Monday, August 5, 2019

Last Week's Frugal Happenings

Even though we were on vacation last week, I actually still managed to do some frugal things.  In fact, one of the reasons we try to live frugally is so we can travel.  In no particular order:

1.  I packed easy breakfast items, sandwich supplies, and casseroles (freezer assets) for our meals.  We ate out one meal.

2.  We had free coffees from Starbucks each day as part of a promotion for booking toward the end of the season.  I almost fell out.  They gave us free coffee and pastries totaling up to $112.50 for the week. Ironically the coffee was so strong my husband and I would split a cup in the morning and have the second cup in the afternoon.

3. We rode a large Ferris Wheel as a treat, but we were able to use military ID and get a discount on our tickets.

4.  Our first Misfits Market box came (if anyone is interested in a link let me know) and I cleaned and sorted all the produce so nothing would be wasted.  I used the scraps to make 4 quarts of veggie broth, which I canned.  I saved the carrot skins separately to use in a creamy carrot and potato soup.

5.  Even though we were tired from the road trip home, I pulled us together a quick hot meal that evening.....even after my husband offered to go pick us up something so I wouldn't have to cook.

6.  I washed and hung all the laundry with the exception of the towels.

7.  I used up a lingering overripe banana that came back home with us.  I put it and the last handful of my home dried cherries in some muffins.

It doesn't sound like a ton when I type it up, but given that we weren't at home for most of the week I feel like we did pretty well.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last Week's Frugalities

Last week was one of those weeks where I mostly stayed home.

In the kitchen:
  • I did some light batch cooking for the week.  I cooked two meals of chili and what I thought would be two meals of sloppy joe filling....ended up being one LOL
  • I cooked 9 hard boiled eggs to make deviled eggs with. Gotta love the Instant Pot for cooking eggs.  
  • We had chicken fajitas one night -- using frozen chicken and using up some lingering veggies.
  • I cooked a triple batch of pasta sauce with ground turkey and veggies.  I put two meals worth of the sauce in the freezer.
  • Saturday night we didn't want to cook and did pick up a frozen pizza for $10.  There's not really any price shopping at the local market -- you get what they have on hand.  
  • We ate leftovers whenever possible for the next day's lunch.
On the chore front there's nothing exciting to report.  I did the usual only run full loads, conserve electricity, etc.

I did pay a few bills -- car tags and a medical bill.  Definitely grateful for medical insurance!

I placed an order from Sam's Club and received most of the items on my list within three days.  All of them were food items.  The bonus was that I could take advantage of free shipping with my membership because I am currently 2 hours away.  A four hour round trip is just impossible right now...so savings of time and gas.  


Struggles

I've been struggling for a while with this blog.  Sigh!  I've been inundated with tons of spam comments and the only solution I have been able to find is to set it up where no anonymous comments are allowed.  With that said, I'm hoping all is fixed, and I will be able to get back to actually sharing on here.  If that doesn't work, my next step is to set up a private -- by subscription and invite only -- but I really don't want to have to do that.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Grocery Haul and Menu Plan for the Last Week of February



I think I finally have all the kinks worked out of getting comments and things.  Fingers crossed!

This is the grocery haul and menu plan for this week.  Not a huge one because we really didn't need much.  There are a few items that weren't necessary for the week, but they are to fill a few gaps in my pantry.

Monday, January 28, 2019

A Few Things from the Kitchen

An attempt at cake doughnuts.
They weren’t pretty,but they tasted good.


Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers and Rosemary Potatoes


Gluten free Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuits



Last Week's Frugal Happenings

Even though we were on vacation last week, I actually still managed to do some frugal things.  In fact, one of the reasons we try to live fr...