Oh, hi. When you read this entry (so much text!) you'll wonder...did she break her camera or something? No...it's just been a busy, busy week. Truth, I'm plumb wore out, and I just didn't take the camera around with me and click our goings-on. Hopefully you will stop back another time when I've been more responsible and less lazy. Now...on to the savings!
We went fishing last Saturday for recreation. We did a fair amount of fishing, but not any catching. Actually, we didn't see anyone pull out a fish the whole time we were there. We packed lunch, snacks and water from home. It didn't work out this time, but I do believe that having hobbies that also potentially feed us is a good idea. Ours include fishing, keeping a few hens for eggs, gardening, and having an orchard. :)
On taco night, I stretched half a pound of ground beef by adding a cup of quinoa that was left over from a previous meal. I think with an adjustment or two in the seasonings, this may be a good way for us to stretch our meats when they are fillings (like in tacos)
I had gotten a card from Dunkin' Donuts, because I signed up for emails. The card was a coupon for a free medium size drink. Can I just say, the frozen hot chocolate is YUM! And the medium - huge. Thanks for the treat, Dunkin' Donuts! Also, the girls used coupons from Summer Reading to get free Junior Frosties.
I had to take a cake to church on Sunday (for a fund raiser) and I didn't really have frosting ingredients on hand. I did, however, have some granulated sugar, butter, nuts and chocolate chips. I mixed sugar/butter/nuts and broiled that part some, sprinkled with a few chocolate chips, then dusted the whole thing with a couple spoonfuls of powdered sugar. It looked really pretty and kept me from leaving the house.
I picked the first two zucchini of the season. I'm very excited! We'll see how excited I am come October, when we're still picking them, lol. Actually, we have lots of ways we use them, so I think we'll be OK. I'm pulling the bolted spinach and lettuces and planting another round of both, and we picked some lettuces from our second crop. Also, my friend Erin brought me tomatoes!
We planned a supper menu from items we have on hand. We are trying a few new (to us) low-carb dishes this week...I'll let you know if there are any we especially like. My scratch cooking this week was a big batch of muffins, enchilada sauce, enchildadas, fried rice, and baking powder. A couple of our meals were things I'd made on previous weeks that were waiting in the freezer.
Husband had a birthday coupon from Noodles & Company for a free noodle bowl. He is watching his carbs, but he picked it up and brought it home for me. It was tasty, and I had it for two meals. Isn't he just a sweetie pie?
We got movies, books, music and more from our library, for free!
I made a birthday card for my mama. (Happy birthday, Mama!) I mailed it, too!
I picked a rose from my rose bush. It has a strong, spicy scent. I really like it a lot. I also picked a zinnia! I planted quite a few of them, but apparently, 'zinna' means 'delicious' in rabbit language, because they ate a lot of the sprouts. I got a few though, and picking the first one felt like I won a prize.
We sold the last of our farm rabbits. Since my family has decided that we aren't going to eat a lot of rabbit, it makes no sense to keep them year round. I need them for two months every summer to do library programs, and the gentleman that I sold them to is willing to lease me bunnies for the programs. He bought my breeding stock a few months ago, so I was happy about giving him a really good price on these younger rabbits. I guess that means that TenThingsFarm is down to 8 chickens, some gardens, an orchard and a whole lot of mowing. Right now, I am perfectly OK with that.
We ate leftovers.
We saw an amazing, full, double rainbow.
I took a survey, earned $3.
I went through the playroom and found a few items that the girls have outgrown, so I'm selling them locally. I think that will be the Birthday/Christmas fund this year.
We had friends over for a play date. To make lunch fun, we had a PB&J bar - bread, celery, carrots, chunky PB, creamy PB, a couple of jam/jelly choices, fresh fruit and lemonade. It was really fun! We set everything up on our kitchen table, and then sent children out the back door with food, so they could enjoy it at the picnic table. I didn't get any pictures. When 8 hungry children head for a PB&J bar all at once, there's no time for a camera.
I started working on some homemade gifts. The materials are items we have on hand. That's about all I can say. :) I've also started the stocking stuffer stash. That's about all I can say. :) I also got Daughter's two main Christmas gifts, a-la-craigslist. Mum's the word!
Also from craigslist, we picked up a lovely, like new twin bed frame for Daughter's bedroom - $10. From freecycle, we got a desk for Husband and two different pieces of storage for office supplies - a shelf unit with doors and a unit with two drawers. The gifts mentioned above and the bed frame were paid for with summer fund money.
King Sooper (our Kroger affiliate) has a digital coupon campaign where they put up a free item each Friday that you can download to your loyalty card. The digital coupon is good for more than a week, so I got last week's free shampoo and this week's free toothpaste when I was in the store. During the week, I got some coupons from them that include a free frozen pizza and discounts on some things we frequently buy. There were also some good sales that matched up with some good coupons. I still had some store credit on my loyalty card, so I was able to get everything for free, once the coupons had been used.
We were in Walmart one evening and discovered a wheeled rack back near the dairy aisles. There were 6-packs of tomato sauce for .90 (15 cents a can!) and 4 packs of diced tomatoes for 1.25 (just over 31 cents a can). I purchased 24 cans of each for the pantry. Since we have a much smaller garden this year and only 4 tomato plants, this is a wonderful blessing. I would have purchased more, but I do have some tomato products on hand. I think I have enough for a good long while, perhaps as long as a year. We use tomatoes for spaghetti sauce, chili, salsa, soups and more. Yay!
If you need underthings, this is the time of year to get them. During back to school time, the prices go lower, plus a lot of manufacturers turn the 6 pack into an 8 pack, or the 8 pack into a 10 pack...you get the idea. Bonus underthings, plus a lower price, so we got what we need for the next year.
Husband and I are repairing the hail damage on our vinyl siding, rather than making an insurance claim. Good times....
My in-laws had some rewards points on a credit card that they were not going to use (they had used all they planned to use), and the offered us the opportunity to choose some items with the remaining points. We chose a larger size nonstick pan (we have been looking for one for a little while) and a fishing rod and reel. It's Christmas in early August! :)
I washed our microfiber loveseat and the arm rests on my favorite chair with a solution of warm water and shampoo I got for free. I rinsed with cool water. Everything looks much better.
We sat out at our patio table on nice evenings, enjoying one another's company.
The girls rode their new (to them) bikes!
Room for Improvement:
I had picked up a free carpet cleaner - a curb alert on freecycle. It looked to be somewhat new, just dirty. I spent quite a bit of time cleaning it up, but alas, it was not working. I dismantled it 'considerably', and never did find a clog that was causing the suction to be so poor, or any reason that it wouldn't squirt the water or soap. It did, however, leak from the cleaning solution tank. (boo) So after rather a lot of work, I have a clean, nonworking carpet cleaner. I will either donate it to a vacuum repair store or see if I can get anything for it as a trade in, if they have a vacuum that would be better than the one we have, or I'll see if Goodwill will take it in need of repair. Sigh....
I do use my allowance $$...but I'm still buying some soda. Less than before, but still. On top of that, I've used 'it's easier' as an excuse for us to eat out more than usual. It hasn't cost a lot, but gosh, it's an easy habit to get into when you're busy, and I do. not. want. to. go. there!!!
I forgot to load this week's special to my King Sooper loyalty card, so no free Hamburger Helper for us...sigh......
How was your week? I hope it was a great one!
-Laura at TenThingsFarm