Friday, May 4, 2018

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 4/22-5/4 2018 Two Week Edition

   This is another two week version of my Frugal Friday Wrap Up Post.  I have been really busy lately and have not had the time to keep up on anything it seems.  I still need to go and visit all of my wonderful online friends post.  Hopefully I can get to more of that this weekend...

~Saturday Jeff and I stayed home and got some things done around the house.  Jeff worked in the garden and draining and cleaning the hot tub and then refilling it while I did a few things in the house.
~I made steak salads with leftover steaks.
~Rachel was doing laundry up here and hung almost everything out on the line to dry.
~Sunday we watched Steven so that Rachel and Jaysn could have a day to themselves and go out to lunch after church and then to a movie.

~We took a nice walk around town and that finally got Steven to sleep.
~We picked some flowers from our garden and took them over to Aunt Norma which delighted her and Uncle Bob.  They both enjoyed watching Steven shamelessly flirt with Aunt Norma. It was great to see them really enjoying themselves.  They have had a really go of it lately with Aunt Norma's health.
~I made us a nice dinner of skirt steaks marinated in Yoshida's sauce, brown rice, salad, green beans and squash.  I saved some of the steaks for another meal later in the week.
~Jaysn brought up some Devil's food and raspberry cupcakes that Rachel made as a thank you for watching Steven.  They were delicious!
~Jeff and I hot tubbed and it felt wonderful.  I slept for 10 hours after that which surprised even me.  I guess I was more worn out than I thought. Most of that was light sleep, but hey, I'll take it.
~Monday Jeff pruned the raspberry patch and got the raspberry stalks tied back up so they will be easier to pick from.
~I washed all the sheets, towels and our comforter and got them hung out on the line to dry.

~We had our main meal of the day for lunch.  I made salmon loaf, brown rice and sliced apples.  The kitties and Caesar were treated to the skin and oil from the canned salmon.  Talk about happy furbabies!
~With the weather being so much warmer, I made a pitcher of iced green tea using 4 teabags.  It will be so good as the temperatures continue to climb.
~A menu plan for the week was done up with input from my amazing hubby.  I am trying to include some of his favorites in each week.
~Tuesday Rachel came up and asked me if I wanted to go into town with her since she had to run some errands.  I happily accepted.
~We stopped at the home Improvement store and I found the water cleaner stuff I needed for the hot tub, mouse traps (cats were chasing a mouse in the early morning hours that morning), and a lemon thyme plant.
~At the thrift store I found 3 more shirts for me for .50 each.  I think I am all set for the Summer now.

~Safeway had my favorite seltzer waters in the clearance section so I got both that they had.  I also got pizza dough for .99, break and bake cookies for $1.25 and Cream of Mushroom soup for .69 each.  I also won a free loaf of French bread in their Monopoly game.  I gave the rest of the game pieces to Rachel to see if she could win something. :)
~Dinner was cheddar beer brats on buns and sweet potato slices along with some fruit.
~Jeff and I took a walk after dinner and stopped to visit with Uncle Bob and Aunt Norma.  I love that we live in a small community where people still stop and visit when you are out on a walk.
~Wednesday I was in another bad Fibro flare.  I did have a good run there with good days so this was to be expected.  It's ok though...I am just thankful for the run of good days.  This too shall pass. 😉
~I made 2 more loaves of sandwich bread and some croutons for Jeff.
~A book came in at the library that we requested for Steven so I went down to get it.  While I was there I ran into one of my favorite former students who is now expecting her first child. It was so nice to share a hug and see how she is doing.
~More banana peels were put around the base of the rose bushes.

~Rachel and I got the strawberry plants relocated back into the strawberry bed. 
~Thursday I was feeling better but still took it really easy in the morning.  By the afternoon I had some energy and decided to drive into town by myself and do all the shopping that needed to be done.  I figured that if it wore me out, I would still have Friday to recover before the little boys came to spend the night on Saturday. I did really well driving and being able to pay attention.  I would NOT have driven if I felt there was a chance that I could not do so.
~I asked a big strong college student for help in the parking lot at Winco to lift the 50 pound bag of flour I bought.  He was very sweet and did it for me.  I stocked up on sale priced apples, cucumbers, coleslaw mix and some other things.  I also found marked down lamb chops and pork sirloins so I bought those and stuck them in the freezer.

~I went to Safeway and got my free French bread and mushrooms, the .99 a packages of sliced cheese, found bacon marked down to half price (I bought 4 packages and froze them), found some candy marked down at half price and later gave one to Jaysn who came up to help me unload all the groceries, and found a few other good deals.  I also got more Monopoly game pieces and won tomato sauce and more French bread.  I gave the rest of the game pieces to Rachel to add to her board.
~The Dollar Store was my last stop in town and I picked up more of the Ajax and Fab laundry detergent, for some fancy soaps that smell divine along with a lotion that matched one of the soaps (they are all natural products so the matching soap and lotion will be going in my gift cupboard), some spring rolls and onion rings from the freezer section (had the spring rolls for dinner), more strawberry applesauce for the little boys, some deep conditioning hair treatment, and some barrettes.
~My hanai sister Shannon and I had a nice visit across the fence as the sun was setting.  It was a very warm evening.
~I watched some shows online.

