Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 4 March 2018

I’m so excited! Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker has a post up this week, thanks to a work-around on her computer issue. So for anyone who missed her posts, head on over – there’s tons of inspiration and encouragement, as usual, from Brandy and her readers.

We had some pretty groovy things happen this past week and weekend and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you today. As always, please feel free to share your frugal accomplishments in the comments here or a link to them if you blog. I’d sure love to hear from you!

Here’s how things went for us the first week of March: Continue reading

Learning to Use Coupon & Rebate Apps

I don’t know that I’m one of the cool kids just yet, but I’m finally starting to feel like I’m getting the hang of the new (to me) money saving options out there. I’m super excited about how things are coming together, and I have several frugal friends who are looking for tips. I’ve also got an almost-seventeen year old (whaaaat? How’d THAT happen?) who needs to get on the ball with testing out these options while she still has olde maternal unit as budget backup. My friend A. and I were discussing things like Ibotta recently and I offered to write up a little post about how I’m working through this process. It’s my hope that this will also help those of you who want to learn more about some of the things I’ve used and rambled about on Frugal Accomplishments posts. I have a very personal request too, though! If you are a more experienced user of frugal apps, please read through this and make suggestions or share how you do things. I really, really want to keep learning how to dial these things in and I’m positive that there will be something I’m missing that would help my family (and others) save even more. So please share your knowledge with us tech newbies if you see something I’ve left out/not learned how to do yet.

That said, here’s the breakdown of the Target trip that the kids and I went on today: Continue reading

Personal Challenges for March 2018

I’ve decided I’ll be doing three personal challenges this month: another No Spend Month; another Pantry Challenge; and the 31 Bags in 31 Days challenge. All three of these will be adapted a bit for my needs and my family situation, but I’m sure they’ll still help bunches.

My friend E. and I made the decision back in January to make March a No Spend Month, during a discussion about the government shutdown and how it affects both of our families. I was super excited to get a message from her recently that her “other half” is on board and excited to do the NSM challenge as well. I speak from experience when I say that it’s HUGE when everyone in the household (or at least all those with access to the money) is a willing participant. So here’s to saving some serious cash in March! My rules are as follows: Continue reading

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 25 Feb 2018:

We had a pretty full week – accomplished quite a bit and even did it frugally. I’m so sad that Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker might not have a post up this week, per her Facebook post about computer troubles, but I’m excited to share what we were able to do so I’ll keep on keepin’ on until she’s up and running again. Hopefully that is VERY soon!

Here’s how our week went – feel free to share your news in the comments too! Continue reading

Ways to Reuse Food Storage Cans

A recurring question that pops up whenever folks see that I really use my long term food storage items  is, “What do you do with the cans?”  Well, the easiest thing is to just recycle them – and we’ve done that plenty, rinsing them out and putting them in the recycle bin. There are, however, plenty of ways for frugal or crafty folks to reuse/repurpose them first.

Here are just a few of the ideas bouncing around in my brain these days for reusing #2 and #10 food storage containers:

  • Pencil/brush caddy for the craft table or desk – cover with children’s drawings, wall paper samples, sponge paint, decoupage, etc.
  • Make a “tin man” for the garden with various sizes of cans (bulk and standard shelf cans)
  • Carry feed to small livestock – punch holes in the sides and you can even add a wire, twine or paracord carrying handle.  Keep the lid handy to keep pests out.
  • Place behind a chair and let kids play a clothespin drop game
  • Decorate and use as planters for a windowsill herb garden (don’t forget drainage holes in the bottom – stick the plastic lid on the bottom as a drip catcher!)


Remember that tin cans can have sharp edges, so always make filing off sharp points a step in your repurposing adventures!