Sunday, September 29, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 9/29/19!

The good weather is holding out for us here in our part of Michigan.  The nights are cool (ok a little cold) but the days are beautiful.  You can feel Fall though and you know the good warm days will be over soon.   



We found a "new" bike for grandson when we went trash picking this past week.  He wore his old one out this past summer, so this came right on time.   Behind that you can see the lawn chair, end table, and bird house that we trash picked a couple of weeks ago.  You can see a better before and after picture here.

We seem to only find one or two good things a week but they are always what we need!   



I canned 6 pints and 2 quarts of tomatoes. I dried the skins in my dehydrator for tomato powder.  

Last night we picked a bushel of mustard greens and a head of cabbage.  



I made a apple strudel with the apples we found at the Mennonite store.  You can read about the grocery deals I found at both the Amish and Mennonite stores here.   


We went to Applewood estate and took a tour of the home and gardens (free).  It was so nice to walk among someone else's flowers.  

  
Goals

Keep harvesting and canning (mustard greens, tomatoes, and cabbage).  

Go fishing again- it's been awhile since we had the chance.  We decided that we are going to make time though this week.  



How did you save money this past week?

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11 comments:

  1. My goodness what a nice bike. That sure was a special find and will be loved. I love the paint job you did on the chairs.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, I can't wait till he sees his new bike. He will love it for sure.

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  2. I experienced some more generosity this week.

    At my garden club meeting the speaker talked about planting spring bulbs in containers then she gave out garden bulbs. I got a pink daffodil & a purple crocus. I'd never seen the pink daffs before & had to buy a bag at Walmart ($3)

    Then a friend in the club gifted me with a cup & saucer. It's the Royal Albert polka rose pattern my husband gave to me for our anniversary last spring. She had been to my house & eaten off the dishes so when she saw the cup & saucer in the store she thought I'd like having a spare set.

    At Goodwill I bought a little metal Tonka tractor for my grandson...he so does not need it but I could't pass it up for $1


    I also went to a local thrift shop for the $1 days on clothes & found two very nice workout blouses for $1 each & for .50 I got a set of white linen napkins. I'll be using the napkin for my kercheif when I wear my Cinderella in rags costume.

    My kids are in San Diego this week so no grandbaby. Husband & I went hiking on a local trail. The trail was free but we didn't save much on our food.

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    1. You had a wonderful week Jenny! I laughed when you said your grandson doesn't need the Tonka Tractor! That's exactly what we do too..so many toys.
      Sounds like you had a wonderful day date with your husband. It was worth the price of food I'm sure!
      Have a great day!

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  3. Great find on the new bike! Someone is going to be excited to see that!

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  4. Wow, the bike was a great find! I took the virtual tour of Applewood. What a beautiful place!

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    1. We love Applewood. The Mott family helped the community so much and they continue to with the house tours, gardens, and grants they reward. Such a wonderful legacy.

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  5. Vickie you have done so well and that bike does look like it is hardly used :o what a bonus. Glad you have been able to pick lovely produce from your gardens and make delicious food for your household :).

    Just a brief catch up of last weeks going on's here is that I found chicken drumsticks on special for $3 kg at IGA and topped up with 11.71 kg so the chicken freezer drawer is full. I painted the wall, side of the kitchen unit with sink, and ply we had filled in the hole with as the vinyl on boarding was higher around the outside costing happily nothing to do apart from a bit of time and effort.

    Our goal this week is to continue with cutting firewood from our back boundary and stacking it in the shed.

    Last weeks saving added up to $860.26 . -

    Listings/Finances/Purchases -
    - Listed 12 items on a free listing and reduced final auction value free promotion on eBay saving $19.80 on usual prices.
    - Got 2 quotes to do some electrical work done one came in at $1300 and the other $602.66 to do the same thing so of course we went for option B saving a whopping $697.34. They will be out here doing the work not this coming week but early the following week. So hard to get quotes when you live rurally it seems.
    - Put an additional bulk sum of money into savings as we are trying to get our emergency kitty up to a 3 month level for additional piece of mind.
    - We are currently almost doubling paying off our home mortgage repayments since the beginning of the year.
    - On clearance sale in Target I purchased a skirt and a pair of shorts for $6 in total new saving $54 on usual costs. They are clearing all their clothing to make way for more high end clothing from what I read in news articles.

    In the kitchen -
    - Made a homemade batch of chocolate fudge (including condensed milk), a quadruple batch of chocolate pudding (similar to yogo) and a double batch of Anzac biscuits saving $89.12 over buying them in the shops including what it cost us to make them taken off.

    In the gardens -
    - In two separate garden beds we planted sprouted seed potatoes from some we hadn't eaten from the supermarket and in another garden bed planted turnip and carrot seeds.
    - Last night we had 6.5 mm of rain plus more in the afternoon which topped up our two header rainwater tanks and overflowed into our lower 5000 gallon one filling it by another third. We have more rain predicted for this afternoon and tonight so we are hoping it totally fills our bottom tank back up.
    - DH has been working gradually during the week at the back of the property to cut up fallen branches from ironbark trees. Yesterday we filled so far 2 large wheelbarrows full and stacked them in the firewood leanto shed. This should give us ample kindling and more medium sized logs but there are still yet more to cut. Got to love not leaving your property to cut firewood.

    Hope everyone has had a wonderful week and will this coming week too :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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    1. I.love that you can get your firewood right on your property. What a deal.
      Too bad target is changing their their stock but what great deals you got.
      You had a great week. Have a great day!

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