Sunday, January 22, 2017

Frugal Happenings 1/22

Hello everyone.  I hope all are doing well.
I must apologize for being sort of AWOL this week.  It just seems that I got caught up in life and keeping very busy.  It was all good, so there is nothing wrong.

I got to take a 'tour' of the house next door that has been remodeled.  It is looking very nice, compared to what it was.  I had to laugh when I was telling G about it - it's nice, but it 'wouldn't do' for me.  I just saw so many things that didn't seem complete in my eyes.  I guess we all have our ideals.  BUT, it is a world better that it was - the FOR RENT sign is out - so here's hoping for good neighbors!!

Our weather has been so mild for January.  Yesterday was 67* and sunny.  Sun is something we have been lacking so it was wonderful to see.  I aired out the house a bit and turned off any heat.
January seems to be our gloomiest month of the year.  At least our daylight hours are getting lengthier!

I noticed yesterday that there are daffodils, lilies and peonies sticking out of the ground by about an inch!  Our trees and bushes are getting buds.  Those may come to an end by the end of the week, when temps get back to normal.

My frugal week:
  • Laundry in cold
  • Made flavored coffee for G several times - adding chocolate/caramel candies to coffee and sometimes adding hot chocolate mix to it
  • Cut my hair.  G passed this time
  • bringing up groceries from the basement instead of grocery shopping
  • Cooking from scratch
  • Checked out all our gift cards (some are old).  My oh my they totaled up to $504 of restaurant eating!!!!!!  I checked them all out with the restaurants and they are all good.  I also came across 8 FREE complete car wash tickets!  WOOHOO
  • Watching You Tube and DVR'd shows
  • I did LOTS and LOTS of small projects.  You know those things we all put off even though they would only take 15, 20, 30 minutes to do!  I finally did a ton of them!!  I felt accomplished.
  • I did run to Meijer for cat products (animal and medical items have their own budgets and do not count in grocery).  They had 10 lb. bags of cat litter 11/$10!  YAY.  The cheapest I can normally get 20 lb. bags is $3.29.  Nice savings.  I also got 72 cans of wet cat food.
  • Stopped at Big Lots on a whim.  Walked in and found a clearance cart.  I got 5 cans refried beans, 4 cans baked beans and 3 boxes of crackers for $4.35!
$4.35 worth of groceries!  great for the stockpile.
  • I then stopped at the Christian thrift store to check out some FREE bread for the critters.  I looked around and found 2 - 70's era Corelle plates.  G thinks our "fiestaware like" dishes are too heavy.  I got both dishes for a total of $1.07 (includes tax).  Perfect for when it's just the 2 of us.

  • I have started re-reading the Tightwad Gazette again for the umpteenth time!  It always gets my inspired again.
Meals this week:
Homemade cheesy/mac/tomato/beef casserole
Leftover casserole and salad
Pork chops, green beans (garden), leftover red beans and rice
Tuna salad sandwiches, chips, and homemade pickles
Homemade veggie fried rice
Leftover rice and steak burgers
Sloppy Joes and oven fries (end of fresh potatoes)

Ate off the apple crisp several times,  ate fresh apples with peanut butter, and many gifted items for snacks. 

I have a ham going in the oven today and will probably make some sort of dessert.
I plan on doing some crafting in this coming week!  That's my plan - generally I go down look at supplies and come back upstairs!! LOL.  Sometimes it is just hard to get motivated.
I hope to get back on schedule with the blog this week as well.

How was your week?  Did you have any good finds or savings?
What kind of crafting projects have y'all been working on?

Take care my friends.  God bless each of you and God bless America!


  1. Cheryl, I love your crafting comment! I get that way too.

    Yesterday I made vegetable meat soup, all leftovers from the frig. Beef and chicken in there. It's pretty tasty.
    Last week I put up 12 pints of cranberry sauce and did 6 pints of pineapple chunks. Still working on getting some of the cranberries dried.
    Scalloped potatoes and ham is finally gone, so are the bits of ham. I made beans and ham and we ate off that for a couple of days.
    I really haven't done much shopping. I keep meaning to go to Big Lots but never quite make it.
    I did make a couple of crocheted hats this week.

    God bless America!

    1. Hi Laurie,
      Your soup sounds wonderful. Good job on all the canning and drying. I could also make more jelly from berries in freezer - but I need to motivate!

      I am glad it's not just me when it comes to crafting.
      Nice on the crocheting - the hats will be a blessing to someone.
      Have a good day!!

  2. You had a very good week! How nice to have a stockpile of restaurant and car wash vouchers.
    I thinkFiestaware is the prettiest kind of dishes but they are too heavy for us. A few years back I replaced all our dishes with plain white corelle bought at their outlet. They are so easy to handle.
    I always enjoy your thrifty posts 😄

    1. Rhonda - I so love my fiesta ware - it reminds me of my grandma. She always had it. I think it is probably time for us to get rid of it however - as it really is heavy.

      Thanks! Hope you have a lovely week.

  3. You had a very busy week. Those little jobs do take up time so glad you got them all done! I love those dishes -I had them forever! Finally gave what I had left to my mother-in-law. What a great deal at Big Lots too! Have a great day!

    1. Vickie - oh I didn't get everything done by a long shot - but I did make a good dent.

      Hope you have a great week.

  4. Hi Cheryl, It has been gloomy a lot here also. I long to see the sunshine! We use corelle dishes also. I like glass but it seems like so many of them are so large. Nancy

    1. The sun will be back to us soon. Hang in there.
      Have a good day.

  5. I too have heavy dishes and now must you both hands to handle them, not sure I want to give them up yet because I don't like how Corelle is so hot when carrying a bowl of soup, but sometime soon I bet. My daughter has Corelle and loves it as was my very first set of dishes back in the 70s.

    Cooking seems to be a big way to save on money. My NY resolution to make a menu and cook has been good so far, trying to get to the end of the month without another big shop, might just make it! If it weren't for milk and cereal for my husband it would be a lot easier. But it does give me an excuse to pick up fresh apples and bananas and a luxury item, this week it was a turnip that went into my bean and kielbasa soup this morning for dinner tonight.

    1. ellen - I haven't given up my dishes yet, but may have to some day soon. Corelle would take up less room in the cabinet - we will see one day.

      Cooking from home helps a lot. Glad you have been sticking to it. I still have a couple turnips in the crisper that my brother gave me. I used to not like them - but now find I do.
      end of the month will be here quickly - you can do it!!!!!!
      Have a lovely day.

  6. You did really Well Cheryl! I'm impressed! I do hope that you get some great renters in next door.

    1. Thanks.
      Oh I hope so too. There has been a ton of interest. Lots of people stopping by, and the rental agent met with 5 couples this evening.
      We'll see.
      Have a good one.