Sunday, August 28, 2016

Frugal Happenings 8/28

Hello there my frugal friends!
WOW, here we are again at the end of another month.  This year has just flown by.  A few more days will be September and the 'unofficial' end to summer.  Heck, the holidays will be here before we know it.  I saw Christmas stuff at the store the other day!!!!!!

We sure had quite a weather week.  We did have 3 days that were lovely and we got to have the AC off.  Then the heat, humidity, and RAIN came back with a vengeance!  Wednesday, there were 8 tornados that hit the state and did tremendous damage (thank God no one was killed).  Friday evening we had more terrible storms go through the state, some hitting the same areas as those of Wednesday.
Rain most of the day Saturday.  Luckily, we just had lots of rain and no damage in our immediate area.  Friday there was 2.4" of rain in 1 hour and 15 minutes downtown (10 minutes from us).
Streets were flooded and buildings were flooded.   Luckily it was just our back yard flooded!
I think someone forgot to tell us - IS IT APRIL - not August?  We sure have had the rain.

My frugal week:

  • Got to do  a bit of yard work when the weather was decent - FREE exercise
  • G & I did a tune-up on the lawn mower making it run so much smoother
  • Been picking lots of garden produce
  • Did all laundry including bedding when nice and line dried
  • Baked a ham from the freezer (bargain from Christmas) and used it off and on all week
  • Wanted corn bread one night, but didn't want to heat the house with the oven.  So I made corn bread into pancakes - they were yummy
  • Colored my hair at home.  Used the last of an open dye - got 3 color jobs from it!
  • Dehydrated more squash and dried more tomato skins
  • Stopped at Fresh Thyme and got cantaloupes 2/$1.  They aren't the best but not the worst.  Good for snacks.
  • Stopped by Kroger to look at clearance and got a bunch of pudding mixes for super cheap on mark down.

  • Made a bowl of PayDay candy mix (salted peanuts and candy corn) - tastes like a PayDay candy bar

  • Canned 8 pints of what I am calling sweet Harvest relish (one went straight to frig).  Contained cukes, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, celery, peppers, carrots, and cabbage
  • Canned 6 quarts of salsa
  • Made grape jelly from grapes from freezer (about 2 weeks from harvest).  2 pints and 5 half pints.
  • Froze 10 quarts of green beans
Meals this week:
Homemade pizza
Ham sandwiches and sliced tomatoes
Soup beans (2X)
Loaded baked potatoes
Chef salad
Leftover night

Snacks were nuts and fruit

How is everyone's gardens doing?  Are you just starting to get good harvests or like us - slowing down on harvest?
How was your frugal week?

I hope you all have a wonderful week (next weekend is a long weekend for many).  May you all be blessed beyond measure and stay safe and healthy!


  1. Your garden did so well! Our garden didn't do as well as last year due to a drought. I canned so much last year though we have enough left over to enjoy this winter. It has started to rain and the mustard greens though are growing a lot. I may be doing some canning soon! Have a great day

    1. Vickie I have heard so many people say their gardens were not as good as last year. Mine wasn't either. It seems to be getting done much earlier as well.

      I am just glad to get what I can. I hope your mustard greens do well.
      Have a good one.

  2. Goodness that is a lot of rain! I am so thankful that no one was killed in those storms. Tornadoes both fascinate and terrify me at the same time.

    Great deals on all those pudding mixes. You did really well on your preserving of the garden harvest too. :)

    1. Having grown up here - tornadoes are a common thing in the spring. It is so odd this time of the year. They terrify me.

      Hope you have a good week.

  3. I will be on the lookout tonight at the store for the pudding mixes, each year the pumpkin spice doesn't sell much and we think it is terrific as an after dinner snack, all dressed up in a fancy stemmed fruit bowl.

    1. Good idea. So many seasonal things go on clearance, and make great stock-up items.
      Seems everyone I know gets excited about PUMPKIN everything. I must be the one oddball. I don't like pumpkin!