Frugal Things I Did Last Week

20 Sep

The sleep sack I made for a friend’s baby shower last week. I had all of the materials on hand (all were purchased on sale).

On one of my many walks this past week  I picked a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers.  They only last a few days but made a beautiful centerpiece for our kitchen table.

I finished watching Larkrise to Candleford Season 4 this past week.  I checked it out for free from the library.

We saved $75 by getting Eli’s dental check up done at our family dentist rather than at the expensive pediatric dentist’s office.  (Yes we do have dental insurance but it only pays so much towards each preventative visit.)  I practiced with Eli before we went to the dentist and he was excellent!

I purchased a yard of remnant white flannel from JoAnns for $3 to make nursing pads for a friend.  This was all I bought at JoAnns which is a major accomplishment for me!  I will be using the white flannel for the outside of the nursing pads and using ugly scrap flannel for the inside layers.

I purchased a pair of boots (for me) from Totsy for 75% off + free shipping.  🙂

From our garden I harvested: green beans, green peppers, banana peppers, okra, zucchini, summer squash & tomatoes.

I planted our Fall Garden which includes: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, snow peas, & kohlrabi.  I have no clue if any of these will actually work out!  We’ll see.

I purchased a generic brand camera battery for my Nikon camera off Amazon for 3.58.  My camera now works great!

I downloaded Sew-Classic’s Cleaning & Adjusting your sewing machine (free with purchase).  (My machine was just serviced but I am hoping to go through this Sew-Classic booklet the next time my machine needs an adjustment.  I don’t think it will alleviate the need to ever have my machine serviced but it may allow me to lengthen the time between visits.)

In the mail I received a sample of shampoo, conditioner, and a Shout color catcher.

I sewed a flannel blanket and sleep sack for a friend’s baby shower using all materials from my stash.  I used flannel purchased on Black Friday last year for the baby blanket and a remnant piece for the sleep sack.  I also reused a pattern for the Sleep Sack that I had used before.

I made 4 loaves of Country White Bread.  The hubby said it was the best bread I’ve ever made and he might be right.  🙂  We packed our lunch on Wednesday when we ran errands.

We cancelled our Netflix subscription.

What frugal activities did you do this past week?  Do you have any suggestions for me?  I’m looking for fun cheap fall activities to do with Elijah.  🙂 


6 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Last Week”

  1. Heather September 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Way to go on getting rid of Netflix! We canceled ours almost three years ago and we rarely miss it. Hmm…frugal ideas for fall…do you guys have a farmer’s market in your area? We love going to the farmer’s market and Milo absolutely loves it. He loves seeing all of the people and animals (a lot of people bring their dogs) and some of the booths have free samples. This Saturday, our farmer’s market is hosting a free pumpkin patch with several kids’ activities that Milo isn’t old enough for, but that he’ll probably enjoy next year. 🙂

    • emersonfamily September 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      I’m glad to hear you all don’t miss Netflix. It was actually Brandon’s idea (surprise) to cancel our subscription. 🙂 Do you all have cable? We do have a farmer’s market but it is rather small. The one in Lexington was really large and had samples and such. I”ll have to look around and see if anyone is having free fall activities.

  2. Ann September 21, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    how about catching a wooly worm and putting it in a plastic empty peanut butter jar? drill some air holes in the top with a drill add a few sticks and leaves. then eli can look at it without squishing it! let it go back to visit its family in a day or so

    • emersonfamily September 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

      That’s a great idea. I’ll have to ask Uncle Caleb or Uncle Jacob to drill some holes in a jar for me. 🙂 The other day when Eli caught a wooly worm I thought boy I wish we had a critter keeper.

  3. Rachel September 22, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Kudos on cancelling Netflix! I think if we didn’t use ours so much, we would cancel. We did, however, cancel our DVD portion! We just weren’t using it. Having Netflix is definitely saving us money, as we do not have a cable or satellite subscription.

    Fall activities – hmm… Kinman’s farm (in Burlington), is an inexpensive pumpkin patch. The only thing is, it’s a farm (your family has one!), you get a pumpkin (you’re growing them!), and there’s not a whole lot else there that Eli can’t do! They do hayrides, a bonfire and a corn maze… I guess the experience would make up for it. They do have some unusual animals there – some wallabies, a camel, some alpacas. What about going to the park to see the leaves change on the trees? I always love that!

    • emersonfamily September 23, 2012 at 2:32 am #

      Yeah I do like orchards/pumpkin patches but my parents do have a farm complete with animals, tractors, and horses to ride. (I think their farm will always win out in Eli’s mind.) Yesterday we went hiking at Big Bone Lick State Park. 🙂 We might try the park and playing in the leaves. That sounds like lots of fun. The park in Fort Thomas is one of our favorites.

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