Sunday, March 23, 2014

Last Week's Frugality

    Last week I packed my lunch all 5 days!! Yeah for me!  I have to keep it up!

    I was able to pick up 20 cans of tuna for my stash at a great price--loss leader.  Our local grocery
had 24 oz. bottles of Dawn(I have tried homemade and every cheap brand but I love Dawn best) for just $1.99 per bottle.  I bought 6!   I also found Planter's Peanut Butter for $1.40 per jar and added 6 to my stash. 

   I have been garden dreaming lately, so I was inspired by Pinterest to spray paint 2 of my Goodwill  bowling balls for faux gazing balls for the yard.  My cousin gave me the paint so this was a cheap project! 

   I also spray painted a lamp I found at the Goodwill last month.  It was hot pink, but now it is black and it looks great in my living room!

    Another item sold on E-bay this week so I am $5.00 ahead because of that. Every little bit helps I guess.

   We are still catching water in the shower bucket and using it to flush.

  My Momma treated us to KFC last week!  It has been quite a while since I have tasted the Colonels  secret herbs and spices let me tell you!  Thanks Mom!

   I finally found a pair of brand new work shoes at the Goodwill Saturday!  They were $6
 but I received the 10% senior discount.  So $5.40 for a pair of brand new shoes!  Score!!  If you remember, I had to buy the gel insoles because my old shoes were so worn on the inside!  But I have managed to make do until I found new ones!  Good things do come to those who wait!

  I was able to get my cabbage chopped and frozen for future pots of soup!
  We have been eating as much food from the freezer as possible.  I need to get it cleaned out for future garden bounty!  I am thinking  positively!

   I just about had a heart attack when I received my electric bill.  Most of you know I have been playing Light Nazi and have been hang drying my towels. I thought this would help but my electric bill was $306.00 last month! That is right, $306.00!!
We use propane for heat and hot water and it was still $306.00!  The bill said the time period was longer than last month, and the cost went up. Boy did it go up.  This is unacceptable.....totally unacceptable!  I am still working on a plan to reduce it, but if you have any ideas, I would love to hear them!  $306.00 for February--I am gobsmacked!  Just think how much it would have been without  hanging the towels and turning off the lights! 

  Well, that's about it for me.  How have you been saving money this past week?

Frugal Blessings,

This post shared at :  The heritage Homesteaders Blog hop,
 at The Clever Chicks Blog hop and at the Homestead Barn Hop







  1. I can't imagine a $306 electric bill. That is outrageous! I don't know what to tell you. You are already doing more than I do. I will start hanging clothes out this week finally. I hope it makes a difference in our bill. I tried this years ago and really worked hard at it for a month. Our bill was $70 less that month. But we did have an old inefficient dryer at the time. I swore then that I would never use the dryer again, happens. I started working third shift and really found it hard to hang clothes so it didn't last long. Now that I am no longer working I will absolutely be doing it again. I figure that my job now, instead of earning money, is saving money. So that is my goal. You are an inspiration to me and I am gonna give it my all!!

  2. I just cannot fathom how my bill is that high! I am earning money and it is my job to save money as well but it is hard. Best of luck to you with your goals! Thank you for your kind words!

  3. Sometimes they guestimate the hours used and send bill. I would definitely talk to the electric company to find out where they came up with this. How big is your home? Do you have a pool? I'd look into everything. How much is your bill normally this time of year? This is unacceptable for anyone under normal circumstances.