5 Frugal Things – Bread, Tea, Chicken, Storm & Hummingbird

by Texas Homesteader~

Occasionally I’ll share a short list of 5 Frugal Things I’ve done recently to save time, money and/or the environment. The beauty is that often these 5 frugal things check off all of those categories.

It’s been a while so I thought I’d share a quick list of 5 frugal things I did this week.

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  1. Brought Homemade Bread to Dinner Invite. We were invited to an impromptu dinner party with friends. When I asked what I could bring to go with the meal, our host indicated there was really nothing necessary to bring. But mama always says don’t show up empty handed! Since I didn’t have much time I whipped up a loaf of No-Knead Skillet Bread.

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I used minced fresh oregano from the garden in place of the rosemary this time since the main dish was going to be pesto chicken pasta. It was easy & inexpensive. And, I mean, who doesn’t love homemade bread?? It was still hot out of the oven when we arrived for dinner. It went over very well yet cost pennies to make!

2. Cool Refreshing Beverage For CHEAP! – RancherMan used to be the king of soft drinks. Enough to where I was concerned and asked him to consider a healthier (and cheaper) alternative. He still drinks soda when we go out to dinner because it’s all about moderation. But at home – it’s always iced tea.

The sun finally decided to shine so I put my special repurposed hourglass-shaped glass jar outside to let the tea brew using only the power of the sun.

And since RancherMan prefers his tea sweet I pulled off about 5 stems of the stevia growing in my edible landscape, crushed the leaves & tossed them right into the jar of water with the tea bag.

Sun tea. Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save some cold, hard cash. It's easy to save money throughout the week if you keep your eyes open. #TexasHomesteader

There’s no waste since the tea bag and spent Stevia leaves went right into the *Compost Tumbler and the glass jar was washed & placed on the shelf until next time. And it’s a much healthier drink than soda, and oh-so-much cheaper too!

3. Save Money On Chicken Feed – I’ve always been shocked at how much feed chickens waste. I’ve been filling a small feeder for our new hens until recently. They haven’t been here long & I’m getting them used to being around me and eating a feed brand that may be different than what they were used to at the breeder’s location.

But this week I put out my Low-Waste PVC Chicken Feeder. Oh man, I love that thing! And it makes our chicken-feed waste go down to almost zero.

Chicken feed waste reduced. Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save some cold, hard cash. It's easy to save money throughout the week if you keep your eyes open. #TexasHomesteader

4. Storm Damage Silver Lining – We had a pretty powerful storm blow through here recently. We lost a few very large tree limbs. (of COURSE they landed on the fence, where else would they land??)

So as RancherMan & I went to clean up the mess, we first cut the ‘fans’ off the large branches. We loaded them up on the flatbed trailer and hauled them to our burn pile in back.

Firewood for winter warmth. Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save some cold, hard cash. It's easy to save money throughout the week if you keep your eyes open. #TexasHomesteader

Then we cut the remaining logs into the length to fit into our fireplace and stacked them neatly for our winter fireplace usage. Storm damage now will be comforting warmth later. Silver linings!

5. Feeding The Hummingbirds On The CHEAP! – We enjoy watching the hummingbirds and we have a feeder very close to our windows. But I don’t buy plastic-entombed, artificially colored stuff from the store, oh no!

Hummingbird food. Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save some cold, hard cash. It's easy to save money throughout the week if you keep your eyes open. #TexasHomesteader

It’s beyond easy to make your own Hummingbird Food. We’ve fed them this ratio for several years now and they always come back for more.

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So there ya go, a quick list of 5 frugal things to save money/time/environment this week. It’s not an all-inclusive list of course, just meant to get your creative juices going.

For instance I also made 1/2 gallon of homemade yogurt, cooked most of our meals right here at home from scratch and was mindful of our electrical usage.

And RancherMan researched many purchases both imminently & in the future for the best quality we could afford at the best price possible. It’s important to remember the best money saved is the money NOT spent, y’all!

But I find there are always ample opportunities throughout the day to do things to save some cold hard cash.

What about you? What did you do this week to save money? Let’s learn from and/or be inspired by each other!

~TxH~

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6 thoughts on “5 Frugal Things – Bread, Tea, Chicken, Storm & Hummingbird

  1. candace ford

    So glad to read that you were safe during recent storms!!! We’ve fed birds at our various places over the years – always fun to see them. Now that we’re situated at the “ranch” (the kids always called it “Grandpa’s ranch” now we just call it “the ranch”) we continue to do so. I don’t heat the water for hummingbird food, I just stir and it seems to dissolve the sugar just fine. I keep the jar in the frig and don’t put a lot in the feeder at one time. In years gone by Ma had multiple feeders and sometimes you could see dozens of the tiny little jewels swarming around them. We have one feeder and I haven’t seen more than 4 or 5 birds at a time for many years. We also do thistle feeders for the finches and they are fun to watch too – the battling Betsy s I always call them. The swallows have come, chosen their boxes and are doing their little bird thing! We did have some excitement recently – an adult cougar on our driveway in the middle of the day – amazing but not something I’d enjoy seeing on the regular. They are BIG! The other night I thought I saw a bat fly out from the vicinity of the bat box located in one of the eves on the front of the house.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      OMGoodness Candace – such an animal sanctuary at your little slice of heaven! And seeing a cougar in your driveway??!! Wow! Like you I’d love to see one… ONCE. And at a distance. And for only a short amount of time. LOL But how beautiful they are! ~TxH~

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  2. Patty

    As always, excellent ideas! We lost a couple of large oak trees, and don’t have a fireplace. I was reluctant to just burn them on the burn pile, so I posted them on Facebook marketplace for free (just come haul them away), and they were gone pretty quick. That saved me a lot of time and effort 🙂 We were losing a LOT of chicken feed also, and tried the PVC feeder. Unfortunately, vermin of some type found it and were cleaning it out every single night. I did some more internet research and found a trigger feeder that hangs out the bottom of a bucket (any size bucket will do). The chickens learned real quick to peck at the trigger which drops a few pellets of feed at a time. No more waste! Thank you for everything you share, I enjoy when your posts pop up in my mailbox!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Oh yeah, rats & mice will eat your chicken’s food in a heartbeat! That’s why my PVC feeder is closed up with a PVC cap every night to keep the vermin away. When I go to the coop to lock the chickens in, I simply place the cap back on the feeding tube. I remove it each morning when I let them out of their enclosure. Might try that? Thanks for leaving a comment Patty, and thanks for following our simple-life journey! ~TxH~

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  3. ColleenB.-Tx.

    I also make own hummingbird food and also have plants that they enjoy. Girl; really thought about you when them storms went through and was moving towards your direction. Hope you didn’t receive any damage your way. We had a little wind and few showers off and on yesterday so the worse of the storms missed us, but some people not so lucky. My heart and prayers goes out to those effected by the sever storms.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      We’re fine Colleen. The bad stuff yesterday missed us. We had heavy storms and almost 2″ of rain, but no damage this time. Like you, I hurt for those who received damage. Especially those in Canton – those folks just can’t catch a break! XOX ~TxH~

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