Friday, August 12, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap and Garden Update
There were some bright points to the week though, so let's get to that shall we?
1. I have been scrambling trying to find my son water boots that would fit him. No one in the local area carries them this time of year in his size unless they are like bogs and major super duper expensive. I went to my last line of defense in these things, Land's End (the website) and found water boots in the next size up for 19.99 and I was also able to find my son a new winter jacket in the next size up as his other jacket the sleeves are going to be too short on him (he'll probably swim in the new one for a while, but that's just the way it is) for 40.00 on clearance (only in Alaska would you find someone buying winter gear in the middle of everyone else's summer I swear *laugh*). I hated to pay that much for a jacket, but I have also been unable to find him the size I need for the past two years (yes, I buy that many sizes ahead when I pick up things like that for the kids), so I bit the bullet and paid it. I paid 15.00 to get 2nd Day UPS shipping (which in Alaska is 3 days, but still good for sure) just to make sure we have the water boots for school as we're expecting yet more rain from the Bering Sea jet streams that are going through and holding strong. I need to go to Sportsman's Warehouse this weekend and see if I can find the kids some rain ponchos or something to wear over their coats at recess, but at least water boots will be taken care of.
2. I canned rose hip pancake syrup (seen up top). I just replaced rose hip juice for apple juice in an apple cinnamon pancake syrup recipe from Ball's Book of Home Preserving. It worked awesome and now we'll have some really tasty, and antioxidant laden, syrup for pancakes this winter :).
Lots of spiky bushes and plants down in there. Lots. And LOTS of dead wood. I've been running into dead wood wherever I go. No wonder we have so many problems with carpenter ants. We have food for them EVERYWHERE!
3. I went back to Carrs this week to pick up my son's epi-pen refill and while I was there stopped and found they had restocked the popcorn. So, I was able to get 10 more boxes of popcorn for cheap as I had TONS of coupons from the company for being a customer and then I had some from mailers and things from them too. All totaled I got 10 boxes of microwave popcorn for 2.80 after tax. Yeah!!! The cashier was seriously impressed *laugh*. This will last us forever and both of the kids are thrilled with the find :).
I also found that Fred Meyer had ribs on sale during a 3 day sale last weekend (on Sunday I found this out which was the last day of the sale) for 1.88 lb. My husband and I jetted into Palmer to see if there were any ribs left as that was an awesome price for ribs period, but for baby back ribs? UNHEARD of cheap. I found the "home" for the ribs empty, but from working at stores I knew there would be a sale end cap somewhere with the ribs in it and sure enough I found it with five packages left in it. I cleaned out what was left as they were 5.00 per package! We had ribs for dinner Sunday night as a send off for my husband and I immediately put the other packages into the freezer. Yay for stocking up on cheap meat!
Past that for groceries this week I kept it simple as sales for things like soda and chips just weren't there (luckily we were still okay on soda and things for my son). I got a big bag of Doritos and Cheetos and called it good. Overall, my son has been eating more Goldfish and less chips (yay!) so I've been pushing pasta and rice more this week and trying to avoid the crap with him as much as possible. It's worked so-so as he's turned more toward wanting french fries when I did that.
I've been really trying to harvest as many wild Alaskan berries as possible this year as I have been doing research and found that our berries up here are like super antioxidant sources. Like on a normal scale a cranberry from the lower 48 would score about a 45 or something on the scale while our wild cranberries? Score like 840. That kind of super antioxidant levels. Crazy stuff. Since we're always so sick as soon as school starts, I figure the having antioxidant helpers in the pantry is DEFINITELY a good idea.
5. Didn't really go anywhere or do much of anything this week. OT cancelled on us this week and things, so at least I'll have a near full tank of gas when school starts on Monday.
6. Cooked meals at home instead of living at fast food restaurants this week, no matter how tempting it was to keep my son happier with his beloved french fries.
7. I managed to find breaks in the rain to take the kids out to play a few times this week, which was good for both kids as it's been hard to get outside and do stuff this summer with the whacky weather. Found out we had a ground bee's nest while I was walking the perimeter of the yard so we'll have to burn that out (I was wondering where all the hornet-like bees were coming from...now I know). This is the first year we've had any type of ground bees here, which is just so weird and I even found a couple of garden snails when I was picking bugs out of the garden. I didn't even know we HAD those up here. I'm praying it gets cold enough this winter to kill all of these bugs off, that's for sure.
8. A quick garden update (or what passes for one). I was trying to get the planter thing to work to move inside, but the dirt is still super wet and slugs are invading the planters as they sit so I'm worried I'm just going to be moving my gardening problems inside if I try the planter idea. I dumped the soil back into the garden and I'm going to see if maybe I can still find some cheap bagged soil at the stores next week to use instead.
In the meantime though, Jeannie I just wanted to share this with you!
9. I dehydrated a head of cabbage this week as well. I just need to wash everything and then it's onto potatoes!
So there you are folks. My week in a nutshell (with lots of screaming son and things in between). How about you? How did your week go?