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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments
None of the local stores had Terro Outdoor Ant Baits, so I was able to find them on Amazon. Since they are an add on item, and I wanted to get the best price, I purchased a few other items that have been on my shopping list – Red Clover Seed (we are trying to get rid of our lawn & the weeds, and replace it all with clover), a bird book for the children, and a package of Peels thread spool huggers (which are to keep spools of thread from unwinding – love them!).
Over the weekend, Home Depot was having a huge sale, and so we bought 15 bags of garden soil and pavers to use as stepping stones in our pollinator garden. To save my sanity, I shop online, and then pick-up in the store. Its a lifesaver when you are shopping with 3 kids.
I wanted to purchase several perennials for our pollinator garden and to just add a few pops of color in front of the house. The perennials at most of the nurseries started around $8 a piece. That was way out of my budget. Instead, I went toand was able to get the perennials for 6/$28.50 which is just $4.75 each! They also had Ranuculus for 99¢ each, or you could get a full tray of 10 for $8.99. I bought two trays. In the past, we would spend about $70-80 a year on annuals, but the goal is to spend that much (or less) on perennials this year, and then we don’t have to replant each and every year. These flowers are also perfect for cutting and making my own arrangements in the house – another huge savings in time.
I harvested salad greens from the garden.
We added our tea leaves, banana peels, coffee grounds, and egg shells to the compost bin.
Instead of eating out, we had burgers and hot dogs at home on the grill for quick and easy dinners.
We gave away more raspberries that keep sprouting up in the yard.
I split two larger hosta plants, and still have 2 fairly large hosta under my kitchen window, but now I also have five “new” plants that I added as a boarder in the pollinator garden since the blossoms on a hosta attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Each of the hostas I planted were similar in size to ones I saw at the garden center for $5 each! I just saved myself $25 for about 15 minutes of work!
What did you do last week to save your family money?