Monday, November 25, 2013

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

    Last week I was able to pack my lunch all week!! Yippee!  We were invite to lunch on Saturday by my Mother and went to Frisch's--she had 3 coupons for free Big Boy sandwiches-thanks Mom!

   I took advantage of the great sale at Kroger's--bought 4 4lb bags of sugar for $1.19 each, 4 lbs. of butter for $1.79 per lb, and  4 large bottles of Dawn Dish soap for $1.94 per bottle.  In addition, I only had to buy milk, eggs and bread. So all in all, I saved a bunch on  my grocery budget!

   I used my Benny card that I had been saving for the end of the year.  This is free money my work gives us for meeting/doing certain health care things--Health risk assessment, physical, not smoking, etc.  This is the last year they are doing this so I need to use it all up soon! So this will help save money on our prescriptions in the next 5 weeks.

   I found 2 tops for work at the Goodwill.  They were half price and both were like new!  I also found two electric candles ( the gold and white ones) for 50 cents each.  I brought them home, painted and grubbied them up with supplies I had on hand and now have 2 adorable prim little candles for my windows.

  I have been keeping the thermostat at 62 degrees.  We have a fireplace insert and will be using that as our primary source of heat as soon as we get our chimney cleaned out.  I won't build a fire before getting the chimney swept--just a safety precaution on my part.  My Mom once had a chimney fire and it scared us all to death.  We put an extra quilt on the beds and dress warmly.  Propane is expensive so we try to conserve.

    I have pared down our Thanksgiving dinner menu.  I usually make broccoli casserole, baked sweet potatoes, and cook 2-3 heads of cauliflower but the broccoli casserole has pricey ingredients and the rest can get expensive as well.  I am going to make glazed carrots in place of the sweet potatoes because I found them on sale and canned a bunch this year.  I feel we do not need as many side veggies as we are not having as many guests this year.  This will save money and make my meal prep much simpler!  We are planning on a cranberry punch instead of serving different types of soft drinks and/ or wine. 

  I usually buy an assortment of dinner rolls to serve with our meal but this year I am making the bread myself with ingredients from the pantry.  Homemade bread is better anyway!

  I am serving green beans from the freezer-my Uncle graciously planted extra for me!  So these were free!
   I am using pumpkin from the freezer for my pumpkin pies so this will save money also.  

All in all, this will be a very frugal Thanksgiving but I don't think anyone will feel that we are missing out on a thing!   Homemade from scratch is a money saver!

Frugal Blessings to you all,



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