Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 3/17/19!

Snow after a tornado

What can I say about the weather this past week in our part of Michigan, except for it was wild.  We had a wonderful 2 hours of 60 degree weather on Thursday, then the wind picked up and the tornado sirens went off.  They said that we ended up with 4 tornadoes touching down in our area.  There were many homes and barns that were damaged or completely destroyed.  I haven't heard of any serious injuries so we are blessed that way for sure.  

Then a cold snap blew in and we ended up with snow on the ground yesterday morning.  Okay, I've changed my mind "crazy" is a great word.  

So far this morning all is calm and the corned beef is in the crock pot.  I hope you have a great St. Patrick's day.

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

Our daughter gave us a box of food she wouldn't use before it went bad.  It was full of potatoes, onions, mozzarella cheese, garlic, and carrots.   I used the potatoes. onion, and garlic to make fried potatoes and used the mozzarella to make fat head rolls.

I picked up the cat food with the free coupon I got in the mail.  The bag even had a coupon on it for a free can of wet food. 

An estate sale quilt

My greatest find at the estate sales this week was a quilt (queen size) for only two dollars.  It doesn't have a stain or tear, it's just beautiful.  This estate sale was quite disorganized and you had to hunt for the treasures.  For this it was worth the hunt. 

I'm making waffles and blueberry syrup (both low carb) as I'm typing.  I'm making enough to freeze ahead for another breakfast.  Although we try to keep it mostly low carb I feel that we have fell off the low carb eating quite a bit.  I  hope to remedy that from here on out.   In other words he doesn't get mashed potatoes with his corned beef today!  


Keep sewing and crocheting projects.

Keep Spring cleaning.  

What are the ways you saved this week?

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Anonymous said...

Oh Vickie it sounds like you have had quite a time with wild weather over there and sorry to hear about the tornado damage in your region :( . That quilt is just divine and looks brand new and for $2 that was a huge bargain :).

May I ask how they run the estate sales over there are they an auction or anyone can just purchase whatever first in best dressed as they saying goes.

I just thought I would mention that we have had rain, glorious rain, and 40mm of it in half a day which will go a long way to filling up the household rain tanks and watering the parched grass :). I ran around in the rain and put water catching buckets everywhere to catch rain coming off the tank stand roof for watering plants too and DH ran around in it too to move the grey water hose to water a lot of the back lawns and native shrubs in the yard too. Drought does funny things to even adults and turns us into children once again :) .

Since then we have had a further 28mm of rain and lots of thunder storms as well and the power has been fluctuating quite a bit the last few days. We are blessed and think our 3 large rain water tanks are just about if not full to the brim again.

Our savings last week added up to $1175.04.

Internet listings -

- Listed 13 free listings on eBay on a free listing and final auction value fee saving $21.45 on usual listing fees.

In the kitchen -

- Made 3 loaves of homemade bread in the bread making machine saving $10.47 over purchasing them in our local shops.
- Made 2lts of MOO yoghurt and flavoured it with homemade strawberry jam saving $5.62 over purchasing it in the shops.

House and garden maintenance -

- Cleaned out our grey water tank that had vines growing through the top of it from a bogainvillea bush we cut down and excess sludge in the bottom saving $1000 over hiring someone to come in and pump it out. Yes I was inside it as I don't think DH's shoulders would have got in there and he probably would have got stuck having back injuries. He lowered buckets in and I filled them up with sludge and vines and he disposed of it. While I was there I also inspected the inside of the tank for breaches and there were none, adjusted the pump further away from the edge as the float was getting stuck and now it pumps perfectly without us having to set it off manually :). Got it done a day before all the storms rolled in.
- Pulled out 2 more upright posts from the vineyard when the weather wasn't stinking hot first thing in the morning.

Purchases -

- On a 50% off frozen goods promotion online in Woolworths we purchased 3 x 500g frozen blueberries, 1 x frozen passionfruit, 2 x 4lt Peters ice cream, 4 x 500g country harvest peas, corn and capsicum and 2 x pkts coctail spring rolls and 2 x 3kg bags of valencia oranges on a reduced price saving $34.50 on usual prices.
- We went into our favourite op shop while we were in town for DH's doctor's appointment and purchased a near new complete easiyo yoghurt maker for $1, 2 music cd's for $1 for both, and 2 gardening books for $1 saving around $100 over buying them new.
- Found Steggles chicken drumsticks on clearance for $1.99 kg and purchased 4kg saving $8 on usual prices.

It has been a fantastic week for us here to stock up our freezer with absolutely low price freezer items and some secondhand good condition items too.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead.

Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

Cheryl Kimbley said...

The weather sure has been wonky! It is snowing here right now.
That is just an amazingly beautiful quilt - what a fantastic find.
Great week.
Have a good day! Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Lana said...

That quilt is absolutely beautiful! What a find! We had a great thrift store day yesterday. I bought 20 items for 13.50 and all good stuff.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

When we go to estate sales we try to be early if it's a good one. So first in line gets the best. They usually hold them 2 or 3 days -second day will be 50 % off if they hold a 3rd day it will usually be 75% off.
I love your story about the grey water tank- with both of you working you got it done. Quite a savings too!
I'll be looking for a yogurt maker this summer at sales. My yogurt maker I bought used one time did not work but I use the jars. You got a great deal.
Glad to hear your freezer is stocked up now.
Have a great week.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Isn't this weather crazy Cheryl? Have a great St Patrick's day too!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Oh you ran into a great deal at the thrift store! It just feels good to get things I need or want at a great price.

Out My window said...

I remember tornadoes as a child and how I feared them. I love that quilt it is so Swedish looking.

Melissa Henderson said...

The quilt is beautiful! Have a wonderful week dear friend! :-)

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

We just don't have a lot of tornadoes here so to have 4 was so unbelievable. Then snow...just wild. They are scary for sure.
I have a great day.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Thanks! You have a wonderful week too Melissa!