Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Last Week's Frugality

Hello Dear Readers!  So sorry this post is late--life is happening all around me it seems.  Busy, busy, busy!  Well, here goes!

    I packed my lunch 4 out of 5 days last week.

    The shower bucket is still in use saving water.

    While the company that I work for didn't meet goals for our gainsharing this year, they gave us a bonus instead!  Totally unexpected windfall but oh so needed for taxes!  I was so stressed trying to figure out how to pay our state taxes, just about worried myself sick!  Prayers are answered.

   I made 4 cakes this week!  The donations for them came in very handy as well.  I am currently meeting my yearly goal of increasing our monthly income by $200 per month.  I really didn't want to start making cakes again but.... needs must so I am back into the cake business!  I have a cake booked this weekend and another in May.  Doing whatever it takes!

   Our Meijer had cake mix on sale so I stocked up--bought 25 mixes at 90 cents each!

  We had one meatless meal this week.  I really want to increase this to two or three times per week.  With warmer weather coming,  I'm thinking pasta salads loaded with veggies. Mmmm good!

  I was able to add 4 jars of applesauce to my stash, along with 4 bags of the Chicken fried steak by Tyson.  I just love these!  Both were buy one, get one free at our local Meijer. 

I am still playing the Light Nazi--gotta get that electric bill under control.

  I found fresh mozzarella cheese reduced.  That along with the tomatoes on sale made a fantastic Caprese salad for supper one night. This is a splurge but a great treat for us.  I won't buy the fresh cheese at regular price but try to find it marked down and get it every so often.  We love this salad!
Go here for the recipe!

   I was able to pick up 8  half pints of heavy cream on the reduced rack!  Cannot wait to make homemade butter with it.

   I signed up for 3 free samples and received a shampoo sample.

  Well, that about covers our house --What have you been saving money on at your house?

Frugal Blessings,




1 comment:

  1. Hi Lisa.
    This week has been so/so for us. My DH and I did eat out three times, his idea. He is retired now and it is a way for him to get out of the house, etc. Oh well, at least it is not shopping.

    I'm also trying to do more meatless meals or meals made with left overs, DH is a real meat and potatoes kind of guy though, so I have to be as creative as I can.

    I was able to bring home more leftovers this week, baked potatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced tomatoes, onions, green peppers, etc. Looks like baked potato soup is on the menu along with twice stuffed potatoes.

    Made "left over soup" from items in my refrigerator, turned out to be a pretty nice beef based vegetable soup and basically free. Still trying to eliminate food waste. Did have a small dish of bread pudding that went to the chickens.

    Also was given a new sweater by a coworker. She bought it and did not like it. Still had the $40.00 price tag on it.

    Placed an order for berry bushes, cherry tree, vegetable seeds and a Meyer lemon plant, used 50% off coupon. Also used $5.00 off $25.00 at the Dollar General for items for my mother.

    Repainted some window frames to repurpose as picture frames for family photos. Doing a little bit of frugal decorating in a downstairs multipurpose room.

    Repainted a few more of my decorative items for my gardens. Managed to transplant a few perennials. Also cut some daffodils to put in my home and my mothers to bring a bit of Spring between all the rain showers.

    Doing the usual washing clothes in cold water, hanging on racks to dry at least partly, turning off lights, etc. Looking at website from our electric company where you can monitor your electric usage on a daily basis on computer/phone, etc.

    Found a pair of black uniform pants for 1.75 at the local Goodwill. Set for work uniforms now for quite awhile.

    Well that's about it for this week. Can't wait until our weather gets warmer (and drier) so my garden will start growing again. Hope you have a great week.