Sunday, January 20, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 1/20/19!


It finally snowed about 4 inches here yesterday. We have been a little deficient on snow this winter but we have had rain. This storm blew in extremely cold air. Right now we are at 10 degrees with a -11 wind chill and it supposed to get colder.  It's something to get use to after the good weather we've had so far. The woolly worm was absolutely right this year! 

Here are the ways I've saved money and improved our household this week:

I sold 2 items on Facebook -We used the money from one sale to eat out last Sunday when everyone was here (KFC) and the other money we used toward the grocery bill

Cleaned out portions of the pantry and freezer.   I found napkins, paper towel, and butter in the freezer!  





I put on a pocket to finishing sewing my apron.   This was all done with material I had on hand and using an apron I had for a pattern.  This was my trial apron and I hope to make more soon.
  

I watched youtube to find out how to improve my tension while knitting.   I'm getting better, I think.


I've had little trouble with my yarn this past week. While she was here, the granddaughter cut my yarn in two and then the cat dragged it all over the living room multiple times. I love them both but I was at the point of giving up.  I calmed down the next day and after talking to a good friend, I excitedly put the project in a covered basket, like she suggested. The lid doesn't lock though and the cat proudly showed me this morning how he got into it. He was happily wagging his tail, sigh.   I guess I'll find a ribbon to tie it up with or something.  

I made yogurt and I'm making waffles this morning to freeze ahead.

Thanks to a comment a light bulb went off and I decided to freeze the leftover soup beans. Thanks for the suggestion.


Goals

Life got in the way last week and I didn't start learning the mandolin or  work on the antique sewing machine.  I hope to get to that this week.

Make blackberry Jelly with the bag of blackberries I have in the freezer.  It will be a small batch, from the berries in my garden but it will be good! 

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


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

No/Low Spend January 19 -Grocery Shopping Total and Spending Money

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Part of our No/Low Spend January challenge has been to cut our grocery bill down to $50 a week.   A couple of weeks ago we went over when we decided it was time to go to the Mennonite grocery store to stock up on meat.  I'm so glad we went then because the roads were great with no snow or ice.  I didn't go grocery shopping this past week to make up for the big overage.  The trick is though the husband did!   We still will make it!   

Mennonite store:


The thing about this store is they just ring up the total and it just says meat, grocery, or produce.   I'll do the best I can with it though.   



2 bags of apples -$1.99 each
Lemons $2.99
a huge jar of Pickles $4.99
Picnick potato sticks
Bugles  
Nuts (walnuts) -$4.62
Steak  $13.57
6 pkgs of Bacon  (4 extra thick slices and 2 regular)
6 pakages of Smithfield Smoked Pork Chops 
   

Total $89.62

Minus -$15.00 from an item sold on Facebook


$74.62  

None of the meat was old but it was getting close to the sell by date.  

Husband went shopping too!  Aldi's $24.62 (no picture)

Grand total for the week: $99.24  -overage of $49.24 

We still have one week to go on grocery shopping in January but I have one more thing to sell to help us along.  Thank goodness!  


What I did with my $20 spending allowance for the week:

I don't remember much!   It was like it was there one minute, then it was gone.  I do remember taking the kids to the dollar store on a snow day and giving them permission to buy two toys a piece.  Then the grand boy said he couldn't make it through school without a donut (I wanted him to make it through). It just was amazing how fast that $20 went.  


How's your grocery shopping been this week?

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Free Kindle Books for Today 1/19/19!

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Free Kindle Books for today 1/19/19 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

Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain Book 1) by [Kestell, Vikki]

Blizzard at Three Bears Lake (Once Upon a Western) by [Kovaciny, Rachel]

The Obsession of Victoria Gracen by [Hill, Grace Livingston]



Illustrated Guide to Advanced Dressmaking & Alteration: Learn to Make & Alter Dresses, Skirts, Shirts, Slacks.  Add Pockets, Frills, Buttons, Zippers & So Much More - Over 180 Images & Illustrations by [Morris, Catherine]


In case you missed this on Thursday  (I download it and it has some great mixes)

Homemade Mixes: Make It Yourself and Save (Hillbilly Housewife Homemade Book 1) by [Hillbilly Housewife]


Our Best Casserole Recipes: 19 Quick & Easy Casseroles to Try by [Publishing, Prime]






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Friday, January 18, 2019

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

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Free Kindle Books for today 1/18/19 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


An Amish Dream Come True (Amish Romance) by [Maas, Emma]


Love & War by [Storm, Melissa]
RV Cooking: Best Road Trip Recipes for RV Living and Campsite Cooking (RV Cookbook Book 1) by [Davidson, Louise]

Instant Pot Cookbook: The Quick And Easy Instant Pot Recipe Book by [Graham, James C.]


Aunt Bertie's Soups and Chowders: Making soups and chowders the easy and fun way !! (Quick recipes, Easy cooking, One Step Meals, Great Tasting Meals) (Aunt Bertie's Cookbooks Book 3) by [Enright, Robin Moon]

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway of Who I Am With You,by Robin Hatcher!

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Who I Am with You (A Legacy of Faith Novel) by [Hatcher, Robin Lee]

Who I Am with You (A Legacy of Faith Novel)



About the book:

For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.

Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination. 

When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have broken their hearts, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.

Who I Am with You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.

Who I Am with You is the first book in Robin’s new “A Legacy of Faith” series.

Clickhere to read an excerpt!


MY REVIEW:

I loved the weaving of the stories spanning the generations in Who I am With You by Robin Hatcher.  I can relate to both generations and felt their heartaches and pain.  Sometimes what seems like wonderful life on the outside can have a whole lot of pain on in the inside.  

Jessica stood out for me and so did her grandfather.  They both leaned on God when the going got rough but of course at times that didn't happen overnight. They learned to go on living when the times got rough because they knew with him all things are possible.  

The settings were described so well that I felt as though I was in the 30's with grandfather and in the 2000's with Jessica and Ridley.    Robin Hatcher took us from the farm, to the city, and back to the outlying suburbs with ease.  

Two great true to life love stories that will capture your heart. 

A great, great read!  






About the author:

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 75 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an ACFW Carol Award winner and an eight-time finalist and has won two RITA Awards and been a finalist eleven times. Her numerous other awards include the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. She is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

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I received a copy of the book from Audra Jennings PR. All opinions are my own.

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