Simply Saving Saturday - August 3


I can't believe it's August already!  No summer would be complete without roasting marshmallows in the backyard and making s'mores...



or picking wild Maine blueberries.  We paid $1.25/lb. which is much less than what we would pay in the store.  We will have a lot of blueberry freezer jam and frozen blueberries this winter.



This week I picked green beans and zucchini from our garden.

I made zucchini bread, homemade bread stuffing with bread ends from the freezer, blueberry pancakes, garlic bread with leftover hot dog rolls, and I roasted a turkey.

On the last night of the summer reading program at the library, the boys were given gift bag filled with school supplies, a book and a stuffed character that matched the main character of the book they were given.

Before going school shopping, we checked to see if there were any school supplies from the last school year that our son could reuse and also found that he could use several of the items that he received from the library.  There are only a few things that we need to purchase.

While going through last year's school supplies, we found a few dried up markers.  I saved the caps to make a jump rope.

I bought large scrub sponges for $.33 each at a discount store and cut them in half to make them last twice as long.

Cashed in Swag Bucks for a $5 Amazon gift card.

In my mailbox: a coupon that I ordered from Recyclebank, a free paint marker and a free magazine.

Our on-going savings:

**Wash laundry in cold water

**Save eggshells for the garden.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Follow a weekly meal plan.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use cash to buy groceries.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


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3 comments :

Jenn in Indiana said...

Good job, it sounds like you had a great week! I love to pick blueberries, I'm hoping to find some on clearance in a few weeks, i just wish they didn't take so long to produce!

Vanessa M. said...

We really like the fresh blueberries much better than the store-bought ones. We are hoping to try growing strawberries next year!

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