Friday, March 18, 2022

Frugal Friday


The weather has been absolutely beautiful this past week. Sure there have been days of overcast sky, but the temperatures have been wonderful and the snow is melting quickly. Our gravel driveway is almost completely cleared off and the ice chipping has been going great guns. 

So what frugal things have been taking place on the old homestead this week.

1.  I have taken one or two walks every day this week.

2.  Got a free bottle of water and some small chocolate bars at the Bible study this week.

3.  Using up and refashioning leftovers has actually given us extra meals this week. I will probably be carrying over a few of this weeks meals into next week.

4.  Harvey made fudge last night and while I had to do extra clean up of the kitchen, that fudge sure hit the spot. Also it is much less expensive than buying chocolate bars.😋

5.  Working on projects to use up my various stashes (yarn and fabric).

I was asked where I found the frugal books. Well I have a Kobo ereader, which is put out by Chapters/Indigo here in Canada. They have an online store where you can purchase books or download free reading material. Harvey got me a gift card a couple of Christmas's ago and I am still working on using it up. He got me more this year so I have lots of credit. I have now been checking out simple living books and will more than likely be downloading some of those as well. Then I will move on to some knitting books. 

Now what has been not so frugal on the old homestead. 

While this meant spending some cash it is to replace something we have had for close to 20 years. Our cordless phones bit the dust. They are used daily both upstairs by me (cause I can take the phone into the sewing/craft room) and when Harvey is downstairs it is convenient not to have to run a phone down to him. So we went out and purchased a set of two. I think we will be removing the old wall phone as well. One more item to donate and remove from our home. 

There will be a few other purchases this year to enable us to stay in our home just a bit longer. 

Harvey is having trouble raking the yard in the spring to de-thatch the grass so he is thinking of purchasing an electric de-thatcher, plus a battery operated self propelled lawn mower. Whatever makes life easier is wonderful. While probably not frugal in the moment, they will be frugal as the years progress.

I may have a way to fix Kris's quilt thanks to a lovely reply. Now I just have to figure out an artistic way of doing it, and see how much purple fabric I can locate. I will be haunting the second hand stores over the next little while.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. I kinda miss the old wall phones. I had the extra long cord. I was great at talking on the phone to my friend and running after my little ones, all with that extra long cord.

  2. My daughter bought a battery operated lawnmower a couple of years ago - I don't know how self-propel it is. Her yard is fairly large and she gets half of it done on one battery. (She has two). When she first moved she paid a young man to mow every few weeks, and while the mower was pretty pricey, it's paid for itself in a just a couple of years.

    Glad to hear you got a suggestion on how to repair Kris' quilt.

  3. I keep expecting our phones to give up because we've had them quite a long time. I have a desk model in my sewing/computer room and two hand helds which makes it convenient to grab the phone from pretty much anywhere.
    mmmmm - homemade fudge....haven't had that in years!

  4. When we retired we got rid of our land line phones and went to only cell phones. It saves us money and we were just getting sales calls on the land line phones anyway. Good for you for taking the daily walks! I need to get back to doing that as it is such good exercise.

  5. Chocolate bars at the Bible study! That's very nice.

  6. Glad you have found a way to repair the quilt, hope it works out.

  7. Hi Jackie, love that menu Monday; always gives me ideas. I think it's great to make choices to purchase what will make living in your own home longer a possibility...we are doing that too. I too use up broccoli stems and as much of the veggies as I can. Just recently I researched how to use orange peels.It was fascinating to see how many uses they could be put to.Anyway, it was great visiting you!