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What A Frugal Weekend! June 11

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Hey, Picky peeps! We visited my dad this weekend, so we were on the road quite a bit. Although we spent ten hours on the road (ugh), we got a few money-saving activities under our belt. Here’s how we saved money this weekend. Add yours in the comments!

Garden haul

Shoo-ee! Our garden has been producing like crazy. Unfortunately it’s select plants that are producing–and plants like our squash and peppers aren’t doing super well. Oh, well. The first year of gardening is about learning what works. ๐Ÿ™‚

However! We’re up to our ears in cucumbers, peas, and especially tomatoes.

garden haul

We’re bringing in several cucumbers per day and handfuls of tomatoes. It’s only going to get hotter outside, so we’ll see how long this bounty lasts. ๐Ÿ™‚




youtube video!

Oh! And if y’all missed it in our What’s for Dinner? post, I made a YouTube video! It’s pretty late (sorryyyy), but it’s here. Check it out if you want to see how I make homemade yeast rolls in an hour!

Cooking

macarons

I baked a double batch of macarons and took them to my folks for our visit. I made regular vanilla cookies with a vanilla filling, raspberry filling, and Nutella filling. They were well-received and delicious!

This was part of my dad’s early Father’s Day present, too; we took him out to dinner for the second half. Who says you need to buy ties and mugs for Father’s Day? ๐Ÿ™‚

snacks

We bought cheap snacks at the grocery store before our road trip to my dad’s. We admittedly got snacks (how could I say no to Buc-ee’s fudge?!), but it was still good to have snacks with us.

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pickled cucumbers

We had eight cucumbers in our produce basket and I finally put them to work. I found a recipe for fridge pickles that sounded delicious. Fridge pickles need to be stored in the refrigerator instead of being canned. I didn’t have time to can them (which really means I was feeling lazy), so fridge pickles were a perfect way to use the cucumbers with little time.

Anyhoo, I’ll wait another couple of days for these little dudes to marinade more. They’ll be great in salads or on hamburgers and hot dogs.

pickled cucumbers



tomato puree

Mr. Picky Pincher turned our neverending pile of tomatoes into tomato puree. We weren’t sure what else to do with them, so this seemed like a great solution. I hate buying tomato puree from the store; why not make our own? ๐Ÿ™‚

tomato puree

routers

I have nothing but pure hatred in my heart for my internet service provider, Spectrum. To make matters worse, I realized we were paying them $10/mo to rent a modem! Well, I hate giving money to people I hate, so I went about finding my own router to eliminate that charge.

I was about to buy this router on Amazon, but then my dad offered two of his old, perfectly good routers that we could use. Hey, speaking up about problems can be a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

This means we didn’t have to buy a router and we’ll get $10 off our monthly bill. All riiiiiight!

routers

eggs!

My dad kindly sent us back home with eggs from Farming Phyllis. The set on the right is chicken eggs and the set on the left is duck eggs. I sense that duck eggs benedict may be in our future. ๐Ÿ™‚

eggs

Line drying experiment

We just got a $120 energy bill. Gah! Needless to say, I’m obsessed with finding ways to save money. Since it’s Texas, I know a big culprit for our energy use is our A/C, so I thought of a few ways to decrease our home’s heat.

One was the badass window tint that Mr. Picky Pincher installed last week. These suckers were a pain for him to install, but oh man, do they make a difference!



Another idea I had was to line-dry our clothes outside instead of using the dryer as much. Our dryer definitely heats up the house and uses energy, so this seems like a win-win. Mr. Picky Pincher isn’t a fan of line-dried clothes, but we figured it would be worth a small experiment to see if he would approve. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The main reason we haven’t dried clothes outside already is because of the humidity in our area. It can make clothes smell moldy. But since it’s so hot this time of year I figured it was worth a shot.ย I’ll update y’all on the verdict!

Zap’s adventures

A cute little squirrel was resting on our neighbor’s fence. Zap saw the little guy and had a ten-minute staring contest.

Zap’s the one who REALLY wears the pants in this household.

Zap’s still small enough to hide in my desk drawers. But lately he’s been sliding the drawer open and closed for funsies. ๐Ÿ™‚





I was trying to pack my suitcase for our weekend visit, but Zap wasn’t having any of that business! He hid in my suitcase and slapped my hand each time I tried to open it.

