This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

And hello March and welcome Autumn, but it really hasn't arrived yet, we still are having very hot and humid days, I think someone forgot to tell mother nature to close the oven door! I should not complain, we have had some very welcomed rain and the garden is looking wonderful, so green and so much new growth, it make my heart sing. I have been picking 1 or 2 Red Paw Paws every couple of days which really makes me so happy, they are small but super sweet, to me, being able to pick homegrown produce is a marvel. I have also been picking super sweet pineapples and limes from our garden.

The pineapples are really just a bit of fun, it takes up to 18 months to grow a pineapple, but it is fun and it's free and also an unending cycle, I have kept the spiky tops of all the pineapples we have eaten and will plant them out again soon. I simple "screw" in the spiky tops into either a pot or straight into the soil. I always have success, albeit very slow.

So that is my first frugal thing this week-

1. Picked some fruit from our garden, it brings me so much joy to be able to eat what we have grown

2. Scooped out, washed and dried the seeds from a magnificent pumpkin, over the weekend I will roast these saved seeds with a little oil, 5 spice and salt, they make a  super crunchy and flavoursome treat

3. Made three wonderful meat free recipes this week, so super delicious and we don't miss the meat. It keeps the grocery budget down a bit too.
Thai Inspired Pumpkin Soup
Thai Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and Spinach (recipe coming soon)

4. Started making a little baby quilt to give as a gift, I picked up the fabric at Spotlight on a fabulous special, the prints are quite retro and cute, I think it will come together nicely. I am loosely following this pattern from Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. 

5. Made a batch of Chocolate and Walnut Blondies with ingredients already in the house, they are so, so delicious, I will share the recipe soon

5a. Made garlic butter subs out of some very ordinary looking long bread rolls that had been kicking around the freezer for a while, they were so good with the Thai Peanut Soup

That's a wrap, how have you stretched your budget this week?

Have a lovely day

Two Years Ago-What we ate this week


  1. I have been ill this week and now we are snowed in so not much money has been spent. The snow is beautiful and because I'm ill I don't need any excuse to stay by the log fire.
    I cut daffodils from the garden before the snow to bring into the house. We have been eating more out of the freezer. I am using up little bottles of shower gel which my husband has brought home from conferences etc.We joined an online site which groups oil deliveries for your area and uses bulk buying power to keep the prices down as well as running an account into which you pay every month so the bills don't come as a nasty shock. Just ordered from them and very pleased with the price per litre for heating oil.
    Enjoy your autumn - when our snow clears hopefully we will be going into spring.

    1. Hi Penny,
      Sorry to hear you have been unwell and the weather over your way has been extreme, lots of snow and wind from what I’ve seen and heard. I have never seen snow as such, I’ve seen ice covered mountains but never experienced snow falling. Maybe one day. I love your frugal list especially a better deal on your heating oil, have a lovely day.


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