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!
Fall weather is playing hide and seek with us. Last week when I wrote, the weather was glorious. This week, summer has been back, but fortunately, the heat hasn't risen over the '90's. Still, the air conditioner has been going every day and some nights. The most comfortable place in the house is still in front of the a/c. Are things getting nicer where you are?
With cool weather, comes thoughts of crafting, sewing, baking, and decorating. First though, I need to do some fall cleaning. Do you have any favorite homemade cleaning recipes or tips you'd like to share?
Here's my thrifty week:
- I went yard saling and bought nothing! Yay! That's more $ in my pocket instead of clutter in my closet.
- I cut my soap bars apart and set them to dry on top of the refrigerator in a box. I figure the bars cost about a dollar each to make. It doesn't sound thrifty until you consider that to buy them, I'd pay $3.50 or more each. My family loves homemade soap. I use a blend of coconut oil, vegetable shortening, olive oil, water, and lye. It costs around $30 to make a batch. I need to make at least one more batch before Thanksgiving.
- I didn't go out for a cappuccino Tuesday evening. I stayed home and saved money.
- We had company for Labor Day. We made burgers, chips, and fried okra from our garden. I've never had fresh fried okra. Oh my! Our friends brought the potato salad. We sent apples home with them as a parting gift.
- I made two apple crisps from the 40 lbs of apples that we received free last week.
- I made apple butter using a slow cooker full of apples cut small and treated with lemon juice, brown sugar, white sugar, and a wee bit of water.
- I used little canning jars that my friend Laura gave me. Thanks Laura!
- We had a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Marathon party from 7 a.m. on Saturday until about 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. I provided the first $20 for meals and snacks (plus some of the chili fixin's). The kids pooled their money and paid for the rest. The guests also brought snacks and sodas. By the way, bagels, cream cheese, butter, and jellies made a very easy first breakfast. This was followed later by second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, tea, supper, and dinner more or less. ~grin~ They basically ate like Hobbits all day!
- Hubby made 2 apple pies from the apples.
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!