Saturday, April 15, 2017
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
If anyone is from around that area, drop me a line and if you've moved from Alaska to another state (it complicates things being this far North), please e-mail me at makedohomemaker (at) gmail (dot) com and give me some tips.
The straw that broke our backs this week was an incident that happened when we went to the store on Tuesday to get milk (the store was out of whole milk when I'd gone to get milk on earlier) and we had an incident in the parking lot with an unhinged lady...long story, but to skip to the ending the cops got involved when the lady called and started yelling at the 911 operator because we parked our cart in the wrong spot and offended her sensibilities (like I said...unhinged) and she was blocking our car so we couldn't pull out until the cops came and arrested us for cart mis-parking. The cops agreed the lady was nuts and after telling her that what we had done was far from illegal, wasn't hurting anyone and that the store didn't care if someone parked their cart somewhere other than the inside of the store, stayed with us until she was out of sight for a good five minutes or so to avoid her following us home and starting something. She was that nuts. Basically the lady was either on drugs or she needed to be.
At that point my husband and I were just DONE. We have come to realize that around here that most people with skills and any ability to get out of the state are leaving in a mass exodus right now (as the state is going to crap due to government mismanagement) and that we were going to be having more incidents like the one in the parking lot if we stayed here. It's like the insane people running the asylum more and more up here and once the 30% income taxes start hitting on top of sales tax and no PFD, it's going to be impossible for most people to live up here. And we'd looked at property to move from here to another area and property prices are even higher than when we bought this place, so we can't find anything worth buying for under about 300,000 with any decent amount of land. Which we can't afford that. So, leaving state is just the best option. Scary as I have NO idea HOW we're going to do it, but I'm praying somehow we can save up the money we need and if we sell the house and some other things we might be able to make enough to get out of here. If for no other reason than for better services for Alvah (still no luck finding him a speech therapist around here yet). Pray for us, please? I'm figuring if it's meant to be God will make sure things fall into place, so here's hoping it all works out.
Update on Shani is she still hasn't looked into treatment centers and unfortunately I can't do the last part for her as she needs to coordinate and pay for her travel and make appointments and thigns. She's kind of acting like she's giving up and is just going to give chemo a shot up here, which from what I've read isn't going to work on her type of cancer. So, I don't know.
At least the chickens are doing good. For three year old hens (turns out that is how old they are...between two and three is what Shani was told), I have two hens that are laying one egg consistently a day and they started laying pretty fast...within a few days (the eggs I got this week seen up top). Which makes me think that they really enjoy their new home, which makes ME happy knowing that. One hen just randomly is laying one egg a week wherever she seems to be at the time (the other two always lay in the same nesting box so I know it's not them and the eggs she lays are SLIGHTLY bigger and has a slight tan undertone to them). I'm not too worried about a pretty much freeloading hen at this point. Since the chickens are all so old, we're probably going to look at culling them all this fall after they molt (thus stop laying) for the winter and starting fresh next year (if we're still here anyway). I talked to a breeder and he agreed as the hens are getting old enough that they are going to cease to be cost effective to keep soon. I texted Shani to ask her opinion (I didn't want to just get her chickens, take care of them six months and then slaughter them without asking her about it as it seemed not right to do without her okay) and she said she had gotten them not only for eggs but also for meat so if we felt the need to cull them to do so and enjoy the chicken. My daughter was even okay once I explained that most times you only keep chickens for a year or so before you turn them into dinner and that it was best to not name them because of that. She just got all excited over the idea of getting new chickens/chicks later on. Hopefully wherever we end up we can get some more chickens as I've found I actually do enjoy taking care of them (I know, I'm weird).
So, yeah, onto the other money saving things that went on this week!
1. I was on Amazon and surfing around looking at stuff (because I'm terrible like that) and found a bunch of stuff that were add on items that I decided I could put into one order and get. The biggest find was a six pack of Simply Pure (or something similar) Pillsbury frosting mixes were down to a six pack of them for 2.00 and some change. I ordered four packs as I am hoping that the frosting (which you add butter and things to) would be close enough to the processed crap in taste that my son will eat it, but also get some nutrition in him (and since there is no leavening in it the powdered mix lasts pretty much forever). Got two of the orders in supposedly yesterday only to find two envelopes in the box, not the 12 I was expecting. Contacted amazon and the frosting mix is back ordered with their supplier, so I have no idea if and when I'll get my missing envelopes or if I'll get my other orders. Ugh. At least it was cheap to begin with, I guess. I also got a razor with refill cartridges for 2.00 and some change after a 3.00/1 coupon they had. So, yay for at least getting a cheap razor :).
2. I went to Fred Meyer yesterday and got the freebies I had saved on my card. One was the new line of Jell-O that is coming out, which is with simple all natural ingredients and what not. I checked out the flavors and most of them there was no way my family would like (I mean Strawberry pudding just didn't seem like it would go over well), but I picked chocolate caramel in the hopes it would taste like chocolate. We shall see. I also got a free bag of Sour Patch Kids (sour gummy candies) and put those aside for the Easter basket tomorrow, so yay for free Easter candy!
3. I went to Carrs hoping to get the freebies I had coming there from the Monopoly game. I had a coupon for free salt, free aspirin and free crackers. Only to find that Carrs was out of all of them. Hopefully they'll get them back in before the game is over. I did get a coupon for a free pound of pasta yesterday, though, so I'll at least be able to redeem THAT one, so yay for free pasta anyway!
5. I got eggs to color for Easter (I didn't want to use my first fresh eggs to make Easter eggs, I know I'm bad) for free after spending 25.00 at Carrs with a coupon this week, which was cool. Now, though, between that and the eggs I got from the chickens and a dozen I dug out of the back of the vegetable drawer I forgot I had (don't ask me why I put my eggs in the veggie drawer...for the life of me I don't know)...I going to be using up eggs in the next few weeks for sure.
6. I mended a t-shirt that was losing it's arm due to a loose seam.
7. We ate at home all week without eating out once, which is rare for us with my son and his "french fry food group" diet. So, yay for saving money that way!
8. I enjoyed the free resource of naps this week trying to recoup from my cold. It's still straggling on a bit, but at least I am starting to feel human again.
9. It's been warm enough to open up the deck door and the windows this week to start letting in fresh air. It's been in the 50's during the day some days, which is wonderful after the long, cold winter we had! Fresh air is not only free, but definitely welcome.
And there you are folks. Some of the ways I saved money this week. How did you do?