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Hey, Picky peeps! We were out of town for the weekend, so our brand of frugality was quite different. We didn’t have time to do our typical kitchen cooking shenanigans. Instead, we had plenty of time with the family and still managed to save a bit of moolah. See how we spent our weekend out of town!

Weekend wedding adventures

Mr. Picky Pincher’s cousin got married this weekend, so we stayed with his parents to attend the wedding. Many shenanigans were had!

farmer’s coop

Mr. Picky Pincher’s dad took us to visit his local farmer’s coop. There we scored seeds for pattypan squash, broccoli, cilantro, okra, butternut squash, and more. Our total cost? Around $5, which is CRAZY-cheap. We normally pay $2.50 just for one pack of seeds. Buying in bulk from a small mom and pop shop got us a pretty steep discount.

The highly fancy system of storing seeds in old Folgers tins. πŸ™‚

We’ll see how these seeds grow. If all goes well, we’ll try stocking up on seeds at the farmer’s coop next year instead of our nursery.

plant cuttings

Mr. Picky Pincher’s parents have a gooooorgeous yard. His dad in particular has quite the green thumb. Since we want to have a lush, green backyard, we took a few plant cuttings from his dad’s yard.

Mr. Picky Pincher got cuttings for a honeysuckle, seeds for butterfly milkweed, seeds for an ornamental olive tree (non-edible but its flowers are beautiful), and cuttings from a pink-flowered vine.

This’ll save us a good chunk of cash on our lawn plans!

The view from their gorgeous porch. Ahhhh.

free food and drinks

The wedding itself was lovely. Free food and drinks were had, and that’s always a win in my book! I didn’t buy new shoes or a new dress for the occasion. I made do with clothes I already owned, and felt pretty anyway. πŸ˜‰

Unlimited white wine? Don’t mind if I do.

seed packets

The wedding favors were wildflower seed packets. I swooped in at the end of the wedding and collected more than my fair share of extra seed packets. This shiz is expensive, y’all! I have one bed that I’d like to fill with flowers, so this was a perfect excuse to score some free seeds.

A cute fence painting I saw on our way to the wedding. I think it’s supposed to be a “cat-fish” but Mr. Picky Pincher thinks it’s a “cat-maid.”

Pickled watermelon rind

Mr. Picky Pincher’s dad sent us home with a jar of pickled watermelon rind! I’ve heard of it before, but I’ve never eaten it. I think it’s an ingenious way to use up the rind of a watermelon. I’ve been told it tastes similar to a pickle, but sweeter. I’ll try to put hot dogs on next week’s menu so I can try it out. πŸ™‚

Free nails!

Although I usually do my nails with my at-home gel nail kit, lately I’ve preferred press-on nails. I bought a set of imPress faux gel nails for $8 at the store. I wore them just for the wedding so I could feel nice ‘n’ fancy. It wasn’t a necessity, but it’s much cheaper than the salon and takes less time than DIY nails.

Well! As luck would have it, Mr. Picky Pincher’s mom had a large collection of these imPress nails. She gave meΒ six sets since she had too many. Someone wins the Best Mother In Law award. πŸ˜‰ Win!

the home office is a go!

I fiiiiinally painted those blasted accordion closet doors earlier this week. Mr. Picky Pincher installed them and they look fantastic! I now can use closets as, well, closets. This means I can set up my home office and sequester my electronics away from Zap’s prying paws.

I ordered this standing desk and this ergonomic standing mat to use, too. Mr. Picky Pincher set up the standing desk and oh, man, y’all. It’s a game-changer. I’m sick of sitting all day (and the tiredness that comes with it), so I think this will be a much-needed adjustment to my routine.

zap’s adventures

This isn’t Zap, but it’s too cute not to share. It’s Mr. Picky Pincher’s parents dog playing in a pirate pool. Yar!

Zap was being a daddy’s boy and fell asleep in Mr. Picky Pincher’s arms. πŸ™‚

Zap enjoying the box from my standing desk.

We want to know: How did you save or spend money this weekend?

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