we sometimes get like that too. It does the soul good to just have easy days some days and we take shortcuts too and it is only normal. Glad you will be able to salvage some of your gardens and I hope you get some wonderful crops and free items from garage sales is always good :).

We have not yet gone grocery shopping but will today for our monthly shop.

Our savings last week added up to $216.50 :).

Service -
- DH and I helped a friend who was putting in a driveway next door to level out the gravel with our homemade leveling tools. This made it so much quicker to get the job done as they only had shovels.

Blessings -
- We asked a friend who was putting in a driveway next door if he could level and move all the soil with his tractor from our grape yard vineyard down the back over the fence to fill in near the creek on our back boundary and pull out a cemented star picket. We offered to pay him for fuel and time but he said "just shout me a beer" saving us lugging many wheelbarrows of dirt and digging for us and also saved us $200 over hiring someone to do it for us.

In the kitchen -
- Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.

Internet listings & finances -
- On a free listing promotion on eBay I listed 10 homemade items saving $16.50 on usual listing fees.
- We paid an additional payment of $175 off our home loan. Yay for 2 rate decreases making our variable rate home loan repayments less. We pay both our fortnightly payments and monthly interest broken into fortnight repayments to save time and interest on our loan. We are currently 5.9 months ahead on our mortgage that we started in January.

In the gardens -
- Cut all pipes for the drip irrigation system. We still need to buy some poly pipe fittings so we can set it all up.
- Filled all 10 of the garden beds up with more amended soil as they had settled.
- I weeded all of the ornamental flower beds around the home.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead :).

Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

You know I don't blame you. It's amazing how fast you can melt outside! Have a great night Lana

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Thank goodness for friends and neighbors Lorna! Thats a great savings on your mortgage too. You had such a good week. Have a great day.