I used a little dish soap and/or shampoo mixed with water to re-fill the foaming hand soap dispensers.
I picked up an item second hand that will be given to Daughter on her birthday or at Christmas.
I did a little fall decorating. So far, I have not spent anything on fall decorations - these are items we own from previous years. I get tempted in the stores - I admit that - but I keep reminding myself that we have things, and that too much is just clutter. That said, I am thinking of making a banner to go beneath the mantle shelf. I do, I will use supplies I already have on hand. I also have plans for some cute fall crafts to do with Daughter and some of her friends, using recycled materials and some things we have on hand.
Potatoes were .99 per 10 pounds, limit two. I was in the store twice, so I purchased 40 pounds. They will last us quite a while, and store well in our basement.
I used a sale and some coupons to get 12 rolls of TP for 35 cents. They are single roll, but at less than 3 cents each including tax, I'm happy!
|I call this photo, "If Jackson Pollock made applesauce bars."|
I also made a batch of homemade laundry soap. I only had enough bar soap for a single batch, but even that will last me about 4 months. I picked up another bar of Fels-Naptha for next time, because I'd much rather have it on hand than run out of laundry soap and realize then I need an ingredient. Plus, they had plenty at the store, but Murphy's Law being what it is, they'd be out of stock if I needed a bar!
We stuck close to home a lot this week, and combined errands when we could. We got books and media from the library for free, and we attended an educational library program for homeschoolers about constellations. It was really good, and also a nice opportunity for the students to socialize a bit. Much of our time has been spent housebreaking Taffy, our new puppy. It's going quite well. She's a smart girl and she's learning fast.
We cut up some more firewood that Husband picked up on his way home from work. We have more wood prepared this year than I believe we have had any other year. It's not that we're expecting some terrible winter so much as just cleaning up around here (getting the logs split that needed it, cutting up an old pallet or two (okay, more than two), etc. We still have some tree stumps that have been removed from the ground, and need to be cut and split, along with some scrap lumber.
The garden is really winding down. I got a handful of green beans, and I harvested our mini pumpkins. They are teeny tiny, and we only got three. I remember thinking that the spot we used for them might be too shady, and I think that was a big part of it. I have to admit, though - the teeny tiny pumpkins are really cute! We have one very green pumpkin still growing, and several (I think four?) butternut squash, and I think I may still get a few more zucchini. We are still waiting for a tomato to ripen...to no avail.
I bought a second-hand vacuum from a lady, and I love it. I mean...love it. It's a Shark Lift Around - a little bitty thing, but it's strong and works really well. It's light enough that Daughter has been using it to vacuum the hard surface floors, instead of sweeping them, and they are getting cleaner as a result. It's also really good for curtains, high places, and my least favorite thing to try to vacuum with the upright - stairs. I guess they are about $100 new, and then sales tax. I paid $40, which I earned selling off things we didn't need. It has a place for a shoulder strap, but the lady couldn't find that, so I'm going to sew one for it, which will make it that much more awesome! :) I also like that you can take it all apart and clean all the parts. I'm very happy with my purchase.
I called around and found out that vaccines for Taffy (our puppy) had quite a price range. The lowest cost was $20 per visit at the spay and neuter clinic (no exam, just the shots), and the price went up from there to about $60 for an office visit/shots/puppy check, which was no additional testing or anything, just the vet looking her over. I opted to ask Husband to stop at the vet supply, and he picked up the vaccines for about $7, tax included, and I gave her the first round, no problem. We had a Border Collie who was on insulin the last two of her 14 years, so I learned then to give injections. I'm not even sure Taffy knew we gave her a shot! Daughter helped, by telling her everything was going to be fine and that the vaccines would give her super powers, hee hee.
I am making a denim rag quilt, and started stitching it together this week. I do still have to cut some more denim, but I was eager to see it start to come together, and I think that's going to give me the motivation I needed to finish the cutting I need to do.
My African violets were very over crowded, so I divided them until I ran out of plant pots. I gave two to a friend, and she is taking them to her grandmother.
|From left: feverfew, lemon balm, oregano, lovage, thyme, spearmint.|
I hemmed a pair of pants for Husband.
Well, that is what I remember from this week. Did you have a good week? What did you do this week to spend less, save more and make do?