Saturday, July 9, 2016

Frugal Friday Wrap Up July 8, 2016


   Oh what a week!  I found some amazing deals on things that I desperately needed for my upcoming canning sessions and I am so thankful for that.  I am hoping to get a lot of that done this next week after Jeff and I dig out a bunch of canning jars that are in the garage and get those washed and ready to go.  I have so much fruit in the freezer that needs to be made into jams and jellies and maybe some syrups too.  Onto the savings for this week:

~I finally found a pair of lightweight denim capri pants for $3.99 at the thrift store.
~We did a major stock up at the grocery stores and combined sales and coupons.  I got 12 packs of soda for $2 each (I bought 5), and found some boxes of pectin on sale.  I had coupons for the pectin bringing each box down to $1.48 each.  That is a really great price for around here.  I bought 8 boxes of pectin. There were many other items that we bought that also had coupons to go with it.  My hubby and I figured we saved about $20 in coupons alone even before the sales prices.
~We added more dvds to our collection.  There were some titles that I had on my wish list and were found at Goodwill and the Salvation Army on Saturday.

~Jeff's parents invited us over for lunch on Saturday.  My MIL was craving the pecan chicken salad sandwich from Arby's so I drove her out to get those and a different deli sandwich for my hubby.  She also had potato salad and coleslaw back at the house.  We had a very nice lunch and visit with them and my hubby brought home a project to work on for them. :)  MIL also loaned me a big bag of books to read. :)
~The Farmer's Market had lovely apricots so I bought some for eating and will hopefully make a few jars of jam too.
~Corn on the cob was on sale for .25 so I bought 4 of them and a marked down steak for dinner Monday.  I marinated the steak and Jeff grilled it up.  We had the corn, steak and baked potatoes for dinner.  The cost of our meal was under $5.  Yum and Yeehaw!  :)
~Josh had given Jeff a game of golf at his favorite golf course for Father's Day.  Jeff took advantage of it Sunday.  He did rent a cart since his back has been giving him problems but that was his only out of pocket expense since Josh paid for the golfing and Jeff took 2 bottles of water to drink on the course with him. :)

~The birds have picked the cherry tree clean and have moved on so now I can hang laundry back up on the line to dry.
~Saturday I harvested more snow peas, strawberries, lettuce, a few little Sungold tomatoes and raspberries from our garden.
~My zucchini and yellow squash plants that I planted were not growing very quickly so I picked up 6 more plants of each.  I carefully chose pots that had 3 plants in each one so that I only paid $3.98 for each pot of 3.
~Our Saturday night date at home was watching a movie here and making nachos with some leftover taco meat, chips and cheese. :)
~My computer was acting up and the pointer thingy stopped working.  I was able to go in and fix that problem and a few others.  My FN keys are not working correctly now though so I am going to have my cousin Jeremy, who is an IT specialist, fix that for me since I need to get into the BIOS for that and I am terrified that I am going to screw up my whole computer.
~My MIL gave us a full can of coffee since she is no longer drinking it.

~Sunday my back was really bothering me but I still managed to harvest 2 mixing bowls worth of raspberries.  I had to do it in 2 picking sessions, but I can live with that.  I washed them and put them in a gallon sized ziplock bag.  They will be made into raspberry jelly and possibly some syrup too. :)
~My hubby stopped by the Dollar Tree to get some more Worcestershire sauce.  They have large bottles of it for $1 each.  He picked up 2 of them since we do use this quite a bit in marinades.
~We watched lots of movies here this week.  Since we have an ever growing collection, we have quite a variety to choose from. ;)
~Sunday night we watched a Matrix movie marathon (we had borrowed the movies from our son Jaysn) and I made pastrami sandwiches on hamburger buns that needed to be used up and with some reduced pastrami I had bought previously and frozen from the Walmart deli section.  It made for a fun and frugal evening for us. :)

~Monday found me in the garden with horrible allergies and my ears were driving me nuts.  Even though they hurt and it made me lightheaded every time I bent over, I still managed to plant 4 Roma tomato plants, harvest some snap peas and strawberries and then harvest a huge bundle of oregano and get that washed and hung up to dry.
~Tuesday I spent time weeding in the front garden and then planted 12 more squash plants.
~I seeded in another package of dill seeds into the side garden.
~Tuesdays harvest was sugar snap peas, a few strawberries and a bowl full of regular peas (these are for my hubby)
~Wednesday Jeff and I had errands to run in the afternoon.  We "made the loop" going to two towns where we had things to do and ran all of our errands in one trip instead of two separate trips.

