Friday, July 29, 2016
Frugal Friday: Frugal Fitness Training Camp Week Five
Saturday: Today marks the beginning of week five of boot camp. Two more weeks to go and honestly I'm tired but I'm pushing forward. This is for my own good...
Turned of ceiling fans and fans before leaving home today.
Packed bottles of water and packets of crackers for snacks on the road.
Remember my plans to save $20 a week? I said I'd save all my fives to cover that and this week I put $35 in my savings from my pocket money. That's only $5 more needed to cover next week's $20 as well. It means I have a lot less pocket money than I'd planned but I am very serious about saving the $20 to fund other home projects.
I also set $40 aside in our account, which will cover two weeks. That will be vacation funds! It may not always be possible to put that much aside but I'm going to do what I can. Nothing saved, nothing gained, right?
I received my free bra today. It's a nice bra. I plan to wear it a few times and see how it feels but if it's as comfortable as it feels at the moment, I plan to order some of these. I'll share details later. I've already looked up where to buy and costs. It's very reasonable while on sale.
Sunday: We had to refill the car today after our trip yesterday. I have money set aside for gas for trips and we'll use that to cover this expense.
John and I went into Publix. I'd meant to buy a 12 pack of canned drinks but 6 packs of bottles were $1 less, with $1off coupons on them and were also buy one get one. Obviously a much better purchase.
Stuck to my list while in the store. My only 'splurge' was to get a packet of buns to make the sandwiches for our dinner today.
Purchased a Sunday paper. And picked up the Publix coupon flyers while we were in the store, too.
I haven't been feeling well, so we kept meals very simple. I picked up deli roasted turkey and we had sandwiches from that. Not something I'd normally do but necessary today.
Monday: We had an early appointment this morning. John and I had a sketchy breakfast so we stopped to eat something a little later. We paid out of pocket money.
Made a return and that money went into the bill box to be used next pay period.
While John went to his appointment, I stayed busy. I brainstormed various methods and means of saving, asked myself a lot of questions. 8 pages later...I'll share some of these thoughts soon.
We comparison shopped on a big ticket item. We found a bargain that was almost 25% less than any of the rest we'd priced. So we made a big ticket purchase today, using cash we'd saved. It is a new shed, since John's shed is storage for the mower and prevents his getting in for his tools. As well, we find we're often the free storage facility or children prefer when they are moving (five times thus far) and since the two sheds are now full of other we really needed this extra space. It does seem the more I declutter the more storage we find we need which is odd. However, again I most note that we've three closets in the house. One is filled with John's collectible and music things, one is our clothes closet and one is the pantry/linen closet. We still laugh that we chose a home with fewer closets than the one we'd lived in for years...
Came home and had a quick lunch.
Sorted out one of the many files in the file cabinet and thinned it considerably. I took a half hour and filed all the loose papers. I'll sort out another file tomorrow. This is in an effort to get fully organized and rid ourselves of still more 'stuff' that prevents us finding the necessary and continually requires us to add still more spaces to stash things. Thinning means we can fit more in what we already have.
Leftovers for supper tonight.
Organized the fridge today. I froze salsa that we weren't eating quickly enough. I have enough to make a recipe or two. Also froze some horseradish in recipe sized portions using an old ice tray. When solid, I'll pop into a jar and keep that in the freezer.
Tuesday: I made pancakes for breakfast this morning. I put the leftovers into the freezer.
Cooked the last two sausages in the box (extra over our breakfast sausages) and put them in the fridge. I will use those on pizzas for dinner one night or on cheese toast for breakfast.
Sprayed some stains and left the items to soak for 24 hours.
Sorted out another section of files.
We had a lighter lunch than planned. I was unprepared to have the oven heat up the house today.
Pulled curtains on sunny sides of house.
Used natural light as much as I could to work by today.
Saved another juice bottle to fill with water for under the counter storage of emergency water. I've found the rectangular bottles allow me to fit more under there than using round jugs.
I added a diced peach to the orange segments I took from the freezer. This made a very tasty fruit salad to go with our meal.
Called and cancelled a service that was 'renewed' but had previously been free. I saved $300 by paying attention to billing.
Finished another book for Boot Camp.
Wednesday: I started the day on a run. I'd planned last night to use up two rather shriveled (but still lovely) peaches in making oatmeal. It was delicious.
As soon as I finished, John was ready to go outdoors to mow. I knew I needed to water my poor plants. I used the hose today but later in the day I used some water from boiled eggs, mixed with the egg shells and coffee grounds to water both the hanging baskets of petunias and the hydrangea. This should bolster those plants nicely.
Came indoors and did a quick job of the housework, then settled to work in the kitchen.
I thawed about a pound and half of ground beef last night. I made burgers for supper last night and today I made meatloaf with the rest of the meat (about 1 pound of meat). I added grated onion and carrot, a few end pieces of bread soaked in a little milk, the last bits of pico de gallo (minus the juice).
