My Frugal Week - May 17- 23


Saturday:  Whoo boy!  Save a little, spend a lot.  That's the way it goes at times isn't it? Well never mind.  We've got money to cover the spending part of the day just fine with no harm done to our account.

Received a free magazine in the mail.

Was able to turn off AC again late yesterday evening.  It was so cool, I got up and got a quilt!

Last week's savings but forgot to mention it:  While we waited on John's check to arrive at office, he was able to wash our car.  The crew keeps a bucket set up to wash the ambulances and the crew often knocks dust off their own vehicles.  In our case it was strictly pollen and took less than 5 minutes to clean off.  A nice savings over our usual stop at the car wash.

Today we were off to home improvement center.  We dropped a small pot load of money there on various things, most all of them money savers in their own ways:



John got a folding hand truck, bungee cords and a plastic bin with lid to cart his music equipment in and out of buildings.  Huge savings on back aches and strained muscles.  The folding handtruck was half the cost of the big furniture type handtrucks which was far more than we needed, saving us about $30.

I bought three cans of paint for $10.  Three pretty shades to paint the miscellaneous plant pots.  I can't buy one decent pot for that price so another huge savings.

Found a pre-made table top round to transform a useless antique piano stool into an occasional table.  The table top round was $8.

Bought a new faucet for the kitchen sink.  Mine is not only leaking from the spout/water pipe joint, it's decided to do the occasional squirt as well.  Not cool.  We asked one essential question.  Seems that all the Pfister and Aquaworks faucets are made by Delta.  Aquaworks is just their line exclusively for Lowe's and they all come with a 1 year guarantee.

I don't need a sprayer attachment but this faucet came with one (I have the spot for it just don't use it).  The salesman suggested a soap dispenser instead but that would have added another $20 to my purchase since the sets with a soap dispenser instead of sprayer were not in stock.  I skipped that and asked about a cap to go on my own sink.  Included in the faucet set for free.  Deal.

Went into the plant department to look for six packs.  Not the grandest selection even though we were shopping at the bigger Lowe's in that city.  Still, I came away with what I went in for: 1 6-pack moss rose, 1 rose colored geranium, 1 deep purple petunia (12 pack) and 2 pink (with one bonus white plant) petunias in 6 packs.  ALL of these plants together were less than one hanging basket.

All in all the trip was costly, but every bit of it was purchased with an eye towards saving as much as we could.

Not a savings but just plain nice: we went out to eat.  John and I spent roughly what we might have at a burger joint for a nicer restaurant's burgers, not including drinks.  We had a nice dinner.  I paid for it myself out of pocket money.  

John installed the new faucet himself.

Sunday:  Busy day for us.  We were up early, planned to go to church, had to come back home to meet up with Mama and then go to Macon for a baby shower. Hectic pace between church letting out and the two long drives.  I made an easy fresh tomato sauce that requires no cooking, cooked pasta which I tossed with a little olive oil and left in pan so I could reheat when we came in.  When we got home I microwaved some chicken nuggets (Aldi's store brand and really good tasting).  It took about 5 minutes to put dinner on the table, 5 minutes to eat and head back out the door.

My son's bride to be requested books as part of her shower gifts.  I found some on my own bookshelves that were inscribed to Sam from Granny and some that were John's as a boy.  I think it will be sweet for a grandson to have books from his great great Granny and grandpa don't you?

On our way home, Mama offered to buy us a Subway sandwich for supper.  The 'cost' to us was that I had to go in to purchase them and that was no big deal.  It was nice to have a ready supper when we came in.

Monday:  Made John's work lunch last night.  Packed it this morning.  Made him breakfast and sent him off to work.

I've been dealing with dry skin for the past few years, since that 'change' of life period.  Fish oil capsules have helped some, but not quite enough.  This morning I decided to try a new, also natural approach, after reading a blog where the writer said she'd been using just a little olive oil to moisturize after her shower, before drying off.  I always have olive oil in the house, so I'm giving it a try.  I used perhaps a teaspoon or so and then gently dabbed my skin dry.

A day out with Mama today and my turn to pay for lunch as well.  Took a thermal glass of water over ice with me to keep myself hydrated.

Mama wanted to go by Target to get a few things.  I had in mind a few items to pick up.  Towels to match those I already have (no longer available online), baby powder to help keep me dry and cool looking now that our more typical weather is on it's way, a necklace in a bright coral to finish off an otherwise ordinary looking outfit, a new pair of flip flops for John whose old ones have been going since Katie was about 15.  I was very proud of not splurging on anything else, keeping focused and attending strictly to the shopping I meant to be doing.