~I had a coupon for a free travel sized product at Bath and Body Works.  They also had some of their full sized fragrances on sale for 75% off.  I found one that I love and got it for $3.17!
~Old Navy had a great clearance sale and I found a dress I liked for 75% off also.  It was cheaper to buy a new dress there than a previously loved one at the thrift store.
~We bought birthday cards at the Dollar Tree.
~Wednesday I also picked a huge mixing bowl full of raspberries.
~We had dinner out on Wednesday and counted it as my early birthday dinner.  Both of us brought home leftover that we had the next day for lunch.

~Wednesday also found me making more bread for my hubby.  We had to leave before the breadmaker started the baking process and we knew we would not be home before it got done so I took the bread dough out of the breadmaker and put it in a metal pan with plastic wrap and a towel over it.  I just baked it in a regular bread pan when we got home later.
~I borrowed 3 more movies from the library.
~Since it rained on Tuesday night, I did not need to water on Wednesday.
~Thursday I did not do much of anything really except work on my points programs.  I did not go anywhere so I guess that would count as saving gas money and wear and tear on my car.
~More rain on Thursday and Friday so I did not need to water the garden.
~My sweet husband, trying to make my birthday on Friday special for me brought me home a bag of Snickers and a sweet card.  Snickers are my favorite candy bar and speak LOVE to me.  He also grilled up some burgers for us for dinner.   Oh how I love that man of mine!

   So those were my savings this week.  Not my best week ever, but ever bit counts right? ;)  Be blessed all!



  1. Wow...awesome savings. We love reading all about your savings.

    1. I enjoyed reading about week too. Hatari is one of my husbands favorite movie. Grandson Gavin really likes it too.
      Happy birthday!

    2. Thank you Rhonda. I remember watching Hatari with my parents when I was just a young child and fell in love with it. :)

  2. Sounds like a good week to me. You are getting quite a DVD collection. If it keeps getting hotter you'll have plenty to watch while you wait for the heat wave to pass.

    1. Barbara, oh my, you should see all the dvds we have here. Drawers full of them! We do watch a lot of them though and we loan them out to other people too. :)

  3. Happy Birthday. I do hope your allergies have settled down. You and hubby sound like an amazing team in the Frugal Games we play.

    1. Thanks Jane! My hubby and I do make a great team. I am very blessed to be married to such a wonderful and hardworking guy. :)

  4. Happy Birthday!You had a good week. Your new dress is a pretty color. It has been so hot around here, and then last week we had a quite a bit of rain. My petunias have just started recovering from the rampaging squirrels repeatedly digging them out and me replanting them. I hope that your allergies will ease up and you will feel better.

    1. Hi Susie! Thank you on the compliment on the dress. It is one of my favorite colors. :)

      I hope those squirrels move on and leave your poor flowers alone. I have my petunias in hanging baskets in front and in pots in the back where the dog patrols. That seems to help.

  5. what an ambitious and thrifty week you had. I just love the Dollar Tree - so many neat things.
    Love the dress - such a pretty color.

    I am glad you are getting so many goodies from your pickings! That's just the best to me.
    have a great week.

    1. HI Cheryl and thank you! The Dollar Tree is one of my favorites. I especially love being able to get greeting cards there at 2/$1.

      This morning I picked another huge bowl full of raspberries and then tested the raspberry gin that I have been making. Delicious! I started another batch right away and saved the "boozy berries" for my cousin who wanted to try them. LOL!

      I hope all is well with you!

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderfully frugal week! I enjoy reading about your week and frugal activities. Hope you have a lovely week.

    1. Thank you Bless, you are so sweet. :) I hope you had a lovely weekend. I am behind on my blog reading, but am hoping to get caught up here soon!


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