Sunday, January 29, 2017

Frugal Happenings 1/29

WOW, here we are at the end of another month.  I guess it's true - time flies when you're having fun!!  LOL

We started out our week with upper 60's and the rest of the week was essentially winter!  We had cold winds, light snow, and a little sleet.  Lot's of gloomy dark, cloudy days here.  When we get to see some sunshine the day seems absolutely splendid!  The dark days of January will be over soon.

I found out last night that one of the houses next door to us got rented.  The new folks will be moving in at the end of February.  I sure hope they will be good neighbors.  It is really scary not knowing. 

It has been pretty quiet around here this week.  The house on the other side of us got their wood floors redone this week - and we were the go to place for the key.  It kept the owner's mom from having to come all the way across town each day.  He is still working in Africa.  I got to see a picture of the floors and they look really nice.  Hope they look as nice in person (for their sake).  Hopefully that house will be rented before spring.

My frugal week:
  • Baked a ham I got cheaply around Christmas.
  • Ate on the ham and then cut it up and put much in freezer
  • Made a 'dump cake' using cherry pie filling and home canned pineapple.
  • Had one more day of no heat and airing out house at first of week
  • Made a pot of baby lima and ham soup
  • Had a lovely dinner from Outback for our 31st anniversary.  We actually got 2 dinners out of it.  It was purchased with gift cards and was FREE to us.
  • Received more address labels and a note pad FREE in the mail
  • Received another magazine in the mail that I didn't order. (someone must have sent as a gift)
  • Did some mending
  • Working on a plan to remake some clothing items
  • Brought TP, nuts, peanut butter, coffee, sweetener and home canned fruit upstairs to replenish the pantry
  • Went out one day and purchased 2 gallons of milk for 1.29 ea., 6 pounds of baby carrots for .49/lb., 3 - 2 1/2 lb. boxes of multi purpose baking mix on clearance for 1.39 ea. (can't make my own that cheap), and 10 lbs. of potatoes for 2.99.  We have no sales tax on edible items, so my total was $12.68 this week!
  • Doing all my normal stuff

Meals this week - didn't have to cook a lot because of leftovers!
Sliced ham and Au Gratin potatoes and green beans
Lima/ham soup
Outback dinner
Leftovers from Outback
Leftover soup and garlic toast
Homemade pizza (2X) and salad

Snacks this week were - eating on the dump cake several times, apples and peanut butter, Chex Mix, and a nice homemade ice cream sundae

I had hoped to really curb my grocery spending this month and pretty much live off the pantry and I did.  My total spent on groceries (for humans) for January was $34.96!!!!!!!  WOOHOO!!!
I don't know how February will go, but I don't think there will be any reason to spend a lot then either.  We have plenty and we need to use the older items up.  Having our stockpile has been such a blessing.

How has your week been?  Did you get any good deals?   What has everyone been up to?
I hope you each had a good week, and I pray your coming week will be full and happy. 
May you all stay healthy and sane in this crazy world!!!!!!!
God bless.


  1. Great job on your grocery spending this month. Happy anniversary too! I see you are getting low prices on milk too-isn't it great? Have a great day !

    1. Vickie, yes the milk prices have come way down. I love it.
      Thank you.
      Have a great week!

  2. That is a great total for a grocery bill. Good luck this week! Nancy

  3. Happy Anniversary my friend! I'm glad you were able to go out and celebrate. :)

    I'm very impressed with the deals you got at the grocery store and how little you spent on groceries overall! I can't wait to see how this next month goes for you also. You are one very frugal and creative gal. :)

    Be blessed!

    1. Thank you Debbie. We did celebrate, but we did it at home. I got carry out from Outback. Easier on G.
      I try really hard - I am anxious to see the next month totals as well. Can't imagine it as good!

  4. That is an amazing achievement on the low grocery bill!
    I have had very little success with good deals however I have had a lot of free peaches so that has been really good... it is mid summer here.
    I hope you're having a good week Cheryl! Love

    1. Thank you Annabel.
      I is still so hard for me to realize that seasons are the opposite for us right now! I am glad you are getting so many peaches. YUM
      Have a blessed day.

  5. Oh I so wish we could get that price on milk!

  6. Happy Anniversary! I am glad you were able to have a nice celebration. Great grocery total. Milk is still over 3 dollars a gallon here. You probably know this if you have room you can freeze milk. Just pour a little off before you freeze it. Have a great week.