Saturday, September 10, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
Downside was that I left some peas on the vine hoping that they would dry out and I could collect the seeds only to find them completely overtaken by powdery mildew. I cracked them open to find mold inside with bits of things that used to resemble peas. So much for that hope. It's just been too wet this year for that I guess. Bright side, by keeping up on top of the other peas as they grew I didn't lose any peas except for the ones I was trying to get to grow and harvest seeds from.
This week has seen me TRYING to rest my arm as much as I can, but unfortunately that didn't get to happen as much as I would have liked. Mainly because of a sick husband who couldn't do much once he dragged himself home from work and a son who is JUST sick enough still to make the Grinch look like a cheerful guy. At least we were able to go out today and go for a drive in the sun (the blessed live giving sun, of which I was so happy to see!) and that cheered him up for a bit.
So, onto the money saving endeavors for the week!
1. I had to go to the bank yesterday to deposit my husband's paycheck so while I was out I stopped off at Fred Meyer and got some of my freebies from Freebie Friday. My friend gave me the ones she had as well, so I grabbed those too. Fred Meyer was out of the Carmex that was part of the Freebie Friday deal, so I asked if they could possibly substitute out the one type of Carmex they had left that was the same price. The manager agreed and just gave the chap stick to me for free instead. I was happy they were willing to do that as chap stick is something my daughter especially just blows through during the winter months.
I was on Fred Meyer's site last Friday to load the Yoplait coupon and found a coupon on there for a free goodness knows bar. I actually spent more time than I should have looking for them, but finally found them and grabbed one. I'll have to eat it while my son isn't around since it has peanuts in it, but it still sounds like it'll taste good.
I also stopped off at Carrs, now that we had this thing called "money" and got an additional gallon of milk with the in-ad coupon. At the register a coupon printed off for another free Starbucks drink. It doesn't expire until November, so that'll be a nice treat for me when I go shopping one day :).
2. Well, via my previous post I only spent about 1/2 of my reduced grocery budget on groceries this week. I also, through CAREFUL saving, already had the money set aside for my Amazon.com order to go through this month, so I didn't need to cancel any of that due to my financial "whoops" and just transferred the money from one account to the other to cover it. I then waited until today, after the final "you can't mess with your order anymore and anything further will go onto next month" to put together some of my order for next month so I didn't feel like I was parting with the price of a small child all in one month. I like to do it this way when I have things I know I'll need to buy because then I can just pop over to my Subscribe and Save screen to see if anything has gone on super discount during the month so I can re-order and cancel my higher priced items and get everything at rock bottom prices (I'm so so cheap that way. Even if it goes down .50 I'm on it in a heartbeat *laugh*).
3. I finished two Christmas gifts this week using things I already had around the house (more on that later :).
4. We went out today to get some sun and to get my son french fries (he hasn't been eating a lot since he got sick) and while we were out we stopped off at the used store. I found they were having a sale on clothing where a certain tag color was .50 each. I found a bunch of shirts that still had the tags on them, a new dressy trench coat that will also work great as a Spring/fall coat (which is great because my one coat fits tight in the shoulders, thus is hard for me to get in and out of right now and my other coat has holes and things), some jeans for my son in the next size up and a swim suit top for my daughter in the next size up. My husband also bought a couple of tools they had. Total spent: 4.50. I love sales :).
5. My son's recliner broke this week and my husband was just too sick to deal with it. I looked at it and realized that a piece of spring steel had broken and told my husband that I thought we could just re-bend a new piece from it because it was long enough. My husband thought the steel would just break instead of bend, but I decided (when he wasn't around to lecture me *bwahahaha*) to give bending it a shot anyway. It worked, although I did beat up my cheapy needle nose pliers a bit bending that stiff of a piece of steel with them. I don't know how long the fix will last because I really need to remove the entire piece and then re-bend it so the pieces are longer and fit better, but hey for now it's working and that's good enough for me!
6. My daughter got invited to a friend's birthday party today (actually she got invited to two, but we decided to let her go to the one where we knew the parents, it was nearby and we could just drop her off and pick her up later as my husband and I are both still pretty out of it) and I was kind of scrambling on what to give. I ended up pulling out a basic leggo block kit (my daughter's friend loves leggos) that I had gotten on a super sale around Christmastime, shoved it into a recycled gift bag and off she went. I'm just hoping her friend doesn't realize that she is giving him another kit exactly like the one she got him for Christmas, but it was what we could afford right now.
7. I got my electric bill in the mail and due to the lack of need to run the air conditioner the last month I got to see a 50.00 reduction in the bill (yay!). This will be a nice lull in the storm of electric bills as the way the weather is going we're definitely going to be firing up the electric heat sometime soon.
8. I was able to harvest another four cups of peas from my plants before I pulled them. So, processing peas is on the agenda again. I still can't get over how well they did this year! I'm hoping to plant bush beans or runner beans next year if I can find the right growing season beans. See, as soon as your garden is done for the year start planning the next year's. It'll see you through the winter months ;).
9. I repaired some of my daughter's toys this week with the great wonder that is super glue.
10. I started work on next week's menu plan, which definitely needed to happen.
So, there's some of my frugal adventures this week. How about you? How did you do?