Back in the summer I was playing a game on Cacique's facebook page and I won a bunch of coupons. This week at King Sooper, there were 10 oz. packages of one of the fresh cheeses for $1 each. The coupons I have doubled to $1, making the cheese free. It's a crumbly cheese. Since I have never had feta, I'm using it in salads in place of feta. I'm also putting it with refried beans, on enchiladas, mixed in scrambled eggs....I had a lot of those coupons, so I'm using it lots of ways. I've also put some in the freezer for later. My other purchases were markdown items - portabella mushrooms for 1.99, a six pack of sesame bagels for 1.19 and a box of donut holes for .69 (splurge, for sure!). There were cutie tangerines in the sample bin, so Daughter and I each got one.
I did a lot of cooking this week. I made enchilada sauce, a turkey enchilada filling (and then, of course - enchiladas), Mexican rice that was horrible, salsa that was really quite good, sweet and sour meat balls (I ground a roast into ground beef first, woo hoo!), steamed broccoli, rice, calzones, fresh salad, tuna salad for sandwiches, carrot-raisin salad, creamy ham-vegetable soup, waffles, fruit salad, cole slaw and mashed potatoes.
|My neighbor let me have a branch from his fir tree (he had cut it and was throwing it away). The ceramic|
tree is just like one my grandma made. My parents still use the one grandma made...I got this one at Goodwill
several years ago.
That horrible Mexican rice? I cooked it as 'patties' in a nonstick skillet, low and slow, until it was crispy outside and more dry. I drizzled them with sriracha and added a little sour cream and fresh cilantro. It was a pretty good salvage!
I made extras of several items and froze meal-size portions for future weeks' meals.
It took a couple years, but we finally filled our punch-card at the bread outlet, so we got to choose two free items. I got a pack of English muffins and some bagels. They also had 12-packs of Hawaiian rolls, for .50 each, so I bought two. I put one package in the freezer - we've been told that we'll be getting a ham from Husband's employer at Christmas, and I think instead of tamales, we just might have ham, rolls, fruit salad and...other stuff, lol.
We got chicken at KFC a while back when there was a special, but they got our order wrong. To make up for the mistake, they offered us a bucket of chicken (and cookies!) free of charge, so we had that for a meal (with the homemade slaw and mashed potatoes).
|A very nice lady at church gave me this ornament last year. |
I have it in my kitchen, and I smile each time I see it.
On Cyber Monday, I bought a $25 Del Taco gift card. If you buy it on that day it comes with two certificates, each good for a combo meal. The combo meals are huge, so we usually get one, plus a bean burrito for Daughter, and that feeds all three of us. The gift card lasts us until Summer each year, because we make frugal choices, drink water, combine with coupons, etc.
|I've accumulated a few of these bail-top jars over the years, mainly at Goodwill.|
|I made this advent pocket-calendar for Daughter a few years ago, from cloth my mother gave me. I used |
rubber stamps for the numbers, then darkened them with fabric paint.
I filled Daughter's Advent calendar with candy from Halloween and 'the jar'. She didn't trick or treat this year, but still got some things at a church event. I still need to get little activity slips made and tucked in there - right now, most of it's on the paper calendar.
We sold a few used items we no longer needed.
I used homemade laundry soap to wash our clothes and drying racks to dry them. We heated with wood on cold days to save propane. I even simmered some soup on the wood stove one afternoon.
We got books and media from the library.
I got to go through the 'misfit toys' box that has been circulating through a thrifty group I belong to. I got a set of Christmas cloth napkins (which aren't toys, but will be nice on our table), a stocking stuffer for Daughter and some ready-to-color or paint ornaments we can use for a craft project.
|I sure hope she likes the earrings. I made them to match the scarf (which I laid them on for the photo).|
I made some Christmas gifts. I can't share about some of them, but these should be OK. I made earrings to match a scarf I had gotten for my friend's daughter, and I made string-style bookmarks for the ladies in my Sunday school class.
|I've had these beads and findings for a long time. Some came from clearances or sales, others from broken|
jewelry. It's fun to combine and re-combine things to come up with something pretty, and I like that the
bookmarks are useful as well.
My neighbor cut a good-sized branch off his Douglas Fir tree. With his permission, I brought it home to make a swag for our front door for Christmas. I also draped a few branches in the house for Christmas greenery. It's a bit early, and they may not make it all the way to Christmas, but we will enjoy them while they are nice. We are using the remaining branches, in a vase of water, for our Jesse tree.
|It's a simple swag, made with part of the fir branch, a crochet Christmas angel from|
our ornament box, and ribbon we had on hand. It's held together with cable ties!
|A vase we already had (goodwill), some ribbon leftover from the craft bin, extra fir |
branches and we have a Jesse 'tree'! I found some free print-ables with scripture
references for the Jesse tree.
I am 'back' as far as walking is concerned. I was sick a couple weeks back, and it took me a while to get back in the swing of things, but I seem to be back up to my previous abilities.
I filled our 'block rack' with concrete block in the back of our little pickup. It makes for much better traction on snowy roads. Better traction keeps us from having to be towed!
I fed kitchen scraps to our hens. We do this all the time, I just forget to mention it.
I accepted some hand-me-down clothes from a couple of friends. We will use what we can and pass along the rest.
We found some cute printed t-shirts that Daughter really likes - only $2 each!
We mailed a couple of boxes out via priority mail. Did you know that if you are mailing flat-rate boxes, you can go to usps.com and print your own postage? It saves you about 1.50 per large flat-rate box if you print it at home. Also, you can schedule for them to pick up the boxes at your home, free of charge. It saves us waiting in line, and saves a little money too!
Well, that's what I remember. How was your week? What did you do to save, or to decrease your spending? Leave a note in the comments, won't you please?