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Around the House
We were blessed with a LOT of free produce this week. I can’t even remember all of it, but it was probably 50 lbs worth. DH helped me pressure can the green beans (a whole crate full!) and potatoes. I got both the pressure and water bath canner after my grandparents died and updated the pressure canner with a new seal and gauge thing so hopefully we’re all set. We ended up with 15 pints of green beans and 9 quarts of potatoes.
Not frugal, but I have been working on another layer of decluttering in our bedroom since DH finished the closet. I haven’t put anything back in it that we don’t use/wear/love and have put some in the rag bag and some in the trash and have filled 3 trash bags to give to a friend’s daughter. Most of those bags were clothes from both daughters so I just mixed mine in. I still have a pile of stuff to go through that was stored in the top of the closet like hunting stuff and memory stuff but I’m not in any hurry to do that.
Got the Pioneer Woman contact paper I ordered for Walmart pickup yesterday and plan to start decorating boxes that fit into the cubby/shelf DH made for each of us in the closet. I was going to buy baskets and then realized how much cheaper it would be to buy some pretty paper and use boxes. We get quite a few boxes each month by doing some online shopping so a nice way to use those. I’ve done that before so not sure why that wasn’t my first thought!
In the Garden
We’ve had quite a bit of rain over the last 2 weeks so I haven’t needed to water the garden until now. Unfortunately, some of the seeds I started for the fall garden have never sprouted so I’m assuming they drowned. Our soil is continually being improved, and while it drains better than it used to, I still lose some seeds when we have lots of rain for an extended period. I will be trying some spinach, kale and chard again, as these I can cover if our overnight temps start dropping.
I did pick some lettuce and a tiny amount of kale from the garden. I’m ready to finish harvesting the mini bell peppers and get those plants pulled.
I ordered garlic from Baker Creek that should be here any day. I will be planting that along with some spring broccoli seeds and look forward to seeing those sprout in early spring!
Budgeting & Finances
I had a neuro appointment for a checkup for the MS and it wasn’t what I had expected to hear. They ordered another brain MRI along with spine and I found out they can’t do both on same day because of the contrast. So unfortunately that raises the cost of having these done. It’s somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000.
We don’t have insurance, but last year with the first brain MRI, I discovered that health system has a foundation for uninsured and low income patients and they covered it 100% last year. I reapplied and this year we are paying 15% but that’s much less than all of it so I feel blessed. The neuro visits are $554 for 15 minutes and that was covered completely.
This on top of the large dental bill coming up is slightly stressful. Our savings will cover part but not all and will be completely drained, so I am setting up payments for the MRIs as they do not charge interest and you can choose as big or small of a monthly payment amount as you can afford.
One more possibility is that I discovered one national organization that will help pay $600 of an MRI every 24 months so I’m waiting for a copy of the order from the doctor to apply for that. It helps to research and look for all available resources!
Our washer that was just fixed 2 months ago started doing part of the same problem. I called the repair place on Monday and they have yet to call me back. Sometimes rural living is very frustrating when it comes to finding good help. That is the only repair business within a 75-ish mile radius so no other options.
So I took to the internet after my husband and I messed with it and tried to pinpoint what the issue was. We knew it was in the computer brain and after trying some stuff we found on YouTube, it seems to have reset itself and is now working properly again. We saved the cost of the repair fee although they weren’t really coming 🙂
I joined an online book club to read through a health book and talked myself out of buying the newer version. I own the original version so will just work with what I’ve got instead of spending another $20.
I got $7.50 back on Ibotta this week with stuff I was already buying, including 2 small items that will be stocking stuffers for the girls. I also submitted my receipts to Fetch Rewards, ReceiptPal and Swagbucks and accrued more points with each that I will soon be able to redeem for cash or gift cards. This is earmarked for Christmas!
That’s what we’ve been doing to make life cozy, fun and frugal during this time! Now tell me what fun and frugal things you’ve been doing lately!