I cut up the last four potatoes and put them on to boil. I set more than half of them aside for hash browns one morning.
I boiled eggs. Some will likely end up being egg salad but some will be snacks for John.
I made tuna pasta salad for dinner for tomorrow when I know we'll be out until right about dinner time.
I made extra coleslaw so I'd have some for slaw dogs later.
I rinsed dishes over the dishpan. I used the water with soap added to wash the few dishes I needed to wash by hand. I then dumped that water over some of the plants outdoors.
I took an hour to cut coupons and organize them, to scan sales papers and determine where I might get the best price on several items I was considering buying. I also edited my list to take some items off.
Mindful of Tamar Adler's and M.F.K. Fisher's kitchen hints, I saved both the drippings from the meatloaf (broth and fat) and the liquid from the can of green beans in a jar. I'll use this to make a soup for supper one night this week or weekend. The jar is in the fridge so that I'm mindful of my intent.
I also started saving compost today. I partially cut away the top of a milk jug and dumped in all the vegetable leavings plus coffee grounds, egg shells and paper towel. Yep, paper towel. I dumped this outdoors where there is a spot of bare earth, so I can mix the compost and the dirt.
Thursday: Started out the day fighting an ant infestation. Not in the food cabinets but parading across the counters and stove. It's especially frustrating when I have been watching for scouts and having seen them, tried hard to track where they were coming in from. I also took extra care to clean very well. Lots of spray used this morning and a powder killer as well. Ugh. Then the house was vacuumed very well indeed to gather any more that might be scouting. John will spray about outside the house, which seemed to help a lot last summer when they started moving in.
Cleared files and organized contents of folders. Realized as I sorted through financial papers how abysmally unaware I am of what we have...I shall be stepping atop that a little bit as it's foolish to not know what assets you have!
Overall a very quiet day of work. I cleared the booth space this morning. The owner of the store offered to let me continue through the paid period of end of month to see how I might do in sales but at this point it just meant the stress of clearing booth would fall next week when I've other plans and a possible prorated amount of rent to pay as well.
John wisely suggested I take along our two big suitcases and pack things in them. I took saved newspapers with me and wrapped items and then cushioned things with folded sheets from our linens trunk. This worked extremely well. While they were indeed heavy they held the stuff in a contained way so no tumbles occurred and to my knowledge nothing broke in transportation. I confess it was far too hot to unpack and stow so I'm not positive on that last point but we didn't hear any breakage occur.
John took the shelving from the shop and set up in his shed, which allows him to now start moving things to the new work shed and not merely pile stuff on the floor.
He offered to pick up lunch in town but I happily informed him that I'd prepared a tuna pasta salad yesterday for the express purpose of eating when we were done with the booth work.
Organized the laundry area using what I had. It looks much neater. Not as pretty as those nicely matched pieces do, but neater goes a long way to improving a space.
Found gift bag and tissue paper in my stash for the baby shower gift. Also found a card to put in the bag with the gift.
Brought home the cutest little favors, just perfect in size. They were small pieces of cake packed into 4 ounce jars.
Friday: Made a quick breakfast from frozen pancakes saved from a meal earlier this week.
Dumped water from water bottles into a container to use later to water plants. Heat is fierce here just now and lots of wind which is even more drying on the plants.
Started a second mess of composting materials. While clearing files I've a lot of paper that are printed on both sides I mean to shred. This will end up in compost, too.
I am saving pages with blank backs to print out items that won't be leaving house (no sensitive information going out) but that I need to print in order to clear Internet files.
Sometimes in saving money I have to ask myself a pertinent question: Which store is the least dangerous? Danger in this case means, what store is least likely to tempt me to spend more than I'd planned to spend? Some items are indeed cheaper at the dollar store but I seldom stick to my list hard there because there are a plethora of cute and pretty little things that don't cost much but attract the impulse buys. Sometimes the higher priced local grocery store is the best place to purchase things.
When I went into town today to buy peaches and pick up a couple of needed items at the grocery, I was so tempted to stop and pick up something for lunch. I knew John would enjoy it...But I stopped to think of what I had at home: leftover tuna pasta salad, plenty for another meal and some leftover meatloaf that we might also eat. I came home and we had leftover salad for our midday meal.
I purchased a big bag of peaches and a bag of tomatoes. Plans are to share with Katie if she comes to visit as planned. If not I'll put the peaches up in the freezer to share with her and Bess another time. Besides I need to put by a few bags for cobblers over winter. I can always make up more of the marinara sauce from the tomatoes.
We've had some nice wind the past two days. It's made drying laundry a breeze...
I am going to stop here today and go plan out weekend meals so I'm not tempted to spend money I oughtn't over the weekend.
What did you do to save this week?