Zap trying to attack the cat in the mirror.

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



46 comments on “What A Frugal Weekend! June 11

  1. If your fridge pickles don’t turn out well I have an excellent microwave pickle recipe you might want to try. I got the recipe from my MIL. They are simple to make and taste like ones you spend hours on. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Pickle Recipe

        2-3 small cukes (not waxed) sliced thin
        1 medium onion, sliced
        3/4 cup of sugar
        1/2 cup white vinegar
        1teaspoon salt
        1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
        (I use mustard powder)
        1/4 teaspoon celery seed
        1/4 teaspoon turmeric

        Mix all together in a 2 quart microwave bowl (Pyrex is good). Cover and cook on high 7-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Test with a small paring knife for crispness. Refrigerate overnight. When cold transfer to glass jar.
        That’s it!

        And your cukes look perfect for this. Hope you like them!

        1. Oh man, thank you so much!! I have tons of celery seed that I’ve been needing to use up too.

    1. I love bread and butter pickles. If anyone has an easy recipe for this I would love it. In reference to line drying, so all of the drying on the line, then stick in the dryer long enough to get them all the way dry. Using those dryer balls made out of wool also cut down on drying time.

      1. I need to get dryer balls! How do they cut down drying time? I’ve always been curious about them and they’re pretty cheap on Etsy from what I can see.

  2. My wife loves to line dry our clothes. Getting that fresh sunshine on there is better than any dryer ever could be ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you had another great weekend!!! My wife went to a couple of open houses which was a form of frugal entertainment ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I thought I was the only person that liked going to open houses for fun. xD So happy I am not alone, haha. ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. I hear that line-drying makes your clothes smell really fresh! I’m excited to see this phenomenon myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom hung up our clothes when I was little, but I didn’t pay much attention to that at the time. I love the open houses! So many free cookies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Oh, wow! You got a modem finally! I can never figure out how to set modems up, so it’s easier for us to rent a modem from Charter. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I guess I am just making excuses since YouTube could probably eleviate my problem. xP

    Well, this weekend was my birthday weekend and I was total spendpants, haha. xD;;; I went to garage sales, a thrift store sale, and spent my money frugally in small quantities. ๐Ÿ˜› I scored some Made in France soap for 10 cents though! ๐Ÿ˜€ It usually retails for $6.00 at the size it was. ๐Ÿ™‚ But alas, I lost my cute vest at a yard sale becuase I forgot to put it back on after trying on a piece of clothing. It’s probably at Goodwill now. ๐Ÿ™ But with my birthday money my mother gave me, I replaced my lost vest with a new one from TJMAXX! <3 It's really cute, but I will miss old reliable though. :C I also bought a DreamLite stuffed animal for two bucks! Sadly, I think the commercial for the toy was deceiving because the light on the ceiling from the stuffed animal wsa not as bright as the commercial's. – n- Oh well, it was only two dolllars. xD

    Have a beautiful week! ^ o^

    1. I have to admit I’m a little intimidated about setting up the modem, but we’ll see how it goes! I’ve been pricing them out for a while and the stars aligned to pick up a free one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you had a fantastic birthday weekend! Sounds like you found lots of sweet deals! You gotta start a blog on your finds hahaha. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Here’s hoping the set up to your modem goes well! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Hahaha… xD I would start up a blog about being frugal and what not, but I don’t think many people would want to read about someone on SSDI finding sweet deals on stuff. ๐Ÿ˜› People like other people with a good incomes finding sweet deals on stuff more than me, I bet. Or maybe there would be a market for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Inspiration to write a blog would be hard for me since I would have to come up with content constantly and I’m not good at that. ๐Ÿ™

        1. No worries! I think it would be really cool to read about someone’s SSDI experience while trying to be frugal. I get all kinds of mean messages on here saying that my experience/advice doesn’t fit people with different needs (which is true). It could be neat to see how you overcome those challenges!

