1. Groceries: We spent $33.44 on groceries this week as part of my monthly Walmart pickup order. I always have fun putting together a pickup order because in order to meet the $35.00 minimum I usually have to pick some "special" items that I wouldn't normally buy. This month I had a $10.00 gift certificate to use as well, thanks to a referral bonus from one of you. Thanks so much!!! In order to get $10.00 off, the minimum order was increased to $50.00. I bought some Sharpie markers and two big containers of laundry soap to meet the minimum. You can see what groceries we got below:
3. Gardening: I started some more onion seeds in pellets. Also replanted some pellets into larger containers.
And guess what? My bathroom orchid is still headed toward blooming! No bud blast yet!!
Lastly... I picked up and installed my bees in their new hive!! The installation didn't go wonderfully, but it was the best I could do. I was scared to begin with (I mean, it's not natural to be surrounded by stinging insects, having them crawl on your hands, etc), but then I got stung and freaked out. I had to repeatedly tell myself- out loud- to calm down and stop swatting at the bees. It was all I could do to finish the job. The book I bought said not to use gloves, but I think should have. Then I wouldn't have freaked out and missed some important steps. I hope the bees will be okay; I'll check them again later this week.
4. Cloth diapers: Some of the diaper retailers had Earth Day sales over the weekend, so I ordered a few hemp inserts for Baby Girl. Hemp makes the diaper thinner, yet more absorbent than the bamboo inserts that I have now. The deals weren't fantastic, so I didn't drain my cloth diaper fund (money I get from recycling cans and selling cloth diapers).
5. Educational stuff: I caved in and bought the "Ultimate Homemaking Bundle" being advertised on some of my favorite blogs for $30.00. I've never bought ebook bundles in the past. My thought was, "those are probably just a bunch of cheap, short ebooks about things I already know." You know, "books" that you can finish in less than an hour that you could've written yourself. That being said, the bundle included 62 ebooks, 24 workbooks, 1 video, 1 audio, 3 subscriptions and 30 courses. I'm taking the chance that I'll be able to dig $30.00 worth of ideas out of the bundle.
My plan is to work through the bundle material over the next year in place of aimlessly surfing the web or scrolling through Amazon buying ebooks. We'll see if it's worth the money. I might do a bundle review when I've finished all of the materials.
I hope you all had a frugal week! I would love to hear some of your accomplishments in the comments.
Til next time,