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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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!



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? πŸ™‚


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.

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? πŸ™‚

tomato puree


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. πŸ™‚

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



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. πŸ™‚


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. πŸ˜‰

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.Β 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. πŸ™‚

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?

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