Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 2/16/20!

It's been cold here these last few days.  I'm pretty sure I can say that the ground hog was wrong.  Our temperatures have been in the single digits or a little below 0.  This morning though, we turned the corner some and have warmed up to 34 degrees!  I just can't wait to take my boots off!  

I crocheted three heart dishcloths and many more dish scrubbies this week.  There were all made with materials I had on hand.  

I was ready to give up and buy a new shower curtain when I tried a magic eraser.  My shower curtain gets heavily stained here with the iron from our water and I just buy a new one when I get tired of trying to keep it clean.  It just took a few minutes to clean the stains though and wasn't messy at all.  I then put it in the washing machine and it looks brand new.  The last time I bought one I spent 12 dollars so that's quite a bit of savings for a little bit of work.

I made some more sourdough waffles and then tried my hand at making English muffins.  They are good, but let's just say that I need to work on making those muffins look English. I'm not going to give up, sometimes new skills take a few tries for me.   I made up some egg and cheese sandwiches for the freezer with them.

We went up north and bought some cheese and great deals for our pantry yesterday. 

For our date night, we used the tickets I gave him for his birthday to see a bluegrass band and then used the gift card that was gave to us by my sister for Outback Steakhouse.  We had a great time!  

I ordered 10 free prints from snapfish with free delivery with a code that they sent in a email.

My goals for this week:

I plan to do more winter sowing.

Put the milk chocolate morsels we bought in jars and seal them with the food saver (there is no room in the freezer).  Then I want to can blueberry jelly this week (it didn't get done).  

How did you save this past week?  

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Lana said...

We have been at the lake house this week so the rat out budget took a big hit. I am ready to eat at home again! We earned about $27 back on iBotta. We also picked up a number of clearance items.

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

You like me ..I love to eat out but not too much. Homemade is best.

Jenny said...

So my husband did more to save us money this week than I did. I've decided to list some of the things he does that many people pay to have done. Here's our list.

-I cooked most of our meals & packed all of our lunches. I ate out breakfast two different days because of my schedule (getting up at 4 AM to work is hard some days!) I made homemade lattes every day this week but two.

-I started working with a personal trainer (ugh!). It's free with our gym membership, which is really cheap through my husband's workplace. My dr had been pushing me to see a dietician for 6 months & I did not want to pay for I'm hoping this will appease her. I'm keeping a food log & we'll go over my diet as well as work on some exercises. So I saved the cost of a dietician.

- I was gifted some beautiful flowers from my son & his family for Valentine's Day.

-I bought my husband's Valentine card at the Dayspring Outlet store for .99 instead of $10 at Walmart.

-Husband cleaned took apart & cleaned out the dishwasher. A regular maintenance job that I'm glad we don't have to pay someone for.

-Husband oiled the belts on my dryer to stop a very annoying squeak rather than call a repairman.

-Husband filled the car with gas & the tank didn't shut gas poured down the side of the car. So he came home & washed the car rather than go through a carwash. (If you spill gas it will destroy the paint job so I always wash off drips)

-Husband fixed the engine light & the tire light on the car dashboard rather than pay for it to be serviced.

-Husband hauled rocks from our rock pile to fill in mud holes in our driveway.

-Husband trimmed trees in prep for mowing season, rather than call a tree trimmer.

-I've been cooking from my freezer quite a bit recently before the stored meat goes bad. I'm hoping to catch some good meat sales soon to restock.

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

You and your husband Jenny are a great money saving team! A lot of hard work this past week for both of you.
I love the sounds of that Dayspring outlet...wish we had one. Have a great day.

tealady said...

I haven't bought a shower curtain or liner for years. Put my shower curtain and liner in the wash once a month with some towels. The liner can not be dried but I do dry my curtain. I couldn't live without magic eraser. My other go to is swiffer dusters, just the most wonderful cleaning tool ever.

KayM said...

Frugal living this last week: Usually, I take my computer into a local shop about once a year to have it cleaned up and rejuvenated. Thankfully, this year my son-in-law was able to take care of all that and also to install Windows 10 for me, so I saved at least $100 there. I had to have my heating and cooling guy out for a broken fan in an outside unit. What a wonderful blessing--he happened to have a used blade that he gave me, so that saved $100, because it was a smaller than average size and would have cost that much. I did well on eating up food in my refrigerator and freezer, so I didn't have to go grocery shopping. My daughter and other son-in-law did some work in my yard to prevent run-off from the rain, so I only had to pay for 2 loads of medium size river rocks for $300, but no labor. What a blessing! I did order out one meal from the Japanese steak house, but I divided it and made two meals from the one order. It was a treat!

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

What did we do before magic erasers and swifter dusters? They are amazing!

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

Sounds like a great week Kay! We are finding that we split a meal more often or bring leftovers home too. It's great to not worry about dinner the next day.

Jenny Raith said...

I haven't tried the English muffins but did take a short cut and try English muffin bread, which turned out well! We had a cold and warm week day-by-day and here's what frugal fun we had:
*Found out we could buy the big bag of bunny shredded bedding in the back of the farm store with the feed products which is only 1/4th of the cost of buying the same thing in the front part of the store. I was grateful for the cashier pointing this out!
*Continued my quest of purchasing as few trashbags as possible by using another pet food bag this week.
*Got a load of books through the new inter-library loan program at our tiny local library. I got books on homemaking, organizing, hospitality, gluten-free cooking, building and growing in greenhouses, and finances. I feel like I have found a whole new way of doing research :)
*Came in a bit under budget in groceries last week and got a notification from the auto insurance that it has been lowered a few more dollars this month.
*More on my blog!

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

I love helpful books too! If I can learn one new skill I'm glad.
I'm going to be looking more around our farm store for sure to check out the prices. What deal Jenny!