I enjoy reading “The Prudent Homemaker’s” weekly list of frugal accomplishments. While I do not think I can ever match her grocery bill or how many of her family’s clothes she makes, I think on a weekly basis I do some things that are quite frugal. So here is the list:
- We hosted our church small group party Sat night, and were blessed with some of the left overs. Sunday lunch was left over party food. Yummm.
- Monday was the last Sheep sale at the TN Livestock Producers sale barn. We took the last of the little runty ram lambs to the sale. They had been the smallest of the ones born this year and actually never grew very well. We decided to just sell them and save on feed for the rest of the winter.
- The kids attended the TN 4-H honor club meeting this week. The service project was collecting old shoes! We donated over 20 pair. They will go to the Soles for Souls project. There was a Christmas party at the meeting, so we made that our dinner.
- Aaron and I attended another 4-H meeting that included a pot luck lunch. I used more party leftovers to make spaghetti with meatballs. Lunch was at the meeting.
- Since I had shopped for groceries before the Christmas party, I did not do any other shopping except for milk.
- Stayed home all day Thursday! I got a lot of paperwork and mending projects finished.
- I made several items from scraps to enter in the fairs next year. This included 5 baby bibs.
- Finished 2 quilts that I had pieced/ appliqued the tops. Both were made totally of fabric I had on hand. Plan to enter both in the fairs this summer.
- Made banana bread from bananas that were too ripe to eat, 4 loaves. Substituted vanilla yogurt for 1/2 the oil, to save $ and calories. Also baked cookies, yum.
- Tailored a pair of pants for Aaron that we picked up at the Goodwill for $4.99. They were brand new, but a bit big in the waist, so I took them in.
- Planned meals from what we had in the ref, trying a couple of new things.
- Made humus from canned chick peas and pita chips from pita bread. Very frugal and yummy.
- Burned wood in the wood stove all week, did not turn the heater on. Each summer we cut wood from our back pasture. We usually only cut dead trees unless they are too close to the fence line. The only cost is gas for the chain saw and renting the log splitter. We burn wood all winter and even have enough to donate to families in need.
- Shopped at CVS for items that were on sale, with coupons and used ECB to pay for it. Trying to use up ECB they expire.
What did you do to save money and care for your family this week?