Monday, June 18, 2018

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 6/9-6/15 2018


One of our meals this week.  Meatloaf made with Yoshida's sauce, rice with Furikake and Napa cabbage.

   Late again with my Frugal Friday Wrap Up post.  I had the best of intentions to get it up Saturday morning but woke up that morning in one of the worst Fibro flares I have had in a long time.  It was way up there on the pain scale and made me nauseous.  Even Hydrocodone could not get rid of the pain but it did take it down about 1 degree on the pain scale.  We had a wedding to go to that day and I was in tears because there was no way I was going to be able to go.  I spend both Saturday and Sunday alternating between my bed, my recliner and the couch.  It's now Monday and I just got one of the guest beds stripped down and am again wiped out.  Thank God for leftovers and a wonderful hubby who takes such good care of me because today is going to be another day of rest for me.  Onto the frugal doings...

Penne with vodka sauce and fresh basil from the garden.

~Saturday we made a run into town to make a donation to Goodwill and pick up my free 8x10 photo from Walgreen's.
~We got a 20% off one item coupon from Goodwill for making a donation.  Jeff found a nice brand new leather belt that he used the coupon on.  We also found a shirt and some workout type capris for me, and 3 books.
~We grabbed a huge submarine sandwich from the deli for $3.98 and shared that for dinner.
~Hot tubbing was on the agenda for Saturday night also.
~Sunday we cleaned and sorted like crazy people!  We have a tote full of Josh's sports cards, jeans in the next size down for me that I hope to be able to get back into, a bag full of things to take of the consignment store, things for our yard sale next month and both the guest bedrooms are clean now with freshly made beds ready for my parents' visit on Thursday.
~We brought in one of the dressers that we got for free when the college students left and organized all our crafting, office and school type supplies.
~Jeff watched a movie he borrowed from Jaysn.
~Since we were both exhausted, we threw a frozen pizza in the oven and had that for dinner.
~Monday I planted the bottom root ends of some green onions in the garden.
~Two more loaves of bread were made to get us through the week.
~I ran down to the library to pick up a few items that were on hold for me.

Books and movies from the library.

~The leftover coffee grounds that I have been collecting from our daily pot of coffee were spread around the blueberry bushes.
~I made a pot of decaf coffee in the afternoon since it was a bit chilly outside and I wanted something hot to drink.  We have lots and lots of good Starbucks decaf coffee that was given to us so I used some of that.  I felt like I was getting a really nice treat!
~I wanted some chicken salad for lunch and rummaged through the pantry and found some canned chicken.  I added some mayo, 2 stalks of chopped celery, a little celery salt and mix it all together with the drained chicken.  I added some sliced up grapes to my sandwich because I love that combination and Jeff had his on some of my freshly made and toasted bread.
~I pulled some Cotto Salami out of the freezer for Jeff to use for sandwiches that he takes to work this week.  I had found it on sale for .99 awhile back and bought 2 packages of it for him.
~Dinner was whole wheat penne (from the pantry $1), with vodka sauce (.79 after both store and manufacturer's coupons) topped with fresh basil from our garden.
~Tuesday I noticed that something is eating my zucchini plants and I suspect it is slugs.  I put crushed eggshells around all the squash, beans and cucumber plants because I have read that the crushed shells will keep the slugs away since it cuts and kills them.
~I put banana peels around the rose bushes.
~Laundry was dried on the laundry line.
~ I had to run in to town to pick up my prescription.  We decided to just pick up a few grocery items there so that I could do a fruit tray for my cousin and his wife's visit, along with my parents visit.  I'm so glad we did.  As I walked through the door at home, the phone rang and it was my cousin calling to ask if it would be alright for them to come on Wednesday instead of Thursday.  :)
~We also stopped at the Dollar Tree to pick up a few things there.  They had their Basil pesto back in stock so I grabbed some of those along with crackers, Secret antiperspirant, and a few other items.
~Wednesday was a rough day health wise.  I did not sleep well due to being in a Fibro flare and lots of pain.  Luckily I had everything I needed on hand for my cousin and his wife's visit.  I did a fruit tray minus the cantaloupe and then did cheese, crackers and Summer sausage.  It was really good and easy to throw together.  I got it done in the morning so that I would not have to fuss with it later in the day.
~Rachel and Steven came up to visit while my cousin Tim and his beautiful wife Sonya were here.  We all had a wonderful time and it was such fun to be together.  I had not seen Tim since I was 17 years old but it seemed like no time had passed at all. :)  Sonya is a total sweetheart and we instantly bonded. Once Steven warmed up to them, he became a total flirt. 😉
~Rachel "shopped" our pantry and freezer (we have been begging the kids to all do this) while she was working doing their laundry here.  We feel so blessed that we can all help each other out.
~I am friends with our librarian and she dropped off my books and movies that I had on request here with me on her way home since I was not able to make it down during the short open hours today.
~Leftovers were for dinner since I did not have the energy to cook anything.
~Thursday I woke up still flaring and just exhausted.  I spent the morning taking care of me and resting and had leftovers for lunch.  My parents arrived later in the afternoon for an overnight visit which was such a wonderful thing.  I love spending time with both of them.

I found a desk organizer at Goodwill for $2.99 that I am using in the living room to corral the remotes, keep my fitbit charger in the bottom drawer, have notepads and pens handy and a few other things also.

