Monday, May 11, 2015

Last Week's Frugality

My wonderful Momma! Happy Mother's Day!

     Hey everyone!  Hope this post finds you healthy and happy! I hope all of the Moms out there had a great Mother's Day--I sure did! Last week was a little better than the previous week for frugality.  Just a little!  LOl!!

   We did have a great week with our DD#2 graduating from college with her BSN in Nursing.  A very expensive dinner to celebrate followed, although we did combine it with Mother's Day!  So we saved a little by combining the celebrations.

  I used my handy dandy metal stamps to make a necklace for Kait for Graduation.  Stamping was harder than I first thought, but it turned out ok I guess.  She liked it!
 And even though I spent $20 or more, I have enough supplies to make several more necklaces for gifts!
  I packed my lunch 4 out of 5 days.

  Our local County Market grocery had a buy 8 save $8 sale.  Included in that was Miracle Whip which I use a ton of during the summer months-Potato salad, 7 layer salad, tuna salad, and more!  The price was $3.49 and with the sale it came down to $2.49 which is a better price but I noticed $1 off coupons on some of the jars!

That made them $1.49 each!  Cha ching! Can you say deal????  I bought 5 for my pantry stash!  I picked up several other items to make my 8 deal.  Can you say very excited?

  I was able to use a baggie of the chicken I cooked and then froze 2 weeks ago.  I thawed it and then placed it in a 2 qt. casserole.  I made chicken gravy with a packet mix and added a can of cream of chicken soup. I used a pkg. of Stove Top stuffing mix mixed with 1/3 cup water and 4 T butter.  It is very dry, but then add it to the top of the chicken and gravy. I sprinkled a 1/4 cup of cheese over it and baked for 40 minutes.  This is a keeper recipe! Comfort food at it's best- that whips up in a flash!  You could make it healthier by making your own gravy and stuffing-just remember to make the stuffing very dry as it will absorb liquid from the gravy.  The best part is the crunchy  stuffing with cheese on it!  Yummy.  It was a a complete pantry meal for us using my precooked frozen chicken( that was $.49 per lb.). This is an awesome recipe to use up left over turkey and chicken-remember for Thanksgiving! We had this for an early lunch before graduation Saturday-I put it together and popped it in the oven to bake  while we were getting dressed.

  I put my tomato plants out to harden up last week.  I will be planting them soon!

  Walmart had a clearance sale on girls clothing and I was able to find several items for my granddaughter.  Her birthday is fast approaching and a few pieces are for Christmas.

  Speaking of Christmas, my Christmas Club account is up to $105!!  This makes me so happy!  I also bought the start of my antipasta tray ingredients--garlic stuffed olives!
Gosh we love them. My goal is to purchase one item every week for my Christmas stash. You can see what I  have so far for my Christmas Stash on the side margin.

That is about it for me !  So what did you save money on last week?  Please share so we can all learn from each other!

Frugal Blessings,




  1. Lisa, great week for you!! Congratulations to your daughter!

    I've been cooking all meals at home (my son cooked a wonderful salmon dinner for Mother's day), I'm hanging most of our clothes to dry, I only run the dishwasher and washer when full and I'm trying not to spend much at the grocery store (only really good deals and pet food)! When running the dishwasher, I only run it late at night, setting the timer and try to only run my dryer on weekends. That doesn't always work but at least I try.

    I'm also trying to gather materials and make cards, gift tags and cover gift bags with writing on them. It's a work in progress as first I need to straighten the craft room. And I'm working on a quilt for my granddaughter.

    Have a nice week, Lisa! Teri

  2. Teri, I love cardmaking and I try to make gift tags every Christmas! I even went as far as to make cloth Christmas gift bags to be able to use year after year. My granddaughter has picked her favorite print and claimed it as her own. I made about 15 of them in different sizes and use my handmade tags on them with hemp rope. They are really cute and save all of that gift wrap that just ends up in the trash. I still have to get my clothes line put up. That is on my long list of to dos!!
    Have a great day,