Friday, March 10, 2017
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
I am so tired today it is kind of a mini-miracle this is getting posted. My son has been battling the dry air and sinus problems from said dry air, so he's been getting bloody noses on and off (I had the doctor check him out at his physical JUST to be safe) and NOTHING makes him crankier than not being able to breath out his nose, except maybe getting a bloody nose. So, yeah, he's not been a happy camper today. On top of that I slept like crap due to my arm hurting all night. Not the ideal sleeping situation. I think a lot of the arm hurting is due to the sudden changes in weather we've had. We went from 50 miles per hour winds yesterday to the temperature suddenly going up and the winds dying down. The weather this year has changed on a dime and it's really playing havoc with anyone who has any type of "ow my body hurts" type of condition. Turns out bicep tendonitis falls into the "ow my body hurts" category.
Bright side, Ibuprofen has allowed me to function and has kept the majority of the migraines from pinched nerves in the shoulders at bay.
This week was a pretty good one on the money saving front (in some ways), so let's get to that!
1. There were some frugal fails this week.
The big frugal fail for this week was definitely the vet bills, but at least the cats are feeling better and running around the house like maniacs, so I feel good about that. And I guess I should feel pretty good about being able to get the cats into the vet when needed so that their conditions didn't get worse and cost me MORE money or worse get to a point where I'd have to put another pet down.
The other frugal fail, which was kind of annoying, was the payments I've been slapping onto the Care Credit as much as I could this month. I took anything that might be left on the paychecks and was sinking it onto my husband's Care Credit after making sure to pay the actual payment early, figuring that the money would get taken off both his dental bill and the daughter's braces (both on the same card) equally, but nooooo where last time I did this they took equal amounts off both things that were due even when they assured me that any extra money would go to the amount due first, this time they actually DID take off the full amounts of money I paid in off of my daughter's braces (due to expire the month before my husband's bigger dental bill). So, I decided I wasn't going to mess around with that today so I called and paid the final 500.00 off of my daughter's braces. This SHOULD net me another 122.00 a month paying off the bill, which I'm hoping to roll right over onto the husband's dental bill along with every other available penny to get that bill paid off ASAP.
I'm working really hard at saving as much money as possible and just working on paying off bills as quickly as I can. I figure if my husband DOES get a new job here, that we're going to need as few bills as possible and also he's set to get his last two teeth capped here soon so I want to make sure I'm as far ahead as possible to help adapt to that bill when it starts coming in.
2. Grocery shopping this week went really well, although I did go over my normal grocery budget. But I had a good reason. Meat!
I went to the store to pick up a few things at Carrs that I'd won with the Monopoly game. While picking up the rotisserie chicken and the free potato salad, I stopped by and checked out the discount meat and was THRILLED when I did! We'd been running low on chicken (believe it or not) and I found big value packs of boneless skinless chicken thighs for 4.00 about a package as they were reduced 50% off! I got all but the last two packs. I would have gotten all of them, but there was a woman who stood patiently behind me holding a meat juice catcher bag (or whatever they are called) looking hopeful, so I decided to leave a few behind for her. I never let a boneless skinless chicken breast do the job a thigh can do (we're dark meat eaters around here), so I was super thrilled at the quantity and price I got the thighs for (seen up top).
The thighs were still frozen, so I just put them into the freezer in their current containers and I'll chisel off the thighs as needed and transfer them into freezer bags. It seemed better than defrosting and refreezing the meat.
I also went to the store this week and cashed in the free items I'd won in the way of actual groceries at Carrs. The best freebie I got, by far, was the 32 oz thing of shredded cheese. It came in really handy for taco night this week and will last for many more meals, so woohoo for that!
I also got a free yogurt, free Barilla pasta sauce (I got their new cream style Alfredo to try), a free box of pasta, a free donut (which ended up being lunch one day when I was running around like a maniac from one appointment to another) and a free 7 day pill box reminder (which I've been using to remind me on cat meds, believe it or not). In my tickets this week I got a coupon for a free container of salt and a free thing of aluminum foil (which I desperately need). Yay Monopoly (and big thanks to the nice people who aren't playing it and keep giving me their tickets when they are ahead of me in line :).
4. I went to Fred Meyer and got my free Lindt chocolate egg and my free Chips Ahoy Thins freebies this week too from the Freebie Friday giveaways.
5. I got my son's paperwork FINALLY filled out and sent in to Special Olympics today. Yay for free swimming lessons!
6. I used a Amazon gift card to purchase coffee this week. I've been ordering "Chock Full O' Nuts" coffee for like a year now and I have loved it because it didn't get to my stomach (cheap coffee, I've found over the years, kills me, so I have to be selective in the coffee I drink), but Amazon decided that they aren't selling the bricks on Subscribe and Save anymore and they have all kinds of restrictions on how many bricks you can order and since it's an add on item you have to order 25.00 to place an order for it and blah blah blah. I got really frustrated as the other ways they sell the coffee are really expensive, so I started looking and found a coffee from Italy that people swear is a low acid, smooth coffee and only takes 2 tsp per cup to make versus the usual 2 TBS, so I ordered that instead. IF it works well and gets along with my gut, I can see it being WAY more cost effective to buy as it takes so much less coffee to make one cup compared to my previous brand.
7. I clipped the cats claws this week. I do this whenever the cats need it and was curious to see how Prince would take it. He squirmed a bit, but overall he's the NICEST cat I've ever had when it came to doing that chore, which was good as his claws were kind of a mess...I don't think he's ever had his claws clipped before so there was cracks and things that I'm going to have to watch and make sure they grow out right. Poor kitty. By the way, I just use the finger nail clippers you would use on a human being to clip the cats claws. I find my fingers know how to use them better than the special pet clippers and they work great.
By the way are my cats the only ones in the universe that as soon as you clip their claws they IMMEDIATELY run to a scratching post and start working on a new set of razor blades/claws? I never see them run as fast to the scratching post as when I clip their claws *laugh*.
8. I made cake for dessert this week using a cake mix I had on hand. For my daughter's school snacks I dragged out the container of chocolate chip cookie bars I had in the freezer for her that I'd reserved the last time I made cookie bars a few months ago. She was happy for the most part, although she said some of them were sort of dry, but she ate them!
Well, there we go. Some of my frugal adventures this week. How did you all do?