Saturday, January 7, 2017
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
1. My mother-in-law gave me a 25.00 Fred Meyer giftcard for my birthday, so I went in today armed with it, a list, and a plan to get off as cheaply as possible for groceries. I had to get back to school stuff for the kids since they start back to school Monday and all, so I tried to think of ways to get off as cheaply as possible. Overall, since I needed milk and things, I ended up spending 9.00 out of pocket on groceries this week (after the gift card had been applied).
While at Fred Meyer I also got my freebies I had saved up from Freebie Friday and a bonus free coupon that was on the digital coupon site when I loaded the tortilla chips onto my card for the snack bar (seen above). The ranch dressing only had one day left on it and luckily they at least had the lite ranch in stock today, so I grabbed it. Oddly enough I'm like, "Man, what do I do with ranch dressing?" as we're far from fanatics with it. I've read recipes where you can use the powdered ranch dressing on potatoes and things. Can you use the actual dressing on potatoes and stuff too or not? Anyone know?
2. I have spent a good portion of my time this week cleaning and reorganizing. It's free, helps me feel good about the house getting more organized and it makes things easier to find (which is doubly nice).
3. I started my baking today and got some cookies made. They were sandwich cookies that required jam for the filling and half of the cookies I filled with fig jam, hoping that they would taste kind of like fig newtons (my husband loves those cookies). And hey, it paid off :). Tomorrow I will make chocolate chip cookies to put in my daughter's lunches and bread to send my husband into work with chicken sandwiches next week.
4. One of the canning groups I am a member of on Facebook posted up a deal where Amazon was having a really good deal on canning lids (1.44 per box of wide mouth lids). I used some of the giftcards my family sent for Christmas to get 10 boxes and some spring loaded tongs (the lids were an add on item). That pretty much used up the rest of the giftcards my family sent, but it was worth it as I kept thinking, "Man, I'll so use those lids!" And I will. The tongs will definitely be used as well.
5. I've been taking advantage of free Kindle books on Amazon to read things late at night when my son's not sleeping. So far I'm taking advantage of just the free cookbooks, but am looking forward to expanding my horizons to other types of books later on.
6. I cleaned out the rest of my cupboards in my kitchen that I have been meaning to clean out for ages and luckily managed to find some items that I had been planning to buy. I managed to dig out a box of instant miso soup of indeterminate age that doesn't have an expiration date on it anywhere, so I'm HOPING the soup is still good, but since it's powdered I'm kind of hoping it's like Ramen noodles with the shelf stability of uranium about.
6. I printed off some free "Finding Dory" coloring pages from Disney Movie Rewards for my daughter to color. She loves the movie, so I thought it might give her something fun to do. This break has been kind of disappointing on the fun front because after my daughter and the rest of us got over the colds we had the weather hasn't been very nice. We've gone from getting snow (which is good since we wanted to go sledding in the backyard) to frigidly cold (which stinks)
7. I mended a couple holes in some comforters this week. Next week I'm hoping to get to the redoing the quilting of said comforters to hopefully extend their life a bit.
8. I took the leftover fruit the kids got in their stockings for Christmas and made fruit salad to go with dinner tonight by mixing it in with some leftover canned peaches. Worked great :).
And there you are folks. Some of the ways I saved money this week (other than not going anywhere and such). How did you do?