1. My husband went out last Saturday, when we were getting a lot of snow around here and went to help out his friend's father who is wiring his own garage. He went to inspect it and made sure the wiring was being done right. He kept refusing to let his friend's dad pay him, but he insisted on giving my husband something for the trouble so he gave him some meat from his freezer. So we now have moose hot dogs, moose kielbasa and moose meat sticks in the freezer. Always nice to get the gift of meat :). The hot dogs will taste awesome on the grill this summer that's for sure!
2. As I said we got about a foot of snow last Saturday and by Sunday it was nice and warm and sunny, so we went outside really fast to play in the snow before it melted on us. My daughter and husband built a snowman while I was taking care of a very cold son who wanted to go inside and get warm and both my husband and I knew that we had to take a picture when it was done. We don't really get snow up here that is good for packing snowballs or building snowmen. Usually we get light and fluffy (read too cold to pack) snow, so it was a lot of fun messing around in the snow all morning with the weather nice and warm. I made sure to clean up the photos of my daughter with the snowman and am thinking of printing some off and putting them in Christmas cards this year for relatives that live on the East Coast.
3. Once the kids were back in school I spent most of the week just recovering the house from having them home for an entire week during Spring Break, so at least I didn't spend a bunch of money running around to a bunch of different stores numerous days.
4. I ordered a book my husband has been really wanting on Amazon for .01 (so, 4.00 after shipping). I'm going to save the book for a couple of months and save it for our anniversary.
5. I started sketching pattern pieces from our couch downstairs in the den so I can hopefully repair things that desperately need to be repaired with the cloth I found at the used store. I'm hoping that I'll have enough material to make it all work well, so I'm hoping by making pattern pieces it'll help the cloth go further. I went on Pinterest to get some ideas on what I wanted the final product on the couch to look. I'm hoping to make the slip covers for the throw pillows tomorrow and then I'll start on some embroidery for them to make them a little bit fancier as I figure even if the repair job ends up being ugly at least I can distract the eye when people come in and look at the couch *laugh*.
6. My husband and I have been having a lot of fun watching a series online. It's a long series so we've been watching about two episodes a night (the episodes are only about 20 minutes long). The best part about watching the series online is that we can watch it for a little bit once the kids are in bed but not quite asleep for the evening (it's subtitled so watching it with the kids awake gets to be really difficult).
7. I mended a couple of shirts this week that had gotten little holes in them (I accidentally put a bra through the dryer...never ends well for me) and repaired a comforter that the quilting had given on.
8. I used the crock pot a lot this week, which saved me time, energy (as I'm still really wiped out from the residuals with this cold) and really made dinner a lot more laid back since I didn't feel the need to have everything ready at the same time. It worked out well since one night my husband got home late and then another night he wasn't hungry when he got home, so I just put the crock pot on warm and walked away and he still had a hot meal when he wanted it.
9. We got our gas bill in the mail and turning the heat down at night and such has paid off yet again in a 50.00 reduction in our bill. It felt good to get that bill in the mail, for a change. The weather has warmed this last week as well (well it's starting to fall again today, but we won't count that) so I was able to actually open some windows for a little bit a few days and air out the house a little. It's always so nice to be able to do that after a long winter, even if the warm snaps are still temporary.
10. I have been saving some leftover school work papers that my daughter has brought home (weekly newsletter and such) and have been saving it for scrap paper at home and not just for writing things down. The biggest thing I find it helps with is using it to scrub the extra fat out of a greasy pan and then throwing it away. Better the paper than a paper towel. I also use it normally for writing notes on the back of, of course, but I've been trying to expand paper's horizons a bit to recycle it just that one more time before throwing it away.
11. I've been washing and reusing freezer bags for the first time in my life the last little bit. I won't reuse things that housed meat (just too paranoid), but I've been reusing other bags after washing them out and drying them out really well. It's really been helping to stretch my last box of freezer bags by a good margin.
So, there you go folks. Some of the ways I saved money this week. How did you do?