Can I just say something? This past week has been a week when I am grateful that, for us, frugality is more or less a habit. I am glad that I didn't have to put mental energy toward checking prices, making do, saving more, because for me, this last week was a rough week.
Before I turn this into a pity party, I want to say that we are very, very fortunate. We are healthy, we have all we need and more, and best of all, we have one another. Still...there is a lot of change happening around here right now, and in general, I am not a huge fan of change. Several of the changes are really not mine to discuss, so I won't mention them...those of you that know me personally are aware of those. So my partial list includes helping Daughter get ready to start school away from home. She is excited, and I am too, but it's going to be different, and she and I are used to spending nearly all our time together. I know we will both be fine, but it will be an adjustment.
You know...I think it's the number of changes that's getting to me, not the individual changes themselves. The end result is that I'm whiny and I want chocolate and soda. Do they make chocolate soda?
OK...now that I have that out there, I will admit that I didn't make good notes this week. I will say that we still watched for items on sale and bought things as we needed them. Our Costco card expired at the end of the month, so we made a last cheese-and-dried-seaweed run, hee hee. We accepted some fridge and freezer items from my friend that was moving, which was very nice of her, and I stocked up on string cheese and trail mix, both of which were on sale and had coupons to go with.
The friend that moved is downsizing some. She blessed me with a bag of clothing, an office chair I am using in my craft area, a couple of area rugs and some plant cuttings, among other things. We borrowed books and media from the library, and I subbed for a few hours one day too. We sold some items we no longer needed on a local Freecycle page.
I put out some 'wanted' posts on those same Freecycle pages and I have gotten all the uniform items that Daughter will need for school. I have the size she wears now and the next size up. I was able to get 12 polo shirts, a sweatshirt, a hoodie and a knit sweater, all with the school logo already embroidered on them, for a total of $24. Since it costs over $7 per item to get the logo embroidered on, I am very, very happy to have gotten these! The students can wear slacks, jeans, skirts or shorts (there are specifics about length and not having holes, etc.), and she has those items on hand, so I think we are set for school.
We have been having smoothies lots of days at lunchtime. This is helping me use the prolific kale from our garden, along with some frozen fruit that has been in my freezer for....um....a while. The frozen texture and temperature is really nice on a hot day. Saturday night, Daughter planned and helped cook supper. She got the recipes from a book she borrowed from the library. We had herbed chicken, mashed potatoes with parsley and garlic, glazed carrots and a peach cake. She helped a lot and did a great job! She helped gather ingredients, including fresh herbs from the garden.
The garden is producing lots of green tomatoes. I've told them it's fine if they want to start ripening now, but so far, they are staying green. We are getting lots of kale, and we picked our first zucchini this week. The green beans are coming in too, and I expect to be canning green beans in another week or so. My lettuce is bolting (to be fair, it is August), so I'm pulling some each morning for the chickens and will re-plant this week. I am so happy in my garden this summer....everything is growing well and I feel like I'm supplementing our food supply with good, fresh, healthy foods. Oh, and there are carrots! I like to wait and pick them after first frost, but I think we will have a nice supply of them for fall/winter. It's so fun to grow our own! Cucumbers are forming too, and the herbs are all doing well.
I cleaned out our bunny barn this week, and it looks really good. It has me motivated to get to the other two sections soon, because it's so nice to have it clean and orderly. It wasn't terrible, but it was dusty - the pressure washer made everything look really nice. Oh...and before I forget...we have finished our summer reading programs, so we returned the baby bunnies to the gentleman we 'rented' them from...with the exception of the little runt. She is Daughter's new little friend, and she's a very sweet little snuggle bug. I'm hoping we can train her to do a few tricks for next year's programs.
|Mrs. Patmore was shorn not long after this photo was taken - now, she looks like a lamb!|
|Mrs. Hughes was also shorn. There to the right, you can see little Pepper in the cage next door.|
Well, that sums up my week. Thanks for letting me whine a bit at the beginning. I hope your week has gone well. What did you do to spend less, save more and make do? Leave me a comment so I can learn!