Thursday, February 6, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

Keeping track of the "frugal things" I do each week really encourages me to keep pushing and saving our money for what really matters!  The original inspiration came from The Prudent Homemaker.  This is something I have been doing for quite a while on my first blog.  Here are some of the frugal things we did last week to save money:

We attended a fun birthday party where our friend's twins turned 1!  I talked with their aunt and found out that they did not have anything in their room with their names on it.  I made them each a canvas with their name on it.  They were 11 x 14 canvases that my mother-in-law gave me when we were visiting.  These were fun to make!  Eli enjoyed helping me make them and helped with each step.  He even asked for his own canvas to make them a gift.  He was insistent that I also give them the canvas that he made!  For Eli's canvas I used Cricut Plantin' Schoolbook Cartridge and cut the letters at 4.5.  For some odd reason I had to cut the boat at 14 and used Cricut Ruby Red Vinyl.  For Lexi's canvas I used the Cricut Cartridge, Songbird and cut the letters at 4.5 and the bird at 5.5.

I baked Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

I passed along some hand me downs to two different friends.  I really appreciate hand me downs so I try to pass things along to others.

I made homemade Kefir using a powdered Kefir starter that my mom gave me.  I also used a coupon to order Kefir Grains.  (I have used kefir grains in the past but accidentally dropped a glass jar that they were in.)

I used my Crock Pot to make Venison Stew.  My brother was kind enough to shoot a deer for us this past fall.

I made a felt snowman kit for Eli using felt I had in my stash.  I think this would also make a cute gift for someone.

I received a free packet of Chard Seeds from Renee's Garden.  I have never grown chard and honestly can't remember if I have ever eaten it but we will be eating it sometime this year.  I bet the hubby is beyond excited about this possibility!  I wonder if I could grow it in our landscaping or in a large container?  I grew a variety of flowers and vegetables from Renee's Garden last year and look forward to growing more this upcoming year.

I made homemade Greek Yogurt.  You can make yogurt in the Crockpot but I have had better success using my Excalibur Dehydrator.  I also regularly use it to raise bread.  

My grandmother gave me 3 cards: 2 birthday cards and a Valentine's Day card that I will give to Elijah.

We went on a short day trip to meet up with some friends so we packed a cooler of drinks.  We stopped at a gas station and I redeemed a coupon for a free flavored water.  Our friends treated us to dinner which was nice.

I read a free book on my kindle.

I made homemade laundry detergent tabs.  I actually splurged and purchased these Tovolo Ice Trays just for this project.  So far this new recipe works great.

I sewed a dozen cloth wipes using fabric scraps.  (If you sew crib sheets you will cut out 4 squares in each of the corners.  These are the perfect size for cloth wipes!)

We attended our first week of Financial Peace University at a nearby church.

I started this new blog instead of paying to add more space to my wordpress blog.

What frugal things did you do last week?  


  1. I love that felt snowman idea. I think I'll do something similar for one of my grandchildren. Cute!

  2. --I hosted a House Party SodaStream FizzFootball party on Super Bowl Sunday. Its a Company that showcases different products and recruits people to host parties using different products in their own homes to get guests to buy the product. The host gets to keep the product. I got a free Soda Stream Source machine, which retails for $99.99. I was also sent two bottles of Cola and Diet Cola to sample along with cups and party favors for my guests. The only requirement was to talk up the party online on the House Party Website. I uploaded a Group picture on my House Party page. I've had a House Party before using Bare Minerals skin care. It's a nice machine. We do drink soda/pop at my house. I try to buy on sale. The benefit of a Soda Stream machine is that there is no can or plastic bottle waste. Now that I have this machine, I won't have to buy soda pop for awhile. Due to last weekends snowstorm, The only people who came to my party was me, my husband and son. Everyone else canceled :(
    --watched Downton Abbey free on

    --Downloaded 4 free books onto my iPad through the Kindle app

    --got my hair cut and highlighted free by my Mom who's a licensed hairdresser

    --last weekend we stayed home mainly in part due to poor weather & driving conditions
    --Did NOT eat out and made all food from scratch using our Crockpots, all of which were gifts given to us at my Bridal shower 15 years ago