Friday, January 13, 2017
Frugal Friday Wrap Up 1/7-1/13 2017
This post will be very short on pictures because I honestly forgot to take most of them. I already shared in a previous post pictures of our neighbors and my hubby out dealing with the snow. I don't think anyone is really wanting to see a picture of the Suprep (for my much dreaded colonoscopy next week) that I ended up getting free after a billing mistake at Walmart. I know I wouldn't. 😉 And lastly, those cookies were gone before it crossed my mind to take a picture of them. Don't judge! 😁 Just for good measure, I did throw in a picture of Doofy cat in one of his strange sitting positions just because he is so cute!
Onto the frugal doings for this week.
~We had a mini marathon of watching episodes of "The Flash" on Netflix Saturday and Sunday nights.
~My cousin Jeremy and his puppy Maggie came over for a doggie playdate with Caesar. Those dogs played so much that they wore each other out! I made some cream cheese and crab wontons for us to snack on. We sent a huge box of Milk Bones dog treats home with Maggie since I had found a sale on them for $1 a box awhile back and had a nice supply of them here. We also sent home a classic Peter Seller's movie that we had a duplicate of with him. It made for a fun afternoon for all of us!
~Jeff let me sleep in on Sunday morning while he took care of the fur babies. He found a movie on Netflix to watch and looked around at some of the other channels we have through our Roku. He discovered a channel where we can watch all the episodes of Fixer Upper since Netflix only has season 1 and 2. They also have all the seasons of Big Bang Theory which we are way behind on. Free to watch also so that is a huge bonus!
~For lunch Sunday I was digging around in the freezer and found a smoked trout that Uncle Bob gave us. I toasted some English Muffins, spread some cream cheese on them and then flaked some of the smoked trout on top. Yummers!
~Dinner on Sunday was another one of my bake it all on a cookie sheet meal using some Sweet Italian Sausage (yes we love these) and both white and sweet potatoes that needed to be used up.
~My husband belongs to a bowling league and one of his bowling balls needed some work done on it. He cleaned, resurfaced and sanded out the finger holes himself saving us at least $100.
~More loaves of bread were made this week.
~I did lots of back to back baking making use of the heat of the oven.
~I limited my trips in my car to one time out this week.
~At the beginning of the week I cooked a large pot of brown rice knowing I would be needing some for a few meals this week. It keeps really well in the refrigerator and is very versatile.
~Lunches this week were mainly leftovers or sandwiches. Hey, it works for me. 👍
~We live in a wonderful community. When my hubby was out trying to help one of our high school neighbors dig his truck out of the snow so he could get to school, another neighbor from down the street came by on his tractor. He not only plowed out the truck, but also did the driveway, our driveway and Uncle Bob's driveway since the snow had gotten much to heavy for Uncle Bob's snow blade on his 4 wheeler.
~The library just got in some more new movies that came out on DVD so I put in requests for "Sully" and for "The Magnificent Seven". We also borrowed two other movies this week.
~Doofy cat got to watch more of his Kitty TV on Youtube. It really keeps him occupied and out of trouble. We did have an incident over the weekend however that a little bird that looks like the ones he watches on Kitty TV got trapped on our back screened in porch. You should have heard Doofy carrying on and scratching to get out to it. It just shows me that he knows the difference between the birdies on TV and in real life. Hey if I can get an hour of him not sprinting up and down the halls or jumping up and scratching on things he is not supposed to, I'm going to take it. I still say it's a good thing he is cute!😺
~Walmart called to tell me I had a prescription ready and that I owed $97. Uh no! I called them back and it turns out they do not have my insurance on file even though I have given it to them 3 different times now. After running the info, I now have a $0 copay. Yay! Three minutes of my time saved me $97.00.
~Wednesday night I pulled some reduced by 75% off tamales out of the freezer and zapped those for dinner. They were quick, easy and delicious!
~Groceries picked up this week were 3 bags of salad mix in sale, 2 bunches of bananas, 3 avocados and a gallon of milk. I wanted to get some apples for my hubby to take as part of his dinners, but he said he did not want any. I'm going to leave the bananas for him and concentrate on eating the mandarins that I already have on hand since he does not like those.
~I went through the pantry to see what we had that I can eat on my prep day next week since I can only have clear liquids and nothing red or purple colored. I found some apple cider and grapefruit juice that I will have to strain the pulp out of. I can also have jello, so I checked my supply of that. I do have bullion and broths that I can also have. Of course I have a huge supply of teas and lots of coffee too. I don't think I will need to buy anything extra.
~I had wine and popcorn for dinner one night this week when Jeff was not home. I needed comfort food after a stressful day.
~Jeff is having to do an additional out of the way run for work one night this week and he will be compensated for it. It's nice because that will cover his bowling for next week plus a little extra.
~Everyone needs a treat and my hubby sure deserved one after all the long hours he is putting in at work in addition to helping Jaysn, Rachel and myself out this week. I found some marked down chocolate chunk cookie dough in the freezer and got that baked up for him. I will admit, I ate more than I should have also. ;) He was a very happy guy when he woke up to fresh warm cookies. 👍
~One of my favorite things is having breakfast for dinner. Friday night we had bacon, homemade pancakes, and a choice of homemade maple or raspberry syrup. YUM!
~I watched several Youtube tutorials on making some artisan breads.
~I dug down deep into our big chest freezer and found a package of chicken breasts. They will be be made into more comfort food over the weekend.
~There was just a smidgen of shampoo left in the bottle so I added some water to it. We now have another shampooing session with that.
So there it is. Nothing earth shattering or life changing this week. We are sticking to our plan to mainly eat out of the pantry, fridge and freezer. We are not eating out for both financial and health reasons. Too many people are sick and still preparing food at restaurants right now. Not worth risking it even if we could afford it. I'm watching thrifting videos on Youtube to take care of my thrift shopping addiction. Honestly, it is the thrill of finding amazing things that I love and I have been able to "shop" vicariously through some of my favorite Youtubers. Be blessed!