Sunday, November 18, 2018

My Frugal Ways this Week 11/18/18

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I made 8 jars of Low Sugar Blackberry Jelly while it was snowing one day.  I'm already using one of the jars.

I made pie crusts ahead to freeze.  


I bought two turkeys last week for 37 cents a pound to go in the freezer.   My daughter is bringing one for me to cook on Thanksgiving so these two will be used later in the winter.

I stayed within the grocery budget.

Our Lowe's stores (home improvement store) are closing so we decided to take back one of the cabinet doors that was bubbling before they do.  They will mail a replacement to us.  It seems like many great stores are closing. I'm a little worried about where we will shop!

We have been really watching our electric usage.  We have been diligent about turning the lights off and use a small night light for the kitchen at night. It's gets very dark here though so the lights do have to come on around 4:30 p.m.  in order to see and not be depressed!  


Goals for this week:

Make a pumpkin cake roll and dinner rolls before Thanksgiving day.  I haven't made homemade rolls in a while because we have gotten hooked on eating King's Hawaiian rolls for Thanksgiving.  My husband reminded me though how sweet they are and that we should look for an alternative.  We want to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving but not go too overboard like before.  

The forecast shows that we will go back to Fall a little this weekend and what little snow is left will melt.   I want to rake my leaves and vacuum the cars while it's not frigid.  Husband has plans to clean the gutters.   The jobs are lining up!  


What are the way's you've saved this past week?

  


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Saturday, November 17, 2018

My Grocery Shopping Total for 11/17/18!

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I've been stocking up on things that are on sale for the holiday this week.   So far we have found great prices on Turkey (37 cents a pound) and sweet potatoes (39 cents a pound).  

I use the turkey in any meal that I would normally use chicken and they come out great.    I have used turkey before in my chicken and dumplings, chicken salad, chicken noodle soup, and chicken pot pie. Usually no one even realizes the switch.

We were down  $8.11 this week from our $100 budget.  We still owe on that first of the month shopping trip that we overspent $50.00.    We are on the right track, down to -$14.89 and we will try to get it down even more next week.   You know at first I thought well the next week I would only spend $50 but I quickly realized that would not work.   I like that the $50 over is more spread out over the month.   A lot less stress.  


If you have never read my grocery totals before here is a little Information:

I want to keep our grocery budget at $100.00. I always forget to clarify how many people live here permanently and who we have her to babysit.   We have 3 people that live here (youngest daughter buys some of her groceries) and we babysit two grandchildren (although now they will be in school most days).

We also want to eat healthy so our grocery bill is a little higher than we are used to.  Like my husband says, "our health is our wealth."





Meijer (my trip)

Bananas  $1.66
Lettuce .98
2 Pkgs. Tortillas $7.98
2 Koegels Bologna $4.79 each
Meijer Turkey $6.91
Onions  $1.50
-.75 coupon for bananas
Total $31.85


Meijer (husband's trip)

2 dozen eggs $1.38 (.69 cents a dozen)
Meijer turkey $5.29
Jar of peanuts $2.50
Total $9.16





Save a Lot

When I heard that Save a Lot had sweet potatoes on sale I convinced the  husband to skip Aldi's this week  and go to Save A Lot to buy the sweet potatoes on sale.  I loved seeing a different variety.  The price was lower on the bologna so  I wish we had waited to buy all of it here.  Milk was a little higher than Aldi's but we needed some so we paid the extra rather than go to another store. 

2 Pork Rinds  $2.38
Mixed nuts $3.29
1 gallon of milk $1.55
Hot tamales  $5.79
2 breakfast sausage $1.99 each
Heavy Whipping cream $3.19
Self Rising flour $1.39
Mayo  $1.89
Can of whipped cream  $1.79
2 pkgs of Koegel's bologna  $3.99 each
Italian Blend  $2.49
Yams 39 cents a lb-$1.69-$1.05 -$1.55
Tomatoes .60 and .58
2 dozens eggs .65 each
2 PB $1,18 each'
Mixed Nuts $3.99
Total $50.88

Grand Total:  $91.89



How did you do grocery shopping this week?

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Free Kindle Books for Today 11/17/18!

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Free Kindle Books for today 11/17/18  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


One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts Book 1) by [Kraak, Sondra]



Love So Amazing: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Wondrous Love Series Book 1) by [Durgin, JoAnn]

Bath Bomb Recipe Book: The Simple Guide to Making Bath Bombs: Simple Homemade Organic Recipes for Radiant and Healthy-Looking Skin, Relaxing, Soothing, Rejuvenating, Stress Reduction by [Warren, Daisy]


Everyday Foods in War Time by [Rose, Mary Swartz]

Queen of Penny Pinching: Getting Out of Debt and Saving Money Fast by [Singh, Kate]

Queen Housewife and Mama on a Budget: An Abundant Family Life on a Tiny Budget by [Singh, Kate]



THE SNAIL WHO FORGOT THE MAIL: Teach your kid patience (Bedtime stories Children's book Book 1) by [Adler, Sigal]







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Friday, November 16, 2018

Free Kindle Books for Today 11/16/18 plus Kroger's Free Friday Download!

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Free Kindle Books for today 11/16/18  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


Waiting for His Return by [Turansky, Carrie]


Trail Ride by the Yadkin River (Great Lakes Romances Book 19) by [Winters, Donna]


One-Pot Cookbook: Family-Friendly Everyday Soup, Casserole, Slow Cooker and Skillet Recipes for Busy People on a Budget: Dump Dinners and One-Pot Meals (Healthy Cooking and Cookbooks Book 1) by [Tabakova, Vesela]


Debt-Free Degrees: College without the debt! by [Miretti, David]
Dublin on a Budget by [Lee, Kerry, Joyce, Oisin]

The Things I'm Grateful For: Cute Short Stories for Kids About Being Thankful and Grateful (Gratitude Series Book 1) by [Lightning, Arnie]

Kroger's Free Friday Download!  


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Free Kindle Books for today 11/15/18!

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Free Kindle Books for today 11/15/18  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


Jo Bradshaw: ~JB~ by [Kuhnke, Jean L.]



Meant for Me (The Carlyle Women Book 1) by [Cote, Lyn]


The Cornerstone Series: 3-Book Boxed Set by [Noorman, Krista]

Companion Planting: Unlock the Skills of Companion Planting for a Thriving Vegetable, Flower, and Herb Garden (Companion Planting Guide - Your Complete ... to Creating the Garden of Your Dreams) by [Azzaro, Aubrey]




Bake Like the Amish: 5 Easy-to-Make Amish Inspired Recipes by [Smith, Jack]

When I Wake Up by [Liu, Joanna, Liu, Ming]

NIV, Adventure Bible, Polar Exploration Edition, Full Color, eBook by [Zondervan,]







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