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Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

I planted seeds for Armenian cucumbers, red noodle beans, pumpkins, lettuce, basil and sunflowers in the garden.

I made lemonade from our lemons.

 

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I cut arugula and picked lettuce, nasturtium flowers, and radishes from the garden.

I found eggs for $0.79 a dozen at Sam's Club (in the 5-dozen package). I bought 10 dozen.

The children played in the sprinklers several days when they came on.

I wasn't planning on buying Easter candy until next month, but the sales were good, so I did the following:

I went to Target and bought Easter rabbits this year (I was unable to get any melting chocolate at after Christmas clearance to make my own this year) at 25% off. The coupon (Target cartwheel) was a limit of 4 rabbits a day, so I needed to go twice. I also combined coupons and sales for money off jelly beans and peanut M&M's. I will still make some tiny chocolate rabbits as part of our dessert that night (I'm thinking to make either a cheesecake or a carrot cake and I will use the tiny rabbits to decorate the edges).

I went to Winco to pick up some potatoes. The former produce manager is now the butcher, and he saw my cart (with 40 pounds of potatoes,  pounds of carrots, a head of cabbage and 7 cucumbers) and asked if I ever buy any meat! He then told me about some chicken legs her had marked down to $0.44 a pound. I bought several packages; we had some for dinner and I froze the rest. I am glad we have been eating down the freezer to make room for new deals. 

I took in a blouse that is now too big on me along the side seams to make it smaller. I really like this blouse and am glad that I will still be able to wear it.

 

What did you do to save money this past week?

 

 

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  • KellyK March 19, 2017

    A local convenience store has eggs XL for 0.79/doz I bought 2 more dozen. My mom tells me ALDI has them for 0.44/doz but I don't go there often as it's out of my way.

    Got my hair cut for free by my Mom the hairdresser....she gifted me some cash, so I was able to get a manicure & pedicure with that money!!! Hadn't had either in 5 months!!

    Received a few magazines in the mail thanks to Recyclebank & Verizon Wireless SmartRewards.

    Wore my green for St Patty's Day. Things I already owned.

    Winter Storm Stella caused 2 snow days here. No school =no lunches to pack=no gas driving to & from school.

    Got 2.5 (unwanted) hours of Overtime on Wednesday.

    Ate all meals at home!

  • Cindi March 19, 2017

    Those nasturtiums are gorgeous! Sounds like you scored some really good deals this week.
    We are getting ready for our 5-week trip to camp and see family. We cleaned out the camper and have been stocking it. We have arranged for a neighbor to come by a couple of times a week to water my houseplants, and another neighbor to see to our trash carry-out. We will do the same for them when they vacation. I have a bunch of meals made ahead and ready to fill the refrigerator and freezer in the RV, and lots of dry food in the cabinets. We did a little extra shopping, but much of this was from our freezer and pantry. These last few days before the trip we are eating a lot of odds and ends from the freezer and refrigerator, making for some interesting meals.

    I arranged for new house and car insurance, saving a little money. My husband and I worked in the greenhouse, getting it set up. We put on the shade cloth, cleaned out pots, and I planted peas, lettuce, chard and arugula. My husband set up the automatic drip irrigation and I hope when we return from our trip we will be well on our way to harvesting these. I finished the wall hanging I was working on. I started a new pair of socks with some of my Christmas yarn. I will work on these while my husband drives on our trip. Knitting helps the miles pass by faster for me. I did my taxes using Turbotax

    I hope you all have a wonderful week. We are hitting the road Wednesday morning.

  • Mandy March 19, 2017

    Have a great trip!

  • Holley March 19, 2017

    Wow, Cindi, five weeks!!! Lucky you! Can you give me some ideas of the meals that you've made ahead to bring with you? I'm always looking for easy things to just heat up while camping! I wish my husband would take me on a long trip. We have a travel trailer but my husband keeps saying we need a bigger truck to pull it to go long distances. So, I wait...one day!!!

  • Cindi March 19, 2017

    Let's see, Holly, some of the things I made were lasagna, macaroni and cheese with ham, taco meat, spaghetti sauce with meat, chicken cordon bleu casserole (I got the recipe online), chicken legs in barbecue sauce (which we'll grill) and chicken breasts in a lemon garlic marinade (also to grill). I also have sausages to grill and hamburgers to grill. We will be attending a family reunion, staying a couple of days with my older half brother, spending two weeks with my husband's parents and attending a wedding while we are away, but will also camp in between all this.

