|Daughter won Tootsie Pops at the Harvest Festival! Some of those will go in her Advent calendar.|
I transferred a prescription from the pharmacy near our house to one that is near the church I attend. The one by the church gives us $25 in store credit, loaded onto the loyalty card, for each transfer. That will help with buying turkeys this year - they also have turkeys for .59 a pound from now to Thanksgiving. In fact, I bought my first one, partially thawed it, then parted it out and wrapped the various parts. I also made stock from the frame. Oh, and this is how I save money on wrapping meat!
The Broncos won the football game on Sunday. On Monday, Husband stopped at King Soopers and picked up the freebies associated with that - a donut and a 2l. Pepsi. He also brought me the coupon inserts from the papers at his workplace. No one else there wants them.
I did a bit of couponing and price matching and got this stuff for less than $6. I used $12 worth of coupons and saved $1.40 by price matching.
|Lindt bars - .23 each after $2/1 coupons. Extra sharp cheese $1 each after $2/1 coupons. |
Romaine, .88 each price match and potato chips, $1 Total: $5.68, and we covered
the basic food groups - lettuce, cheese, chocolate and chips. (wink!)
We helped with the church's Candyland harvest festival. This week we made paper gingerbread men for the gingerbread forest. I have to tell you something sweet. I said, 'I have to get these gingerbread men made for church', and I got out the butcher paper and started drawing, cutting, etc. Husband came into the kitchen and commented that they were huge....they are about 3 feet tall. Then he said, "You'll have to make them in sections, yeah? There's no way you can get one that big in the oven." I was so tickled!! Alas, no, these are just paper ones, but I'm flattered that he thinks I could manage to make three foot gingerbread man cookies! I am married to one sweet man.
We dressed as kitties for the harvest festival, using things we had on hand. I needed a tail, so I crocheted one from some yarn I had on hand.
I've been walking outside as much as I can, because I know that pretty soon the treadmill will be my best option. We are having nice weather still, so I'm soaking up as much of the great outdoors as I possibly can. These days, I'm walking about 7-8 miles each week.
I've been working some, subbing at the library, which helps some with incidentals and having a little cushion in the budget.
I cut Husband's hair, and cut mine too. Then, I colored mine with a color kit I won on a facebook promotion earlier this year, from L'Oreal. It is, er, rather dark. But hey, it's just hair, and it's kind of interesting. Yeah, interesting. It's also very shiny. I don't know what they put in that conditioner that comes with hair color, but I want some for my kitchen floor!
I made some soup from odds and ends in the fridge. Chicken and lots of vegetables, plus homemade stock. It's really good! I also made brownies, bbq chicken pizzas, croutons, chicken Cesar salads, rolls, fruit salad, green salads and slaw. Other meals were often leftovers, or other things we had on hand. Making a menu saves me stress, because I have a plan and don't have to make a last-minute decision. It also means that we utilize what we have on hand more efficiently, and that saves money.
After very much tinkering, tapping, dismantling, cleaning, re-assembling and a few tears (yeah, that was me with the crying) we have successfully repaired our tankless water heater. One night when we were searching the owner's manual we came across the service bulletins posted online. They contain far more information than the manual and helped us narrow down the problem. We replaced what is essentially a solenoid that monitors and meters the gas flow to where the spark is present and...CLICK, CLICK FLAME - HOT WATER!!! Words can't express how happy I am about this, because all the parts are on the expensive side and non-refundable. Further, replacing the water heater would have been close to $1,000. The part we replaced was about $50. Happiness, much! Every time I turn on the hot water, hot water comes, without one of us having to run downstairs, tap on the heater, wiggle wires...it's amazing what this has done for my general outlook! I'm really proud of us for sticking with it and figuring it out.
We used the wood stove to keep the house warm. We get our firewood free of charge, and it cuts down on our propane usage. I used the racks to dry clothes too, which saves electricity.
I put up this nifty shelf in our bedroom, though I still have to fill/paint over the installation screws. The pegs are actually part of our 'laundry system'. There are lots of days that I will wear something around the house, then change into something more presentable if I have to go out. The clothes I was wearing aren't dirty, just not 'town clothes'. Using these pegs keeps things out where I can see what's been worn, and then I can wear it again when the time is right. When Husband gets home from a hard day at work, his comfy clothes are waiting for him, too. Daughter has a similar setup in her room. It helps keep things from going into the laundry hamper when they don't really need to, which saves on water and soap and time and money. I got the shelf second hand (paid for from the sale fund) and painted it black to match the mirror frame. The paint was some we had in a cabinet, so there was no added cost for that.
OK, that about sums it up for October. How was your month? What did you do to save? Leave a comment so we can learn from you!
Also, if you haven't heard, we recently started a really special project. You can learn more about it here, here and there's an update here. Thanks for stopping by!
-Laura at TenThingsFarm