          1. Maybe I will start a blog! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just don’t know how to do it… But I’m sure the internet could help. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would share my great deals, links to things I like on Facebook and other blogs that I like (inclduing yours ๐Ÿ™‚ )… It just sounds so hard at the moment, but maybe I will look into it next month. ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. Oops! Meant to say SSI, instead of SSDI! ๐Ÿ™ Darm acronyms are getting me confused. > _<;;;

  4. I’m a fan of a clothes line. It does make your towels rough….I look at that like a free loofah sponge and after the first use they are soft again. I just put my clothes line outside today….next thing you know I heard thunder from a blue sky, hail and rain!?! In California no less….

    1. Oh ho ho, noooo! Sorry about those ultra-damp clothes. I do remember frantically picking clothes off the line as a kid when a storm suddenly blew through. Ugh!

  5. Wow so many great frugal wins! I really like how your garden is producing lots of veggies. It’s such a great way to eat clean, healthy, and frugal veggies! It makes me think about starting a garden of my own.

    Mr. FAF and I are going on a long road trip soon, so we will definitely bring food with us and try not to eat out on the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! I’m glad to be getting anything at all from our garden, so every little tomato is a win. ๐Ÿ™‚ So much yes for packing your own food on a road trip! Or heck, even if you pick up groceries while you’re driving around and cook something in a hotel kitchenette. It’s better than eating out all the time and generally healthier.

  6. The first year we gardened we grew so much kale that it became a forest and killed our other vegetables. Now we know that we don’t necessarily have to plant ALL the seeds…

    This weekend Mr. Beach Life’s dad was in town and he treated us to meals at all the restaurants we can’t usually afford. It was delicious and we love spending time with him.

    I’m interested in how your no dryer experiment goes! When I lived in an apartment I was too cheap to pay the $1.25/load for the dryer, so I just hung my clothes up around the apartment. It was a little cluttered for a couple days after laundry day, but it got the job done.

    1. We learned that lesson too! We only planted three cucumber seeds and now our “cucumber tree” is trying to strangle all of the other plants. It’s like Cuke-zilla. I’ll let you know how the line-drying goes! Like I dingus I was on autopilot and put last night’s load into the dryer without even thinking about it. Grah!

  7. A/C is a killer. I am here in Colorado but still need the A/C in the summer even with the ‘dry’ heat, 90 plus is still hot. My bills for cooling are so much more than for heating. I have contemplated moving to the northwest coast just to get rid of these big cooling bills, but moving is expensive, too!

    1. That’s so true! It seems like there’s no good way to escape the heat. I salute Mr. Money Mustache for going through Colorado summers with minimal A/C, but there’s a line where it’s too damn hot lol.

      1. I think it has gotten hotter here. When I moved to Colorado in 1982, many people didn’t have A/C, now that everything is pavement and bricks and cars, almost everyone I know has A/C. Could it be global warming or climate change, who knows? My husband grew up in Fort Lauderdale with no A/C, THAT I could never do!

  8. Oh, that frisky feline! He is so cute. Good luck with line drying clothes! I’m doing that too, while we wait for our new washer and dryer to arrive on Friday. I am just washing a few items a day by hand to get us through. I plan to continue line-drying as much as possible even after the dryer is here, to save energy costs. Have to shake everything out so we don’t bring any uninvited critters inside with the laundry. Towels are the worst; they do get crunchy, so maybe I’ll line dry and then toss them in the dryer to fluff for five minutes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Oh man, thanks for the tip about the critters! It’s summer and creepy crawlies of all types are trying to cool off. Ugh. You’re the second person to mention towels, so maybe I’ll dry those in the dryer! Still better than drying everything, though, since our smart dryer shuts off once the clothes are dry.

  9. Regarding line drying clothes, they can feel sort of crunchy after. I will line drying a bunch of stuff, then give it 10 minutes or less on low in the dryer.

    Still using energy, but 10 minutes, not 40, and only on anything that dried crispy.

    If you use fabric softener, this may not be an issue. I use vinegar, and need that fluff cycle for a few minutes for softness. It works on towels, too.

    1. I think that’s why Mr. Picky Pincher doesn’t like line-dried clothes. Thanks for the tip about the dryer! Even 10 minutes on a fluff cycle is better than the full 40 minutes of drying.

