Sunday -- I wasn't feeling well. Fortunately I had cooked extra hamburger steak the day before. We mostly used it for meals. The extent of my cooking was to bake a cake. My husband and daughter had been hinting for some time that they would like one. I wasn't ill enough to sleep so I spent most of the day reading. I actually finished reading one book and read two other history books. I woke up about midnight feeling a little better and I did pay the bills. I'm excited to say that even with summer heat I've been able to keep our utilities below $200. They were just below $189. Of course, we have not hit our hottest months yet.
Monday -- I picked up a Sam's Club order. There was only one food item -- a package of beef for the freezer. All the rest was cleaning, pet care, and household supplies. I try to do this twice a year if possible although some things I do have to look for quarterly. By timing it with sales I was able to save over $79 on things we normally buy and use. Running two households either requires duplicates or items big enough to split in half. Sam's Club works well for us on that. I also make a point to order online and just do pick up at the store whenever it is possible. This helps me make certain I don't do any impulse purchases.
Tuesday -- I spent the day down -- with a migraine combined with a stomach virus. We kind of ate whatever we could find. I didn't do a lot of anything.
Wednesday -- I was feeling some better. I bleached all the surfaces I could bleach, washed my bedding, and stayed in.
Thursday -- Perfect day to test the solar oven again. I baked brownies and made a batch of beans and rice. We went to the thrift store and I bought 1 skirt, 4 blouses, and a purse. $21.34. The blouses are all neutrals and will go with anything. The purse was $1.99. I had been using a backpack because I have to carry so many epi-pens, sugar testign supplies, etc. This bag even has a pocket that is perfect for my epi-pen pouch.
Friday -- We had to go to Aldi to pick up milk and soy milk, while I was there they had chicken breasts (large packages) marked $4 off. I came home with four packages for basically the price of two. We also went to Ollie's, and I picked up a few household items.
Saturday -- Company over for supper. Kept it simple. One crockpot with BBQ chicken and one with mac and cheese. A hot day and I would have normally grilled out, but they were calling for early evening thunderstorms. I'm serving leftover slaw, a veggies, and some homebaked brownies.....that we baked early in the morning while it was still cooler.
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