Monday, May 14, 2018

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 5/5-5/11 2018

Free kitchen items including Pampered Chef Pizza Stones.

~Saturday I cashed in at Swagbucks for a Walmart gift card.  Since it is my first cash in of the month, I got it for 2,200 points instead of the regular 2,500 points.
~Saved a liquid creamer container to use to put sugar in over the Summer months.  We tun our swamp cooler when it is hot and the sugar gets caked up in the sugar bowl due to the moisture but should be fine if we use the creamer container to keep the moisture out.

More free kitchen stuff.

~I watched a lot of the Kilauea volcano eruption coverage online.  I grew up on the island where it is happening and have friends that live in the area that is being affected.
~Jaysn, Rachel, Steven, Jeff and I all piled into our car to make a spontaneous ice cream run on Saturday afternoon.  It was so much fun and Steven sure enjoyed his ice cream!
~We stopped at Walmart and I found a beautiful fuchsia hanging plant marked down from $28.?? to $11.48;  I got it and told Jeff it was my Mother's Day gift from him. 😉

Penne pasta with sausage and fresh buttered bread.

~Jeff and I watched a movie that I borrowed from the library.
~I made a nice dinner Sunday night with Penne pasta, garlic herb sausage and garlic herb pasta sauce along with French bread.

Free storage drawers...I already gave some away.

~Sunday Jeff and I went "treasure hunting" again.  I am shocked by what the college kids throw out.  We found more furniture, household goods, cat toys, wood that Jeff can use to build things, clothing and bedding (we donated a ton of it), cleaning supplies, and even a smaller HP laptop that I had Jaysn wipe the old files from and get set up for me.  The battery does not work (I can replace that) but it works fine when plugged in.  I will use it when we travel since it is compact and the top actually closes (the one I use on a daily basis does not let the top close).  Oh we also found bags of canned foods that the students who were leaving were just throwing out.

Some of the clothing items I kept.

~We gave Rachel and Jaysn a smaller dresser that was on wheels that we found for them to use for Steven's toys in their living room.  I also gave Rachel one of the Pampered Chef pizza stones that I found last week after I got it all cleaned up of course. She mentioned that she wanted one and I was more than happy to share my bounty with her. 😊
~Monday I made 2 loaves of bread, a batch of cookies, 2 batches of croutons, did 6 loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen and then went into a major Fibro Flare/crash.

Winter jackets, wool jackets, leather jackets, brand new purse and backpacks...all found treasures.

~I actually took a nap on Monday when the flare/crash hit.
~Jeff cooked up a pot pie for dinner for me.
~Jaysn and Rachel gave us a gas container with gas in it for our lawnmower which was a huge blessing since Jeff was just about out of gas.  They also brought up the propane tank from their grill (which they have in storage) for us to use since we will all be using our grill for awhile.  I do love having them so close!
~Doofy cat is loving the kitty toys we found.  He goes and picks out which one he wants to play with out of the basket and then goes nuts!  The other cats are not very interested in them at this point.
~Tuesday I continued to do laundry and hung it out on the laundry line to dry since it was a breezy and warm day.  I did pace myself though since I was still having a flare but it was not as bad as the day before where I had to hang onto the walls to walk.

New Hamper.

~I took a walk around the garden and soaked in the beauty of all the flowers that are starting to bloom.
~I cashed in for a $10 Walmart gift card through MyPoints.  It came right away into my inbox and I found the one I cashed in for at Swagbucks waiting for me there also.
~Tuesday evening we had a storm system move in with high winds.  I went outside and took my hanging fuchsia plant down and set it on walkway next to the house where it would be protected.
~Dinner on Tuesday night was a frozen pizza that I baked up and a side salad.  Both Jeff and I were too tired to cook much since I was still feeling my Fibro flare and he had been working out in the yard for about 2 hours.

Pizza and salad for dinner.

~Wednesday was a bad day flare wise so I spent most of the day in bed or in my recliner.  I watched a lot of YouTube and later Jeff and I watched Survivor online.
~Jeff and I split a chicken strip dinner from the tavern.  I did not have the energy to stand up and cook and it was all that sounded good anyway.  It was the first meal I had all day.
~Around 11:30 p.m., I was hungry so I made a batch of pancakes with my homemade mix.  I had one and refrigerated the rest of them for a future meal.
~Thursday I placed an order through for dog food, cat food and 2 40 pound bags of kitty litter.  My original order came to $85.96 but after sales, coupons and free shipping, I got it down to $36.61 and they deliver straight to my door.
~I had leftover pancakes for lunch.

Medium sized pet carrier and a vacuum cleaner...yep  Free!

~Safeway had some amazing Just4U coupons that I uploaded to my card. One of the coupons was for free ice cream! 🍨
~I pulled some frozen homemade chicken noodle soup out of the freezer and heated that up for dinner.  I also pulled out some frozen homemade chunky applesauce, thawed that and made a nice apple crisp type dessert with it.  Hubby was very happy!
~Friday I made a detailed shopping list so that I would not forget anything.  Still in a fibro flare so my brain is mush and my body is aching big time.

Apple Crisp made with homemade chunky applesauce.

