This has been a great week for some amazing finds at the thrift stores. Sometimes I think God is really smiling down on me and saying "I know you are having a rough week so here is a nice surprise to brighten your day". This was surely one of those weeks where He blessed me big time! Even better than that though was that we were able to spend lots of quality time with our family going out to dinner with a gift card given to us at Christmas and also celebrate Bradley's 5th birthday with friends and family. Our greatest treasures will always be our family! Onto my savings and wonderful finds!
~My goodness did I score big time at our thrift store that benefits the disabled in our area. I found a Coach purse for $2.29. Yes, you read that right! Happy Dance!!!!😁
~I recycled a gift bag to put our grandson Bradley's birthday gifts in.
~We managed to get the whole family together for dinner at Pizza Hut on Saturday. We took advantage of their deals and used a $30 gift card to pay for most of it. It was great to have everyone together, including my cousin who we had not seen in quite awhile. :)
~As much as I wanted to go to a huge library book sale on Saturday, I resisted the urge to do so and saved the money instead. I have so many books here already that I still need to read.
~Sunday was Bradley's 5th birthday party! I still can't believe he turned 5 on Wednesday! We had a wonderful time with family and friends. By the time we got home I was worn out though so Jeff made some boxed mac and cheese for dinner while I made us salads.
~Monday I made 2 loaves of bread, a double batch of biscuits, roasted sweet and yellow potatoes along with some red peppers, and maple syrup.
~Tuesday I worked and was in need of some "retail therapy" after a rather hectic morning. ;) I hit up Goodwill and found some shirts, a blu ray/dvd combo of "The Lego Movie" (this will be a birthday gift for our second grandson Isaiah for his birthday in July), a insulated mug from my college, a book, candle and some pajamas..one of which was brand spanking new. One of the shirts was half price and I also used a 20% off the most expensive item coupon.
~Jeff made us pancakes from my homemade mix for dinner on Tuesday night.
~Wednesday I borrowed 3 more dvds from the library and put in requests for several others.
~Wednesday night Jeff and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary (a day early). Our son Josh gave us $50 for anniversary and told us to go out to dinner on him. We went back to the same place (it was a different restaurant than it is now, but still the same building) where we had our rehearsal dinner 32 years ago. It is now one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. They serve huge portions so both Jeff and I brought home part of our dinner to have for another meal.
~Thursday I dug into my stash of greeting cards and found a wonderful card for my hubby for our anniversary. He stopped and bought me one on his way home from work along with a Snickers bar. Yep, Snickers are my love language. 😁
~We borrowed Chris' pickup to haul home another ton of wood pellets to use in our pellet stove.
~I threw more overripe pears on top of the garden bed. They will break down and make nice compost.
~Thursday night Jeff had his bowling league so I just made a big bowl of popcorn and had that for dinner while I watched videos on YouTube.
~Friday I was craving steak so I pulled some venison steaks from the freezer and made a marinade right in the ziplock bag the steaks were in. I let them thaw in the refrigerator and we had them for dinner along with a wild rice mix and salad.
~Do you ever crave something that you have had at a restaurant really badly? Well that has been me with a certain pasta salad that is different from anything I have ever had before. I set out to try and recreate it and came close! I think all I need to add is some cilantro to the parsley that I already added and it would be perfect. I do think however that my hubby would enjoy my version as it is better though. ;)
~I worked on my points programs and did surveys as time allowed.
~The Asian food cravings hit this week so I dug through the freezer and found some pork pot stickers and cooked those up.
I think I did pretty well overall both in finding amazing things and in the food department here at home. Jeff and I will be heading out here soon to go up to a lakeside town about an hour north of us for the day to do some shopping and to have a early dinner. Be blessed all and have a wonderful weekend!
Very nice to read your post this morning.ReplyDelete
If there's anything I've learned these last few years is that God's love is abundant. Through my divorce, the years following and my CFS, He has been more real in my life then ever before. I grew up in a home where we went to church on Sundays. When I took the next step in high school to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, that just seemed like the next right step. But, it seems it's only now entering my 60s that I have a deeper trust relationship with Him. Maturity on my part perhaps? Or more willingness on my part? Hard to say how this change came about but the change is real.
Enjoy your day with your hubby. Hope the weather is sunny and clear for you. Cheers, SJ
Hi SJ...thank you for sharing your story about your deepening relationship with Christ over the years. I was raised in a non Christian home but was allowed to go to church with friends and I gave my life to Christ as a preteen. I fell away from my faith for years until I met my hubby and then started to come back to God. We raised our children knowing God and although one stumbled there for awhile, he too has come back. :) Jeff and I did have a lovely weekend filled with lots of family time...perfect!Delete
Happy anniversary! Isn't it fun to get a deal? I'd be happy dancing too on the Coach bag. Have fun on your trip!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jane! We had a wonderful time and that Coach purse is what I am currently using. :)Delete
Happy anniversary to you both. You got some great deals this week. Family time is the best!ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a great week.
Blessings my friend
Thanks Cheryl! Family time is the best isn't it? I'll have more deals to share that I found over the weekend in my next Frugal Friday Wrap Up too. ;) Be blessed!Delete
Wow what a bargain on the Coach bag-- and just think somebody paid full price for it and didn't even keep it. I also was strong this week--wanted to go into Goodwill and check out the books-- but reminded myself that I have enough books for the rest of the year-- so drove right on by. I did get my retail fix though with my $10 off $10 Penneys coupon ($2.00 for 4 pack Men socks) and $5.00 Kohls anniversary coupon (free pumpkin scented candles)--so I had a happy week. Congrats again on another anniversary.ReplyDelete
Hi Delorise. :) I'm loving that purse! The addiction is real with the books isn't it? Sounds like you got some amazing deals too. I love a great smelling candle. :)Delete
I've said this before and I'll say it again - I love your thrift stores! You had a great frugal week! Hope you have another, equally great week ahead of you. Take care.ReplyDelete
HI Bless! I love our thrift stores too. :) My work was cancelled for this week since it is Spring Break for so many of our MOPS families. I told my hubby I feel like I am on vacation this week. ;) Be blessed!Delete
I enjoyed residing about your week and am happy for your good bargains. Your meals sound good too.ReplyDelete
Your Bradley and our Andie are just about the same age.
My shopping fix this week was CVS. I got $125 for $25 and have $20 in CVS money for next time. 😍
Hi Rhonda. You did so well at CVS! I love reading about all your food deals there on your blog. I wish we had one near us. Enjoy those grandkids of yours!Delete
You really found some good bargains. It's fun to "score" after spending time sorting through racks/shelves/etc.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you had a good anniversary dinner and enjoyed the company of your family at Pizza Hut. Those kind of times are so meaningful to me. I treasure the family times more, the older I get and the more life I've lived. I'm glad you got several this week.
HI Becky! I love the thrill of the hunt. ;) You are right about family time. To me the best times I have are with my family. We were so blessed to get even more time in this weekend with most of our kids, grandkids and my cousin. Jeff and I also had some just us time and it was wonderful!Delete
You did great! Love the purple nightie.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I love it too and it is so soft and cozy. :)Delete