Friday, September 2, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap and (Surprisingly) Garden Update
First, I just wanted to apologize. Normally I try to reply to people who comment on my posts, but this week I just plain haven't been up to it and I just wanted to let people know that yes, I have read all of the comments, I just wasn't up to replying to anyone. It's been a week where my son is sick with a cold, thus no sleep for mom at all. Then trying to crash on various items upstairs didn't work at all well for my arm. So, I ended up being exhausted, fighting off a cold with an arm that was killing me all week long. *Thumbs up* so, so much awesome. The last couple of days my body just kind of said, "Um, no" in it's own way and I ended up taking naps whether I liked it or not, which was hard yesterday as I was dozing off in ten minute increments and would jerk awake when my son, who was home sick, would hit me with something to get my attention. I've also been icing my arm a lot as I've found it helps a LOT if I remember to do that. I also gave up on taking the anti-inflammatory drugs as I found that I had a supreme sense of foggy head on them and I didn't like it, especially when it came to me that I hadn't even thought of the status of the checking account and bills were coming due (thank goodness it was fine to make the mortgage). Just kind of an off week for me, really.
So far *knock on wood* my daughter has remained healthy (and has been faithfully taking her vitamins) because my husband has now come down with the cold and is just plain down and out because of it. I'm picturing a very hard weekend as the way he is right now I'm thinking he's going to be down all weekend, which means I get to somehow run errands and things even though I'm not supposed to be driving much. Just...ugh.
Anyway, onto money saving this week :).
1. Grocery shopping...well it went this week. I overspent because I wasn't keeping good track of what I was spending, which I do blame on a combination of pain, exhaustion and the drugs I was on. Bright side though, I did get some great deals despite it all.
Fred Meyer has apple juice on sale for 1.25 per bottle with their in-ad coupon this week, a maximum of 4. I checked out in more than one order and got 10 bottles. This should last us quite a while (seen up top). In with the 10 bottles I got two bottles of apple cider. I'm going to mull and can it instead of the fresh stuff I buy in the fall. Why? Because it'll still taste good and it'll be a LOT cheaper to do. I'll hang my head in shame over it later *laugh*.
We ended up going into a neighboring town that doesn't have sales tax, so that saved us some money too. And while there I was able to find two bags of water softening salt on reduced because the bags had small tears in them for 3.49 each! I didn't need salt right now, but it was too good of a deal to pass up.
I've found that my pantry is overflowing, mainly due to all of my home canning I got done this year and it taking up shelves I would normally use to house commercially canned goods and things (woohoo!), so I've ended up commandeering part of my den to accommodate some of my food storage for now. I reallocated an old food storage box that I'd used said food storage from and used it to store some cans of peaches and pears as well so I don't have to climb on my hands and knees to the very back of the pantry to get to the commercially canned fruit. My knees will thank me later, although I'm sure my husband isn't exactly thrilled with me storing food in the den. Ah well :).
2. I was worried I might have to put my old cat down. She had been having a continuing issue (like every day) where she'd use the laundry room as a litter box for solid matter (the catbox is in the laundry room so it was nearby). On one hand I didn't want to put her down because she was old or anything, but I wasn't sure what to do as it was SO unsanitary and honestly I was getting fed up cleaning my floor with bleach every morning before my first cup of coffee. I finally decided to try and take the lid off of our catbox, wondering if maybe she'd just gone senile enough that she forgot she needed to use it for that or if the lid was making it hard for her to get in and out of the box or what. Luckily, it worked. So, hopefully that expense (emotional and financial) got kicked down the road for a while.
3. Well, I can safely say that I didn't go anywhere or do much of anything this week, other than working slowly on housework and things, so that definitely saved me money I'm sure.
4. I finally started to watch the first series in the Farm series on You Tube ("Tales from the Green Valley" I believe it's called) and it's actually kind of neat to see younger Alex, Ruth and Peter (or should I say "Fonz") running around. It was funny, I've seen Peter just get greyer and greyer as the different series progressed, so I just assumed he was older than me, and so I went and looked up his bio only to find he and Alex are younger than me *laugh*. It always cracks me up the way that works with men especially...looks can definitely deceive.
And yet. And yet! I go out every couple of days expecting the plant to be done, only to find handfuls more peas to be had. I mean just in the last four days I got the bowl of peas above. Like four cups worth! It's spectacular. I told my husband he's just going to have to really start to like peas as we have a ton to use over winter *laugh*.
6. Speaking of peas and finding uses for them, while on Amazon I found an actual CHEAP copy of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume 2" so I ordered it earlier and it came in this week (it was less than 5.00 shipped). I loved it so much that I went and spent 10.00 (after shipping) to get the first volume used on Amazon. There are a lot of great soup recipes, including pea soup recipes, that sound really good. And turnip recipes and all kinds of things including some recipes for canned crab meat to make a crab bisque (sounds good to me). I'm super thrilled with the book, obviously, and can see why so, so many chef's consider these necessary books in their culinary library. Buying the first volume not on rock bottom prices probably wasn't the most frugal thing in the world, but variety in recipes when the winter gets long and dark? Yeah, that's worth it's weight in gold.
7. My sage plant is still producing and I think I might actually be able to get another decent harvest of sage to dry before the frost sets in. I keep thinking of transplanting the sage and seeing what happens, but keep deciding against it as the cats just kill live plants in the house so fast that I don't think it'd make it. But yay for more sage either way!
8. When I got the apple juice and cider at Fred Meyer I also got my free Carmex from freebie Friday. This will definitely come in handy when cold weather hits! My husband stopped off at Carrs and got some rolls earlier in the week to go with dinner (was not up to making bread) and when he gave me the coupons that had printed off at the register there was a coupon for a free Starbucks Refresher drink. I got that when I went to the store to pick up one of my daughter's prescriptions and drank it with my lunch that day at home. Well, for a drink that says that green coffee has so much more caffeine and that the drink would keep you awake? It didn't work. At all. But, the Strawberry Lemonade flavor does taste good, even at room temperature (they recommend on the can to drink it over ice, but I didn't bother), in case anyone else ends up with one of those coupons.
9. I went out and checked the ground and it's so very wet still that I gave up on transplanting rhubarb this fall for fear the poor plants would actually rot at the root and die (and honestly I'm thinking it's going to take me a bit to recoup my arm, so I wasn't thrilled at the idea of using a shovel anytime soon either). I'll aim to transplant next spring instead when the plants are in the mode to start growing in wet soil conditions anyway. I went and just picked what I could off of my rhubarb plant at the bottom of the yard as I'm transplanting it in the Spring anyway, so I really don't care how robust it comes back come Springtime next year and honestly, I was ticked that the slugs were crawling all over it and trying to kill it off, so I felt like I was liberating food from the grips of the slimy disgusting little critters.
So, yeah, that's about the extent of what I've been up to this week. How about you all? Any frugal adventures to report?