Sunday, October 9, 2016

Frugal Happenings 10/9

Good morning my lovely friends.
I pray this has been a good week for each of you.  I hope that any of you that were in the path of the hurricane, are safe and well, and had minimal damage (if any).  My heart goes out to all those who lost homes and belongings.  It would be devastating to any of us, however, life is more precious than any material goods.  God bless everyone who suffered ANY loss whatsoever.

We have had wonderful fall weather this week, and it looks like we will experience the same this coming week.  Cool temps, with highs in the 60's and 70's and lows in the 40's and 50's.  I have been sleeping with the window next to my side of the bed open, and it sure has made for great sleeping this week.

My week has been relatively quiet - not a tremendous amount going on.
My frugal week:
  • Renewed library books on line
  • Line dried lots of laundry
  • Did a lot of yard work for FREE exercise.  Getting the yard ready for fall
  • Picked bell peppers, jalapenos (lots), beans, and cherry tomatoes
  • NO heat or AC at all
  • Dehydrated green beans (no room at all in the freezers)  These will be great in soup this winter.
  • Hard boiled a dozen eggs for easy meals and snacks
  • Received a wonderful gift from a friend on the west coast.  I have no idea what I did to deserve it!!!!
My lovely gift I received!

  • I changed out purses for the season with another that I have
  • I did do a stock-up on canned and dried cat food on a day that I was out.  Canned was  five cents cheaper that any where else and dried was $2 off per bag, plus additional money off for a certain $ purchase.  I got 5 big bags and 125 cans saving $24.  I am going to do this every month for the next few months - just IN CASE!  (I feed a lot of babies!)
  • Picked a lovely bouquet of roses, asters and mums from the yard
  • I made 2 lbs. of ground beef jerky (YUM).  I will tell you how this coming week.  It is so easy to make and the taste is wonderful!
  • We received a $25 gift card from Outback as a gift for G's past birthday
  • One night I actually ordered pizza - as I was so tired from yard work.  They had a deal of 2 medium ANY type pizzas for less than the price of one large.  Great deal - giving us dinner 2X.
  • NO grocery shopping this week
Of course I did all the usual everyday things, that we JUST DO!  Filtering water, making tea, using dehumidifier water, laundry in cold water, using leftovers, windows open for fresh air,  etc....

Meals this week:
Mushroom rice with chicken and salad
Chicken strips, dressing and green beans
Pizza 2X
Homemade taco salad
Cheesy tuna casserole and salad
Layered ham/cheese/potato casserole and salad

All lunches and some breakfasts from leftovers.

Snacks:  jerky, nuts, and apples with peanut butter

I hope that your upcoming week will be filled with happiness, health, and love!



  1. I'm not sure why Cheryl but I completely forgot you could renew library books online. That helps so much in a time crunch and you can't get back as soon as you hoped. Thanks for the reminder. I can't wait to find out how to make the ground beef jerky- we smoke jerky but it's usually with beef strips so it will be good to know how to do this one too. Have a great week.

    1. I love the ability to re-new books on-line. Many times I want to keep the books a while, but just don't have time to run up there. I sure don't want a fee either.
      You'll be amazed on how easy the jerky is!!!!
      Have a wonderful week.

  2. Good deals - I stocked up in flour at $1.19/5 pounds and .49 a can green beans, both at Aldi.
    I cooked an $18 roast beef in the crock pot today, it sounds expensive but it was delicious and it will yield at least 6 generous meals for us.
    Take out pizza is a nice treat, sometimes we get a $6 Little Caesers pizza to eat in the car when we are on the go. It is actually easy to eat in the car and cheaper than getting burgers.
    Have a good week Cheryl ❤️

    1. What a great deal on flour and beans. Roast sounds so good. That is one of my fall/winter go to meals. That is great that it can stretch so far.
      I prefer homemade pizza, but delivery is a treat once in a great while.
      Have a blessed week.

  3. I too am looking forward to hearing about ground beef jerky making, we have loads of ground beef left from last year. I got a few more things from the cleanout of the in laws house: a stainless stell lemon/citrus squeezer - to work it takes some muscle so I can also use it as a hand exerciser, LOL! A nice ceramic strawberry with lid to pass on to my one daughter, I asked for a cake stand for the other, delicate with handpainted flowers. And a turkey roaster with stand, small one for a 15-18 pound turkey -- it cleaned up well, could do some more polishing on the aluminum lid, and the enamel needs some spot rust clean up but workable enough. And stained a printer stand so it is the final piece in the new bedroom to make a complete look.

    1. WOW - it sounds like you got some wonderful hand me downs from their home.
      I hope the girls absolutely love their heirlooms. What a treasure!
      I cherish the few items I have from my folks home.

      Good job on the printer stand!
      Have another great one!

  4. I thought I had commented on this post yesterday...apparently not! So glad I checked again tonight. You did really well my friend. I too renewed some things online with our library but then had to call and have one that would not renew (because it was on hold for someone else) done by our wonderful librarian. I was still feeling under the weather and did not want to chance getting anyone sick. ;)

    1. I just love the online feature for the library.
      I sure hope you are feeling better each and every day.
      Take care my friend.