We price matched loss-leaders from several stores, which saved us a trip to town. We planned a menu to use up things we had on hand. At the store we bought a head of lettuce (88 cents), some bananas (38 cents a pound), flour tortillas (1.58) and red grapes (68 cents a pound), along with a gallon of milk (1.88). When the new sales rolled around, we combined errands and made a trip to town, dropped off recycling and Goodwill donations, and got 2 bottles of Magic Shell free w/coupons, soup and mustard (.50 each), bell peppers (red and green, .33 each), Gala apples (.98 a pound), and some salt&pepper pork rinds for Husband (.98). We are still getting some things from the garden, so we just don't need a lot these days.
|whole wheat biscuits|
I made a double batch of biscuits, since I have some room in the freezer right now and it will save me time at another meal. I also made cherry-chocolate chip scones (some of those went to the freezer too), taco salads, tukey a-la-king, hamburgers, chocolate pudding, chicken katsu, carrot raisin salad and oatmeal-raisin-chocolate chip cookies (mostly for a church event, but we kept a few too). I pulled some homemade tomato soup from the freezer as well. When I saw that bell peppers were .33 each, I got 3 and made stuffed bell pepper halves and froze them for lunches for me (no one else in the family likes them). It was a good way to use leftover rice too!
|stuffed peppers - just add cheese!|
I'm calling this frugal just because it was DIY - we got the baseboards and door trim installed, caulked, etc. in Husband's workshop, and now it's all ready to be used!
Husband fixed the line trimmer, because he's amazing like that. :) I got it re-loaded with line, because that's my job, and for the first time all season, our yard looks tidy. Sure, it's September....better late than never!
I cleaned out my closet, which was helpful. It's not that it was messy, just kind of full, because I had some gift items tucked in there. Now that we have converted the spare bedroom into an office space, we are keeping those items in that closet. It's good to have everything in one place where I can actually locate whatever I might need.
We went for bike rides and walks. Free and healthy. :)
We borrowed materials from the library - books, movies and games.
I decided to stop watering most of the garden due to diminishing returns. I'll continue to water the carrots and the zucchini. I picked the spinach and froze it for winter and I'm getting about 3 tomatoes a week (from five plants). For the size of our garden, we really did get a lot this year. I will start some fall lettuces and spinach soon.
|cheery-chocolate chip scones, which I forgot to cut, so they are 'scones for two'|
We used the remainder of our K-Mart gift card to get some tissues and soap.
A children's magazine sent us an offer, and included wintery stickers in the mailing. I tucked the stickers away to use later as a stocking stuffer.
Goodwill was having a promotion where you could get a 20% off coupon with any donation. My 'for good' athletic shoes were pretty sorry, so I got a new pair. Really - I don't think they've ever been worn. I also got a set of 3 Knifty Knitter circle looms, both for about $8. Sweet!
I got a free 20 oz. Coke with reward points, and used several coupons this week.
Did you have a frugal week? Leave a comment and tell me how you saved!