Sunday, September 25, 2016

Frugal happenings 9/25

Good morning my frugal friends!

I hope this finds you all well and happy.  It seems this has been a quieter week on my end - which I adore!  The weather will be catching up with the calendar this coming week, it appears.  Our highs will be in the low 70's and the low in the 50's.  I just LOVE that type of weather.
We got a chance to turn off the AC about half of each day this - then it would heat back up.

I can sure tell fall is in the air, as we have spiders and spider webs every where!  Good grief, you can't walk outside in the morning without running into several webs made across walkways.
We have an onslaught of stink bugs outside as well.  Them things are every where.

I hope you all realize that exactly 3 months from today is Christmas!!!!!!  Oh my - that time will absolutely fly by.  It seems like yesterday that we were talking about this month just starting.

My frugal week;
  • Made a bottle a Febreeze like air freshener
  • Had several rehab visits and meetings for others
  • Line dried lots of laundry
  • Picked peppers, beans and tomatoes from garden
  • Bought mushrooms on sale at Aldi for .69/8 oz. box.  Got 12 boxes and dehydrated them.  I will go back tomorrow and get 12 more.
  • Got some multi-packs of good pens and pastel highlighters for the teen's gift baskets on clearance.
  • Stopped at the church thrift store and bought 2 sweatshirts and a cardigan set for .99/each.
  • Got 2 - 6 packs of specialty (huge) bagels for FREE
  • Stopped at a yard sale on way home from rehab and found a brand new canning rack for my old water bath canner for $1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It still had the tag on it.
  • Had a special birthday dinner for G all from home.  Made steak, potatoes, sautéed onion & mushroom and a giant choc. chip cookie.  He loved it - as it was all his favorites.
  • Other than items mentioned above - I bought nothing else from stores
Meals this week:
Dirty rice with little smokies and salad
Homemade mac n cheese, smoked sausage and leftovers
Mac leftovers (with sausage) and garden green beans
Mashed potatoes/gravy, corn and chicken
Plain pasta topped with mushrooms and onions and butter, salad
Steaks, baked potatoes, leftover onions and mushrooms

Snacks:  cookies, homemade ice cream from last week, chips, pretzels

How was your week?  Did you do anything creative, frugal, interesting?
I pray you have a blessed and happy and healthy week my friends.


  1. Hi Cheryl,
    Gs birthday dinner sounds perfect! Who needs a restaurant to celebrate?
    We did not have a frugal week. My husband was away as his dad broke his hip. He is recovering fine but my husband ate every meal out for a week and his body is letting him know it didn't like it.
    This week may not be normal as my dad is having surgery but we will do the best we can.
    While my husband was gone, I did accomplish defrosting our freezer, did a little bulk cooking and worked on some home projects.
    Hope you have a great week ahead ❤️

    1. Rhonda - prayers for both dad's. Hope all goes well for them both.
      Isn't it funny what our bodies get used to? Home cooking is the way to go for me.
      Take care

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  3. Hi Cheryl,
    We had some coo;er days and turned the ac off. Today is 105 so running the ac today. I had dinner done by 9am.
    As to not overheat the house. Dreaming of fall... Have a blessed week.

    1. Patti - oh my 105!!!! That is just awful. I like the cooler days and nights too. Hope you cool down some.

  4. Hi Cheryl,
    Oh that birthday dinner for you hubby sounds simply delicious as does the rest of you menu for the week! Great score on that canning rack. :) I am praying that your brother is doing well with his rehab. I know what a long road it is to recovery.

    Be blessed!

    1. Hi Debbie. Thanks for mentioning my brother. He is about the same - not a lot of change. We just take it one day at a time.

      G did LOVE his dinner!
      Have a good week.

  5. Hi Cheryl, I often find that you can help steer me back to frugality...and thank you for that! Even though we spent a ton of money on specialty foods while my daughter and three friends visited from California, because we cooked at home I am still able to pay the bills for the next month. It showed me how useful it is to cook at home!

    1. That is such a sweet compliment. Glad to help. Heck, we all spurge now and then - that's why we try to stay frugal the rest of the time.
      I hope you had a absolutely wonderful visit!!!!!!