Saturday, November 12, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
So, my son is finally not limping around the house anymore, although he kind of resembles a band aid mummy on his feet (I've gotten very good about sticking band aids to other band aids to get them to stick and things), so we're doing better and just trying to get him through his antibiotics without too many stomach issues (note to self: buy probiotic powder) is on the agenda.
Between him and my arm making me miserable this week and it's been kind of a long week. I overdid it helping to move the chickens into my friend's trucks as we were carrying a big Rubbermaid full of feed and a big bag of oyster shell and then just generally cleaning and things finished me off. But the chickens are off to their new home and are happy and content there. And there was some good that happened this week on the money saving front, so let's focus on that!
1. When it came to grocery shopping this week I spent 43.00. More than I wanted to spend, but we were so tight on money that I had to wait until today to shop for groceries so we were running low on son food by the time I went to the store. I also picked up potatoes and a few other things for Thanksgiving (sorry for lack of pictures, but I have been exhausted all week as between my son and my arm I haven't been getting much sleep at all). The biggest find was an awesome one. Carrs had packages of ground turkey on an overstock sale for .99 a package! Normal price is 6.00 a piece! I got four packages (I would have gotten more but I am kind of maxed on freezer space right now) to mix with hamburger for tacos and things or to make turkey burgers with and things. I was really thrilled to find those.
2. I added water to dish soap and shampoo bottles this week that were empty to get the last little bit of soap out of the bottles. Once I had for sure cleaned out the dish soap container I refilled it. I am always surprised how many people don't do that trick.
3. I started work on another Christmas gift (up top there). I'd gotten a weird cut and slightly stained wool coat for .50 a while back and kept thinking I'd try to make it so it'd fit me well at some point, but I came to realize that the cut was all wrong to make it fit me without a LOT of work, so I instead decided to use the fabric So, I cut the coat up a bit and made mittens for my niece and am embroidering some Swedish embroidery looking designs on them. I think they are coming out pretty cute so far.
4. I went to the thrift store today and found a snow suit that would fit my son, Columbia brand even, for decently cheap so I bought it for him as the school somehow managed to lose his snow pants and he's having to bring in his back up pair of snow pants for recess (I would get really upset by this but it has happened many times before but it seems things always come back to us in the end, so I am just going to have faith on that one).
I also found a nice big crock pot for 5.00. I'm hoping it works well as it's big enough to cook a roast or a big corned beef in as my other crock pot, that I love, is pretty small in comparison. So here's hoping it works well.
5. I found a dollar on the ground earlier this week and I donated it to charity. I could think of nothing better to do with it than to hopefully help someone else.
6. I cleaned out and reused my vacuum bag. I've found I can get about four uses out of a bag this way.
7. I made sure to turn off lights and heaters when I could to save electricity. Sadly, our electric bill still jumped 100.00 this month, so I am going to have to double down on turning things off as soon as the kids are heading downstairs to go to school.
8. I made meals at home, which definitely saved money over eating out.
9. I baked bread this week (yay!).
10. I went to a product party for a friend of mine and she was nice enough to give me her little hostess gift. It was for an all natural product company, so I got a little bar of soap and a special microfiber cloth. The products were WAY too rich for my blood and I also, after all the years I've had having to work around allergies with my son, could make the products much cheaper I found, so I offered to help my friend get the books and materials she needed to make her own products. So, so much cheaper than buying them.
And there you are folks. Some of my adventures this week. How did you do?