~We used our $35 in Walmart gift cards to buy what we needed and a birthday gift for my cousin Jeremy.  We got him a huge tomato plant for his garden.
~Dollar Tree was my go to to find all kinds of bath and pampering items for my girls for Mother's Day.  I was able to give them matching all natural soap and lotions sets, and 2 different kinds of bath bombs.  They loved it! I got all the cards we needed their also.

Movies from the Dollar Tree

~Dollar Tree also had some movies so I picked up 4 that sounded interesting.
~I got my free gravy mix at Safeway but they were out of the .99 each artichokes.  I got a raincheck for 8 of those.  I also found marked down fake crab and some marked down shrimp.

New men's dress shoes....Free and we scored 2 pairs.


  1. I can't believe all the stuff those college kids throw out. I'm glad you are finding a use for it! Even the fact that so many great things are being saved from the landfill is amazing, and I'm glad you can share, sell or use it.

    Now I'm going to have to look at my Safeway app again! I didn't get ice cream, yet:). I love ice cream. It's been pretty warm here.

    I finished planting the garden tonight, and Rob got the sprinklers up and running. Thank goodness:). It's been tedious hand-watering the little plants with my watering can. Sprinklers are better for me!!

    1. Hi Becky,

      I'm glad that you were able to get the planting finished. We are still working on our's. Jeff just finished getting the thistles out of the front garden so I can start planting there. I may do some of that late in the afternoon before the thunderstorms come in later tonight. I've been hand watering the side garden but have the soaker hoses set up for the raspberries, blackberries and the plum trees. I do need to get the sprinkler set up for the side garden but am waiting until next week when the lettuce comes up to see where there is a good spot to put it. ;)

      Be blessed my friend!

    2. So handy if you plant, then it rains! I'm hoping it worked out for you that way:)

  2. It is amazing at all the stuff you are getting lately. I wonder of the parents of those kids wonder what happened to the stuff they paid for - or if they are of the same mentality.
    You sure have gotten some great things.

    We have a basket of toys for our 3, and they each have their favorites. It is fun to watch them go over and look at things and decide what they want. Just like kids.

    You need to quit over doing. Rest up as often as possible
    Take care

    1. HI Cheryl,

      Fur babies are so much fun and yes, they are just like kids. :) Caesar (our huge dog) decided that it was time for me to get up this morning so he grabbed the noisy kitty toy out of the basket and kept dropping it so it would make noise and wake me up. Silly boy!

      I too wonder what the parents of those kids are thinking. We actually met a few of the parents and they told us they did not have room to haul it all back. They were shocked when we told them that you could call a local consignment store that would come and get the furniture, sell it and then split the money with the seller.

      Be blessed and have a wonderful day!

  3. Way to go on your treasure hunting.
    Free ice! Wish our stores here had those coupons.
    Thx for your encouragement, it means a lot. It's been in the 80s here the last few days and by lunch time, I'm wiped. I was hoping to go to my garden meeting last night but had to stay home. Disappointing but a good choice.
    Fortunately, I set up my portable AC on Saturday ahead of the heat wave. Dog and I are enjoying it. He faces the vent and the little hairs on his ears 'wave' in the breeze. Ha!

    Sending hugs, SJ

    1. Thanks SJ :) I can just imagine how Dexter looks with a big smile on his face in front of the AC unit. :)

  4. Super finds!
    I always enjoy reading what you find with the spring term ends.

    1. Thanks Rhonda,

      It always amazes me what these college students leave behind. There is a definite difference in the thinking of the students that go to WSU as opposed to University of Idaho. The college are just across the state border and a few miles from each other. University of Idaho students seem to be much less wasteful based on what is left behind there as compared to Washington State University students in general. It should not surprise me since it has been that way since I was in college at U of I many years ago.

  5. You got some great freebies. It always amazes me what people through away. You sure got a lot done. I'm glad that you are getting to spend so much more time with your grandson. We had a great week. It is here:

    1. I'm right there with you! And thank you, I have been really blessed to have gotten to spend more time with all 3 of my grandsons over the weekend and this week too. This coming weekend I'll have the older ones with me on both Saturday and Sunday for awhile and I'm sure the littlest one with join us for some of that time also. :)

  6. Yes, it is amazing what a lot of students get rid of when they move, but, not all of them are thinking of reselling them or, even, donating them. End of term is usually busy with finals and then, they find themselves with just a couple of days in which to clear out their dorm rooms or apartments. I remember looking up storage rentals when my daughter had summer vacations, after her first year up at Berkeley - she had to give up her apartment for the summer and was planning to come down for the summer - before going back in the fall.

    What were we going to do with all her bits and pieces? It was almost cheaper to get rid of the stuff and buy anew, compared to rent on a storage unit! I could have brought some things down in my car, but I wasn't confident about driving a rental truck to bring all of it and she certainly didn't have time in which to sort through things and call for a donations pick up with her exams and part-time work schedules, and, without a car, she would have found it both time consuming and difficult to carry bags of donations to a drop off center.

    She was planning to leave a lot of stuff next to the apartment building's dumpster so that someone else might be able to make use of them - another in-coming student, perhaps. In the end, she found a summer internship up there, and rented another apartment for the summer and I went up to help her move (that was the summer my cancer was detected). So her stuff is still with her!

    1. Thank you for sharing a different perspective on the whole thing with me. I am also glad that you are healthy now my friend. :)


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