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Frugal Tuesday ~ 11/27

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Here’s my weekly frugal update…

Last week I braved Black Friday with my mom – on our own terms. We slept in, had a nice breakfast, and headed out. We spent most of our time at Salvation Army, where I bought a mountain of clothes for $30. All clothing was 50% off- my favorite day to shop at Salvo. 🙂 I got a lot of wool sweaters to felt and turn into Christmas presents and some goodies for myself, too.

Last year we made super cute woolen mittens and hats for the cousins. I’m not sure what I’m making this year, but I love all the projects my friend Robin has on her pinterest board here.

I also harvested gourd seeds with my kids’ help. I bought some really pretty gourds for fall decorations and thought I should try to find seeds to buy so I could grow them myself next year.

{Ignore the dirty towel…} And then it hit me. DUH!! There are seeds right. inside. those. gourds. I don’t need to find any to buy! So we dug them out and cleaned them off. They are now drying so I can plant them in the spring. Can’t wait to see if they grow! 😉

And finally, I made a huge pot of turkey soup with the left over turkey carcass from Thanksgiving. But no one in my family likes turkey soup except me and my 8 year old. So after fighting everyone to eat the soup one evening, I separated the broth from the turkey meat. Now I have homemade broth and shredded turkey instead.

Last night I used some of the broth and turkey to make this garlicky turkey noodle casserole {not all that different from soup}, but everyone LOVED it. So score one for me. Heehee!!

Well…do share! What are your recent frugal accomplishments?

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankmichelle says

    I love thrift stores. I have several shirts that people just love and ask where I got them. I have no problem telling them they came from a thrift store.

    • blankMichelle says

      I’m not afraid to tell most people {obviously, since I broadcast it to everyone…} but there are a few people I’d rather not tell what I find second hand! 😉

  2. blankmichelle says

    It’s cool now. Just tried a bite. SO GOOD! I just have to try to not eat it all. This is so on my Christmas list of gifts to give.

  3. blankTricia says

    I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but squash and gourds are strongly out-breeding and are pollinated by bees. What this means in practice is that they will cross with any other squash or gourds of the same species within a mile or so of where they are growing. Consequently, unless special efforts have been made to isolate them, the seed inside squash and gourds are generally crosses between the plant in question and something else. If you plant them you won’t get the same thing. If you still want to plant them it can be fun to see what comes out, but recognize that what you get will be random and probably less attractive (and in the case of edible squash, tasty) than what you started with.

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