Saturday, October 1, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap And Goals Recap
It was a week of worry when I realized how terribly low we were on funds. Once my husband and I did the math we realized he'd missed the consistency of an entire week of work between the days here and there he had to miss due to my arm issues and his bronchitis and things. So, between that and the medical bills...ouch. We're praying hard that this month is better as it looks like my husband should be pretty busy for a bit. If we can stay healthy finances will hopefully improve. Praying for a very healthy month for sure.
My cold kind of took me out at the knees the last few days, but I had a decently productive start to the week anyway when it came to getting things done. I have managed to squeeze a couple of hours of productivity out of myself per day despite the cold and shoulder (note: Getting a cold with the aches and things while having frozen shoulder can be REALLY painful when your shoulder aches. And it sucks). So, my kitchen counters are finally cleaned off and nice looking, dirty dishes are caught up (blessedly so), and the laundry is starting to look more manageable (still got tons to do, mind you). My son's bed got detail cleaned and put back where it belongs and his carpet got vacuumed a lot as a result of moving furniture around.
Halloween decorations were hung up as well. I pulled out one of my fall themed table runners and put that on the table (seen above). I feel good that at least the majority of the fall decorations got put up before October anyway (I still need to finish decorating the den, but that is going to wait until I can clean it really well...hoping to get that done today).
I also got some quotes for studded tires for my car. I guess my size of tire is getting kind of hard to find so they'll have to be ordered from Anchorage and transferred out to the Valley and I'm PRAYING they stay in stock until dividends get in this week as I desperately need new winter tires. Bright side, if all works out well, the tires should cost about 1/2 of what I thought they were going to cost (600.00 vs. 1200), so that'll be good. I just keep sending up prayers that it all works out.
So, yeah, now onto the money saving stuff that happened this week!
While there I took my time and cruised around the store (I had taken a full dose of NyQuil the night before in an effort to be able to breathe through my nose and had knocked myself out all night so I actually slept really well for the first time in a long time, thus was actually with it that day) and found a package of marked down hamburger for super cheap (nearly 5 lbs of hamburger for 12.75!). Since we are getting kind of low on things like hamburger, I grabbed it and decided we'd have hamburgers for dinner that night, so I grabbed a package of tater tots while I was there.
While cruising through the frozen foods section I noticed some things on clearance cheap and went looking to see if I could find anything worth buying. I found a Bertolli pasta kit, complete with chicken in it, on clearance for 1.80! Down from nearly 9.00! I had to dig at the back of the freezer and found it'd gotten stuck behind the other flavor kits (I always like to look to see if someone missed one). I figure this will make a really cheap dinner one night when I don't feel like going through a ton of effort to cook :). Since I'd be making this for three of us and it probably won't go that far, I will just make up some extra pasta and throw it in with the kit when I make it (it really helps to stretch those type of things).
I also got a couple mini-squashes for 1.49 lb. I'm going to use them as fall decor on the table (seen up top there...I forgot that bag in the car and didn't include it in the grocery picture...oops) and if they start showing signs of not lasting I'll cut them up and cook them as needed to go with dinner. Not the cheapest option, I probably could have gotten decor pumpkins cheaper, but at least we can eat the decor instead of just using it for decoration only. Squash comes in such pretty colors and things anymore and more and more heirloom varieties are popping up. I think it's really cool :).
I then went to Carrs and got coke and chips yesterday as party sized bags of Frito Lay products are on sale for 3.99 each Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week and most bags have a 1.00/2 coupon on them. I stocked up on Cheetos for the next couple of weeks hitting this sale since this is the cheapest way to buy Cheetos. I also got 2 liter bottles of Coke as they were on sale there this week as well. And I got some big barrels of cheese balls on sale for 3.49 each this week (cheese balls are one of my son's reinforcer foods). I feel good about being somewhat stocked up on snack foods right now as that is usually what costs me a MINT each week out of my grocery budget to buy.
