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 have enjoyed meeting so many ladies over the past few weeks.
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Here's my thrifty week:
~ My husband and my daughter, Amy, finished planting the garden—except pumpkins. We've just gotta have pumpkins! We'd better get them in this weekend!
~ We had Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday with church friends! Yes. In May. We were talking last week about what to bring for a potluck. My daughter offered to bring pumpkin pie. Then one of the men said he'd bring turkey. So my other daughter offered sweet potato casserole. On it went until we had a whole dinner! It was fun. What I didn't realize was how much more expensive the items we usually eat for Thanksgiving are this time of year. I'm really thankful for the sales in November that make feasting possible for nearly everyone. It was thrifty, because it was pot-luck.
~ After that dinner, we had popcorn and leftover pumpkin pie for supper!
~ My Lowell and my daughters fixed the mirror on the new dresser they bought at a yard sale for $60. It makes their room look so big!
~ I received an extra book, Dawn at Emberwilde, to give away. Enter here.
~ My Amy is taking my Emily's senior photos. Amy is the photographer for Emily's Pretty Thrifty posts.
~ My husband flattened boxes I brought home food in and used them between rows in the garden to keep weeds down. He didn't have to buy row cover!
~ He tried to fix our car when it broke down. Go Honey!
~ My Emily will be a bridesmaid tonight and will be able to wear a dress she already owns.
~ I gave a gift from my gift box. I fill my box with items I've made, reviewed, thrifted, or found on sale. Then, when the need arises, I shop my gift box first! I do this for birthdays and Christmas, too. I fill it all year long.
~ I crocheted several dishcloths from cotton I received several weeks ago as a gift. Yep... for the gift box!
~ We got corndogs for $.50 on Tuesday at Sonic. We ordered water with flavorings instead of pop. It's a cheap way to get a yummy drink.
~ I made pulled pork with meat my dad brought to us while Lowell was unemployed. There was enough left over for my hubby to take for lunch.
~ Lowell carried lunches with him every day.
~ I explained to my daughter how my Grandma Bern used to reuse milk cartons to store food in.
Amy demonstrated how to do it in her 4 H Foods class. This is not a recommended method for long-term storage these days, but I know Grandma used to have lots of food stored in the fridge and freezer stored in reused milk cartons.
- Rinse a waxed cardboard milk carton. Amy used an almond milk carton.
- Cut the top of the carton off so that one end is open.
- Cut down each corner a few inches.
- Fold and crimp the edges over toward the center so that they close like a box.
- Fill with food of choice.
- Fold opposite corners in twice.
- Secure with tape. Grandma used masking tape. Anything that will hold up to fridge or freezer will do.
- Using a pen or Sharpie, label with contents and date.
We had some unexpected car repairs this week. We haven't been able to rebuild our emergency fund yet, but we're working on it. We paid the bill with grocery money, so this next week will be extremely tight. It's a good thing I've had lots of experience making do! Next week's post should be interesting. Make sure you don't miss it. ~smile~
Enjoy your long weekend if you're so blessed!
What are you doing in your home this week?
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!