The weather has changed a lot here in Michigan in the past two weeks. Cold weather has finally settled in for a stay. The warm blankets needed to come out along with the fleece sheets. The blanket above was made by my husband's grandmother and gave to us about 25 years ago. It's heavy and made out of polyester.
Gratefully accepted some birthday wrapping paper for children from a friend. It will come in handy in the next few years
I washed Ziploc bags, clipped coupons (digital and paper), saved aluminum foil (cleaned first), and saved the butter leftover from making the Red Lobster biscuits.
Answered the survey on the Kroger receipt to earn 50 more fuel points.
Used our fuel points from December to get .20 off each gallon of gas.
Downloaded the Free coupons everyday so far at Kroger.
Our No Spend January:
Wild things happen in the Kitchen when you cook a lot:
I made a recipe for donuts and I realized that I would need a lot more flour than the recipe stated to make it roll out. I just kept adding and adding till finally I had enough flour in the dough. I ended up using my 5 pound bag of flour! I ended up with about 3 dozen doughnuts and two big pans full of cinnamon rolls (I got tired of making donuts). I froze a lot, took some to the church workers, and gave some to our neighbor's. They turned out very good.
**Normally we may use a 5 lb bag of flour maybe every three months. Already I have bought 10 pounds. I'm thinking next year maybe buying more flour in bulk (thanks to a comment). I would have to think of where to store a lot of flour and consider whether this would happen again (it didn't happen the last two years).
Where did it go? ($20 a week spending money)
I had a dilemma this last week when wonderful grandson wanted me to go to the circus with him. I decided in the end I would go and then just take out a loan from my $20 we allotted ourselves every week. I ending up spending $35.00 (circus is very expensive). To fix the budget problem I decided to just give myself $8.00 for last week and for the next two weeks (we just paid ourselves this past Friday). The memories were well worth it.
I noticed something this week with the husband... he is not spending money as freely. I think that secret stash must be dwindling.....
The hardest thing this week:
I went to Meijer's the first of the week and realized half of our grocery money was gone in just that trip alone. Wasn't even enough to sneeze at! Everything turned out great though when we realized we had more money than we realized.
Groceries: With our No spend January we decided to budget $40 a week on groceries. Here are the results from our 3rd shopping trip of January:
2 Mission tortillas -$10.78 (1.00 off two mperks offer)
Truvia Sweetener $5.93 ($1.00 off coupon- Kroger coupon but it said manufacturer coupon)
Sweetleaf Stevia $3.29 ($1.00 off coupon -Kroger coupon but it said manufacturer coupon)
Candy (daughter was with me) .82
Flour $2.65 (.25 coupon)
Christmas Tree Shop
Cottonelle Bath Tissue (20 double roll count) $9.97
2 Yoo Hoo $2.00
2 Boxes of crackers- $1.49 each
Fruit Ring Pops $1.00
2 jars of unsalted peanuts $3.99 each
campfire marshmallows .68
Helman's mayo $1.99
Heinz Ketchup (big jar) $2.99
Box of Coffee $24.99
2 Packages of Olay Soaps $1.49 each
-amount left on Gift card given to us from Christmas $59.50 (this card was a Bed, Bath, and Beyond card but it was good for all their stores including the Christmas Tree Shop)
2- Gallons of Milk $2.97 each
Summer Sausage $6.00
Lays potato chips $2.00
TGIF chips $2.50
Malt O meal Golden Puffs $2.50
Malt O meal Mini Spooners $2.89
-Menard's Rebate $16.00 (came in the mail on Wednesday!)
We used our Free downloads that we have so far:
1- Yoplait yogurt Free
1-Chobani Yogurt Free
1- Annie's Mac and Cheese Free
1- Coke Zero -Free (played the Instant win game)
1- Butterfinger -Free
1 Kroger Hot dog buns- $1.25
2- Kroger Cheese $2.99 each
4- Cartons of Kroger Pop $2.25 each plus $1.20 each for bottle deposit
-Coupon for .25 off one of the yogurts (it was on the top)
-Bottle Return of $8.50
Total for this week $43.30
Overage of $3.30 -Total overage so far $12.65
What ways did you save this past week?
Here are some more great posts about our No Spend January 2016:
My Frugal Ways this Past Week and the Last Week of No Spend January
My Frugal Ways this Past Week and My First Shopping Trip of No SpendJanuary 1/3/16
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