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    Yea, we finished the greenhouse yesterday! I hope we can make it work well for us. We got the greenhouse, the big timbers it was sitting on, two tables, two steel shelving units, and a whole bunch of small accessories for $100 last year at a garage sale. I've always wanted a greenhouse but probably would have never bought one at full price ($700 or so, depending where it's sold.) But we couldn't resist it for so little money because we didn't see how we could ever try one out any cheaper. As a bonus, we didn't fully disassemble it when we brought it home, so it went together much more quickly and easily than it would have if we had bought a new one, so much less of a time investment.

    In addition to the cost of the greenhouse, we've bought fifteen bags of manure/compost to do some soil improvement and will need to buy topsoil to go with it. This will be to improve soil in our existing small garden patch, and to mix with old dirt we have in containers, as well as fill up new containers. Getting set up to garden isn't cheap here so I hope it goes well for us.


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    SD - looks fantastic and what a great deal. I'm sure you will love it. My sister in alaska has a greenhouse like yours and she loves it.

    Cut up 2 cabbages, making sauerkraut today. We didn't cut it fine so it will take 3 weeks or longer to be ready.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    I sure hope so! We're not very good gardeners but we keep trying. If we can learn to do better, this greenhouse should extend our season by about two months, I think.

    You made my mouth water just thinking about sauerkraut!

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    I think it would extend your growing season at least 2 months. Walls of water extended my growing season in Idaho by two months in the spring. Gardening can be a lot of trial and error. Everywhere I move to is so different and I have to relearn all over again. Just stick with it and you will figure it out!

    lol I just pulled the last of it out of the freezer and thought I better get another batch started.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    Made my own guacamole!

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    We came home yesterday to find a panel from the greenhouse blown out. We had gusty winds yesterday and since this is a common problem with HF greenhouses, we weren't surprised. This morning we went out to look things over and come up with a plan for a permanent fix, which was supposed to be implemented this afternoon, but Husby made the mistake of sitting down in the sedative recliner and is snoring away now. We need to leave for Mom's pretty soon, so I guess it's up to me to work on the greenhouse tomorrow but it shouldn't take long and I've already cut the PVC pipes we need for the fix. Which is one thing we did frugal today. The PVC is from a plan we had to make a hoop cover for the motor home we don't have anymore. We still have the PVC and no use for it, so using up a bunch on the greenhouse will be a good thing that costs us no additional money except for some screws. They were $11 but after we used an Ace rewards point card, they only cost us $1.06. That falls right in line with my plans to put no significant money into this greenhouse until we know we like it, will use it, and will keep it. So far, so good.

    I had a wrap for lunch today, left over from yesterday's lunch we took along on our shopping trip.

    Yesterday we found some bargains at rummage sales including a small cabinet my mom needs which we paid $5 for. It was marked $7 but as we were discussing whether it would fit in our already-loaded truck (400 pounds of dirt for the garden project, bought on sale) the seller offered it to us for $5 so we squeezed it in. Gotta love end-of-sale bargains! We got some other things we needed for cheap, too.

    We skipped most of the city-wide sales to save time, money, and gas. We are trying to cut back on garage sales but Husby wanted to go. Once we got started though, we realized we didn't really want to continue. We were fifty miles from home and knew there were fires in our area, though not close, and felt uneasy about being away from home under a red flag warning when fire conditions are so bad. So we called it a day and didn't feel a bit bad about it.

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    Stay safe and I hope the fires are put out soon.

    What did we do frugal today??? I talked DH out of ordering pizza delivery for supper, I picked some cilantro that was ripe and dried it in the oven.

    Unfrugal but had a good time!! We went camping for the weekend - $160 for the cabin, $50 for the bed sheets and comforter we forgot, $30 for misc food we forgot when we packed, adult beverages and then on our way home today we ate out.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    today I skipped the Sunday paper. My sister gave me her puzzle and my mom gave us her paper after she read it.

    We love the Sunday puzzle so I make a copy and then we each have one to work on and we compare usually on wednesdays to see who did the best.

    so saved 1.50

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    EB-is the puzzle online w/ the paper and you could just print it down??

