Sunday, May 20, 2018

Frugal Happenings 5/20

Good morning all.  I hope this past week has been good to you.
I seemed to get quite a bit done, but also spent a chunk of change as well!  Glad I had it to spend - sometimes necessary spending can be costly.

Woke to a lovely morning.  It has been pretty darn warm this week.  Currently AC is off and has been for a couple days.  We have been as high as 90* for highs and down to low 70's for highs.  Threatened rain all week, finally came in yesterday and will have more today.  It is needed.  Could just do without storms!
April was one of the coldest Aprils on record, and May is now going down in record books as one of the hottest!  Crazy.  May is supposed to be our wettest month - but not so far.

My frugal week:
  • I went Monday and got new tires for the Blazer.  Choke, choke!!!!!  I can't really complain though - it's only the second time we have bought tires in 16 years.  I did get them for $50 less than my quote in March.  At least they are safe now.
  • I got a $20 used tire for the truck. 
  • We have 2 people interested in the truck - one being the tire shop!
  • Made some homemade tartar sauce
  • Ran to the greenhouse and got most plants/garden stuff I need
  • Made up 8 hanging baskets/planters
  • Made a new bird feeder of sorts.  I had an empty hanging basket (had dirt in it) and I added a tin pan with drainage holes and hung.  The birds are loving it, and it keeps more birds off the ground (away from kitties)
                              The tin pan keeps seed from dirt and no germinating weed seed!
  • I kept several cat food and food cans (clean) from the recycle, and used them in the bottom of a couple planters as fill - not as much dirt needed (also good drainage)
  • Got the rain barrels out and set up
  • Lot's of yard work done and yard mowed
  • Line dried laundry
  • Picked 3 bouquets of peonies for around the house.  I sure love them.  Hope to be able enjoy bouquets for another week or two
                                        Peonies are just starting to bloom - covered with buds
  • Repaired my garden hose with a new female connector that we had on hand. Changed out the Y connector for hoses at hose.  No leaks!
  • Ran to Kroger on Friday to look for clearance - not a lot to be had.  I did get 2 bags of Folgers vanilla flavored coffee (as a treat for G) on clearance for 2.59 bag.  I also got 5 jars of Newman's Own salsa con queso cheese sauce on closeout for 1.20 each (nice for an easy treat/meal add-in).  I did buy some sour cream and on the vine tomatoes (blah) for .99/lb.

  • I went on Friday and used a coupon for double fuel points.  They are offering that on weekends for a while this summer - thank goodness - gas prices have sky rocketed.
  • Used leftover spaghetti sauce in another dish along with some cottage cheese that needed to be used.
  • Saved another shaker lid from Parmesan cheese container
  • Got about half of the garden stuff planted.  My mission is to get it all done this coming week.

My meals this past week:
Loaded burgers and seasoned fries
Fish sandwiches and baked beans
Hominy/pepper/beef skillet dinner
Tuna salad sandwiches and fresh veggies
Spaghetti & meatballs
Lasagna and side salad (2X)

I hope to get the garden all finished this coming week, trim all the bushes out back, and just accomplish a lot more yard work.  It never ends!

What was your week like?  Did you get any good deals?  How are the gardens coming along?
Give us a shout and let us know what is going on in your area of this glorious land.

Welcome  - come and sit a while!
Blessings from our humble home to yours.  May you be blessed in all ways this coming week.  Prayers for your health and happiness my friends.


  1. The rain here cooled it off by about 10 degrees, which felt better. I hope it did the same for you all. That was a good deal on the 5 jars of Newman's Own salsa con queso cheese sauce !

    1. rain cooled it a bit - but it is going to be in mid 80's all week. Summer is here!
      I thought so too. It is always nice to have something like that for a quick nachos, or in a casserole, etc. It also supports charity!
      Have a good day!

  2. Oh girl you challenge me!
    I didn't do much last week since it was treatment week.
    Hopefully, it will be better this week.
    Thank you for sharing your week with us.
    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    Carthage, Missouri

    1. Yu get a break you know, since you are having treatments. No one will say a thing. Hoping you have a blessed week. Feel better

  3. Love the pictures! I would love to come and sit a while on your pretty porch with all the flowers.
    Hope you have a great week.

  4. Vanilla Coffee - that is my favourite coffee !! We don't sell that here in NZ, but whenever I hear of someone I know going to America, I get them to buy me a bag. I won't even tell you what I paid for 1 bag last time..I'm afraid to use it. :)

    1. It is always amazing to me the things that don't get sold in other countries. We just don't realize how fortunate we are sometimes.
      The regular price was $5, but somehow I bet you paid a bit more!
      Have a good day.

  5. Glad you have good tires for the truck. They will keep you safe so they are worth every penny. You got some great mark downs. Glad you are getting some rain. We have had it the last 5 days and are getting more tomorrow.

    We went to a college move out day and got lots of items that were being put in the garbage. I will try to sell them on Craigslist. Was able to plant part of my garden yesterday so I am super happy about that. The rest of my week is here:

    1. Well none of the rain yesterday that they said was coming. We'll try again later today.

      It amazes me of al the stuff people get at college move outs. Kids sure have no regards for what their PARENTS purchased. Sad.
      Hope you make a lot of money!

  6. Wow that is a lot of work! We put in our tomato, pepper, cauliflower, and cukes this weekend. I will try and get the seeds for the greens peas (late) beans in the next few days. I like your idea for seed. I put the chick feed in a large terracotta dish on top of an old canning kettle so they can reach it with their beaks but not their feet. Birds found it right away. Most of the wild birds are nesting now and have established their territories so I think we'll be okay from migrating diseases, I hope so.

    1. Glad you are getting your garden in as well. It seems like everyone is running a little later than normal this year.
      Good idea on the on the feeder.
      Birds find everything right away!!! LOL Hope they all stay safe and healthy.
      Have a good one.

  7. Every time you write about being able to work in the yard I get jealous;)

    1. Sorry! Are you not able or is the weather just yucky.
      My yard is my tranquility - not sure what I would do without nature!