Sunday, May 26, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 5/26/19!

Here are the ways we've saved this past week:

Even though we have had the wettest Spring, that I can remember, everything is just beautiful.  My crab apple tree has put on quite a show with it's beautiful blooms.

Husband decided Friday, while it was not raining, that it would be a good idea to plow the garden a little bit.  It's our hope that this will help dry it out. I love how that you can see the big mud balls flying up in the air in the picture.  We have till June 15 to plant and receive a good harvest.  

Unfortunately, we cannot get out of the rain pattern for now.  That night it rained some more and rained again yesterday (Saturday).  Some of the counties around us have received even more rain than us and flooding is becoming a serious threat. My heart goes out to all the people around the United States right now that are having flooding.  

Froze the last of the Turkey noodle soup into two pint sized jars.  One day for dinner we will have it with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Used the soil from some of the failed winter sown jugs to put in the planters around the house.

Sold an item on craigslist.

One of my best deals for groceries this past week was hamburger on sale. I made up cooked hamburger, chili for hot dogs, and hamburger patties for the freezer.  We also had meatloaf for dinner yesterday.  

I was able to hang the clothes on the line one sunny, windy day this past week.  They were dry in 45 minutes or less.  

My goals for this week:

Keep planting flowers when and where I can.  In some spots it's not even possible because it's just purty old mud like my Mom used to say.  I heard the man at the green house yesterday tell a customer make sure you don't water those plants!  ha ha

Keep crocheting and sewing at night.  

What are the ways you saved this past week?

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Little Penpen said...

Purty old mud... lol. Ours is purty old dust... we need rain. We had a thirty minute shower this morning, the first in weeks. It was so welcome! I've been seeing the flooding on tv in other parts of the country... so devastating! Your crabapple tree is gorgeous!

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

How about we share some rain with you? Yes the rains and the flooding are terrible. Hope we all get back to normal soon.

Lana said...

We would love some of your rain. It is so hot and dry here. Your crab apple tree is beautiful!

I got 4 free mayo with iBotta. We shopped at a local outlet on Sr discount day saving fifteen percent on everything. Four packs of Nathan's hot dogs for 2.48 each. Lots of little savings here and there all week.

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

Great deals Lana! Yes I'd would love to send you some of my rain! it's really wild we are either not and dry or having a flood.

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Jenny said...

I've been following the Arkansas Army core of Engineers FB page closely. The Arkansas river is expected to break records this week. All that rain that keeps falling in Oklahoma & Kansas plus the snow melt from Colorado is all pouring into the Arkansas river.
We've also been having so many tornado warnings at night that everyone is exhausted. I've lost count of how many nights we've been jolted from sleep in the middle of the night by the tornado warning our phones. Though we haven't had to go to the basement at night yet....the adrenaline runs so high it takes forever to get back to sleep. We were so tired we decided to skip out on a funeral Friday morning to try to catch up on rest.

So this week I cooked most of our meals at home.

I used a $25 gift card for Rib Crib for supper last night.

DH has been cleaning out the basement garage a little at a time & discovering some treasures. Lots of canning jars & vases that I'm cleaning up. Some I will use & some I will pass on to my daughter-in-law's sister.

I've spent some time dividing perennials & filling some old containers from the garage for more plantings around my house. I'm planning to really get rid of some of the accumulated garden junk I have & try to seriously use what I love. The dilemma is that the more I plant the more I have to water in August!

I recycled some signs for my Sunday school classroom. I have a pretty Welcome banner that a friend helped me make a few years ago with her Cricut. The banner has pennants hanging on it with the boys' names. When I get a new student I let them write their name on a pennant & when they promote out I let them take their pennant. So we promoted this morning. I recycled some old pennants for the new boys by adding a layer of clean paper over the old names. They look nice & I used less of my cardstock stash.

I finally repaired a piece of door trim around my front door....something I have procrastinated on for years.

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

That would be so scary and worrisome getting jolted awake like that. I pray that you will all never have to go and seek shelter in that basement. It is good though how prepared you are! I
I really need to divide and conquer my hostas like you are doing. One no rain day I'll do that. Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vickie and oh how we need the rain you are getting over there and yes my heart goes out to those who are experiencing flooding over there. Just send all the rain to us here in drought stricken Australian regions. Oh the mud flying during tilling. Your crab apple tree looks so pretty in bloom too.

Our goals this week are to shred the tree branches we cut off the boundary trees to put as mulch around the fruit trees in the paddocks and set up the drip irrigation systems on the new above and below ground garden beds.

Our savings last week added up to $470.15 :).

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

Grocery stockpiling -
- With our $40 a month pantry building budget we purchased on really good specials 2 x small chocolates (for grocery shopping energy), 1 x box of special K, 11 x pkts of pasta and sauce,4 pkts of nice biscuits and 8 x 250 g blocks of Philadelphia cream cheese saving $34.70 on usual prices.

Purchases -
- Purchased 4 x 100 pk boxes of Panadol and 8 shave sticks on special saving $9.12 on usual prices.
- Saved up enough to buy all of our wool insulation batts for our ceiling cavity.
- Purchased a new laptop for myself on eBay since my last one's hard drive gave up the ghost saving $374.11 over buying an equivalent one in the shops.

Trading -
- Traded us digging fence post holes with our auger for 8 metres of rapid mesh we lined our trailer with saving $35.72 over buying it in the shops.

Internet listings -
- Listed 10 items on eBay using a free listing promotion saving $16.50 on usual listing fees.

In the gardens -
- DH finished tilling our 10 in-ground and above ground garden beds and we both removed barrow loads of soil ready for it to be amended with manures and put back in.
- I lined the bottom of each garden bed with weed mat, grass clippings, ride on lawnmower mulched autumn garden leaves and our vegetable scraps from the last week or so.

Hope everyone had an equally wonderful week :).

Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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

I do wish that could send you some rain, Lorna. The weather is so extreme every where.
That's great you are able to use your own mulch for the trees. It will save a lot of money for sure! Have a good week.

Melissa Henderson said...

South Carolina needs rain. We are in a drought right now. The temperatures are supposed to hit 100 degrees today with a higher heat index. Too hot to play outside. Have a great week! :-)

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

That's is extreme for sure...praying for a cooling rain to come you way soon Melissa.