  10. You definitely need to post a follow up regarding line drying. My mom used to hang sheets out when I was little, but not much else. I have to line/flat dry a few pieces of clothing (e.g. sweaters) and hate doing so because they’re always crunchy. Not sure if it’s due to hard water or something else. If anyone has tips on how to prevent that crunchy feeling, I’d love to hear about it.

    1. I just saw a reader mention that she fully dries her clothes outside and then puts them in the dryer for 10 minutes to loosen them up. Maybe give that a whirl? I think it’s got the best of both worlds, so I’d like to give it a try, too.

  11. Question: do duck eggs taste the same as chicken eggs? Or is there a distinct difference like the meats? Because duck meat is so much greasier than chicken. I do love it though. And sorry to hear about the huge electricity bill lol. Maybe get solar panels? We have them on our roof, and our monthly bill is like $8. And we have the AC going pretty much all day. Not sure if the IRS is still allowing this, but back in 2013, we were able to get a big energy credit towards our tax bill as well.

    1. Duck eggs taste the same as chicken eggs! I was expecting some kind of difference too. But the only difference is how big the egg is. I’ve heard that duck eggs contain more protein and are more nutrient-dense than chicken eggs, but I’m not sure how much truth there is to it. But if you can get ’em, you should try them out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to get solar panels! And our city energy company will even install them on our home for free. I just need to get Mr. Picky Pincher on board. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I line dry most of the time. Yeah, clothes can be stiffer at first, but that wears off very, very quickly. Towels, used once, as someone noted above, are soft the next time. I’ll admit, I have to check pockets now and then for a stray rain frog or tiny lizard, but considering my sister, who used an electric dryer on her screened back porch ALL the time, brought a live snake into the house with her towels once, I’d say the occasional harmless frog isn’t going to make me quit using a line. To answer anyone’s question, she found it when she grabbed a fresh-from-the-dryer towel as she was coming out of the shower, and an unhappy snake fell out on her bathroom floor.
    It sounds like a good weekend for the PP family, and pretty frugal, too. I’d have no idea how to hook up a modem. Probably any 12-year old could tell you…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    The cat who wears the pants in the family made my day! And what is it about suitcases and cats? We have to pack behind closed doors, or risk unknowingly carrying a cat with us.
    Gardens — well, , we’ve never had a garden in which everything did well. But it’s always worth it to us to try.

    1. Oooh, I got the willies thinking about the snake! But that’s just a consequence of doing anything outside. I’m sure the snake was chasing after a little varmint when it ended up in the basket. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hahaha, we’ve made salsa with them. I think we need to be more careful about what tomatoes we’re combining. A few of the smaller ones seem to have a more bitter taste, even once they’re cooked.

  13. Have to love those cable companies. We had paid a couple of months before realized we could buy a modem and eliminate the $10/month rental fee.

    I love to see you are picking stuff from the garden. Here in New England, we are just getting under way with our season. Cannot wait to be able to get out and pick some vegetables.

    1. Good on you for getting rid of that $10 charge! I wish Google Fiber would come to our area so we could stop the song and dance with Spectrum. Ugh. And the early growing season is definitely great here! Although that does mean that it gets so hot during the summer that a lot of things will die. Bleh.

  14. If you have a garage, I have a heat reducing tip: set your slow cooker/crockpot up in the garage. I use mine a ton in the summer to reduce heat in my kitchen/house. It’s amazing how much heat one of these things gives off.

    1. Good idea! Our garage was converted into a little bonus room, but I don’t see why we couldn’t cook things on the patio and make sure they stay covered from bugs.

  15. Oh how I miss growing my own vegetables. Living in southern Arizona is not cost efficient to grow them. Especially since we are on the Mexican vegetable transportation trail and get the castoffs for just $10 per 40-60lbs!

    1. Woaaaah!!! That’s pretty damn convenient! I used to live at Fort Huachuca and I remember how tough it was to grow anything at all. Maybe a patio planter of herbs in the shade?

  16. Huzzah for ditching the clothes dryer! If you’re really worried about humidity making them damp / mouldy smelling why not get an indoor clothes airer and point a fan at them ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your A/C should be removing the humidity from the air inside as well so your being extra efficient!

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