I also got a pie pumpkin for 5.00 at Carrs (unlike Fred Meyer and elsewhere where the pumpkins are sold by the pound Carrs has them for a flat 5.00 each, so I just went and found a nice one that weighed a decent amount and bought it). I am going to keep it on the kitchen table and see how it does and if it starts showing signs of distress I'll just chop it up and turn it into pumpkin puree for use in pie later. If it lasts I'll turn it into a mini jack-o-lantern for Halloween and THEN turn it into pumpkin puree. Either way, I figure, I win ;).
In a side note, I noticed that the prices at Fred Meyer jumped on a bunch of different items again, which means that I'm probably going to be doing more and more of my shopping at Carrs again unless Fred Meyer has some awesome sales going on. Sad really as I was enjoying the cheap prices at Fred Meyer.
So, all totaled I spent 62.00 on groceries this week between Carrs and Fred Meyer. I thought that was pretty good overall considering everything I got.
2. I pulled out the kid's winter coats this week as the temps are definitely dipping below freezing during the night now. I never regret buying winter gear in the next size up with the kids and realizing that my son was definitely too big for last year's winter coat it made me feel great just grabbing the new coat I'd gotten on Land's end super cheap during the summer and knowing he wouldn't have to be cold that day or uncomfortable in a too tight jacket.
3. I resisted the urge to buy new Halloween decorations this year. I normally go to Target and get window clings and things from their dollar section to hang up around the house and windows, but this year I just said, "No" as every time I go into Target I end up spending more than I plan to and I just wanted to avoid that this year. I figure we'll just make some decorations for the windows with some construction paper. It'll be fun and it won't cost us anything to make them :).
4. I took plenty of naps this week to help recoup from my cold and other issues. Not only invaluable, but also free.
5. My daughter has been fighting reading, even though it's like her only homework she's supposed to have each night. My husband kept trying to get her to read history types of books as with common core she's getting holes in her education on things like that (which irritates us both), but I knew she was going to fight him on it because it's not something she's interested in yet. So, I went to a weekly sale at a local used store where everything kid related, including books are 1/2 off. They also had a sale where if you bought 3 books you got the fourth one free. After giving the poor cashier fits trying to figure out how to make it all work and walking her through it all, I was able to get a huge stack of books for 2.00. I managed to find a bunch of Disney Princess books, some Froggy books (we found a love of those books through the Scholastic book flyers when she was younger) and some other books that just out and out interest her. She's been reading all week as a result, voluntarily, for hours sometimes. So, I consider this a huge mom win *laugh*.
6. I darned a weak spot on a kitchen towel this week before it developed a hole. It had gotten caught on something in the washing machine and wasn't looking good, so I figured I'd better darn it before I had problems. It works fine now. Might not be the prettiest dish towel in my stash, but it works just fine.
7. I repaired a couple of toys of my daughter's this week. Instead of super glue, as the toys were that rubbery type of plastic material and super glue just seemed to give on the repairs, I used a DAP product that makes a water tight flexible seal instead. It sure seems to hold better and will hopefully help me to stop buying super glue in bulk (I doubt it, but I can wish).
8. I broke two glasses this week just doing dishes. Seriously. I have no idea how this happens sometimes. It's like two glasses clink together and whammo! Suddenly you have broken glass. Luckily I had a bunch of glasses in storage that my husband had picked up over the years before we moved here (our last kitchen had more cabinets in it so he kept bringing the 1.00 Coke glasses home from McDonalds over the years and things), so I grabbed a few out of that stock instead of having to run and buy some .50 glasses from the used store or something.
9. My daughter desperately wants to be Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" for Halloween. I was dreading buying a Halloween costume for 20.00, but figured a mermaid costume was probably outside of my ability to do. BUT I found a tutorial on Pinterest for a costume that you make out of, all things, an apron type of pattern and then the kiddo can use it easily later instead of asking you for help with velcro and things (and if I do it right she could use it as an actual apron too). I'm curious as to how it might turn out, so I might give it a go.
And there you are folks. My money saving endeavors for the week. How did you do?