Frugal Endeavors

Chili pepper

First Chili Pepper

This is what I did this week to keep our household expenses under control.

Monday –   Cut out a camisole from an old tee shirt using a tutorial I found of the internet years ago. The tutorial can be found here. I’ve been making camisole this way for a few years now and I am always happy with the results.

Tuesday – Finished my latest table runner.   I had a few more left over quilt patches so I made a small pillow and a book holder/door stop using this tutorial.

I made too much banana bread to use up some bananas that were starting to go bad. I gave a loaf to my neighbor and she sent over some berries from her garden as a thank you.

Wednesday – took in the recycling ($3 in my wallet) Ran a few errands in town and then worked on my computer in the library while taking advantage of their air conditioning. We installed my super duper new clothes line! Very exciting.

Thursday – Grocery shopping day and since I’m going back to work part-time starting on Monday, I decided on a splurge at the thrifts store.  I found several skeins of cotton yarn to crochet washcloths, one Christmas gift for $2.49 and a clock for my sewing room, as I tend to lose track of time while I’m stitching away. We reinvented leftovers for dinner. I also started an excel spreadsheet so that I can more closely monitor what we spend and where we spend it.  I think I am pretty frugal and careful, but I think it is good to test our assumptions every once and a while by examining the cold, hard, data.

Friday – gratefully received more eggs from my mom.  Used the duck eggs to make a lemon loaf to give to my youngest as a housewarming present. Harvested our first chili pepper and the tomatoes in the garden are starting to turn red.

What did you do this week?


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