~We had a lovely picnic dinner with pizza in a local park with the whole family.  My parents treated us all to the pizza and we brought home the leftovers.
~We were thoroughly entertained watching Bradley's T-ball game that night.  I am so glad my parents were able to see him play. 😊
~My dad was up early Friday morning so I got up at 4:30 a.m. and joined him.  We had coffee and a nice talk.  I loved having that one on one time with him and realize just how precious that is.
~My parents left around 7:30 a.m. to head to Moses Lake.  I relaxed for awhile and then got myself together and ran all the errands and did the shopping in one huge and tiring trip.
~I found lobster tails (2 tails per pack) drastically marked down to just under $4 a package.  I picked one up as a treat for me since Jeff does not like them.  I later made a nice dinner for myself with the lobster tails, a steamed red potato and fresh fruit along with a nice glass of wine.  It was delicious!
~I also picked up some treats for Jeff and he was really happy about that.
~I used coupons for a free jar of ranch dip, $3 off a huge bag of dog food, and shopped the marked downs in the deli.  I also found Tillamook 2 pound loaves of cheese on sale for $4.99 each and bought 3 of them. 
~The cheese, along with the 2 large Summer sausages, should get us through T-Ball season since I bring snacks, much to the delight of my grandsons, hubby and my grandsons' other cousins. :)
~I donated some things at Goodwill today and found a dress, a new pedicure kit, a letter organizer and some seasons of "Everybody Love Raymond" for half price.  I realized when I got home that I already had one of the seasons, but the sweet ladies at the Goodwill had already told me I could bring any back for store credit if I got home and found I already had that season.
~Chris surprised us by stopping by on his way to the Sprint Boat races.  He volunteers as an EMT at them every year.  We are praying that they don't have to cancel them since we are expecting thunderstorms tomorrow when they run that actual race.

A quiet way to start the in one of my favorite thrifted mugs and reading a book from the library.

   I do hope that everyone has a good week ahead.  We were supposed to have higher than normal temperatures this week but it looks like all that has changed.  I'm fine with that.  Be blessed!


  1. Please let me know if the egg shells help. I am always looking for new ways to maintain the garden without chemicals.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with family. The older I get the more I realize how precious it is to spend time with my parents.

    We are having the extreme heat in central Indiana. It has put us under a heat advisory. I can't wait for it to cool down!

    Have a great week, Debbie!

    1. Hi Wendi, I'm not sure if the eggshells are helping or not. Some of the bean plants were still attached after I did this.

      I'm sorry you are dealing with such extreme heat. Do you have the high humidity there too? I find that just drains me even worse than the heat alone.

  2. What a great price on lobster tails!!!! Mmmmmmm.
    Hope you get to feeling better. You ere so busy - no wonder the flare.
    take care.

    1. Thanks Cheryl. I really have been pushing it lately and am taking this week to take care of me.

  3. Hi Debbie,
    My daughter has type 1 diabetes and autoimmune hypothyroidism. She is always complaining of pain and fatigue. She found a supplement that may help you too.
    It is Active B12 with L-5-MTHF
    the company is located in Bellingham Washington.
    My daughter had had some good relief using this. Hope you feel like yourself soon.
    Barb in PA

    1. Barb, I am sorry your daughter is dealing with all of that. Thank you for the suggestion on the supplement...I will look into that. :) Be blessed!

  4. When I read about your snacks for the team I thought I need to tell her what I bring for the Church Potluck every year. I buy otter pops on sale and freeze them solid for about a week. Then I break them apart and put in gallon freezer bags. I put the freezer bags in a cooler surrounded by ice. (standing upright) I tie strings and a couple of pairs of safety sissors on to the cooler handle. Oh and a few bags for garbage. Then my husband passes the word around to the kids and suddenly we are the popular old people at the picnic. It's nice to have a cool treat on a hot day. Take care.

  5. LOL, the heat bypassed you and arrived here. Dog is very 'flat' lying on the vinyl floor.

    So sorry to hear that you couldn't go to the wedding. I know what a disappointment it can be when the body just doesn't cooperate. Hope you're doing better --loved reading your post any day you can do it.

    I did my watering today and then said 'that's it'. I'm not crashing but know the warm weather can bring it on. I have leftovers for dinner - pork chop to reheat and a potatoe salad I made. The greens are really coming in in the garden and have a few leftover from picking on Saturday to use as well.
    Sending hugs and prayers. SJ

    1. Hi my friend. :) I can just imagine Dexter sprawled out as flat as he can be to stay cool.

      We have been having rain so I have not needed to water the gardens. My tomatoes are struggling so I am going to try to water them around the base with some water and epsom salts to see if that helps them. I have been trying to find natural solutions watching YouTube videos. Your dinner sure sounds good and how sweet that you are able to get greens from your garden.

  6. Sorry you couldn't go to the wedding but it isn't worth it to make yourself more sick. I'm sure they understand. Great price on the lobster. Hubby doesn't like lobster either but all 3 kids do. I have some lobster stock in my freezer from when my sister brought lobsters for my birthday. I need to make clam chowder with it. I hope you are feeling better. My week is here:

    1. Thank you! I never thought about making stock from the lobster but that is a great idea. I will have to remember that for next time. I'm going to head over and read your list right after I finish typing my response here.

  7. I am amazed at what you still manage to accomplish even with your flare ups! Such a frugal and productive week! So glad you were able to visit with your paprents and have some one on one time with your dad. :)

    1. Thank you my friend. Nothing would get done if I did not push myself to do so. :)

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