5 Frugal Things – Hiking Boots Discount, Garden Pruner Fix, Cheap Date Night & MORE!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Saving money is something we all share in common. And truth be told it’s often pretty easy to do if you keep your eyes open for simple opportunities. Come see the 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money. 

Come see this week's 5 frugal things to save money. #TexasHomesteader

Cheap Date: New Release Movie

RancherMan & I went to see the new Mission Impossible movie. (It was great!)

But we were able to save some money by going earlier in the day and paying cheaper matinée prices for the movie. (PLUS senior discount – woohoo!) 

It's easy to use these tips to save money on going to the movies. #TexasHomesteader

Not only did we save money but there were no crowds. Even though it was a brand new movie there were only about a dozen other patrons in the theater with us!

Date Night – Split The Meal

In conjunction with our inexpensive matinee date we enjoyed a meal out. One of our favorite restaurants is called Rodeo Goat. (weird name, delicious food!) But you know restaurant portions are often oversized!

On Wednesdays they offer our favorite loaded fries for half price. So we treated ourselves to an order of loaded fries and split a burger between the two of us. It was plenty of food to fill us both up. 

Loaded fries with cheese, bacon and jalapeno. #TexasHomesteader

I always bring my own ice water in my tumbler to enjoy and RancherMan enjoyed a favorite brew.

So it was an inexpensive date-night meal that we both thoroughly enjoyed. 

Easy Repair For My Garden Pruners & Carpet Cleaner

Somehow I lost the spring for my garden pruners. They’re not new but they’re the heaviest and best quality pruners I own. 

I was able to repair my best garden pruners for less than two dollars. #TexasHomesteader

They don’t indicate a manufacturer name on them but I didn’t want to throw them away and buy new pruners. Y’all know how I hate to throw away one whatsit to replace with the same whatsit, right?

A quick search and RancherMan found the correct spring to replace the lost spring for my pruners. And the cost? $1.25 – including shipping!

New pruners would have cost $15 and up.

He also replaced the motor in my portable carpet spot cleaner for $15. The new motor was in installed in minutes. 

Pet stains are difficult to remove, but I make my own homemade carpet cleaner to keep our carpets clean. #TexasHomesteader

So neither of those items had to be thrown away and have replacements purchased. Repairing them was quick, easy and inexpensive.

Being willing to repair our things instead of automatically throwing them away & replacing them is one of the most beneficial & frugal things we do here at the Homestead.

New Hiking Boots For $10 Less

We’ll be going on vacation soon and that vacation will include several hiking trails. I was able to borrow my sister’s hiking boots but RancherMan needed new ones for himself.

He found the boots he wanted at Bass Pro Shops. They showed to have his size in stock PLUS they were on sale for $25.99! 

We saved money on Red Head Bass Pro Shops Men's Hiking Boots. #TexasHomesteader


We were going to be in the area for our movie date anyway so we swung in and found the boots, but the clerk said they didn’t show to be on sale.

So RancherMan pulled the website up on his phone and showed the current sales price to the clerk in the shoe department, who agreed to give him the discount.

For a couple of minutes time we saved $10 and RancherMan has new high-quality hiking boots!

Fresh Organic Garden Produce

I’d be remiss if I didn’t tout the inexpensive healthy meals we’re enjoying these days in part thanks to the abundant harvest from my garden. 

Healthy vegetables & produce from the garden in a wicker basket. #TexasHomesteader

It amazes me how much healthy food can be harvested from even a small garden.

If you don’t have room for a large garden, plant your faves in large containers. You’ll be rewarded with healthy fresh food for a fraction of the cost of purchasing in the store.

And let’s be honest, there’s no comparison to the flavor of a ripe tomato plucked from the vine. 

Hopkins Homestead Store galvanized steel raised beds coupon code save money discount. #TexasHomesteader

Battling Spider Mites In The Garden

This spring was cool with plenty of moisture. I harvested heavily from my garden every day.

But then my garden was hit by spider mites.  

Spider mites are killing my garden plants. #TexasHomesteader

I won’t spray poison in my garden for two main reasons:

Even though I wash my produce, I don’t want my food to have ever come into contact with poison of any kind.

Poisons are most often are non-discriminate. Using them will harm the beneficial insects along with the pests.  

Some .edu sites state that neem oil is safe around bees while other sites question honeybee safety. 

So I’m currently trying to spray the plants with a jet stream of water from the hose when I water the garden to dislodge the spider mites.

But I daresay using that method the spider mites will win in time. If so I’ll clean up the garden and allow it to rest until potential fall planting. We’ll see.

Have y’all ever won the spider mite battle without resorting to poison? I’d love to hear your solutions!

What Are Your Frugal 5 This Week?

So there’s my 5 frugal things to save money this week. We also ate healthy homemade meals cooked from scratch for all but our date meal, enjoyed passive-solar lighting in our home and I’ve been preserving produce from our garden for all we didn’t enjoy ourselves or share with family & friends. Nothing wasted!

What are your Frugal 5 this week?


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6 thoughts on “5 Frugal Things – Hiking Boots Discount, Garden Pruner Fix, Cheap Date Night & MORE!

  1. Candace Ford

    I like to save our little weekly newspaper, cereal and pizza boxes, any non-shiny paper that comes into the house which I lay on the dirt around my permanent plantings and cover with bark nuggets which we buy at the local dump. For mulch around my wonderous ancient blueberry plants the bird man who lives with me trims up a few Douglas fir tree limbs. I pile them on the ground around the base of the bushes and when the needles are good and dry I go into the netting and walk around on them and pull out the bare branches. It makes it very easy to pull weeds then. Blue berries like “sour” soil and I had heard that the needles from fir are somewhat acidic. Several friends out here like to come and get berries from our bushes which is nice because almost everyone out here has a garden and they all like to share their bounty as well. It’s great to live in the country!!!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Less weeding is a beautiful thing indeed Candace. And it’s all natural – gotta love a combination like that! ~TxH~

  2. Angela DeGroot

    At times I feel like we are constantly repairing things, so wish products were made to last. Agree we try to repair not replace. So glad my Tractorman is handy.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I agree – I wish things were meant to last longer too, Angela. But I also think having a repair mindset instead of a replace mindset sure helps stretch a dollar. For me, it’s more an environmental push with the added side benefit of saving lots of money. Win/win! ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It sure is, Beth. And it’s doubly good that we’re both of the same mindset. He’s willing to research, buy and spend time repairing various items and to me that’s huge! ~TxH~


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