Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 14 January 2018

During the month of January, I’m participating in a Pantry Challenge as well as a No Spend Month. These two are somewhat flexible, as participants can adapt the “rules” to their situation, and I’ve done exactly that. However, both have still helped me with my frugal goals so far this month. So here’s my list for last week, shared for this week’s Frugal Accomplishments post at The Prudent Homemaker: Continue reading

2017 Reading List Close-Out

For those who love to read, I’ve closed out my 2017 reading list and will be updating my tab for the new year. If you’d like to peruse what I read last year, here’s the list. If you’d like to peruse my book list from 2016, you can read the four posts sharing those titles at the following links: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.

  1. JANUARY: Self-Sufficiency on a Shoestring – Bridgewater
  2. Mayhem at the Orient Express – Logan
  3. The Final Day – Forstchen
  4. Temple Reflections – Gaskill
  5. Vern Yip’s Design Wise – Yip
  6. Living Large in our Little House – Fivecoat-Campbell
  7. Living Without Electricity: Lessons from the Amish – Scott & Pellman
  8. The Urban Homesteading Cookbook – Nelson
  9. Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox – Davis
  10. 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home – Berry
  11. Black Friday – Johnstone
  12. Into the Guns – Dietz
  13. Knitting – Bartlett
  14. The Organized & Efficient House Spouse – Anderson
  15. The Complete Guide to Using, Laundering, and Sewing Reusable Cloth – Pientka
  16. Give Your Child the World – Martin
  17. FEBRUARY: The Knitting Diaries – Macomber
  18. Sustainability Starts at Home – Gifford
  19. The Zero-Waste Lifestyle – Korst
  20. Americanah – Adichie
  21. The Latter-day Morning – Bacera
  22. Heat & Light – Haigh
  23. Green Christmas – Sander
  24. SoulSpace – Balbes
  25. Sewing Happiness – Ishida
  26. Plowing with Pigs – Will
  27. Snow Mountain Passage – Houston
  28. These is My Words – Turner
  29. MARCH: The Third Plate – Barber
  30. One Thing at a Time – Glovinsky
  31. Code Word – Abramson
  32. The Year of Living Danishly – Russell
  33. The Guardian – Lund
  34. Obsession – Abramson
  35. Faith – Copeland
  36. The Temple: Where Heaven Meets Earth – Madsen
  37. The Other Einstein – Benedict
  38. The Non-Toxic Avenger – Duke
  39. Longing for Home – Eden
  40. Hope Springs – Eden
  41. I Quit Sugar – Wilson
  42. Weave of Absence – Martin
  43. Loom and Doom – Martin
  44. The Secret Stitch – Reid
  45. The Eagle Catcher – Coel
  46. APRIL: Women and the Priesthood – Dew
  47. The Ghost Walker – Coel
  48. Sojourn Stitch – Reid
  49. The Modern Natural Dyer – Vejar
  50. June – Copeland
  51. Hope – Copeland
  52. Glory – Copeland
  53. Ruth – Copeland
  54. Freefall – Abramson
  55. The Broken Circle – Potter
  56. Royal Target – Abramson
  57. Her Good Name – Kilpack
  58. MAY: No Idle Hands – MacDonald
  59. Simply Clean – Rapinchuk
  60. Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs – Brown
  61. Song of the Lion – Hillerman
  62. Prepper’s Food Storage – Languille
  63. Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World – McKinley
  64. A Discovery of Witches – Harkness
  65. Shades of Earl Grey – Childs
  66. Lonesome Cowboy – Macomber
  67. Texas Two Step – Macomber
  68. The Fourth Wife – Davis
  69. JUNE: How Starbucks Saved My Life – Gill
  70. Shadow of Night – Harkness
  71. The Book of Life – Harkness
  72. DIY Woven Art – Denbow
  73. Dragonwell Dead – Childs
  74. Knitting Yarns – Hood
  75. Adulting is a Myth – Anderson
  76. The Journal: Martial Law – Moore
  77. The Day After – Baze
  78. Naturally Nourished – Britton
  79. Knitting Scarves from Around the World – Cornell
  80. The Witch’s Daughter – Brackston
  81. The Return of the Witch – Brackston
  82. The Winter Witch – Brackston
  83. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey – Brackston
  84. The Silver Witch – Brackston
  85. Frogs and Kisses – Swendson
  86. The Templar Legacy – Berry
  87. The Alexandria Link – Berry
  88. JULY: You Can Buy Happiness – Strobel
  89. Protecting the Gift – De Becker
  90. Unprocessed – Kimble
  91. A Sensible Arrangement – Peterson
  92. A Moment in Time – Peterson
  93. A Matter of Heart – Peterson
  94. The Chemist – Meyer
  95. Patriot’s Dream – Michaels
  96. Frontier Grit – Monson
  97. Class 11 – Waters
  98. AUGUST: Only Skein Deep – Sefton
  99. Make Your Bed – McRaven
  100. The Journey Home – Winchester
  101. Colors: the Story of Dyes and Pigments – Delamare
  102. Fablehaven – Mull
  103. Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World – Garfield
  104. Caroline’s Child – Macomber
  105. Dr. Texas – Macomber
  106. Murder at Hatfield House – Carmack
  107. The Gospel of Hemp – Archuleta
  108. A Tale of Two Preppers – Gregerson
  109. Locker Nine – Horton
  110. Murder at Westminster Abbey – Carmack
  111. Arthritis-Proof Your Life – Schoffro Cook
  112. Murder in the Queen’s Garden – Carmack
  113. Murder at Fountainebleu – Carmack
  114. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star – Mull
  115. SEPTEMBER: Janitors – Whitesides
  116. The Borrowed World – Horton
  117. The Rarest Blue – Sterman
  118. Trinity – Fetter-Vorm
  119. The Rally Point – Gregersen
  120. Over the River and Through the Woods – Gregersen
  121. The Journey Home – Winchester
  122. Outage – Barr
  123. When the Power is Gone – Glaspy
  124. Post Grid – Martineau
  125. When the Peace is Gone – Glaspy
  126. Unexpected World – Pike
  127. Uncertain World – Pike
  128. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague – Mull
  129. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary – Mull
  130. Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison – Mull
  131. Unknown World – Pike
  132. Unwanted World – Pike
  133. In the Shadow of Denali – Peterson
  134. Darkness Begins – Tate
  135. The Salt Line – Goddard Jones
  136. To Siri With Love – Newman
  137. Surviving the Fall – Kraus
  138. Darkness Grows – Tate
  139. Darkness Rises – Tate
  140. OCTOBER: Chaos Comes – Tate
  141. Chaos Gains – Tate
  142. Talon of God – Snipes
  143. The Journey Home – Motes
  144. The Search – Motes
  145. Gathering Home – Motes
  146. Ghost Fleet – Singer & Cole
  147. Level Up Your Life – Kamb
  148. That One Small Omission – Rose
  149. John Adams – McCullough
  150. Emergency Evacuations – Bedford
  151. The Water Knife – Bacigalupi
  152. NOVEMBER: Land – Shaver
  153. Grace Under Fire – Horton
  154. Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – Ricks
  155. Of Slippers & Secrets – Twichell
  156. Confessions of a Domestic Failure – Laditan
  157. Money Secrets of the Amish – Craker
  158. Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style – Harris
  159. When the Pain is Gone – Glaspy
  160. Forgotten Ways for Modern Days – Blondel
  161. Pulse – Taylor
  162. Cooking Green – Heyhoe
  163. Void Star – Mason
  164. Sunshine to Dollars – Harris
  165. Surviving the Blackout of 2003 – Harris
  166. Homegrown Sprouts – Galchus
  167. The Indigo Girl – Boyd
  168. Green Sense for the Home – Freed & Daum
  169. Relatively Dead – Connolly
  170. Chaos Evolves – Tate
  171. Be a Hero – Geddes & Rees
  172. Into the Forest – Hegland
  173. The Reversion – Smith
  174. Molôn Labé! – Party
  175. DECEMBER: If We Survive – Klavan
  176. Last Light – Blackstock
  177. Night Light – Blackstock
  178. True Light – Blackstock
  179. Dawn’s Light – Blackstock
  180. 31 Days to Survival – Creekmore
  181. Behold, Darkness and Sorrow – Goodwin
  182. Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook – Layton
  183. Alas, Babylon – Frank
  184. Promised Land – Tarr
  185. Phoenix Rising – Johnstone
  186. Phoenix Rising: Firebase Freedom – Johnstone
  187. Have Yourself a Thrifty Little Christmas – Luther
  188. Thread the Halls – Wait
  189. Survival Notes EMP Preparedness Guide – Hughes
  190. The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution – Romm
  191. Phoenix Rising: Day of Judgement – Johnstone
  192. The Complete 52 Weeks Savings Plan – Bedford
  193. The Scorpio Races – Stiefvater
  194. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Townsend
  195. The Complete Book of Prepping Lists – Family Survival Planning
  196. Before the Power was Gone – Glaspy
  197. Preserving Everything – Meredith
  198. A Christmas Return – Perry
  199. Year One – Roberts
  200. The Practical Prepper – Jones