  • Becky March 20, 2017

    I put similar things into my camper freezer. My husband loves to grill so we take meat for that, sometimes I put marinade into a freezer bag, drop the meat in, and freeze that way and sometimes I just take plain meat and I marinade or season at the time. I often make meatballs and freeze them. Then, sauce from a jar can be added at the time and it doesn't take up as much freezer space. We often catch fish, crab, or crabs, but sometimes we get skunked--you just never know. We eat some at the time, and fill the tiny freezer with the excess so it stays fresh until we get home. At that point, any bread items I've put in the freezer to keep fresh come out and the fish goes in.

    I usually put a few days worth of food in the fridge, so it's thawed out for the first part of the trip, then pull from the freezer later on. If we are camping during a time when we have a lot of garden produce, we often bring an extra cooler as well, stuffed with veggies and fruit. I will shop when camping, IF I'm really needing something to re-stock what I've used up from my camper stockpile, IF there even is a store to buy from, and IF I forgot something crucial. Otherwise, I far prefer to buy on sale, use my own home-canned/frozen items, and pantry supply from home. It's a way we can camp more often on our budget because stores are often way more expensive in remote areas. Of course, we don't need as much food as we used to when we had more kids at home, but believe it or not, we have had up to 10 people drop in on us while we are camping, even 2 hours from home, (friends who were in the area or family who wanted to join the fun for a day), so I always take a lot of food. I love cooking for a crowd, and it's fun to be able to be more relaxed and visit out in the forest or beach, so I love it when that happens.

    We usually make foil dinners while camping and fill them with some kind of meat (often hamburger) or chicken, and veggies, then cook in the fire or on the grill. My husband has an old rack he uses over the fire as a grill and makes everything from bb-qued chicken to the trout we hopefully catch on it. He often bakes potatoes in the coals of the fire. We carry roasting sticks with us and let people roast hot dogs, sausages, marshmallows, and more. I've experimented with roasting apples, dough (like biscuit dough wrapped around a stick), and whatever else can be poked with a stick. We love to occasionally fry things like Indian fry bread or home-made french fries because the mess can be kept outside. We have a curly fry maker that we purchased on a camping trip years ago that the kids love to use when camping. Some of those things have become a tradition for the kids and some of their friends. A couple of years ago, one young lady who had been camping with us when she was younger, had us bring the curly fry maker all the way to her house, 8 hours away, for a walk down memory lane, since she remembered the experience so fondly. So, we had a french fry party for her:) Not bad for a $3 garage-sale, "as seen on TV" item--lots of memories! So I always take an extra container of canola oil. If the weather cooperates, we cook as much as possible outside. If it doesn't, it's nice to have the option of an indoor kitchen.

  • Holley March 20, 2017

    Thanks Cindi and Becky!!!! Lots of great ideas!!!! We always make foil packs too! I love the curly fry story!

    Hope you have a wonderful trip, Cindi! And, Becky, I hope you get to go camping soon!

  • What a beautiful salad you have grown! My DH got a great deal on exactly three lamb chops a while back...there are three of us, so they are in the freezer for Easter. I like the idea of carrot cake for Easter dinner, so I may borrow that! :) My family's frugals are here, and you're more than welcome to visit!

    http://thecentsablehome.blogspot.com/2017/03/weekly-frugal.html

  • Belinda March 19, 2017

    I like that you took your blouse in to make it fit better. :)

    I did my grocery shop yesterday and found a few good deals like eggs at Aldi for 59¢, which was an unadvertised deal I found. You can read all about it here. http://savingmoneyinmytennesseemountainhome.blogspot.com/2017/03/grocery-shopping-saturday.html

  • Alisa McNeely March 19, 2017

    My Aldi's has eggs for .28 cents a dozen. I got 8 dozen.

  • Lisa March 19, 2017

    Wow! That's great. We found them back at Christmas time for that price, but now they are $0.49/dz. Still great.

  • Becky March 20, 2017

    Wow! Just Wow! We are doing well if our eggs go down to 88c/dozen. And, that is a whopping deal around here.

    Still, that is a lot of good food for a little amount of money. But 28c. Wow. Enjoy the eggs! There are so many things to do with them.

  • K March 19, 2017

    My frugal accomplishments this week:

    * My SO and I debated ordering out Chinese takeout, but we decided to make pizza at home instead. I used a single leftover Italian sausage from the freezer and a few spare olives that were hanging out in the fridge to make our usual pepperoni/onion pizzas into something more interesting!