    We cleaned-alot out of the bsmt,we mopped after the flood/backup and didnt hire anyone.

    Going tomorrow to look for clearance meat from the holiday and anything else to cheap out the groc. bill. Then I'll meal plan around the pantry and that.

    Going to use up the .38 clearance Wheat Thins I previously found.

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    Excellent frugal ways everyone! Today my wife and I cashed in some change at a coinstar, got a home depot gc instead of paying the fee. We've done this 2 or 3 times already. It's fun picking up stuff for the house using "bonus" money. That's what we call our collection of change.

    Drove to home depot using my fuel efficient car, bought lightbulbs, a new shower head (opted to use one we already have for the downstairs bathroom. Had trouble unscrewing the old one a long time ago and sort of gave up. I was determined to take it off today and was successful. Just needed the right tool) The one we bought today went on without a problem.

    We bought potting mix for the garden and a few other things. No sales though :-(

    Later on I packaged something I bought for $10 and sold for $55. Score!
    Used wood stain we already have for a project.
    Tempted to purchase a computer game for $2, but decided not to after reading reviews.
    Made dinner from food we already bought. Packaged some leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
    Last night I made $107 from a gig. Had a lot of fun, spent a little money on drinks, but came out ahead.
    That was my moderately frugal weekend. Unfortunately went out to eat a couple times but it was with my mother in law and friends at the show.

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    Well I thought about getting upset about DH not taking me out to eat today. It's Mother's Day in Canada. But then I decided I'd rather spend $20 for a rip snorting great BBQ at home. So I invited a friend over, stopped by Safeway for the necessary ingredients, and we had a great meal of BBQ hamburgers, Caesar salad, and strawberry shortcake. I had DH cook the hamburgers. I sliced up the sides to go with, and fried up a mess of onions and mushrooms in butter.

    Our boarder had two hamburgers and two helpings of salad, and two helpings of strawberry shortcake. He commented I was a good cook, and that he thinks he's going to get fat living with us! He was surprised we had something different to eat every night. I guess as a student he's not used to that. He just grabs a burger at McDonald's or sushi at the sushi restaurant, or Chinese take out. He's finally getting real Canadian cuisine.

    Today I drove an elderly lady to church. The church provided a light lunch afterwards for free. It was enough for me. The women were also given free roses.

    I ran some errands. I had some phonics games laminated for my students. It is normally $2/page, but when I balked at the price, the lady said they could laminate two sheets side-by-side on 11" x 17" lamination, and then cut them apart for me. It would only be $1.50/page then. So that's what I did. I still only had the first 3 games of 7 laminated. It was ~$25 with taxes.

    DH and I window shopped computers.

    Picked up some supplies for tutoring from Dollarama for ~$11 CAD.

    That's about it.

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    Livin Large, the fires are still burning but from what I've heard, no people or structures are currently threatened. We have firefighters from twelve states working on the biggest one now, and it's 12% contained. The temps are cooler and winds are lighter, so that will help. Rain is in the forecast for later today and the rest of the week, so we're all hoping for the best.

    Peanut, yesterday was Mother's Day here, too. I'd rather ignore it but we took my mom out to eat, but cheaped out and went to Dairy Queen where we both got free sundaes after the meal, like I needed more calories and sugar. It was tasty though. Why wasn't I invited for mushrooms and onions in butter? Is that a side dish or served on the burgers? Either way would be tasty. That sounds better than going out to eat. My plan was to smoke a chicken but with the conditions here, no way was I going to light up charcoal. Could you buy clear Contact paper and laminate things yourself? I do that sometimes. Or would it work to put the pages in one-gallon Ziploc bags? My mom "laminated" some pictures once by folding some heavy clear plastic over them and then stitching around them with the sewing machine. Would clear report covers work?
    Amazon.com : Avery Sliding Bar Clear Report Covers, Pack of 50 (47710) : Business Report Covers : Office Products
    Or sheet protectors?
    http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Economy-...eet+protectors
    Just spit-balling here.

