Inspired by The Prudent Homemaker’s weekly post of the way she saves money each week, I decided to follow suit and share the different ways our family saved money during the week.  Let me know if you like this kind of post and if you’d like to see it weekly!


I used homemade laundry soap for all of my laundry.

We only used the dryer to dry our towel load.  Every other load was air dried on our hanging drying rack.


I bought 80 lbs. of organic apples from someone in our co-op for $54, and we’ve started making applesauce out of them.  (This price is .67 a pound, which is much better than the usually $1.49 to $1.99 that I see organic apples for at the grocery store.)

We made several batches of pear sauce with the organic pears we bought from Azure Standard.

The pears left a lot of liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker that we didn’t want to use when we pureed the pears.  Instead, we refrigerated the juice and used it when we made smoothies during the week.


I tried out Bountiful Baskets this week and got organic produce for $27.

We ate all of our meals at home.

We kept the air conditioning at 83 degrees at night and during the day when we were out.  (We keep it at 80 when we’re home and use fans if we get too hot.)

We bought supplies for our garden (dirt, manure, compost) as well as some pruning shears and used a $10 coupon that we had.


We planted our fall garden.  (It doesn’t look like much now.  I can’t wait to see it in a few weeks!)

We collected a big tub of rain water when we had a big storm.  We’ve been using that to water our garden and plants the past few days.

What frugal things did you do last week?

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