Last weeks frugal productivity —new weekly series 1




Part of my “job” as a wife and mother is to be frugal with the resources that God has given to me.  There have been many times that I have been wasteful, non productive, fruitless, and inefficient in my life but when I have those times, it makes me realize I can do better.  We can’t ALWAYS do everything right the first time, then we would have no room for improvement in our lives.  I love finding new ways to cut back on bills and pushing myself to learn new skill sets for life.

That is why I thought I would encourage you with my list of things that I do each week that I feel make me productive by saving us money, being resourceful by using what I have, and bettering my life by making it more effective.

Here are my last weeks frugal productivity………….

My husband made me this last year, a very simple piece of wood with some screws in it.  We had it hanging inside to put all of our bath towels onto to cut down on all of the towels that we can go through in a week.  I moved it outdoors for the summer for the children to hang their pool towels on but have since moved it back indoors.  Now I can save by not washing so many towels each week with the children.


Our good friend, Kathy made each of my children an embroidered towel with their name on it.  Now everyone knows which one is theirs.  This is great for our family.

I made my own bathtub scrub instead of buying a store bought kind.

  • 2 parts baking soda
  • 1 part salt
  • 1 part borax powder

Mix and put in an old Parmesan cheese container.

Sprinkle inside of tub and squirt with some vinegar.  Use a scouring pad(green) to get rid of grimy tub.

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I froze about 10 quart sized bags of shredded zucchini.


We made many batches of zucchini chips, which usually get eaten up within the same day around here.



We buy ALOT of pita bread around our house.  We love it with homemade hummus and grilled pizzas.  I wanted to try and make it myself.  

The results weren’t too bad.  I think I needed to concentrate and make them more perfect rounds.  I will keep perfecting the recipe and then come up with a good final one.  BUT we at least tried it and it tasted just like what we buy at the store.


We made some homemade bread.  Now that it is getting cooler, I don’t mind baking so much.  This bread is a favorite of our families.  It has a nice soft, honey flavor that we all enjoy very much.  Ezekiel bread recipe here.


Since we had our homemade bread to eat, we didn’t need to worry about coming up with another thing for snacks in the afternoon.  I just put some butter and jam on the bread and that satisfied the children until dinner time.  

We also used up our rhubarb that we had in the freezer and made some raspberry rhubarb jam.  



I myself have been trying to keep myself on a good “clean” eating plan.  Here are some of the things I have been enjoying this week:


Peaches and homemade granola.  If a person liked yogurt it would go quite well with this.  I love it just plain.  Very tasty.IMG_20140829_161600

This has been a great meal for me for dinner. I take and chop up the following:

  • cucumbers
  • green onion
  • beets
  • cranberries
  • feta cheese
  • sunflower seeds

I then assemble them onto my lettuce leaf and eat.  I only need to eat 2-3 leaves and I am full.

IMG_20140829_162715I made a big pot of cabbage soup this week and I have been eating many bowls for my meals.  This is a great filler soup.  I made some extra whole wheat pasta and added it to the soup with some Parmesan cheese on top.

We have an abundance right now of fresh veggies for cheap, that is why I have been focusing my meals mainly on them to use up the resources that I have without sacrificing the health content of my meals.

What about you?  Have you done any frugal productivity this week?


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