    * Used up some pantry and freezer items in a casserole this week- I made mashed potatoes from the potatoes I had gotten on sale at Aldi, made stuffing from a bag that my mom gave me post-Thanksgiving (using celery from the freezer and some onion from the pantry), pulled some leftover ham from the freezer, and layered it all in a casserole dish. I also made some brown gravy from a packet and poured that over top. I served it with some frozen broccoli, and it was a delicious, cheap, and hearty meal. We ate from it for 3 dinners!

    * I picked up a few sales at a local grocery store- cabbage for 17c per lb, 6 lbs of apples for 83c/lb, and a couple kielbasa links for $1.66 each (I like to use them in red beans & rice and jambalaya). I found a package of their home-brand chorizo in the mark-down section, but I did not get it as we have no space in the freezer and I could do without.

    * I also went to Sam's Club and bought butter, mozzarella, string cheese, and disinfecting wipes. I also saw eggs for 88c/18-count, so I picked up a package even though we already have a few dozen. This was the last of the shopping I needed to do this month!

    * I bought a $1 pack of buttons to put on a few shirts I got from Schoola- they were meant to be worn with cuff links, but my SO does not have any (nor do I trust said cuff links to not be lost!), so I sewed over the holes on one side of each cuff and sewed buttons on top of that. The buttons are a much darker blue than the shirts, which provides a nice contrast, though I know no one will notice except for me! LOL. I still need to hem a few pairs of pants from that same purchase, and a few pairs of pants may need to be let out a bit (which I may take to a professional tailor, if it's not too expensive). Since all the pants are nice quality and were only $1/pair, paying $5 to let out each one will still be cheaper than buying the cheap Old Navy version of these pants!

    * I did several loads of laundry at my mom's house, and as repayment I made dinner for her and my stepdad. My mom would much rather clean than cook, so I offered to make some spaghetti and meatballs while she picked up around the house. They greatly enjoyed it and I was happy to have a project to do!

    This coming week will be very busy for me as I will be gone Thursday-Saturday for an open house at my desired PhD program, so I'm trying to get everything done as well in advance as possible! If only there were a few extra hours in the day! :p

  • Margaret @approachingfood March 19, 2017

    Love the garden pic! Those nasturtiums are gorgeous!

    My own frugal accomplishments:
    - Saved some tissue paper from two presents the DH received, to reuse in the future (they weren’t wrinkled, and anyway, as I learned from this site, it can be ironed!)
    - Accepted a mini hand cream from my mom. She didn’t like it, and I can always use a hand cream at work or to pop in my purse.
    - Took home half my dinner from a restaurant, and ate it for lunch the next day. Makes eating out much more affordable when it actually covers two meals!
    - I redeemed some points from my Starbucks card for a free lunch box.
    - Got a rain check for the face lotion that I use, as it was on sale and sold out. I’ve never asked for a rain check in my life (although I remember my mom occasionally asking for them when I was a child) so I hope I remember to use it! I also have a coupon that I’ve saved that I will stack with the rain check when the store stocks the item again.
    - Pears were on sale this week, so I bought several bags and made pear sauce.
    - I made a Triple-Strawberry Custard & Cream Cake (http://approachingfood.com/strawberry-custard-cream-cake/) for the DH’s birthday, for a family celebration (a simple celebration, but so much fun). I used dehydrated strawberries from my pantry, homemade strawberry jam, homemade apple jelly that I had made from apple scraps, and luckily strawberries were on sale just prior to my making the cake. The only thing I had to buy was whipping cream. I even re-used a ‘Happy Birthday’ cake pick from several birthdays ago (I just wash it and put it with my baking supplies until the next time I need it). A fancy-pants cake on a frugal budget!
    - Made another batch of Brandy’s swiss chard soup, using some of my home-preserved lemon. The DH will eat it for a quick dinner, and I will pack it for my lunches.
    - Bought 14lbs of pasta for 50 cents/lb. I think we’re stocked for the year now!
    - Bought 4 lbs of strawberries for $2/lb. I eat a lot of (homemade) strawberry jam with my (homemade) yoghurt, so I’ll freeze most of the berries until I need more jam.
    - Bought 3 lbs of broccoli for $1/lb.
    - I used up the last of a heel of cheese to make some cheese sauce to top some steamed broccoli. I ate the broccoli for dinner, and packed the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow (along with some soup).
    - Made a batch of yoghurt
    - Made a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (all pantry ingredients) and wrapped up a bunch in a cellophane bag left over from Christmas baking, as well as some ribbon (saved from a birthday) to give as a hostess gift when visiting a friend.
    - The DH and I went out for dinner and saved 50% using a gift card and a voucher. An affordable date night!
    - My mom received two tickets to the National Homeshow/Canada Blooms Garden Show and passed them on to me, so the DH and I are able to attend free! Plus, they even have a free coat check. Looking forward to checking out all the gardening displays!
    - I made a batch of granola using pantry ingredients, and added in some psyllium powder I had lying around as well as the last of a package of goji powder. I bought the psyllium powder on the advice of my doctor, but couldn’t stomach it by itself, and while it would change the consistency of baked goods, in granola, it only makes it a little bit clumpier so I was pleased to find a way to use it!
    - I read up on growing sweet potatoes, and bought an organic sweet potato so that I can grow my own slips. If they work out, I’ll plant some and give some to my mom or sister to grow.
    - Dehydrated the broccoli that I bought on sale, as well as some clementine peels.
    - Use the stems of the broccoli to make broccoli chowder. I also used potatoes from storage, carrots that I prepped and froze myself in the fall, dehydrated celery, and onions that I bought on sale, chopped, and froze. Some herbs, milk, flour, and veggie stock later…chowder!
    -Printed some nice labels for the ‘Cookie Dough’ Tea that I received last week, placed the tea in mason jars, and cut out some nice cloth from my stash to cover the tops with. Voila, gifts! I’ve set one aside to give to my sister for her birthday.