Frugal Accomplishments for the First Week of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! As you may recall, one of my favorite reads each week is Brandy’s Frugal Accomplishments post on The Prudent Homemaker. I love the sense of community, the many ideas shared by Brandy and her readers, and the inspiration and encouragement I get from each post and comment. I prune things from my to-do list every year, but one constant is reading (and hopefully contributing to) these lists – so I’m sticking with sharing on my end for 2018.

Here’s what my family accomplished the first week of January, 2018:

Saved $23 household supplies at Target – Using Cartwheel app we Continue reading

Last Frugal Accomplishments of 2017

Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. I’m pretty excited to be finishing out the list of 2017 frugal accomplishments with a bang. Even with family in town for the holidays, we were able to find some deals and do some frugal things. Here’s how things went for our last week of the year:

  • Used homemade dishwasher soap
  • Used passive solar to heat rooms while sun was up; blinds and curtains to keep heat in when sun went down
  • Kept using our wool blanket and flannel sheets (though now it’s a bit warm for them when we go to bed – eek!)
  • Received $0.82 back as a prorate for Great Courses Plus for December (because I prepaid for the coming year)
  • Planned out Continue reading

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Weeks Ending 17 and 24 Dec 2017

Hello everyone! I’ve been noting a few frugal accomplishments in the comments on Brandy’s blog, The Prudent Homemaker, the past couple of weeks. Since I’ve been so quiet here lately, I thought I’d share the rest of my December frugal notes with here today. I just realized that with the timing of the holidays, our next Frugal Accomplishments recap will fall on the very last day of the year. How fun!

Okay, here’s my breakdown for the past two weeks:

Week ending 17 December 2017:
*Made homemade dishwasher soap
*Used passive solar to heat house (with daytime sun) and keep cold air out (once the sun went down and temps dropped)
*Used warm blankets and Continue reading