For dinner, we opted to order appetizers and house salad. Not a huge savings over an entree perhaps but portions were more reasonable.

A stop at my favorite clothing store.  Mission: to ask fashion advice about what to do with the skirt I had on.  I got some good advice, which I may or may not use, since I was told that the way I'd styled my maxi skirt was very nicely done (and this girl was dead honest with everyone, lol, if it didn't look good she said so and then brought an alternative item to try!).  I picked up a handful of pretty inexpensive t-shirts to wear.  They will quickly move to the household drawer but I need them there anyway.

Brewed a single cup of coffee this evening.

I tried on a pair of white jeans at the clothing store.  I don't NEED white jeans but I thought they would expand my summer clothing options.  I have a pair of white jeans here that I've rarely worn because they are just a smidge too snug.  I tried them on this evening and I think I can alter them just enough to make them a more comfortable wear for me but losing five pounds would help a bit too.

In for a penny or a pound?  I tried on a pair of shorts that were just too small last summer.  This summer they fit quite well, so they went back into my home drawer.

My supper tonight was leftovers of yesterday's pasta salad and the last slice of Derby pie.  Goodbye pie.

Tuesday:  John called as he started home to say that he would like me to be waiting at the back door when he came in and we'd head into town to vote.  I had started breakfast, but was waiting on him.  A trip into town wasn't really in my plans.  However, I saw the wisdom of going to vote while he was wide awake.

I hand washed bras and hung to dry.

Bagged trash and gathered and put on back porch.  If I was going to town why not make it really count.
We could drop that off when we left home.

Recalled an errand to pick up an item and decided we'd do that, too while out, since it was across the street from the precinct.

While I was waiting on John to come home, I dipped my bread for french toast and then put into a 400F oven and let the oven cook it all at once.  When it was time to turn it over, I did so, then turned off the oven.  That made a right good French toast for our breakfast later and it stayed warm until we got home again.

Baked a beef roast and chicken thighs in the same oven.

Went through my fridge today to clean it and to put away the items that I was sure we'd not use up prior to the next week.  I wrapped four ears of corn and put in the freezer, sliced some ginger root and flash froze, mixed the last of a bit of bought BBQ sauce with the last of homemade BBQ sauce (served with our chicken at dinner today).

We had dinner out for EMS week.  Very good meal and a nice time with people I don't get to see often enough.

Wednesday:  I nearly let this day get away from me.  I slept until 8:30 this morning!  Then I had to push hard to get myself going.

Cleared out a cabinet and removed those items we don't use, put the seldom used items on the top shelf and I still had room to spare.  One of the cups I removed from the cabinet went into the flea market basket.

I also removed a pretty set of water glasses to put in the flea market basket. I noted in one of my 1950's magazines that these were formerly peanut butter jars!

Sliced the roast I baked yesterday into thin slices and then made a chef's salad for our dinner.  This used up several fresh vegetable items in the fridge, too.

No croutons, so we used Oyster crackers.

Made a cake for snacking/desserts.  I baked in two 9 inch layer pans and put one of the baked layers into the freezer.  Frosted the 2nd layer with leftover cream cheese frosting I'd refrigerated a bit over a week ago. There was just enough to glaze the top of the cake layer.

John mowed grass and then sprayed about the house for weeds.

I clipped, sorted and organized coupons.

Even though we've no dinner plates, the dishwasher is not full...and I won't wash dishes until it is.  Time to see if light globes, vases, decorative items etc can be put into the dishwasher to fill it.

Thursday:  We planned well in getting our oil change done on the car this week.  The oil change was on special.  Pay half price with a tire rotation.  Done!  We had plenty of money in our car maintenance account to cover a full priced oil change but you know what?  Sales are ALWAYS better.

Stopped off at the flea market on the way home and paid the last bit of money on my chair.  I looked on the bottom when I got in and there's a furniture makers tag with their name and the date: 1947.

The former desk chair went to the back porch.  I have a second chair and a plan...

We picked up chicken tenders at the local diner.  These are actually more like whole boneless skinless breasts and to get 4-6 of these is like getting a bonus meal.  I made sandwiches for John from leftovers.

We got the electric bill in.  I knew it would be higher due to an excessive amount of water running to clean patio as well as the additional warmth we had at the end of April/early May.  Diligence with the thermostat seemed to help greatly and our increase was only about $12.

John has slowly been accumulating items to help make his music more portable.  What was needed was a bag to hold a few items that are too long to fit in his kit box.  I happened to see one on Zulily today that was the right size and  less than $10.  I had him measure his mike stand and we noted that it ought to fit well so I ordered it.

We wanted something a little different for bread for sandwiches.   I found all the 'other' breads were frozen but we did have Bagels.  Made a very delicious bread for our supper sandwich.

