Saturday, March 4, 2017
Frugal Friday Wrap Up 2/25-3/3 2017
Good Saturday Morning! I woke up this morning to snow falling. I'm not sure who was more surprised to see it, me or Doofy cat. I usually try to get this weekly post finished off on Saturday mornings while Jeff sleeps. He got home later than usual after working last night and I am hoping he continues to sleep for awhile since he really can't get out and do some work on his car like he had hoped with this weather. My savings were not huge this week due to Jeff having to use my car for the later part of the week. I had not planned on going anywhere so I thought we would be saving money by not using my car (since it uses more gas than his), but he is working on replacing something on his car that he is trying to strip the part off his old car and use it. So far this has not been going well since the bolt is not cooperating and coming off. Praying he can get it done at some point this weekend. Onto the savings that I did have...
~Saturday Chris and Heather and Bradley brought Isaiah over to stay with us for the weekend. They came over earlier than planned so we had them just stay for dinner too. I made homemade pizzas and we all had a wonderful time!
~After they left, we hot tubbed with Isaiah and he was so tired after that he begged to go to bed. LOL! It had been a long day for him.
~Sunday we went to Petco and picked up our free cat treats for Doofy. We also looked at all the animals there and got to see a chameleon change colors! That was so cool!
~Isaiah won a stuffed animal in the claw machine at Walmart and proclaimed it was his "Lucky Day".
~We stopped at a thrift store on our way home Sunday after having lunch at McDonald's (Isaiah's choice) and found a pair of DriFit Nike workout capri pants for me, a toy for Caesar, a shirt for Isaiah, a extension cord and some craft supplies.
~We borrowed the movie "Trolls" from Chris and Heather...it was hilarious!
~Sunday night we watched "Finding Dory" on Netflix.
~Sunday night we had grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream for dinner.
~Monday Chris, Heather and Bradley came over to hot tub before they took Isaiah home with them. While they were here I took advantage of having us all together and made a double batch of homemade biscuits and also made some sausage gravy. We had that for a very filling lunch together.
~Jeff and I hot tubbed on Monday afternoon before he had to go to sleep for awhile. The hot tub was already warmed up since the kids had used it earlier in the day.
~Chris and Heather brought us over another bag full of elk and venison steaks, roasts and burger. They needed the room in their freezer since they are have a whole pig that was just processed. They will be giving us some of that too. We are very blessed!
~I used one of the packages of elk burger to make flat baking sheet burgers. I used up some of the leftover pizza sauce, some bread, some home dehydrated onions and other seasonings and then patted the mixture onto a foil lined baking pan. I cut the flat burger mixture into squares. We had them along with leftover rice and potato salad for 2 meals and then as burgers for another.
~I realized that one of my SwagUp bonuses was expiring tomorrow and since I did not have enough Swagbucks for a discounted $25 gift card come the first part of March, I went ahead and cashed in now for a $10 Amazon.com gift card since I do need to place an order there for our hot tub supplies and I am trying to cut the cost of that expensive purchase.
~Jeff needed a cell phone that would actually work in the areas that he travels through each night. We found one that was a Verizon Tracfone for $100 off the regular price. It has 3x the minutes, text and data as a regular phone and the phone card was also on sale. We are going to try again to transfer over all of his minutes (over 400) from his current phone.
~I found lots of items on clearance today including a darling giraffe stuffed animal for the new grandson Stevie at 90% off. I also got a candle, some Valentine's candy and some earrings.
~I worked my points programs.
~I worked Tuesday morning and got home to find Jeff awake so we headed back into another town to get his glasses. We got his glasses, did the shopping and came home to grab some dinner of leftovers.
~I borrowed 2 more dvds from the library this week.
~Our sweet neighbor girl's basketball team made it to the State Tournament. Her mother called and told me that they do "encouragement buckets" for each of the girls filled with notes of encouragement and small token gifts for the girls to read on the way over by bus. I know that this amazing young woman is just getting into makeup and doing her nails. I found a pretty card in my stash here, wrote her a note and included a package of the Jamberry nail wraps that I thought she would love because they are a soft minty green color with sparkles on the ends. ;)
~Wednesday night I was exhausted so we switched up the menu and had leftovers for dinner. I usually save leftover for Thursday night since Jeff bowls then and leaves early. We ended up having more leftovers Thursday night also.
~Thursday I baked up some Pumpkin Spice Bread from a mix I got on clearance awhile back for .98. It is one of Jeff's favorites. :)
~I had some Cream Cheese and the last bits of some Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. I added some bacon bits and seasonings, mixed it all together, and made a nice cheese spread to go on crackers.
~Friday I finished watching the rest of the series "It's a Different World" on Netflix. Free entertainment for me.
~Friday night I cooked up a big Ziplock bag full of chicken fried steaks. We had some for dinner and the rest will be eaten over the next 3-4 days. This is a favorite of my hubby so I know they will not last long.
~Our Heather asked if we had some extra pasta on hand that was not spaghetti noodles that they could have. We have told the kids to please shop our pantry and ask us if we have something they need before going out and buying it. I was happy to be able to fill up a bag of assorted pastas for her.
~I took a long hot bath and used some of the anti stress soaking salts that Tammy (Heather's mom) made me for Christmas. I love them and need to learn how to make them so I can keep some on hand.
So those are my savings for this week. I am proud of myself for not having my hubby go and pick up dinner at the tavern for us when I was so tired. I've been happy to be home for the later part of the week because all the running around and having tons of fun with Isaiah over the weekend and then working on Tuesday along with running errands for most of that day wore me out. Be blessed!