    Looking forward to learning from everyone else as always!

  • Lynn from NC Outer Banks March 19, 2017

    Your husband's cake looks delicious! I've been storing apple peels and cores in my freezer to eventually make some apple jelly as I know several people have talked about making it with these leftover bits.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood March 20, 2017

    Thanks, Lynn! I made the apply jelly several months ago, and it worked perfectly to replace a gelatin glaze. I actually first learnt about apple scrap jelly from this blog myself! Super easy. You'll love the purity of it!

  • Penny Swinea March 21, 2017

    My Grandmother always saved apple peels and cores in her freezer to get enough to make apple jelly! It worked just fine for her and her jelly was always delicious. Penny S.

  • Rhonda A. March 19, 2017

    That was so nice of the butcher to let you know about the discounted chicken. I wish we could get eggs for that cheap. As for my daughter's Easter basket, I won't be putting any chocolate bunnies in her basket. I've bought other chocolate items on sale, many of which were clearance items from other holidays. I will assemble it in cute but cheap Easter themed baggies to tuck in a basket we already have with Easter basket "grass" that we reuse every year. I might buy some spring coloured jelly beans and maybe some Easter items if on for a good price, but that's about it.

    This week, our frugal accomplishments included:
    *Baked a batch of Maple Oatmeal muffins from pantry ingredients I already had (recipe link: https://bunnyswarmoven.net/2015/08/maple-oatmeal-muffins). Since my daughter is on March break, I was able to make them with the walnuts...what a treat!
    *Meals made at home this week included chicken souvlaki with tzatziki sauce, flavoured rice and green beans, breaded chicken strips with fried rice and spring rolls, homemade pizza (bread machine crust), stuffed chicken breast with noodles & sauce side dish and corn, homemade potato soup, roast beef with mashed potatoes, gravy, carrot and homemade apple pie (from the freezer), and cheesy broccoli shell pasta.
    *In honour of my Irish prodestant heritage, I made homemade potato soup for St. Patrick's day. I used up some potatoes that were a little on the soft side with sprouts sticking out and some carrots that really needed to be used too. They tasted just fine in the soup. There's no way our ancesters would have let that food go to waste!
    *Most of my lunches this week consisted of leftovers. Lasagna, fried rice and spring rolls, pizza...they were seriously good too!
    *Our bandage supply we keep in the bathroom was running low. So I went to the basement and grabbed more from our stash. I bought a huge box filled with various bandage & medical supplies for only $1 at an auction last summer/fall. It's definitely coming in handy!
    *I took my daughter to another free round of lazer tag courtesy of Autism Ontario. Since she was on March break, it was a welcome outing!
    Joyful life moments this week:
    *I volunteered at our local mall with my work 1 day this week. It was a special outreach program the mall hosts during March break for the children, though we happily talked to adults as well. It also allows us to promote our upcoming season. Always a pleasure to talk about history with willing listeners. And I had the privilage of handing out free childrens passes for our museum, too! I loved that I was able to gift families the opportunity to have an inexpensive summer outing.
    *Volunteered with the Handweavers & Spinners guild helping at our Fibre Arts Festival and Sale show (set up the night before and 4 hours during the event). The show was absolutely amazing with some stunning crafts on sale. Maybe works of art would be a better description for some of the items there. Gleaned some great inspiration and frugal ideas for craft and sewing projects, too. To share one idea, someone had aprons for sale that had a big pocket similar to a hoodie style pocket, which would be perfect for gardening equipment, cleaning tools, etc.
    *My brother came for a visit this weekend. My daughter was quite excited to see him. She decided to sleep downstairs in her "play room", since her uncle was also sleeping downstairs in the family room. A simple, fun activity to finish up her March break.

