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Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 1/21/18 Plus the Menu Plan!

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Here are the ways I've saved this past week:







I  made blackberry jelly from the juice I canned this past summer.  I had a half quart left of juice and I'm going to save that for Blackberry Dumplings later this week.  

We needed to get out this week and we ended up at two thrift stores.  We both bought things we needed in order to help the household.  I found two balls of cotton yarn for .49 a piece at the Salvation Army store and was able to crochet 5 dish cloths (shown above).


We also stopped at the Habitat for Humanity restore and it was their anniversary.  Everything was half off and they had free coffee!  Husband found a sink stopper for .13.  He then used it for parts to fix our bathroom sink stopper. Works perfect!  This is my not my favorite store to look through but I did end up with a free book for the grandson.  





We made our own Half and Half ,  Banana Nut Muffins,  English Muffins, garlic bread, and buttermilk.

I borrowed a book from Amazon that I wanted to read this week.  You can borrow one book a month for free if you are a Amazon Prime Member.  Thanks to reader Penny for letting me know!  


My menu for this next week:

Sunday      Pizza (frozen)         

Monday     Chicken salad (this will be with bread unless I get up enough energy to make the croissants), green beans, and baked sweet potatoes

Tuesday      Auto show for husband's birthday present (we will eat at Burger King -I ordered a $5 gift card from Swagbucks before I started saving them for Christmas.  With our coupons that should help a lot).      

Wednesday  I entered my apple donuts in a cooking contest. Wish me luck.  Really this is all for fun.  If I win something it will be a bonus!   This is an long day so we will probably eat out here too -there is a McDonald's close by so we will go there and use our spending money.  

Thursday   Pork chops, augratin potatoes, green beans, and biscuits.  After two days of burgers this meal I'm sure will be appreciated.

Friday        Spaghetti and garlic bread     

Saturday     Leftovers

Goals for this next week:

Wash kitchen walls and ceiling. Also, wash and dry kitchen curtains and blinds.  

Crochet dish scrubbies (we are getting low).  

What are the ways you've saved this past week?

 

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

This Week's Grocery Shopping Trip on No Spend January 1/20/18!






Menard's what can I say -we were going to stay out of it but then the husband wanted to buy the coffee that was such a good deal.  So, we agreed to go and just buy groceries. Oh, he could look but no buying that tool that he just had to have! They had a 11% off and it ended on Saturday so we took off last Saturday night.  What can I say, we had a little bit of the munchies!  


Menard's

Victor Allen Coffee 80 count    $18.88
Eggs 4 at .99 cents a dozen (a great hint to buy them here from one of the ladies in a Facebook group that I belong to) (thanks!)
Toblerone bar  2      $2.00
Chocolate covered raisins 2 $2.00
Yellow Mustard $1.38  (Aldi's has it cheaper but I keep forgetting)
Ice Oatmeal cookies  $1.49
Root Beer Barrels   $1.49

Total  $31.20


After 11% rebate that I mailed in-  $27.95 (this is what I'm going to count) 😉






Going grocery shopping so early in the week made me hold back and not shop again till mid week.  Then it was became necessary because the grandchildren were out of bologna, the husband was out of crackers, the baby out of milk, and I needed some relaxing tea!


Aldi's 

Navel oranges   $3.49
box of crackers  .75
Garden salad       .89
Almond milk   $1.99
Sour Cream      .99
Tea bags            $1.89
2 gallons of whole milk $1.78 each
Baking Soda         .49
Tomatoes   $1.49
Lettuce   $.97
Bananas  .84

Total $17.35



Kroger

Bologna $4.79
Bakery donuts $1.29 (1/2 dozen)  (day old -but the best donuts ever)
-$5.70 for bottle return

Total  .38


A little over again-  $5.68


How did you do grocery shopping this week?

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Free Kindle Books for Today 1/20/18!

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Free Kindle Books for today 1/20/18  Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle Reading App

Lorelei's Bricks by [Kuhnke, Jean L.]



Red Rose Bouquet: A Contemporary Christian Novel (Grace Revealed Book 2) by [Rodewald, Jennifer]


My First Scarf: A Visual, Step-by-Step Guide to Crocheting a Beautiful Scarf by [Asselin, Barb]


Crochet, Knitting, and Sewing: The Ultimate Box Set on the Needle Arts and Fiber Arts: Learn Sewing, Embroidery, Crochet, Knitting, Granny Squares and Afghans by [Schultz, Florence]



A great Deal!  


The Love Blossoms in Oregon Series Set: Three Book Set: Blowing on Dandelions, Wishing on Buttercups, and Dreaming on Daisies by [Ferrell, Miralee]







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Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman

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Who the Bishop Knows (The Amish Bishop Mysteries Book 3) by [Chapman, Vannetta]


Who the Bishop Knows (The Amish Bishop Mysteries Book 3) by Vannetta Chapman



From Amazon:

Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state's oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he's seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn't see Jeremiah Schwartz's death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn't see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he's honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

Who the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.


My thoughts:


An Amish mystery that is paired with romance made Who the Bishop Knows an enjoyable read.   It was good to see the Bishop and Emma were still together plus to see a few more couples get romantically involved.  The mystery of who killed the Amish man who rode in the rodeo kept me guessing until the end.  I was surprised at who did it and a little worried about the outcome.

I have to admit that I did skip over the interrogations because I just wanted to get to the heart of the story.  I didn't miss anything by doing that.  Some people of course may love to read them. 

I loved Emma's character because she is close to how I feel as a grandmother. She feels so close to her grandchildren and knows exactly how they are and what they are capable of.  She worries over them and has to remember to lean on God in times of distress. 

A good read!

I received this book from Netgalley and was not required to give a positive review.



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Free Kindle Books for Today 1/19/18 Plus Kroger's Free Friday Download!

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Free Kindle Books for today 1/19/18  Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle Reading App

The Amish Widower by [Fisher, Katie]


Mail Order Bride Mix-up (Brides for Brothers Book 2) by [Woods, Emily]

Your Dream. God's Plan.: Are You Longing for Something More? by [Smiling, Tiffany, Starbuck, Margot]

The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip: (Volume 2) by [West, Jerry]



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Free Kindle Books for Today 1/18/18!

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Free Kindle Books for today 1/18/18  Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle Reading App


Arise from Dark Places: A modern-day retelling of Sleeping Beauty (Dark Forest Book 2) by [Almony, Connie]

The Teacher's Bride: Mail Order Bride (Boulder Brides Book 1) by [Dean, Natalie, Hart, Eveline]



Yogurt Centered Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Tasty Yogurt Dish Ideas! by [Stephenson, Martha]


5 Ingredient Slow Cooker: Easy, Delicious, and Quick Meals for Busy People by [Wilson, Sara]

Cost Effective Renewable Energy for the home, Coffee and Solar Power by [Vagen, Zax]



Beginners Guide to Fishing by [Briggs, Roy]











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