Monday, October 23, 2017

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 10/14-10/20 2017


   I know this post is late again but I took four days off while my hubby and I had a mini staycation and stayed offline for the most part.  It was a much needed and welcomed break from all the craziness in the world and in our lives.  When I came back online I found out that 2 family friends had passed away and that set me back a bit also.  If I had not had that time of just enjoying my hubby's company and getting to see the little boys and their parents, along with our hanai son Mark and then some friends over the weekend, I think I would have honestly been in a bad way today. Thank you everyone who took the time to comment on my last blog post...I will be answering all of you.  I appreciate your suggestions and took them all to heart.  Thus the break from the computer...  You all rock!  Onto the savings...

~Saturday evening I found out that Jaysn, Rachel, baby Steven and Rachel's cousin were on their way out to our house to hot tub.  I had just gotten dinner for Jeff and I in the oven so I quickly ran out to the freezer and got more bratwurst out, thawed it in the microwave and cut up and seasoned more sweet potatoes.  I got it all in the oven and they showed up 15 minutes later.  We visited, they took Caesar for a walk while I kept baby here, we had dinner and then they hot tubbed. :) It was a really nice evening and Jeff and I topped it off by hot tubbing ourselves after everyone left.  I am so glad for a full freezer and pantry so I could just add to what I already was making for dinner.
~Sunday we ran into town to pick up some groceries, go to lunch and go to Goodwill.  I had to drop off a donation so we got a 20% off 1 item coupon.  While there I looked for and found snow bibs for the little boys, a new jacket for Isaiah who needed a warm waterproof one to play in the snow with and a snowsuit for baby Steven.  I then found a really nice Eddie Bauer ski jacket type winter coat for me for $12.99 (used the 20% off coupon on this) that my research shows me retailed for over $200, a B Makowsky purse for $9.98 (both were on the new racks that just came out of the back and had not been put on the racks yet), some brand new earrings for $1.99 (Christmas gift for someone), and a bunch of new Thanksgiving themed paper plates and napkins that I bought for our family Thanksgiving at Heather's place this year.

~I picked up some boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.67 a pound, 2 gallons of milk for $1.77 a pound, some yogurt and bananas at .37 a pound.  I froze most of the chicken breasts for future meals 1 breast per bag since we usually only use 1 per meal.
~We watched the movie "Miss Congeniality" on Netflix
~Monday I made 3 loaves of banana bread and 2 loaves of sandwich bread.

~I made a crockpot full of Mexican Chicken using 2 chicken breasts that I shredded once cooked, some corn, onion, chicken broth and taco seasoning.  I served this over rice for lunch and still had lots left over.
~Jeff took one of the loaves of banana bread down as a thank you gift to our neighbor Ray, who loaned Jeff  his roofing nail gun so Jeff could get the roof done on Jaysn and Rachel's back porch done quickly.
~Jeff worked on getting the front veggie garden all cleaned out and ready for Winter.
~I harvested some kale from the garden.
~Jeff made us grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner since I had overdone it earlier and was really sore.

~Tuesday I was in "slug mode" since I overdid it the day before.  The good thing is that it kept me home so no gas used in my car.  That's a savings right? 😄
~I'm working my points programs and this week is a good one for Swagbucks since they had ISpy Tuesday and a special code day on Wednesday.
~I made us a nice dinner of Teriyaki Meatloaf (venison was free from Chris), leftover rice from the night before and tomatoes from our garden.
~Wednesday Jeff and I ran into town since I was having a panic attack and needed to get out for awhile. We found a few things at the thrift store.  They had their .10 sale rack and I found 2 shirts for me and a pair of pants for Steven.  Jeff found 2 cds by one of my favorite Hawaiian artists.  We also found 2 books. :)
~We made another grocery shopping trip to Walmart and bought popcorn, doughnuts (reduced price) and got 2 York Peppermint Patties that were marked down to .20 each.

~Thursday we went to see Micah Tyler, We Are Messengers and Big Daddy Weave in concert.  They were all amazing and it was a wonderful night of worship!  I was so glad that we decided to go even though I was having a really bad Fibro Flare earlier in the day.
~Instead of going out for dinner after the concert, we stopped at grocery store and picked up a sandwich and some drinks from the deli.  We counted this in our entertainment budget, not our grocery budget.
~Friday was a stay at home day.  We hot tubbed, I made homemade mac and cheese with broccoli and watched the movie "Cool Runnings" on Netflix.

~I made a coffee cake with blueberries from the freezer.
~Friday also brought a wonderful visit from our hanai son Mark who was in town visiting his father and grandparents.  He has always held a very special place in our hearts and we were delighted to see him. 😊

   Not a bad week at all savings wise and we had some wonderful fun too!  I'm looking forward to this week and getting together with family again to celebrate our oldest son Jaysn's birthday!  Be blessed all.



  1. I am so so happy for you that you could rest and have that stay cation. Sounds like an amazing time with your other family members as well. So healing to be with people who love you.
    And what a great find with your Eddie Bauer coat!! Love that brand and they're usually so durable.
    Cheers, SJ

    1. Thanks SJ, I am too. :) I also love that coat and that brand...they last forever!

      Be blessed my friend!

  2. After this post I think you need more rest you got alot done girl.

    1. :) I really did not do that much. A good part of my time was spent in the recliner, especially on Thursday before the concert. :)

  3. I am so glad you got away for a few days (even if you did stay home--as long as it was peaceful). You were sure a busy girl the rest of the time, though!!! All that bread looks marvelous. There are not very many times I long for regular, wheat bread, but looking at those pictures......I did used to love my hot, fresh bread. I have made gluten-free bread, and while good, it's just not the same as what I grew up with and made so many loaves of for so many years. So, eat a big piece for me:)

    I'm glad you could spend time with family and get some movie-watching done--sounds restful. What have I watched this week? Well, Michaela was sick and we watched "Furry Vengence" (so silly, but her absolute favorite right now) for the gazillinth time:) "Odd Squad" when Jake got to choose. Football when Rob got to choose. Ja'Ana--"So You Think You Can Dance?" For me: "The Voice" (I love talant shows), Food Network and the Weather report. At least I'm well-rounded:)

    I got a few items at a garage sale on Saturday. I did a lot of cooking and some extra cleaning. So, it was a great weekend for that.

    1. Becky, my husband and I love watching "The Voice". We watch it online or the repeats on Youtube. My grandboys love "Odd Squad" too. :) I can't wait to read about what you got at the garage sale on Saturday!

  4. I'm still trying to figure out details of a good, realistic budget for us. I like the idea of having a category for entertainment separate from the grocery budget, thanks for the reminder!

    1. You are welcome Sandy. :) Jeff and I are working on trying to set a goal of only eating out 2 times a far we are failing miserably at that. ;)

  5. Glad you were able to take a break, Debbie. You got some wonderful bargains, too. Take care of yourself and take it easy.

    1. Thank you Bless. I am having a quiet day here at home. I try to keep Tuesdays as my "rest day" since my hubby gets very little sleep on Mondays before he heads to work and has to work the graveyard shift during the week. We call it Tired Tuesday around here. ;)


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