|Winter did a science experiment this week using materials we had on hand.|
This roundup of frugal activities from last week is brought to you a few days late, thanks to Pinterest, and all of those lovely people who pinned such beautiful garden images. I have been dreaming of re landscaping our front yard (if you can call one tree, a row of bushes, a kidney-shaped piece of grass, and the rest of the yard covered in rocks landscaping. It's pretty standard landscaping for here, however). If you'd like to see my ideas, you can click over to what I've pinned here.
On to last week's frugal activities:
I cut daffodils from the garden and put them on my table.
I began harvesting a little bit of our looseleaf lettuce this week for a few small salads for the family. I also cut green onions, rosemary, a tiny bit of bok choy, and Swiss chard from the garden.
I cooked a turkey and used it in meals throughout the week.
I trimmed the baby's hair in the front and gave Cyrus a haircut.
I combined the leftover syrup from my home canned peaches and pears with half a banana (that Elsa decided not to finish), blended them together and poured the mixture to make popsicles.
My husband worked from home one day, which saved us money for gas.
We listened to free music on Pandora.
I planted more vegetable and flower seeds in the garden. I thinned my lettuce again and replanted the lettuce in other places in the garden. I added more drip lines to the garden so that I can grow more in our garden.
I changed our house rule to have no tv for the children during the week. Ideally, our children will have their schoolwork done before lunch each day. I had allowed them to watch something after naptime and before our before-dinner chores each day. Since we've had a lot of dawdling at schooltime lately, I changed to tv only on the weekend. (We have not had cable since July 2007, but they still have plenty of dvds to watch). This will mean a little bit less electricity (the frugal part of this). The weather is beautiful and I have been encouraging them to play outside more. Come summer I think we will have to do indoor projects or play more games together when it is too hot to be outside.
My husband taught my three oldest children to play Risk. We've had the game for years (my husband had it before we were married). As the children get older we will continue to teach them new games to play together. When they have friends over, they often play board games together.
I shortened the sleeves on a pair of my pajamas where the elbow had torn. I also cut a pair of Ezrom's pants at the knee where they had town. I will hem them for shorts this week.
We enjoyed having the windows open this week. It is getting quite warm; I wore sandals all week.
I dug up several herbs so that I could add more dirt to the bed (the dirt has settled over the years and we have not been able to add to it each year, so I am working to bring it higher). The oregano and sage were divided to make several more plants, which will hopefully all survive the transplant. This should give them each room to do better; the sage seemed to be really crowded before. I have decided to make a greater effort to grow more herbs than I have in the past; I was harvesting the herbs for fresh herbs but I usually did not have enough to supply all of my needs for dried herbs. I would like to change that so that my garden space is being better utilized and so that I do not need to buy dried herbs for those which I can easily grow.
What did you do to save money last week?