~I cashed in for a 2 year free subscription to Country Living via Recyclebank.
~Coupons came in the mail for free products.
~We did go out to eat on Saturday, but we went during off hours and got the lunch specials. We also went to a family run place so there were not college students working there who might have the flu. There were very few people there and we sat away from the few other customers that were there.
~Monday I made 2 loaves of bread. I also made a huge ziti and cheese casserole in the crockpot.
~We have been exploring more channels on our Roku and found some from Hawaii. It was wonderful being able to see my childhood home coastline while doing some whale watching. :)
~Jeff was able to find and fix our frozen waterline problem to our master bathroom. Some animals had gotten up under the house and ripped out the insulation around all the pipes. He thawed the pipes and then re insulated the entire area. Luckily we had some insulation in the garage that he was able to use. He originally thought it might be a problem with the faucet itself and bought a new one to replace it. He will be returning that for a refund at the store since he did not need to use it after all. We will get a refund of $70. Woohoo!
~Jeff picked up some cheese that was on sale for $3.99 for 32 oz. and more seltzer water for me at 5 for $10 while he was in town running some other errands. We are stocked up again on these items. The seltzer water helps perk me up when my Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia are flaring.
~One of our surge protector power strips stopped working. It is one that we use all the time. Jeff simply took another one from an area that we rarely use and replaced the broken one with it. Eventually, when I find a good sale, I will pick up another one to have here, but for now, this works out just fine.
~We used up the 3 bags of salad mix before they went bad. It tasted so good to have salad in the middle of Winter. I miss being able to go and pick fresh lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions and other wonderful things and throw them all into a large salad.
~I dusted off some money saving books from my personal library and am rereading them again. It is good to go back and be inspired to do even more.
~Swagbucks had again been hit or miss for earning points. This is typical for the start of a new year with them though. It should pick up again soon.
~Did some survey that I will be compensated for at Pinecone Research.
~My son Chris will be very happy! I managed to snag a free subscription to Bowhunting magazine for him.
~Wednesday night I made breakfast for dinner again...bacon, homemade cornmeal pancakes and homemade syrups with coffee. I made lots of pancakes so we could have some later too.
~My skin has been really dry lately so I dug out some of my free samples from Walmart Beauty boxes and have been using the Aveeno butter...I love this stuff!
~Jeff, knowing that Thursday and Friday would be rough days for me since I had to do the prep for my colonoscopy and have the actual procedure on Friday afternoon busted out the good Kona Coffee for me to have on Thursday morning. Since I could not have my beloved creamer he spoiled me with the good stuff! ;)
~Friday, after my colonoscopy, much to the surprise of the nurses, I was feeling well enough to go out and do some shopping. We got some groceries and then hit Goodwill. We found some robes for $1.99 each for the little boys to use here when they hot tub, a enamelware large coffee pot for $7.99 to use for camping (I think we will give this to Chris and Heather since they do most of the camping and he had mentioned wanting one), some of my daily moisturizing lotion for $1.99 brand new (retails for $14.99), a full sized Bath and Body Works spray for $1.99 and a brand new in the box heater that has an auto shut off for $9.97 (retail $34.99).
Having to be a hermit for most of the week saved us a lot of money since it kept me at home so little gas used in my car and not much shopping done. The groceries we bought at the end of the week were all items that we needed and most of it was fresh produce. We are really trying to eat healthier around here and yes, fresh produce costs a bit more, but it is worth it to us.