Week Two:
~Jeff and I went "treasure hunting" at the apartment complexes where the college students are moving out of.  We found lots of pans and pans, clothing (some were brand new with tags), a medium sized pet carrier (we needed one), 2 brand new sets of insulated black out curtains (Jaysn and Rachel needed some), a vacuum cleaner, a fan, several storage containers with drawers, wood that my husband can use, cleaning supplies, backpacks, purses, pots for plants, a really nice wristwatch display case, 2 Pampered Chef Pizza Stones (I had been wanting these for the longest time), hair styling tools, towels and blankets, and many other things.  We will sell some at our yard sale, donate some and of course share with family and friends.

~I cooked up the pork sirloins that I had preciously got on sale and then froze in the crockpot and added some BBQ sauce to it when it was finished cooking.  We had some of it over hamburger buns for 2 meals and I froze the rest for a future meal (or 2). ~I took a day off just for me and decided to pamper myself. I made myself an artichoke in my pressure was delicious.  Artichokes are one of my favorite foods but I rarely buy them.

~I've been trying to dry as much of our laundry on the laundry line as possible.
~We borrowed another movie from the library.
~Shannon gave us three bicycles.  Jaysn and Rachel will be taking 2 of them and we will fix up the smaller one for our oldest grandson since it is the next size up from the one he has now.
~I've been trying make our meals from our freezer, refrigerator and pantry.  My goal is to limit my grocery shopping for May to dairy, fresh fruits and veggies and a few other items.
~Since the weather has been nicer, I've been trying to go on more walks.
~Watched more shows online.
~Our oldest grandsons, Bradley and Isaiah, spent last Saturday night with us.  Steven, Rachel and Jaysn came up to spend some family time too.  It was wonderful to see the grandkids all playing together.  Jaysn was making them all swords with rolled up newspapers.  Jaysn and Bradley also had a "dance off" which was hilarious to watch!

~I'm trying to use up some of our older venison from the freezer so I made a nice venison meatloaf for dinner one night.
~I did stop at the thrift store and found some new shoes.  I had been needing another pair that was comfy with memory foam in them and there they were. For $3.98 I was a happy camper!
~I mended some shirts
~More iced Green Tea was made.
~I found free coupon inserts in a local ads paper.

   I hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. You had a great 2 weeks! I love how much stuff you got from the college kids moving out. That is a great resource, and it is so much more eco-friendly to have that stuff re-used than to just be wasted, not to mention the good use you will get from it or from the money if you can yard-sale it.

    The boys look like they had a great time. The one on the left with the hat looks like he is just beaming with happiness. The one on the right of the picture looks like he is taking the responsibility of holding the baby extremely seriously. Priceless picture, and they are all so cute! I'm glad you get to spend time with all 3, and it's great that they get to all know each other growing up. Last evening, my niece who must be around 25 now, stopped by to pick up some plants for her mother. My nephew, who is spending the weekend, ran to greet her with big hugs--even with such a huge age difference, he still knows and loves his cousin. I just love that!

    1. Awww...that is so sweet Becky! I love that your family is so close a well. :) Yes, Bradley was beaming and Isaiah takes holding his baby cousin Steven very seriously. ;)

  2. Sounds like a lot of good times and values.
    Great job on nabbing all that stuff at the college. Just goes to show how little respect 'some' young folks have for the stuff their parents work hard for. Sad.
    I am glad that someone gets to benefit from it and it isn't going to the landfill.
    Have a great weekend

    1. Thanks Cheryl. We could not believe how much stuff they leave behind. Over the weekend I even found a computer!

  3. Just 'wow'...what a nice two weeks you had.
    Good for you to 'shop the lane treasures'. I used to do the same when I lived in a college town.
    Off to the gardens, today is the warmest day of the week.

    1. HI Sj, I hope you had fun in the gardens. :)

    2. Just read your email and replied. But forgot to say that I grew up with cousins close by. Great memories especially since I essentially grew up as an only child since my two half-siblings were so much older then me. Cheers, SJ

  4. It looks like you had a fabulous two weeks with family!
    Our college, an hour away, just let out. We may go tomorrow to see what we can find. WE may have waited too long.
    I got work sneakers today at a thrift. I paid 9.95! Your prices are wayyyy better!

    1. I'm glad you found some sneakers for work and I do hope you find lots of "treasures" left by the college students.

  5. I always enjoy seeing what you have been up to!
    Such awesome savings!
    Also, so glad you had so much family time.
    Have a cozy afternoon. : )

    1. Thanks Billie Jo. YOu would be proud of me. We dropped a bunch of our found treasures off at the thrift store on Sunday and I did not go shopping. ;)

  6. You sure got a lot done. We used to play WII Dance and it was fun to play but I loved to watch other adults play. So funny. We have been busy in the yard and gardens. Got a few extra shifts this week. My list is here:

    1. I used to do the dance offs with my son Jaysn and we had a blast doing it. It is great to see him and our grandson Bradley doing it together now too!

  7. Sounds like you had two good weeks, Debbie, even with a flare up. Love to see the grandsons getting together and having fun! What great memories they are going to have of their childhood. Lots of frugal activities, too. How wonderful that you can make use of the college students' leavings. Hope the week ahead is a good one, Debbie. Take care.

    1. Thank you BLess. I love that our grandsons are growing up together also. I never had that as a child and I always wished that I could have.

  8. Oh good you got some laundry soap and fabric softener too. I stocked up when I saw it. You've done well my dear! Take care. :)

    1. HI! Those deals were just too good to pass up! My husband finally looked at all of it this week and was surprised to find out that HIS laundry detergent had been on sale at the Dollar Tree. ;)


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