Saturday, January 21, 2017

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 1/14-1/20 2017

 


   



What a week.  For the most part I was a hermit and stayed home and away from people while waiting for my colonoscopy procedure on Friday.  Can I offer a little tip to anyone who has to get one of these things soon?  If you are doing the Suprep to clean out your system, drink it through a straw.  It still is nasty, but it goes down easier that way, at least it did for me.  Plan on also not going anywhere as you will need to be very close to a bathroom for hours upon hours.  NOT fun!  So glad that everything turned out well and I do not have to do this again for another 10 years.  My doctor and nurses were all great and I did enjoy my short nap. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Onto the savings for this week...


~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.










22 comments:

  1. New reader to your blog :) How does seltzer help fibro and cronic fatigue? I am a sufferer who self-medicates versus staying on medication

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    1. Hi Cheapchick and welcome to my blog. :) I'm not exactly sure how it works but am just happy that it does for me. I had seen a video where a woman who also suffers from it used plain Alka Seltzer and it helps her. She was not sure why either. As with all things with these diseases, what works for one person does not always work for another. I am not offering medical advice here, just sharing what works for me personally. :)

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  2. Fresh greens are worth it in my book, Debbie. Question - what's Recyclebank?

    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. Jane, Recyclebank is a program where complete activities related to or learning about recycling and you get points for doing so. YOu can then cash in those points for discounts on various things, subscriptions and various merchandise. It does not take much time at all and I have learned so much. I think it is a great win-win situation. Recyclebank.com is where to go to join or check it out. I have been very pleased with it. Be blessed!

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  3. Glad you made it through a rough week!

    My brother had to drink that same nasty stuff for the same test. He said his prescription label said "no refills". He thought that was unnecessary to add that because he couldn't imagine why anyone would want a refill. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. LOL Rhonda! Oh my, he is right. No one in their right mind would ever want to have to use it again. ;) Thanks for the giggle!

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  4. So glad you were feeling ok post-procedure on Friday. I still think the lead up and prep is the worst part. Good for you though to get that done.
    With my CFS, my goto is gingerale. Maybe I should try the soda water and see if the bubbles are what's helpful.
    And nice scores at your thrift stores. Those robes look very cute for your cuties.
    So, what are you reading if I might ask? I'm always looking for authors who know what they're talking about regarding thrift.
    Having a bit of a crash day today --- I went swimming yesterday for the first time in 3 months. although I was only in the water 1/2 the time and did 1/3 the distance from October, it was still too much. So it goes.
    The dog and I are cuddled up together on the couch. Cheers, SJ

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    1. HI SJ, I do hope that you are feeling better now. ((((HUGS)))) As for my reading, I'm re reading Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy, The Tightwad Gazette books, Frugal Luxuries and Frugal Luxuries bu the Season, The Complete Guide to Creative Gift Giving and 1001 Bright Ideas to Stretch your Dollars by Cynthia Yates. :) Be blessed!

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  5. I have never heard of the benefits of seltzer water for Fibro or CFS. Interesting. I may need to try it. I am glad all went well for your procedure. Bless you friend.

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! I have no idea why it works for me and if it would work for others as well, but it's worth a try. :) Be blessed!

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  6. Glad all went well with your procedure and that you don't have to go again for a long time. That is good news.

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    1. Thanks Amy and yes it is! ;) Praying all is well with you!

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  7. It is good to have all of that over with. I am glad that the procedure went well. A while back when a family member went through this test, we heard someone refer to the colonoscopy center as the "Butt Hut". I am so crude that I got a chuckle out of that. I hope I didn't offend anyone here with it.

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    1. Thank you Susie. That is funny! :) I refer to it as the roto-rooter center. :)

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  8. Glad to hear that you got through the procedure OK and everything was well. Nice frugal week, too! Hope the coming week will be as frugal. :)

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    1. Thank you Bless! I'm hoping for the same thing. I do get to go back and work with my beloved preschoolers and toddlers this week and I am very much looking forward to that. :)

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  9. Hi Debbie, I've tried twice before to comment and haven't been able to publish it. This is my last attempt.
    I'm glad you got through your treatment without catching the winter lurgy. Here's hoping that you can get through the rest of the winter without catching any nasty bugs.
    Cheers.

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    1. Jane, there have seemed to be some issues lately with being able to post comments. It must be a sitewide thing because I have had trouble commenting on other blogs as well. I'm sorry, I know it is frustrating. I'm hoping I can stay healthy as well. Be blessed!

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  10. Hope you're not blogging for all the fun things you might be doing.
    In the past, when I've had anesthesia, I've always taken much longer to recover then the average person. I think this may be due to the CFS. Or maybe just my body chemistry in general.
    Long way to say, hope you're doing ok.
    Cheers, SJ

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    1. HI again SJ! The CFS "crash" caught me this weekend so I have been laying low and resting for the most part. I'm feeling better today though. Thank you for checking up on me...I really do appreciate it! Hope you are doing well today!

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  11. You always amaze me Debbie! You get so much done, I feel lazy!
    Great savings this week.
    Laura

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    1. LOL Laura, if you read closely you will see that my hubby did most of the hard stuff. ;) He and I make a great team. :)

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