Monday, July 20, 2020

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 7/11-7/17 2020

   Sorry I am late in posting.  We had the family here on Saturday for a big family birthday party and I was totally and happily worn out!  The little boys had a blast playing together and picking berries.  It was wonderful to be able to hug and visit with some of my most loved people in the whole world again.  We had lots of good food, laughter and fun.  Sunday I spent part day in bed and then we ran into town to do some shopping.  Today was a total bed day.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get more accomplished around here.   

~We watched the movie "Swiss Family Robinson" on Disney Plus.
~I picked raspberries, strawberries, ground cherries and peas from the garden.
~Dinner Saturday was rotisserie chicken that I pulled out of the freezer and a pasta in pesto sauce with tomatoes.  It made lots of leftovers!
~I froze the chicken carcass  to make broth with.
~Dinner Sunday was  pork tamale pie with corn and black beans.  I made two casseroles and froze one for a future meal.
~I got about 1/2 gallon of homemade vanilla started with more of the vanilla beans my sister gave me.
~I also started a quart of raspberry infused gin with some of the berries from our raspberry patch.
~I dehydrated some over-ripe bananas.
~I also dehydrated more strawberries.
~I made some strawberry pancake topping.
~Found another now favorite YouTube channel "Frugal Money Saver".

~Two loaves of homemade bread were made.
~I called in a refill for my prescriptions, they will be mailed to me.
~I picked some berries,\.
~Leftovers for dinner.

~Picked more berries and some cherries.
~Watered the gardens in the evening.
~We were craving something sweet so I made an apple crisp using things we had on hand.  YUMMY!

~Pulled some Kalua pig out of the freezer and had that with rice for our main meal of the day.  I really am thankful for having cooked this ahead of time and frozen it since I was not in the mood to heat up the house much today.  We had leftovers enough for another meal.
~Picked lots of raspberries from our bushes.
~Jaysn picked up Jeff's paycheck from his employer and deposited it in the bank for us.
~Our hanai sister came over to pick raspberries and brought us some treats.  We had a lovely visit out on the back porch with her and her son late into the night.  It was so nice to just be able to visit with her without feeling rushed.

~I spent quite a lot of time comparing auto adjusting c-pap machines online for Jeff.  He needs a new machine and we were advised to get an auto adjusting one.
~We headed into town and got a manual for our spare c-pap machine to see if we can adjust that while we wait to see how much our insurance will cover for an auto adjusting one. We also picked up another chin strap for Jeff.
~We made a stop at Dollar Tree and got what we could there of things on our list.  Many items were out of stock and that has me hugely concerned.
~Safeway had 3 boxes of General Mills cereal on sale for .99 with the digital coupon.  I also got some marked down ziplock containers and a huge bag of cheese for $5.99
~We did manage to find some good deals on marked down items at Winco including two huge pork sirloin roasts.  I packaged each one up separately and froze them for future meals.  Other marked downs were salads, seafood alfredo, krab salad and some sweet chili chicken from the deli area.  It is too hot to cook much and after a long shopping trip for both Jeff and I, picking these things up was way cheaper that getting fast food through a drive through that would not taste all that great and is not good for us either.
~I watered the gardens in the evening.

~Apparently it was me who was congested and snoring last night and keeping my husband up.  Darn allergies.  I sent him back to bed in the morning after I found him dozing off in the recliner.  While he was sleeping I got the coffee going, fed the fur babies, and then had a quite start to the day out on the back porch while the temperatures were still cool and enjoyed my coffee.
~I placed an order at going through Swagbucks for the points.  I ordered pet foods, OTC medications and Scott brand toilet paper.  Scott brand toilet paper is one of the first kinds of TP to get bought out around here since it lasts so long.  Trying to find it even now is hard.  My order is going to be delivered to our home for free.  Saves us a trip to town and I can get what I need this way and limit my possible exposure to this horrible virus.
~Jeff placed an order and paid for a pillow that will help with his c-pap machine and hopefully stop his snoring.  Jaysn is going to pick it up on his way home from work today and bring it out to us tomorrow.
~Our wonderful neighbors came over in the evening and surprised us by mowing our lawn.  I was going to ask one of our kids to do it Saturday, but our neighbors wanted to bless us.  I thought that was just the sweetest thing.  I sent home some sweet chili chicken with them as a thank you.

   I'm curious to know how things are going in your areas with this whole Covid-19 thing.  Our cases are ramping up quickly.  I read the latest numbers this morning and I have never since a jump like this before.  I am so glad I stocked up on things when I did.  



  1. Sounds like you've had a good week, Debbie. The new case numbers are still quite high, over here, so I am staying home to the extent possible (had to go for a blood test and have a doctor's appointment coming up). I ordered another grocery delivery, today and some household supplies. I don't want my stock to go down, too much.

    Hope you have a good week ahead. Take care.

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  2. No pressure but the photo on this post should be your header for the blog, imo. The boys have really changed in such a short while. And love the Tonka collection.

    Anyway - so glad you had the energy to post. Sounds like your visits were lovely and so needed.

    I'd be interested to know the details on the CPAP pillow. I too am on Cpap. Good luck with insurance - my secondary insurance covered the machine but doesn't do very well on supplies. O well. And my tech at the sleep apnea center told me how to get the machine direct billed to the insurance company so no out of pocker money on my end. It was just a matter of finding the right form to fill out from the insurance company web site and getting a doctor's letter.

    Numbers have spiked here as well over this last weekend. The provincial health officer does a real time update at 3pm twice a week. I try and always listen. I'm still very very careful about having a small 'bubble' of contacts.

    I too am using the delivery service for both groceries and my prescriptions. The drug store doesn't charge at the moment. I pick the $5 times for groceries and think it's worth every penny. Still not getting everything I order for groceries and it seems the gaps are random. Have not figured out any pattern to the out of stocks.
    Take good care. We're into some heat right now as well. I might actually get tomatoes this year!
    I cooked up a pork roast in my IP and have been warming that up the last few nights.
    Cheers, SJ in Vancouver BC

  3. You were busy my friend. We don't have many new cases, but we are being really careful.

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