Knowing my love for homemaking and my desire to be frugal, my friend Gail introduced me to The Prudent Homemaker’s blog a few weeks ago. As I explored her blog and website, two things had an impact on me. The first was a story by Agnes Slight Turnbull entitled When Queens Ride By. I highly recommend you take time to grab a cup of coffee and read it. It’s a little long but it’s a beautiful story about a woman and her desire to do everything she can to help her husband as they go through a difficult financial season. I felt like Agnes had peeked inside my world and written this story about me. The main character is even named Jenny! If you’re a wife and you want to know the best way to build up your husband, to be his helpmate, you must read this. Go right now! I’ll wait for you…
Wasn’t it beautiful?? I pray it speaks to your soul with the same depth is spoke to mine.
The other thing on The Prudent Homemaker that caught my eye was a weekly feature she wrote listing all her frugal accomplishments for the week. She listed everything she had done for the past seven days to save or make money. Here’s her latest frugal accomplishment post here. There was something about the act of writing and reflecting over all the ways I was contributing to our household financially by making or saving money, no matter how small a thing it seemed at the time. I began keeping my own list and found it to be very encouraging. And so, because I’m aspiring to write more regularly on my blog, I decided to do my own weekly feature of frugal accomplishments. Enjoy the list below of things I’ve done in my own home and be inspired to add your own ideas in the comments.
Weekly Frugal Accomplishments
Received 50 free dot to dot activity books from an aviation group to add to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
Made 9 quarts of apple butter from an abundance of apples we received from two friends
Earned $10 in Amazon gift cards from Swag Bucks
Sold a book on Amazon for $2.49
Made my own gingerbread spice lattes
Got 25 free photo prints from Walgreens, a free 8×10 photo collage from CVS and 50 photo prints from Target for $4.25 with a coupon – all for Gracie’s shoebox letters
Used coupons to get a loaf of wheat bread, 5 bananas and an orange bell pepper for $1.25 at Target
Bought 29 loaves of bread for $26 at the bread store, enough to last us at least six weeks
Made garlic toast to stock the freezer from bread store purchase
Bought Teaching Textbooks 5 used instead of new for Gracie’s math, saving $30
Helped Ross shop and compare the best way to purchase an iPad mini with his own money – he bought one refurbished and saved $60
Blessed by family and friends with help for the wedding – the girls’ dresses and shoes, Ross’ clothes and the cabin we are staying in have all been provided for
Made muffins and cookies to eat while we stay at the cabin this weekend for the wedding, so we will only need to eat out one meal while we are there
Bought six activity books and a Disney Princess puzzle on clearance for $0.25 each to go in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
What did you do to save or make money last week?