This week has been a pretty good one, all things considered. Daughter and I have been fighting some ugly virus and Husband has been working nights. Both of those things put us off-kilter, but I think we did alright. I didn't take photos this week, though. Sorry.
I used some sales and coupons to get 4lb. bags of C&H sugar for 99 cents. I decided a while back that if I can afford it, I want to use cane sugar instead of the ones listed as 'granulated'. We are not yet GMO free, but most of the sugar beets are GMO from what I understand, and the sugar cane is not...so I just watch for the good sales and stock up as best I can. This week (before I got sick - back when I was still leaving the house) I got 4 bags - 16 pounds, which will last a long time around here.
I also got Ritz crackers for 99 cents a box after sale/coupons, cans of black olives for $1 and a free 2 liter of Dr. Pepper ten for Husband. He did some shopping for me one day as well - Kraft salad dressings were 99 cents, Kraft mayo for 1.49 (30 oz.), leaf lettuce for 88 cents, etc. I made some of our salad dressings, but I wanted a few varieties that I don't have recipes for, and we had a bit of wiggle room in the budget, so I went ahead.
Husband brought home the two sets of coupon inserts from his work. No one else there is interested in the coupons, and they help us when we are stocking up.
Then, Daughter and I were sick.
We gargled with salt water to help with the sore throat and cough. We do not enjoy this at all. We also drank lots of hot honey-lemonade, which we enjoy quite a lot. :) I was given several recipes for homemade cough and cold remedies. I will share them through the winter months, as we make and try them.
We slept and rested a lot, and forced liquids.
The fever finally broke, and when we were out and about, the last sale before Thanksgiving was on. Celery was .48 per bunch, navel oranges, 3lb./$1 (yaaaaayyyy!), Celestial Seasonings teas were $1 after sale and coupon and turkeys are still .59 a pound. I had to make room for the turkey, so I took out the home-juiced juices so we can use those to make jelly now that it's cold. (The canning will help warm the house. Kinda handy that I got a bunch of sugar this week, eh?)
I called my neighbor, who has dogs - she is took some freezer-weary (likely there will be some freeze burned spots) wild game that we were given (and my family doesn't like) off my hands for the dogs. That should make room for turkey number four - woo hoo! My original goal was six turkeys. I've decreased that to four, and we will make that work. I put the last two turkeys into the freezer whole, and I'll part them out/make broth/etc. at a future time.
I received a coupon in the mail for a free full size bottle of Suave lotion. I also received a 3 pack of samples I had requested from Twinings tea. The next day, a 7 day supply of probiotic tablets. The day after that there was a coupon for a free 20 oz. Coke. My mailbox thinks it's Santa!! I didn't get any mailbox freebies on Friday, but the lady at the bank gave me a calendar and a Farmer's Almanac. :)
There was a special deal for Coke Rewards and I was able to request a coupon for a free 12 pack of soda in cans for only 30 points - an 88% discount compared to the number of points that usually 'costs'.
We belong to a 'selling group' on freecycle that is very local to us. One of the ladies was selling men's jeans in Husband's size - I got six pair for $10. Her husband had lost 40 lb, and this was an in-between size for him, so they had not been worn much at all. When Husband tried them on, they fit just right. $1.66 a pair for jeans is pretty great!
I roasted some more pumpkins, made puree' and froze it in pie and bread recipe-size portions. I also made my first-ever batch of pumpkin butter. It can't be canned, so it was frozen as well.
Laundry - homemade soap - drying racks - same same. hee hee. Confession, though - I did run the dryer for one load that was mainly sheets. The laundry piled up while I was sick, and that was the most feasible way to catch up. It's okay. Really. :)
We had steak for dinner last Sunday.. There was some left over, so I sliced it thin, then chopped it a bit. I mixed it with some caramelized onions and then tucked it into quesadillas for Husband's lunch at work. Yum!
That was the first day I suspected I might not be well, and from there, other cooking this week involved making taco meat. I also made a breakfast casserole and spaghetti w/meat sauce from a jar, and I thawed homemade soup and opened cans of soup. Also ramen. I had much bigger plans for the week, but zero energy for carrying them out.
I feel the need to do a public service announcement for convenience foods. Homemade or otherwise, it is a good idea to have some things on hand that can be made with little or no effort. As much as I like to cook, when I'm sick, those quick-fix items make a huge difference in potential costs, not to mention the need to leave home. Thank you for your attention. ;)
I hope you had a good, frugal week! What did you do to save, and are you doing any stocking up? Let us know in the comments. Thanks!