Saturday, December 14, 2013
A Year of Savings: 2013
Dec 8: Still cold. I got up in the very early morning hours and turned on the propane heater to offset the use of the defrost mode on our central heat pump.
John had plans today. I didn't have food prepared ahead. I used my allowance to buy dinner on our way back home.
I spent the afternoon baking Challah, savings $3.59 and an angel food cake from a mix bought at Aldi. I paid $1.19 for this mix and the only 'ingredient' required was water! Savings over bakery cake $2.50.
Dec 9: My schedule is all up in the air! Again, we have plans for a portion of the day which changed. I got my routine housekeeping work done this morning. I spent the afternoon waiting on John to do an inservice at work. We went down to pick up his check, did our banking. We skipped allowances for this pay period as we both had plenty of cash on hand. savings $100.
John bought supper for us at Subway from his pocket money. I had no time to make the egg salad before I left.
Dec 10: Made egg salad for sandwich filling. savings $3.00.
We shopped for groceries today...I told you my schedule was all messed up! Two stores today: Aldi and Kroger. I came in under budget. Savings $70. I put that money aside for stocking up on turkey and baking supplies later in this month.
Dec 11: Ordered a few items online and had shipped directly to the recipients. Shipping was FREE. Savings $22.
Dec 12: Fashioned a new dining table centerpiece from what I had on hand. Savings: at least $10.
Dec 13: John sang for our dinner today. Plans were to come home and heat dinner, but we had that entree for supper instead. Savings $6.
I meant to purchase new ornaments this year but I decided to really look through my things. I came up with a lovely look for my tree, not typical, but pretty. I have brown, cream and gold birds, gold ornaments, and brown glass pinecones with snow on them. I bought the birds after Christmas, perhaps the first part of this year (which is almost gone!). They were $7.99 each originally. I bought 1 dozen for about $22 per the receipt I found in the bottom of the bag.
All my decorations thus far were free, what I had on hand, just fashioned in a new way.