    Froog, sounds like you did okay making some money over the weekend.

    Mom was happy about the cabinet we bought for her but wants more shelves. Once we blow up the lumber pile after vacation when we start the garage makeover, no doubt we'll find something that'll work for her. She put the top section of the cabinet in her pantry for spice storage, and the bottom next to her desk for paper and misc. storage, so it was $5 well spent.

    We spent $100 on plants thanks to impulse buying and failure to plan ahead two months ago and start our own plants. We'll have to do better next year, but aren't unhappy with what we bought or the money we spent. The big ticket plants, an orchid and a hanging planter with fuchsias in it, accounted for about half that cost and we can't grow those from scratch anyway. I hope they both do well. Nothing was on sale except the orchid. We love flowers and usually buy a lot. We did cut back this year, but then the buying season isn't over yet. LOL! It wouldn't surprise me if we spent another $100 when we get back from vacation. Or on the way back from vacation. We can resist anything but temptation! At least our entry steps will be beautiful.

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    hit the groc looking for clearance
    got quality HDogs,4 kinds of bread on clearance
    Sale-mission tortillas,ham lunchmeat,and a few other things spent $30.

    Going to make
    mac/cheese w/ ham
    sloppy joes
    pancake/sausage breakfast
    tacos w/ tamales and spanish rice
    and go from there. Disappointed no steak or grill food on sale.

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    Spirit deer those are great ideas! I bought some sheet protectors that are thicker than the usual ones at staples......I would think those would work nicely and could be stored in a binder to protect them further.

    Peanut, I have a laminator in my "wish list" on Amazon. I am glad I did not impulse buy it because I don't think I would use it enough to justify price and storing it but if it something you will use you may want to buy one......I think the one I have in there is around $40 and got great reviews.....of course you still have to buy the plastic.

    I am still using up the food around here. Been buying about half the amount of food I normally would.

    I have 9 varietys of tomatoes started using leftover seeds from the last few years. I should have enough leftover seeds I do not need to buy any this year. The potting soil for the tomatoes and the amendments I put on my raised beds were all bought end of season last year at half price and stored in my garden shed. I have a small tumbling compost bin and need to empty and start another batch.

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    I pick up sheet protectors cheap at GW and garage sales, but I've bought them retail sometimes, too. I never thought about buying a laminator because I wouldn't use it much either. I usually use clear Contact paper if it's just something small.

    I have plenty of seeds, too, so that's a savings and I've been actively avoiding even looking at the tempting seed racks all over town. And this year, our seeds are all nicely organized in my new/repurposed little suitcase I made over using scrap fabric I had no other use for. I love how it turned out! (Sorry to those for whom this pic is a rerun. )



    We can't compost here because we haven't figured out a bear-proof, fireproof way to do it. So we bought ours but at least it was on sale. We bought about 400 pounds of topsoil in bags Saturday, too, on sale. Not a huge savings but that stuff is actually pretty cheap and it's easier to deal with it in bags. I don't think we'll need all of it this year but we're only in phase one of the garden build so we'll need it all in future years, I'm sure.

    The fuchsia we bought yesterday has become a multi-purpose item. It's sitting on the wide cap rail in the front porch where one of our cats likes to sit. He uses it now for hiding from the squirrels who run across the screens on the front of the porch. Too funny! As if he's going to leap out at them and get them ten feet away through the screen! But the entertainment we've been getting watching him is added value from that plant!

    Frugally, I got the PVC I cut yesterday installed on three of the greenhouse walls. It was quick and easy and should keep the panels from blowing out now. Husby gets to do the roof panels which won't be much fun. He's going to have to reach across some of the panels, and my arms are too short. I'm glad to have it this far along.

    I spent my time out there thinking about other things we might want to do to that greenhouse. I'm looking forward to the Cook Lions gigantic sale next month. They usually have lots of building materials and I'm going to be looking for some long pieces of countertop, I think. Or whatever else they might have that would support a double sink I trash-picked and plan to hook up in there. Now I can't wait to go to that sale! They have great stuff priced really cheap, so it's likely I'll be able to find something.

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