Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 5 Nov 2017

Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. These weekly posts are some of my very favorites to read โ€“ both Brandyโ€™s posts and her readersโ€™ comments provide a great deal of inspiration and encouragement for me. Here are my frugal doings from last week:

*Turned off ice maker in freezer; put a jar of filtered water in the fridge to get cold & informed daughter (who is the main one using ice right now) of the change
*Cut 4 handkerchiefs for myself out of two old T-shirts
*Took Navy showers
*Packed lunch for myself and kids for the day we are at the college for daughter’s art class
*Windows and doors open in the mornings & evenings to cool house (no AC – woohoo!)
*Hung loads of laundry on drying rack instead of using electric dryer
*Helped daughter hang her laundry instead of using dryer
*Ordered a second drying rack and some Christmas gifts from Lehman’s; chose a smaller rack than originally budgeted for and used a 10% off coupon code as a new email subscriber and came in under original budget, even with two gifts added on
*Looked up MIT OpenCourseWare classes for son
*Strayed from the menu plan Tuesday night due to a migraine; ordered pizza, but used a coupon to get the best deal. Used cash from the grocery money (and included a bigger tip for making the poor pizza guy drive through our neighborhood during dark trick or treat hours)
*Pulled out our old Solio charger and charged it up to see if it will charge our new cell phones (I bought it on clearance in 2009 or 2010 – technology has changed a LOT since then!)
*Made herbal iced tea at home with bags already on hand instead of driving to shoppette for soda (Did need a soda to hit the migraine with meds and caffeine, but my husband grabbed one on his way home, so I didn’t fire up the truck for a single item)
*Continued reading library e-books via Overdrive
*Children and I attended a free lecture at the local college
*Went to Target: got several bags of Halloween candy on sale and picked up four cases of “Halloween” water (8oz bottles with “collectible” Halloween labels) on sale for $2 each. Purchased some jeans and a sweater for my daughter – received a $10 gift card for spending $40 on apparel. Used a previously earned $5 gift card to pay a portion of the tab.
*Had a family power outage exercise on Saturday – I actually flipped the breakers on almost everything in the house, so we definitely saved power from 0630 to 2115. No one could leave a fan or light running without realizing it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
*Purchased a 50lb case of potatoes for $14.99 – apx. $0.30 a lb seemed like a decent price
*Used personal cloth for #1
*Downloaded a free flight simulator app for my son, who hopes to be a pilot
*Daughter attended a free art class at the college and my son was invited to sit in on a Crew Resource Management class while we waited for her. (He can’t take classes there until he’s 16, but the school recruiter was so impressed by his knowledge of planes and engineering that she invited him to sit in and see what classes are like.)
*Attended a free field trip with our homeschool group – a Young Eagles fly-in at the airport. Both children got to take flights in a small plane with local pilots; then it turned out since my daughter is over 13, she received a log book and a code for some free starter lessons. I did donate $20 to the fuel donations bucket – it was well worth it!
*Downloaded a free flight simulator app for my son
*Read a book on my Kindle app that I had downloaded for free
*Used Sun Oven to make baked ziti Tuesday, to reheat a tray of ziti leftovers for dinner Thursday, and to bake brownies on Friday
*Inventoried and organized the supplies in the linen closet that holds all of our soap, dental supplies, OTC meds, and the like – now I know what we have plenty of and what to watch for sales/coupons on for cold and flu season
*Husband and son are taking apart a homemade bag toss game and reusing the lumber to make a trebuchet (proudly designed by my son)

6 thoughts on “Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 5 Nov 2017

    • Hi J! Thank you for taking the time to come visit and to comment. I can’t wait for the second rack to arrive. I was able to make do on drying some sheets yesterday by folding them in quarters (thankfully the sun and wind still dried them as I had two loads to do!, but a second rack would’ve been helpful. Makes me miss our clotheslines from past homes, but at least the racks can go with us hither and yon. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. Men love trebuchets. I don’t get the thrill of slinging something across the yard then watching it smash, but guys love it. When my sons were younger we knew a family who acquired an old telephone pole and turned it into a huge trebuchet. They put it in a friend’s pasture. It was terrifying. However, the science and engineering skills required to work it was amazing. My boys were fascinated and afterwards built many with k’nex and odd pieces of lumber.
    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry

    • Hello Jeannie! Thanks for popping by and for commenting. You’re right, trebuchets and ballistas really speak to the guys in my life too. They are out there working on it still, and looking forward to Daddy’s day off to go test it. LOL The really funny part is that when our son was a wee one, he HATED those commercials in the fall for the “punkin chunkin” show (I think it was from History or Discovery?). He would yell at the TV “NO! NO PUNKIN CHUNKIN!” And now…… ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I bet your son was excited to sit in on the Crew class. It sounds like you all had a fun day at the airport. What a great resource you have, with the college.
    You’ve given me an idea with the ice maker. We never use ice, but only keep it for guests and the occasional cooler. I may turn it off, and just turn it on for a bit when we’re expecting guests.

    • Hi Laurie! Thanks for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes, he absolutely loved it. They let him sit in this week and he is invited back for the last class next week. I have been incredibly impressed by the youth outreach in every area of study this college offers. Some folks don’t feel comfortable interacting with a ten-year-old this way, and these folks have been amazing.
      I’m glad the ice maker notation inspired you – I’m assuming it won’t be a huge difference in our bill, but I will take every bit I can. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Turning it on just for guests sound like a great idea to me!

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