> I got a free Propel sample in the mail - just add water. :)
> Friday is our 'town day' and also the day that Chick Fil A chose to give away free breakfast through January. Daughter and I enjoyed some chicken minis last week. We will stop this morning to see what they have on the last day.
> I did errands on the way home from church to save fuel.
> I talked with a friend who is also a piano instructor...we are working our a barter agreement wherin I'll clean his house in exchange for piano lessons. (SQUEEEE!!!)
> Last week I mentioned making a body pillow for my husband. I made it too firm, so I got my trusty seam ripper out, opened the end, and de-stuffed it some. Then, I used the now-available stuffing to make a body pillow for my daughter. I made a pillowcase for hers as well, and I will make a pillowcase for Hubby's once I know we have it right. Aaaand, since I have the machine out, I re-made my buckwheat hull pillow. The cloth was looking pretty sad, but I used some fabric I had on hand to make a new shell, moved the buckwheat hulls to it and stitched it shut. All for zero cost - yay!
> I planned the menu based on food in our pantry, fridge and freezer, and stuck to the $20/week grocery budget. We emptied several jars of home-canned food this week too, which is good!
> We used popcorn in place of chips/pretzels to cut costs. I believe it's healthier too, since we pop it in a pan (not the microwave type).
> When my daughter finished off a box of frosted mini wheat cereal, there were a lot of little sweet 'wheat bits' in the bottom of the bag, so I poured them into the current batch of homemade granola. I'm going to start saving any cereal 'bits' to add to the granola, because then it isn't wasted.
> I used the last container of coffee yogurt (that we all found to be yucky) in a recipe for some pretty healthy muffins, found here. It was easier (for me) than cooking and pureeing a pumpkin, and it was just the right amount for the recipe. They came out pretty, but a bit bland. Acutally, I like them OK, but Husband and Daughter both find them 'resistable', lol.
> We opened a few jars/cans of fruit this week for various recipes, snacks, etc. I saved all the syrup, juice, whatever they were packed in, and used it all in some fruit punch that I made. No sense throwing it out and then using more sugar or juice, right?
> I made enchilada sauce and Asian style sesame dressing from scratch.
> We continued our habit of getting books, music and movies from the library, all for free.
> We used our wood stove to keep the house warm and I dried our clothes on drying racks - both of these strategies help us use less propane.
> We stayed home more. It's so, so easy to 'make a quick run' to mail something or stop by the library, but those trips cost us. The little town I'm referring to is just a couple miles from here, so it's not that much fuel, but it does take time, and time is as valuable - often time more valuable - than money. Staying home more made for a calmer week with more accomplishments.
What were your frugal accomplishments this week??