Sunday, July 28, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 7/28/19!

It's been beautiful weather but it's funny how that rain falls.  It's all around us but we got nothing, yet.  I guess we are scheduled for more rain today and tomorrow.  Hopefully we will catch a drop (not a flood but a nice garden rain). 



The granddaughter helped and we harvested about 20 very small onions out of the grow bag.   Both of the grandchildren are saving money at our house so I've been giving them little jobs according to their age.  I usually pay them 50 cents to a couple of dollars depending on what they do and they are saving it on the mantel piece in a pint jar.   

I chopped and froze about 2 cups worth.  

Today after church she will help plant mustard greens seeds in that spot.  


Bought zucchini and cukes at a roadside stand $3.00.  You can see how my garden is coming along here.    

Besides freezing zucchini lasagna noodles I also made zucchini bread.  

At the same time, much to the delight of my husband, I made up a pan of biscuits.    I gathered up a loaf of bread and some biscuits and gave them to the neighbor who gave me his grass clippings.  

I watered the tomato and pepper plants with water from the rain barrel.  I'll water more tonight if we don't get any rain.  

I harvested cucumbers as they became ready. 

I took all the little flavorings my husband likes for his water out of their boxes (there were 11 boxes) and put them in a old pickle bologna jar.  This freed up a lot of room in the pantry.   I cleaned out my pantry in the Spring but it probably needs organizing again.  Cheryl at Cheryl's Frugal Corner made some good points this past  week about cleaning and organizing your pantry.  It's good to know what you have.  If you need to grow your pantry Patsi at a Working Pantry shows you how to build it up each week for $5 or less.  


We've been going to garage sales still and this past week we ventured further out in the country.  We found some great deals so we will do that again.  I found a bench for the entryway for $12.00,  this little play tea table for $5.00, coloring/workbooks for kids (great for travel), and clothes for both grandchildren.  

Among other things husband found a wheelbarrow for $3.00.  The wheel was bad but he had a extra wheel stored from an older wheelbarrow.  

We also found a lot in the free boxes they had at each sale.  

Goals for this week:

Keep weeding the garden (almost all caught up)


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10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good week. That is so neat that the kids are learning about earning/saving money for things they want. Love that!
    The biscuits and bread look so good!
    Thanks for the mention!!

    Hoping you have a great week.

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    1. Yes oldest wants some kind of video game...the other wants another doll. Have a great week Cheryl!

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  2. You had a great week. We got some outdoor items for 75 percent off at Lowe's and saved a bunch of money. We have been using Hubby's freebies for his birthday to eat out here at the lake.

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    1. You got some great deals..wow 75% off! Happy birthday to your husband and enjoy those freebies!

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  3. Vickie I am glad you were able to harvest some things from your garden, your baking looks divine :) and good pick ups at the garage sale.

    Our goal this week is to get the 4 food storage shelving units put together that we purchased and hopefully put the rest of the heavy duty chicken wire around the vegetable garden kangaroo enclosure.

    Finances -
    - Listed 10 items on a free listing promotion on eBay saving $16.50 on usual prices.
    - Paid an extra $175 payment off our mortgage.
    - Notified the company we purchased our new 20 tonne log splitter off that the item is faulty and spewing out hydraulic fluid and asked for a refund.

    In the kitchen and home -
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Damp dusted the whole home to get rid of the drought dust and it now sparkles.

    In the gardens -
    - With excess soil removed from the grape yard enclosure by a friend with a tractor who put the soil over our back fence we back filled areas where erosion had happened from previous creek flooding. We have spread 2/3 of the soil out and have a third to finish it. There was a lot of soil.
    - Connected the water from the garden tap through 19 mm pvc pipe reducing to 13 mm pvc piping to the 13 mm drip irrigation frames in the 10 garden beds. We reused more connectors being t-pieces and elbows from our previous gardens as we forgot to buy more.

    Water preservation -
    - Saved grey water from our washing machine to water spider plants, canna and calla lilies in the ornamental flower gardens and star jasmine.
    - Saved our hand washing water to water hedges around the outside of the home.
    - Saved shower warm up water to fill drink bottles with and to damp dust the house with.
    - Used grey water pumped from our grey water tank to water the lawns with to hopefully green up the grass around the outside of the home. We also used some of the water to water the mulberry and fruit trees.

    Hope everyone had a wonderful week :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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    1. I love to hear how you save water there. I especially love the sounds of you ornamental garden. The names alone sound beautiful.
      You had a great week of hard work and saving, Lorna! Have a great day.

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  4. You always find the neatest things at your yard sales. That little table looks brand new. I'm on a mission to learn to make biscuits and mine are getting better. Yours look beautiful!

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    1. I'm not sure where your located but white Lilly flour self rising flour is the best. I have a easy recipe in the recipe tab or you can use their
      recipe on the back of the bag. The only thing different I use is lard instead of crisco. Hope that helps.

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