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Sunday, December 17, 2017

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 12/17/17!


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Here are the ways we saved this past week: 




I took an early morning picture of what our world has been looking like the past few days.  I never measured but it's a good 7 to 9 inches after it has finally has stopped snowing.  If it stays cold we should have a pretty White Christmas. We have decided this afternoon to get out and enjoy it so we are taking the grandson sledding (free fun). 

Repaired the hole in the husband's pocket in his fleece jeans.  I first had to fish out all the change that went in between the layers! I put the change in to the piggy bank to save for our next vacation or No Spend January!  


Sorry about the pictures just getting used to the new camera.   Hope you get the idea though.

I made buttermilk from the buttermilk I already had.  I then used it to make biscuits and freeze them.  This took up the last of a bag of self-rising flour so I split the bag and laid it out flat so I could use the inside of it to roll the dough.  

We were able to get .20 cents off a gallon a gas at Kroger.  We filled up both cars.  

I took the Kroger survey again for more fuel points.  We  also bought pork loin for .99 a pound (Saturday only deal) and sliced it into pork chops to freeze. 

We were so busy a couple of days clearing off snow or shopping, that we decided to just have sandwiches and soup instead of what was on the menu.  Saved us from going out to eat.  

My Goals for this week:

Hopefully mail out my sister's present!  I'm late. 

Wrap the rest of the presents. 

Have fun things prepared to keep the grandchildren happy and busy while they are on their Christmas break. I love Rhonda's idea for the easy faux gingerbread houses.  


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



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Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Last Yearly Goals Update for 2017!




I've not posted these yearly goals monthly like I thought I would.  They have ended up quarterly which is kind of good. It ends up looking like I've accomplished more things this way!   


So here we go the last update for my goals in 2017, for better or worse!  



My #1 goal is to be the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt I can.



December & Year End Update:  I totally missed one of my favorite nieces when she came into town this past Fall.  Gosh, I still think how I got it all wrong.  You know how those things play in your mind over and over (how do you make them stop?).  Hopefully she will give me another try when she comes again.  


2.  Volunteer

December & Year End Update  I volunteered some at a indoor school garden in the Fall.  Overall I've volunteered over 30 hours this year.   Impressive to me because I never volunteered much outside of church before but my hope is to do more.  

3.  Get healthier.  Eat better, exercise more!  It's a struggle and I almost didn't put this one on this year.  I kept trying last  year but nothing stuck. This is my hardest goal.  I'm not going to give up!  

December & Year End Update:  I've lost a total of 12 pounds this year and kept if off.  Not the fantastic outcome that I hoped.  Yet it's 12 pounds that I don't have anymore so I'm going to keep going!  I mostly forgot about the exercise... 

4.  Improve where we live.  Remodel the house a little (our bedroom needs a little a lot of TLC and we need a new screen door).   Spring clean, touch up paint, and plant some fruit trees in the Spring. (bedroom is done).


December & Year End Update:  We accomplished everything (bedroom, paint, and fruit trees) but the screen door.  The bedroom did take up most of the remodeling money we had saved for this past year.  We will hopefully update the porch and screen door in 2018.  It will be #1 on the list!  



 5.  Make more Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, etc and have them ready for giving.  

December & Year End Update:    I made two Pillow/quilts this past month for friends.  I also made a clothes pin bag to barter.  I did manage to do a few crafts this year but not as much as I hoped.  I find I need to do most of my sewing and crafting in the winter after Christmas.  So I'll try again next year.  Planning and time management is key!  

6. Keep improving this blog.  Take more blogging classes and put the lessons learned into action.  Last year I came close to doubling my page views.  I would love to increase them again this next year.  I have some great readers on this blog and I want to make it a great place to visit.  I'm so blessed and thankful for each and everyone of you!  

December & Year End Update:    Yeah well, sometimes that didn't go so well.  Life got crazy busy and wild this year but it's all settled down for now.  I love my readers and again I'm so blessed by each one of you!  I'm so glad you put up with me!  


How did your goals finish up this year?

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Free Kindle Books for Today 12/16/17!

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Free Kindle Books for today 12/16/17 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 Miracle of Christmas Box Set by [Fenris, Morris]

A Father's Prayer by [Rondeau, Linda Wood]

15 Fun and Easy Christmas Kids Crafts: Using Dollar Store Items; Creating Magic on a Budget by [Marino, Joy]

Weight Watchers: The Beginners Guide to Weight Watchers Including a 30 day meal plan for natural weight loss by [Thompson, Kelly]


How to Delete Books from My Kindle Device: A Step by Step Guide on How to Delete Books on All Your Kindle Devices by [Sharp, Hans]










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Friday, December 15, 2017

Free Kindle Books for Today 12/15/17 plus Kroger's Free Friday Download!

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Free Kindle Books for today 12/15/17 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

So Rare a Gift (Daughters of His Kingdom Book 3) by [Perry, Amber Lynn]


So Pure a Heart (Daughters of His Kingdom Book 4) by [Perry, Amber Lynn]


The Amish Baker's Cookbook: 73 Authentic Amish Baking Recipes by [McAlister, Eneida]


Price-less Christmas: Create a Joyous Holiday for Next to Nothing (Priceless Holidays Book 1) by [Neal, Connie]



Kroger's Free Friday Download!  


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Free Kindle Books for 12/14/17!

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Free Kindle Books for today 12/14/17 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



A Sweethaven Christmas by [Walsh, Courtney]


Three Rivers Ranch Romance Box Set, Books 1 - 3: Second Chance Ranch, Third Time's the Charm, Fourth and Long by [Isaacson, Liz, Johnson,Elana]

Homesteading Woodworking: 100 Woodworking Projects You Definitely Need In Your Homestead by [Jack , Crafty ]



Cheating on a Chicken Coop: 8 Cheap Ideas to House Your Backyard Hens and Save Money by [Ruppenthal, R.J.]

Winter Crochet: Cozy Warm Crochet Clothes And Cute Crochet Christmas Ornaments by [Link, Julianne, Hatchenson, Alisa]


Learning Numbers & Colors The Fun Way: ( Learning Numbers, Learning colors, Rhyming Picture Book) by [Grimes, Dustin]




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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Free Kindle Books for Today 12/13/17!

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Free Kindle Books for today 12/13/17 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 grandkids enjoying the fireplace yesterday.  It's cold! 


This is my, it's going to come a snow storm and I need a book edition!  Hope you find one!








A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases by [Brownley, Margaret, Brunstetter, Wanda E., Hake, Kelly Eileen, Johnson, Liz, Kirkpatrick, Jane, Tolsma, Liz, Ule, Michelle, Ullrick, Debra, Vetsch, Erica]

A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases


The Christmas Secret: Will an 1880 Christmas Eve Wedding Be Cancelled by Revelations in an Old Diary? by [Brunstetter, Wanda E.]