Friday, June 24, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #69

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
I am not sure exactly where this week went... unless I look at my very full boxes on my calendar. It was a week full of doing for my family. That's not so unusual. Some weeks I just look up, and it's Friday. 

I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.


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Here's my thrifty week:

~ I wrote some reviews on Amazon in exchange for a few free items... sticky notes, zip ties, an insulated lunch bag, wire brushes and such. Most items that are offered to me are from Amazon sellers who sell small items. I did get an offer for a dress for my daughter this week, but I haven't ordered it yet.

~ We ate primarily from what we on hand for most of the week. We had a big bill for fixing the van's air conditioner last Friday that ate up a lot of the food money from this paycheck. 

~ That air conditioner bill was better than a hospital bill for heat exhaustion!

~ We enrolled my daughter, Emily, in the local community college. This is thrifty because her Pell grant will go a lot further than it would at a state university or a private college.

~ We planned Emily's classes on two days of the week. This will reduce the number of trips that I have to make dropping her off and picking her up in the nearby town. I estimate it's probably around 15 miles to the school. I have to be in town on Fridays, so she will have the opportunity to be on campus 3 days a week. 

~ My son, Michael, got a summer job that will allow him to save for car and school expenses as well as give him some pocket money.

~ We cooled off in the creek at the edge of our property a couple of times. 

That's about it for this week. Not really very frugal, but it's the week I had! 

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What are you doing in your home this week?
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ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!
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20 comments:

  1. So glad to hear that your daughter is attending a junior college first. I can't say enough positive things about my community college experience so many years ago. Attending a university for 100 and 200 level classes does not guarantee a better education. I received my AS for my local community college then transferred as a junior to UNLV for finish my under grad and stayed for my graduate consequently I had very little student debt. I pray blessings for your daughter as she starts her higher education adventures. Hugs- Tina

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    1. Staying out of debt is one major goal. We know people with over $50,000 in college debt and no degree! Can't let that happen.

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  2. Yay for summer jobs! It gives young people an education that they can't learn from books. And I'm all about cutting driving time. I remember the days of chauffering my kids around. Every little bit helps. Best of luck to Emily in her new classes!

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    1. Thanks Karen. This is the first official summer job that Michael's had. He's worked as a ranch hand and has done lawn care for a couple of years, but nothing official.

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  3. That is being frugal...don't sell yourself short, Laura. I commute 11 miles one way via the bus shuttle...(does your town not have anything like that?)I know all to well about having to plan ahead, its costs $96 for the semester. smiles.

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    1. Our town is a bedroom community. We don't have a bus system. I think there's something for elderly and disabled people to take them to the doctor, but that's all. So, I'm the shuttle bus. ~smile~ $96 for the semester sounds like a good deal to me.

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  4. You and your family are amazing! I love reading your blog. Have a good weekend. Hugs,

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  5. I'm not the best with heat so I'm right there with you getting it fixed. :-) Have a great weekend!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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    1. Heat really bothers me. Even with a/c, I find a cool shower in the evening helps.

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  6. I always enjoy visiting here, Laura...
    I learn so much from you!
    We love to see how many meals we can make with what we have.
    Have a cozy weekend!

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    1. It will be a necessity here to use what we have on hand. I'm sure the electric bill will be high this month. It's been so hot, we've been running the a/c almost continuously.

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  7. I got a package of marked down hard salami, a rare treat, and 3 marked down apples in a package together, and I got a good price on canning jar lids, pectin, and I got a half price new electric pressure cooker / canner. I have not used it yet, but I hope it was a good investment and not just something else taking up real estate here. I have never used one, and am a bit leery, but took the plunge when I found it still new in a box, at a yard sale.

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    1. Fabulous buys Annie! I used a pressure cooker years ago to can some green beans, but I was afraid the whole time.

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    2. Hey there, pressure canning can be very scary but so verty worthwhile. Once you get used to it, that is use it a few times, it gets better. Thanks laura for sharing with us. Blessings to you both

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  8. Junior college is a great idea for your daughter. This week here we are continuing work on refinishing furniture.

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    1. I've never refinished furniture. Maybe I'll try that when I have more time on my hands and less time in the van!

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  9. I love your blog! I'm glad I found you on Forever Joyful Literacy Musing #LMMLinkup. My daughter graduated high school and Junior college time last year (she's an overachiever!)this was such a savings. She now attending a University as a Junior. God bless you for sharing your savings.
    Beckie from Spotlight: beckielindsey16.com

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  10. As hot as it's been here it would be a killer without air conditioning. That is a must! Cooling off in a creek sound like fun as well as practical. Best of luck to your son and daughter with his job and her schooling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. I made some new covers for the chaises in the garden. I used a chenille bedspread that I had on my bed when I was a child so it was a freebie.

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  12. Your creek by the cottage sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing your week with us! :)

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