Friday, January 29, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap (Edited)
So onto the money saving stuff for the week!
1. I realized quickly this week that there wasn't going to be fabric to fix the love seat anytime in our near future and the love seat developed some holes, so it was "Make Do and Mend" week here at the Make Do Homemaker household. I went through my fabric and found some black fake leather we'd bought to repair my husband's recliner or something a while ago and after I measured it up I figured it would be close enough. My fingertips, I think, are pretty much gone right now from the sheer amount of times I poked myself (those are big patches), but it's done for better or worse. Not the best looking love seat in the world, but at least it doesn't have holes.
Here's how it looked before...
2. I kept within my significantly reduced grocery budget this week. Extra ways I saved money in that way: I walked away from some reduced half and half and some reduced corn flakes. I normally try to take half and half in my coffee, but I realize that we can't really afford that right now, so I've been drinking milk in my coffee instead. I'm trying to work myself into drinking coffee black, but just haven't been able to get there yet. The corn flakes I kind of wanted for cereal (obviously) and for breading and things for baking, but I realized that I didn't need them and I just put them back in the reduced bin.
3. I took 6 dollars out of ten dollars from my birthday money early in the week and bought my son three pairs of jeans at the used store in his size and the next size up. I've been trying to jam his extra long waist into the smaller pants sizes and it just plain wasn't working and the kiddo was constantly having to pull his pants up. Hopefully the new pants will fit him better and do him for a while.
4. The days the kids were sick I (obviously) didn't go anywhere, so that saved money.
5. I've kept on top of my cleaning schedule and efforts to save on utilities when I'm here alone. By putting the heat down during the day and at night just on this month's bill, even with 5 days added on before the meter read, our bill was down 40.00 below what it normally is this time of year. At least THAT effort is working well so far. Wish the electric bill would start going down more, but we'll have to wait and see on that.
6. I've been re-watching Wartime Farm on You Tube and am thinking about watching the other farm series that the group who did Wartime Farm did. It's entertaining and also helps to inspire me to find news ways to make do watching wartime living.
7. I had some food money saving things, but I'll save that for the Bare Essentials weekly recap over the weekend. Food usage gets interesting when you're broke.
8. I loaded coupons onto my shopping cards and shopped from a priced list to make the most of my money this week.
9. I cooked dinner at home, sick or not, all week long, and stuck stubbornly to my menu plan.
10. I used warm up water from the shower, collecting it in my scrub bucket, and used that with a squirt of soap to wash the floors.
11. I made a big pot of soup early in the week that my husband and my daughter didn't want to eat, so I've been eating it all week for lunch. It definitely worked out to be a cheap lunch alternative (I love soup that way).
And there you are folks. Some ways I saved money this week. How did you do?