Sunday, February 18, 2018

Frugal Happenings 2/18

Good morning.  Here we are more than half way through the month.  February seems like it just flies by, even though it's just a couple days shorter than other months.

We have had that up and down weather again all week.  I got to turn off the heat on Thursday and open a window - then back to cold.  It dropped about 35 degrees in 24 hours.  This next week sounds like it is going to be real soggy - predicting 4" - 6" of rain!!!!  For the record, I will say I am glad that isn't going to be snow!  It is also going to be in the 50's and 60's most of the week.
Crazy stuff.

I would love to get outside and do some yard cleaning -  but it is just so muddy.  It will get worse during the week, so I guess it will have to wait.

The other day we had 11 PAIRS of cardinals in the back yard.  It was just a gorgeous sight! Love watching nature.

My frugal week:
  • Changed out the shower curtain, just to change up the look for spring. (Had  it here)
  • Made soup with leftover chicken and noodles
  • Made dip
  • Made my own enchilada sauce for a dinner this week - so easy
  • We got one of those big tins of varied popcorn for Christmas.  Opened it and ate the popcorn, and now I have another pretty tin for storage!!!
  • Cleaned out the frig thoroughly
  • Took down the valances in living room and dining room and laundered.  Spring cleaning!  They look so fresh now!
  • Had the heat off one day and aired out the house
  • Went to Menards for squirrel/bird feed.  They had a great sale and it was so much cheaper than the feed store
  • On to Sam's.  Spent a chunk of change - but I am stocked on items I normally get there for at least one year if not two. (Not sure I will renew membership).  I did get $29 in instant rebates!
  • I found a dime and a quarter on the ground!  Now in my change jar.
  • Scoured the hard wood floors
  • Found a little light I had gotten for FREE at Harbor Freight ages ago.  It is perfect for my upstairs pantry.  The pantry is deep and has no light - so I always have to turn on DR chandelier to see.  This light hangs on the spice rack on the door and it is bright!   Works great.  Oh why didn't I figure this out sooner??????????
                       These little lights are super bright!  It hangs and I can move it as needed.

Meals this past week:
Chicken /noodles, mashed potatoes and corn
Soup made with leftover chicken/noodles
Pancakes and bacon
Roast chicken and side salad
Mac n cheese, jalapeno smoked sausage and salad
Homemade enchiladas (including sauce)
Spaghetti and meatballs and garlic toast

Leftovers eaten for lunch.  Snacks included popcorn, veggies and dip, apples/peanut butter, and pickles and olives.

How was your week?  What did you do frugal this week?  I love hearing from everyone!

May you and your family be blessed in the coming week. 
Stay healthy and safe and frugal my friends.
God bless.


  1. I’m going to try to comment. I’ve been having trouble with goooooogle and just give up.
    Wow! So many cardinals! That must have been beautiful!
    Love the sign, too! Such true words!

    1. Hi Debbie - glad to have you!
      I love cardinals and yes it was so pretty. We have a couple of big old blue jays as well - it is really entertaining.

      We do make our happy don't we?
      Please visit again!!!!

  2. good idea on your light for the pantry- you can probably see real good in there now! Oh I love the sound of birds that are back now. I can just imagine all your cardinals! What a sight it must have been. Have a great day Cheryl!

    1. I can see wonderfully in the pantry now! I love it.
      Yes, it just warms my heart when all the birds come back. I am awaiting the arrival of my first Robin of the year. I always know spring is here when that happens.

  3. We have several of those lights from Harbor Freight. Ours are all blue. I keep one in each car because they hang and have a magnet so they work well if you have a car problem in the dark.
    We had a good week. My husband's company had a big meeting on Friday. As he was leaving the office for the day he saw that the food was all sitting out. There were only 2 other people still in the office. He took a tray of sandwiches home with him and told the other 2 to also take some otherwise it would go in the garbage. We have been eating it all weekend.
    I also found a book I have been wanting at Goodwill. Its a $40 medical book and I got it for $3.25. I'll call that a win.
    Did all of our usual stuff like cooking at home, hanging laundry, bringing lunch to work/school.
    Glad the birds are coming back. It means spring isn't that far off. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Marybeth those little lights are great. It was just like a brain fart the other day - with the pantry! LOL I have no idea why I never thought of it before. They are wonderful for the car.

      YAY on all the FREE sandwiches. That is fantastic. Amazing how many people just throw good food away. Happy for you.
      Great deal on the book.

      I love seeing the birds! It is fun to wake up and hear them in the mornings - it sounds like spring.
      Keep on doing all the good stuff!

  4. I really like your little light but have never heard of Harbor Freight. I did get a wind up flashlight for Christmas and I like that too. Nancy

    1. Nancy harbor Freight is a tool type of warehouse. They have some of the best sales and used to have coupons every week for free items - no purchase required.
      Now they still have items for free once in a while BUT with purchase.
      I have seen those types of lights at places like Menards, Lowes, etc.

  5. Looks like another good and frugal week in your lovely home, Cheryl. We too have one of those Freight Harbor lights to use. I keep it in my kitchen drawer to use to light up two of our cabinets that are so dark inside. It works like a charm. I hope you have a terrific week. :)

    1. They are great aren't they? I can think of lots of laces they would be great.
      It is pretty quiet here - but that is how I like it.
      Have a good one.

  6. I love cardinals and we do not have them here. I am always excited to go east and see them. We have really beautiful mountain bluebirds.

    1. I bet those are pretty as well. I love all birds. It seems that in the past couple years we have really started getting a big variety.

  7. I wouldn't normally have a Sam's Club membership but my daughter's company gave them all one for free so she added me in as an accessory customer. The seafood there is delicious and also gotta watch the prices on other stuff.