  • Laura March 19, 2017

    Your beautiful blog is a constant inspiration to me here in the very centre of London, England, where the idea of 80 degree heat is as unthinkable right now as the thought of the baking plains outside where you live. We make and love your white bean dip and dream of gardens as plentiful as yours!
    May I ask about the lovely pale lemon nasturtiums. We only ever get a much more brassy and lurid yellow over here, bordering on bright orange. Are your nasturtiums a special variety?
    With thanks for everything you write and photograph, and for all your ideas.

  • Mandy March 19, 2017

    I made milk (from powder), bread, alphabet soup (Brandy's recipe), herbed whole chicken in the crockpot, hubby made a beef roast with veggies, pink lemonade cupcakes (boxed mix we've had for awhile in the pantry), peach pie popsicles(Brandy's recipe), overnight oats most mornings, chili with hotdogs and can't remember the rest. I typically take leftovers or a sandwich to work for my lunches. All our lunches were homemade and taken to school/work. Breakfasts and suppers were eaten at home from ingredients we have on hand.

    I am almost out of eggs and hubby's bread ( he will only eat store bought white bread) so I will purchase those, otherwise I am not buying anything and we will eat strictly from the pantry and freezers. We need to save money for property taxes that are due in a few months. We had our truck (2nd vehicle and the one I drive to work) repaired and the price was double the quote so all our tax money is gone which is what we normally use to pay the first installment of property taxes. I am not saddened or frustrated by this, though, I view it as a challenge :)

    I drank lots of water during the day  and free coffee in the morning at work. I also typically enjoy a cup of tea at home that I make using tea bags I've had in my cupboard for a long time.

    We exchanged books and movies at the library. Twice my daughter (6 yrs old) said "I want to watch that movie!", so I went onto the library website and reserved a copy for free.

    I saved a jar after the coconut oil was gone.

    I kept the heat down on the warmer days ( by warmer I mean 30 to 40 degrees F.

    My daughter and I continue to use family cloth for *most* needs in the bathroom. I used shampoo when my daughter wanted a bubble bath.

    I made more deodorant. I filled the dish soap bottle with half dish soap and filled the rest of the way with water. I made a laundry soap booster which is simply salt and essential oils. The salt was just table salt that I've had in the pantry forever and lemon essential oil I've had for awhile. It works pretty well, our clothes look cleaner and brighter.

    I hung laundry to dry after putting in dryer on air fluff for 10 minutes to remove pet hair.

    We had a local, mobile groomer come to our house to give our golden retriever a hair cut (she desperately needed this!), bath and nail cut. I saved $15 by staying out in the mobile unit and helping her. Our doggie does NOT like hair cuts and does not cooperate very well lol.

    I put two ends of romaine lettuce into water to regrow it. Hopefully I will get some free lettuce.

    My husband changed the oil in our car himself, saving at least $30.

    I made sure to turn off the surge protector or unplug things when not being used (dryer, microwave and washer (both on the same surge protector/power bar), electronics when done charging, etc.

    I took 4 big boxes of food from our pantry to one of the local food pantries because it's food we won't eat and I don't want it to go to waste. A lot of it was food items I got for free or close to it while I was couponing.  I also took a load of stuff (clothing, household items, etc) to Goodwill that we  will no longer use but is still perfectly good.

    My daughter needed to wear green for St Patrick's Day at her school. She didn't have any green. When I dropped off the donations I went in just to see if I could find something and happened to find a really cute green dress half off, so I paid $1.57! I happened to have $2 in my wallet ( I stopped carrying money and my debit card if I wasn't planning a specific purchase). The dress has short sleeves so I had her put on a long sleeved shirt under it and leggings and she can wear it in the spring and summer. She might even be able to wear it next year :)

    Have a great week everyone! As always, Brandy, I enjoyed your pictures :)

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