We have had cooler, yet decent temperatures, this past week. We did have to turn on the furnace for a cycle, on two different mornings. Rain coming in tonight and possibly for the next couple days - then much more fall like temperatures. Highs in the 50's and 60's this coming week.
I have done yard/garden work every day this past week. So much to do, but I am trying to space it out, as not to kill my back!
Have been watching the squirrels carry around walnuts and hide them. Not sure where they are finding them - but they have been busy. Every time I go out back, I have to have peanuts in my pocket, as they run up to me and put their paws on my leg, looking up begging!!! I have created little beggars!! They take them from my hand. Too cute.
The allergies have been in full force this week with being outside so much. I do look for relief from that.
I got the garden pulled out except for cabbage and broccoli. There is much of that left. The volunteer tomatoes are still around the yard as well. Get a few every day!
God's "good morning" to us this morning. It was the most incredible sunrise!! Looked like a painting!
My frugal week:
- Used a $6 off any sale coupon at Kroger. Got 40 lbs. of cat litter for a grand total $1.04 (mainly tax). YAY
- While at Kroger I had to look at clearance - (called withdrawal!!). I did buy 4 packs of gourmet smoked garlic powder ($1 ea.) and 4 - 12 oz. containers of specialty mocha coffee ($2.29 ea.) on clearance. NOT for me - these ALL GO IN GIFT BASKETS for Christmas!
- Bought gas and got it for .20/gallon discount.
- Had our yearly furnace check under our maintenance agreement - no charge
- Used a ham bone from the freezer for making beans - boy did a lot of good ham come off the bone!
- Made cornbread and used bacon grease in it for extra flavor - YUM
- Got out my fall candles and melts (candle scraps). Love the smells of fall
- Did lots and lots of yard work - FREE exercise
- Stopped at the church thrift store while out. I got myself 4 tops for a total of $4 ($1 ea.). I also got a 2 pack of English muffins (18 muffins) for FREE. One pack in the freezer for later.
- Went to my first craft bazaar of the season (just up the street). It was so disappointing. Few crafts and lots of pre-made stuff. Not like years past. Bought nothing.
- Making tea, filtering water, using Soda Stream and making meals from pantry/freezer.
- Line dried laundry
- Picked more flowers for bud vases
- We were gifted a pound of 'fried' chicken livers from G's aunt and uncle! YUM
- I did stop at Aldi and spent $6.50 on grocery items. I got 4 lbs. of fresh brussel sprouts and 3 lbs. of baby carrots. That is all I bought.
Leftover cheeseburger soup and sandwiches
Cube steak, mac n cheese, and steamed broccoli
Soup beans with ham and cornbread
Chicken livers, mashed potatoes and gravy
Leftover beans and cornbread
Smoked sausage, cabbage and fried smashed potatoes
Homemade 'loaded' pizza
It is hard to believe that Halloween is about a week away, and Thanksgiving is just 4 1/2 weeks away.
There will be lots of frugal finds in the next few weeks. After Halloween sales of candy (great for Christmas stocking stuffers and baking), and baking and Thanksgiving type foods will be on sale every where soon. Turkey, ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies, and baking goods will be at their best prices. It will be time to fill the pantries and freezers on the cheap!
What did you do at your frugal home this week? Any good deals to be had?
Is anyone making any Christmas gifts?
I hope you all have a blessed and safe week. May the Lord give you health for your body and love for your heart.
Blessings to all.