Sunday, June 16, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 6/16/19!

Happy Father's Day!  

Today I'm making my husband fried chicken, wilted lettuce, mashed potatoes, and cornbread for dinner.  He is having a piece of the apple pie I made him for breakfast this morning.  He will be one happy man!  

Just like so many in the states our weather here in Michigan is very wild.  In fact it's rained so much here that the garden I planted  last week has standing water in it most of the time.  I can't step in it for fear that I will sink up and will be stuck!  

Plants are beginning to turn yellow on the bottom but so far they are still alive.  The very first row is zinnias and I see the plants starting to come up already so maybe all the seeds haven't rotted.   I still have hope.     

I'll replant the seeds if I have to whenever it stops raining and dries up (if they still have time to grow before the first frost).  

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

I signed up the grand kids and me for the summer reading program.

I forgot to say last week we sold an item.  It took a couple of weeks to sell on Facebook but I kept bumping it up and finally it sold for the original price.  So don't give up on your item too soon.  

I bought strawberries for .99 a quart at Aldi's this past week. I bought 6 quarts.  Topped with whipped cream the grandchildren think they have the greatest dessert. 

I also bought the Kroger deals on Saturday:  Baked beans for 99 cents, Kraft Mayo for $1.49, and Smoked sausage for $1.88.  I bought 5 of each (that's the limit).  How did you do grocery shopping?  

In between the rains we went to a couple of garage and estate sales.  My favorite find was some yarn that I paid $6.00 for.  The big cotton yarn cone alone sells for $14.00 at Joanne's so I was very excited!

My goals for this next week:

Keep walking at night when the weather is good.

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Jenny said...

I picked my first tomato in about 5 yrs this morning! The last three yrs I planted a veggie garden I did not harvest even one tomato because the squirrels ate them all. So I haven't planted one in a few years. This year I bought a small patio tomato, potted it & set it in the middle of my perennial bed. Hopefully the squirrels will not discover it!

Still picking raspberries & fresh bouquets from our wilderness. Husband trimmed around some elderberry plants in the wilderness & I hope to harvest some berries when they are ready.

I bought 6 books at a local used book store. Four of them from my Amazon wish list...I keep a running list of books I want to read & was very happy to find 4 at once! I also found a really fun cookbook 'The Bookclub cookbook' that has recipes from different books. It is huge & looks like it will be so much fun to read & use. I can't wait to share it with my book club. Plus two little Dr Seuss board books for my grandson.

I stayed way under budget with my groceries this week! I don't know how that happened?!

Cooked/ate all our meals at home except one.

I guess you could say we saved a big chunk of money not going to a wedding this weekend. We had made hotel reservations & planned to be gone overnight for a family wedding when I woke up sick Friday morning. I am so glad we cancelled because I've just felt worse as the weekend goes on. Hopefully I won't be spending that money at the dr on Monday.

Lana said...

We have the Aldi sale on strawberries too but I still need to get them. I hope the rain stops for your garden. That is so frustrating.

Instead of replace it, we took the fountain on our deck all apart and
cleaned it. I spent an hour yesterday scooping out rocks and I am feeling it today! We had everything on hand to get it going again. But, it works again so it was worth doing. Walmart had a lot of fabric for $1 a yard so I bought enough to make 22 new cloth napkins for only $6.88. We also got a whole box of shelf brackets for 10 cents each. Lidl had .99 packs of water, 1.39# boneless pork chops and Graham pie crusts for .35 each. I hope we can get there and get 4 more water before the sale is over. We really use it in the summer with all the traveling we do.

Have a good week 😊

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

Jenny so sorry your sick and I hope the doctor visit isn't needed. I hope those squirrels don't find your tomatoes either. They are so cute but they can destroy a garden.
I love those recipes from books -I hope you find some new ones. Have a great day!

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

I hope you get it going Lana! I sometimes can't get up after doing something like that! I need to go to Walmart! what a deal on fabric. Good deals at Lidi's! Have a great day!

Lana said...

That is me too! Yesterday I was hollering for help to get up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vickie and how wonderful you picked up all those strawberries on such a good special and got the yarn so cheaply from a garage sale :). Oh dear I hope all your vegetables and flowers survive the rain you are getting.

We also picked up some bargains out of my panty stocking budget being a 48 roll pack of 3 ply toilet paper for just $14.99 which is really cheap here.

Our savings added up to $97.85 last week :).

In the kitchen -
- Made all meals and bread from scratch.
- Made 2 x 1.45 kg homemade apple pies saving $18.55 over buying equivalent supermarket variety ones.
- Made a double batch of chocolate chip & coconut biscuits saving $15.34 and a single batch of white sauce/pudding premix saving another $25.30 over buying it in pre-prepared packets in the supermarkets.

Listings and finances -
- Listed 10 items on eBay on a free listing promotion saving $16.50 on usual listing fees.
- Claimed meal and travel allowances by sending away forms to DVA on all DH's medical appointments for the last year. This will go a long way to topping up our fuel budget for some time without money coming out of our normal budget.
- Purchased a 48 pk roll of Emporia toilet paper from Aldi on super special saving $22.16 over purchasing the same brand in Woolworths.

In the gardens -
- Finished digging our fence post holes with our post hole auger for our kangaroo garden enclosure. It took 2 goes first one got us down to 40 cm and then the second session got the holes down to 60 cm after soaking the soil with water. Not an easy task and I might add since then we have muscles on our muscles too and been sore all week :0. Post hole augers are definitely not easy on the body in really hard soil like we have here.

Hope everyone has got everything they wanted to do accomplished last week :).

Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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

Lorna I bet all your homemade goodies taste way better than the supermarkets! So they are worth double that's for sure.
That's a lot of work on the Kangaroo enclosure! Hope it will last a long time for you two. I don't know how you do it..