Sunday, January 15, 2017

Frugal Happenings 1/15

Happy, happy Sunday everyone.
I hope you are all well and doing good.  We are great and have had an especially quiet week on the home front.

The weather has been all over the place this week.  We went from frigid temps to almost 70*.  We had rain, 50 mph wind, hail, thunder storms, ice and light snow, all in the past 7 days.  It sure has been a roller coaster!!  Temps this coming week are to go back up to the 40's and 50's with rain.  Our winter sure has been mild to say the least.
I know many of you have had to deal with unusual weather events this week as well - some not being as lucky as we were!

I sure have been enjoying watching the squirrels and birds.  This morning there were 14 squirrels in the backyard at one time.  I walk out to the back walk and about half of them come running up to me, looking for a treat!  They are just too cute.
We had a ROBIN at the bird bath this week!!!!  What a shock to see - as they stay gone all winter around here.  I am not sure if the poor baby was lost, or if it knows something we don't about Spring!

My uneventful frugal week:
  • Got a .20/gallon discount on gas
  • Bought 2 gallons of milk for a total of $3.18 (1.59/gal)
  • Got an email from the orchard about their pre-season closing.  B1G1 offer on apples - no matter what size you buy - 5 lb., 10lb., bushel, etc.  I don't need to can any more this year - but I did go buy 2 - 10 lb. bags for eating.  Price $14.75 for 20 lbs. of apples!
  • Been snacking on fruit and cheese/beef sticks/crackers that we have
  • Made an apple/peach crisp - YUM
  • Made a big pot of vegetable beef soup
  • Watching shows and documentaries on Netflix and You Tube
  • Doing all the normal stuff - making tea, filtering water, fixing meals from scratch with what we have, air drying laundry, etc.
  • Eating all leftovers for either lunch or breakfast (we aren't real picky)
  • Stayed home a lot - which saves money!!!!  NO TEMPTATIONS!
Meals this week:
Homemade individual flat bread chicken pizzas with all kinds of extra goodies on top
Kraut (leftover from Rueban day) with hotdogs and mashed potatoes
Homemade  vegetable beef soup with bread/butter (2X)
Home fried fish sandwiches and baked beans
Homemade red beans/rice, chicken strips and biscuits
Leftover biscuits with sausage gravy and scrambled eggs

So far this month I have spent ONLY $17.93 on groceries!  I think I am doing pretty darn good on my no spend month!  (Sure beats spending $40-50 per week).   How have you been doing on your grocery budget for the month?

How has your week been?  Were you prepared for the nasty weather that many of you got?  I hope no one had to do the "milk/bread" fight at the groceries this past week! 
Isn't it crazy how panicky people get?  It's like they think they will be trapped for weeks on end!  No matter how much they bought this past week - they would do it again this week if the weatherman gave the same predictions!!!! 
It is so nice being prepared for whatever comes our way.  I LOVE THE PANTRY!!!!!
Had I not bought fresh milk on Monday - I would have just used my shelf stable milk from the pantry.

Check in and let us know what is going on!  Love hearing from you all.
God bless and have a wonderful week ahead.


  1. You have been doing well! Our bill has went down drastically on our No spend month -not nearly as much as yours though! So funny your brought that up about the milk and bread. We always have both too! I love this winter so far. Even if we get a bad Feb or March the season won't be long after that. Have a great day!

    1. Vickie it is just funny how you always hear the stories about bread and milk when the weatherman says snow or ice - no matter how much or little!

      Glad you are doing good with your challenge!
      have a good day.

  2. Wow! That grocery budget of $17.93 is so great. Hope I can get ours down after we get settled and organized! Nancy

    1. Thanks Nancy.
      You should be getting close to being settled.
      Start building up that pantry slowly.

      Don't let being busy keep you from being frugal.
      have a good day.

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    1. Hi Cheryl, wow what a difference in your weather. I would say "MOther Nature" has some serious PMS going on. LOL! ;)

      You are doing really well on your grocery challenge. I think we are at about $30 spending wise for groceries. So far we have only bought milk, cheese, bananas and seltzer water. I know for some seltzer water would be considered a treat but I was able to get them for $2 for a 12 pack and it is one of the things that really does help with my Chronic Fatigue and Fibro to pep me up a bit. I have no idea how or why it works that way but it does. Plus, it is no calories and no artificial anything. I like that. Be blessed!


    2. Hi Debbie. Hey we all have things that are necessary for us. If that works for you and helps you then you go girl!
      $2 a 12 pack is quite cheap.
      Have a great one!