Friday, May 24, 2019

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 5/17-5/23 2019



Midgy keeping me company while I snuggle under a colorful and cheery quilt that my mom made.
   Here we are at the end of another frugal week.  Not going to lie, it has been a rollercoaster of one for me.  I had lots of energy on Sunday and overdid it which sent me into a horrible flare that I am still in.  😞  It has been a long time since I have had a Fibro flare that has lasted this long, so for that, I really do need to be grateful.  I do think it was the perfect storm so to speak though.  I am grieving several losses in my life lately and the weather is strange with constant changes, which also causes me to flare.  My parents are coming for a visit for the long holiday weekend and are staying in a hotel and as much as I love having them stay here with us, this time it is making things easier because I did not have to get the guest bedrooms ready, do a bunch of baking and menu planning. There is also the added bonus of having a swimming pool at the hotel for the grandkids to go swimming in. 😉 Now onto my frugal doings for the week...


~Stayed home and worked my points programs.
~Tamales, rice and salad for dinner.  Tamales were ones I had gotten on sale in a family pack and split into 5 meal sized portions.  Rice was free and was seasoned with some spices and some tomato powder that I made from our tomatoes from the garden previously.
~I watched the movie "Goodbye Charlie" on YouTube.  I love classic old movies and this one had Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis in it.

~It was May Day in our little town so we went down to the park and visited with everyone.  We did not buy food there but instead came home and had lunch here.
~Jeff and I watched the movie "Crocodile Dundee 2" that he found on our previous trip out of town.
~We also used our hot tub and really enjoyed a long soak in it.

~Busy day out in the garden for us both since the weather was good.  Lots of weeding got done.
~Jeff repurposed the fence and gate he had built for keeping Steven in the yard at their old apartment (which we had to remove when they left) to put around my newly expanded blackberry patch.  I now have a nice gate to get in and out of the patch and do not have to climb over a fence and possibly injure myself again like I did last year. ;)
~A friend made a surprise visit and I sent her home with some mint plants from our garden.
~I had some tortillas that needed to be used up and had not made any bread yet so I made chicken salad sandwich wraps with those.  I added some coleslaw cabbage mix to the wraps for some added nutrients and crunch.  I was surprised that Jeff like it so much.  Good to know for next time!
~I cooked 2 pork loins that I had got on sale in the crockpot, shredded those and added BBQ sauce to it.  It made lots of it!  We had some on buns, along with some carrot sticks for dinner.  I had cut up multiple carrots so we would have some leftover for snacking on or with meals within the next few days.
~Our sheets were washed and hung out on the line to dry.  I love the smell and feel of line dried sheets.
~We needed more pancake mix so I stirred up another batch of it.  It is so handy to have this ready to just add the wet ingredients to.

~I found some clematis plants clearanced at Walmart for $2.69 each.  I had been looking for 2 more at a good price and this was even better than I could have hoped for.
~We also found a few more marked down grocery items there.
~We made sandwiches for lunch and then I took a 4 hours nap.  I was exhausted.
~Dinner was a grab what you want kind of deal.
~I cooked up 3 artichokes in the Instant Pot and had one of those for dinner. I will have the other 2 late in the week.
~I found the movie "The Five Little Peppers" on YouTube and watched that.

~I made a batch of pancakes with some of our homemade mix.
~It was a stay at home day and was much needed.
~Still flaring so I worked on my points programs and got all the laundry folded.
~Jeff worked out in the garden and got the big tomato plant in while I planted the clematis.  He then worked on getting the composted manure worked into the soil in the front garden bed and then moved onto the side garden where he transplanted all the volunteer sunflowers into one area.
~Jeff finished off the rest of the pancakes that I made on Tuesday.

~I borrowed 3 dvds and 1 book from the library.  I also donated some magazines to them.
~Walmart had 2 prescriptions ready for me so we headed into town to get those and pick up some more sale priced manure/compost for the side garden.
~We stopped at the thrift store and found a beautiful painting, some cds and 2 kitchen items.  We ended up getting the painting, which was marked at $19.98 for free since I had a customer loyalty card filled up and that gave me $20 to spend in the store for free.  I had a "gut feeling" about the painting and looked up the artist and found that his works start at about $200 for the smaller ones and go up from there.  Mine is pretty large!
~I again worked my points programs while sitting in my recliner.  I am still in a flare and the trip into town just did me in.

~I got my leggings and all the napkins washed and hung them out on the line to dry.
~Jeff stripped the leaves off the kale plants that were bolting for me. I washed and froze them to use in soup.
~I used my Vidalia Onion Chopper to cut up potatoes into French Fries.  It worked really well and saved me time and kept my hands from cramping up.
~I cooked the garlic fries on a sheet pan along with some fish fillets for dinner.
~Upon searching the freezer, I found that one of my plastic containers of chili cracked so I thawed it out and put it in another container to eat later this week.
~I froze some leftovers to use for future meals.
~Because we eat dinner so early, and because that is frequently my first meal of the day, I get hungry later at night.  Luckily I had two more cooked artichokes so I had one of them cold with some mayo.  Yum!

   I hope you all have a safe weekend and please reach out to those who may be hurting who have lost loved ones since this is a weekend of remembrance for those who have served our country and are no longer with us.  It may also trigger those same feelings for anyone who has lost a loved one who has not served in the military.  Be blessed.


  1. Glad to see you post. Sounds like a lot of good deals. I found a painting like that once at a yard sale - I paid $2 just for the frame - glass was so dirty you couldn't see painting. Well upon investigating the artist is in museums and my painting is worth a LOT of money.

    Glad you get to see your parents. Enjoy.
    I wish more people observed the holiday for what it really is. THANK YOU!

    1. That is great Cheryl! Having my parents visit was great.

  2. Make sure those clematis plants have there roots on the shade or they will die. They love the sun but must start out with very shady roots. I love when you post about your weeks. It gives me such inspiration.

    1. Thank you! They are and they seem to be doing well.


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