Washed a full load of dishes.

A little something sweet...that was what we both wanted.  I made pudding for John's work lunch earlier in the week and poured into individual containers.  I had one remaining in the fridge.  I opted to empty out the last of the chocolate syrup into my cup of milk.


Friday:  I was up far earlier this morning than normal even on a work day.  Ugh. lol.  I made John a work lunch and breakfast.

Potted plants this morning.  I also separated a Christmas cactus.  Discovered there were three smaller plants in with that big one.

Used my old lidless tea pots for front porch pots.

I had forgotten some galvanized wire baskets I'd bought at Goodwill a few years back.  Found them in the shed this morning.  I thought I'd just buy cocoa mat liners but I had this old burlap bag...and it would hold dirt, so I cut it down and lined my wire basket and filled with potting soil.  It looks so cool!  We'll see how well it works.

Used an old cocoa mat liner to go in a grapevine basket.  I filled with a variety of plants.  I think when it 'grows up' a little it will be very pretty indeed.

I guess I've just got a shopping mind...I kept thinking of things to buy: more plants, cocoa mat liners, and last of all a trash can to put the potting soil in so I could keep on the porch.  Well right inside the door was an old plastic bucket with a lid that I wouldn't use to keep dog food because the lid was slightly cracked...Didn't make a bit of difference for potting soil if the lid was cracked!  Out the door it went and the bag of soil fit perfectly.

Washed a full load of clothes, (sheets, towels) and hung all to dry outdoors.  Gosh but they smelled good after a day of sunshine and breezes!

I made up a couple of lists of things I had to do/buy today.  I accomplished all on both lists.  It was very handy to refer to the shopping list especially as it kept me targeted on what I had to purchase and prevented the desire to look here and there and pick up this and that.  My deviations from the list: a 4-pack of gel pens for $1.50,  and a bag of frozen chicken potstickers (which will make a perfect 'quick' entree for some evening).

Turned AC up to 78F every afternoon the latter part of this week.  It's just high enough to keep the thing from running endlessly and keep it reasonably cool (compared to outdoors).  About evening when it's cutting off more regularly and staying off longer we'll lower it 2-4 degrees for night.

Had Harvest this afternoon after John got paid.  I wrote out bills, set money aside for groceries for the short pay period (next one) and went and got our cash for allowances and groceries this pay period.

It's nearly time for Shabat so I'm declaring this week DONE...How was your frugal week?

4 comments:

Courtney said...

I know some weeks it does seem like spend, spend, spend. I can always think of things that we "need" and then that adds up quick.But for everything you spent this week you did a great job saving!

Anonymous said...

I thought we had enough tissue so I was not going to take advantage of a good sale. Then I found out we were out and colds have hit the house! Thankfully the sale is still on! :)
The garden got worked on yesterday and many things changed around and plants planted too. Although I was very tired and sore by the end of the day it was a good tired. One project had been in the thinking and dreaming of stage for years. Decided ahead what to bring to a pot luck meals ahead. If I want to take advantage of any good meat sales I need to clear out the older cuts I already have in the freezer. What good is the food in there if it does not get rotated? :)
The poor scrub jays I feed out back are too scared to eat there now . Three cats that are not mine have made my back yard their short cut home and scared off my birds. I tried moving their food but so far they are a no show. I put some in the front yard and that worked for a day or so then I saw a cat out there and :-( . Other birds will still use the hanging feeders but the peanuts are ignored even in the hanging one. There is a solution somewhere.
I looked up some advice I had seen on cleaning sheets in an old post on another blog. they said to use plain ammonia to get the body oils out of sheets. I cup average per load. Bleach will not do it. Tried it and it really helped. I always use white vinegar for the softer.
I had a garden box that the rubber soaker hoses was not working in. The box was short and the hose would not bend enough to work right. Even using wire hangers cut as pins to hold them in place did not work. I had one of those cloth soaker hoses and tried that one. Perfect! On another area the hose I had was too long so I cut it to fit and put a new end on it. then used the second piece with another end on it for another place. When any of our hoses that we have mended bite the dust I cut off any repair parts we put on. They can be reused over and over. We find most of these repair parts at garage sales cheaper than the store sells them. We keep a supply ready! Most everything in our garden is on soaker hoses.
Isen't it so fun to find things you know friends could use and love? I sometimes think we get more of a kick out of giving than even the person receiving does! :)
Then there are times you don't know about...We took furniture to a little owner owned used store. We were there when the things were bought by a person we knew! :) They are thrilled to get them! Who knew they wanted them! A win win situation for us, the owner and the seller too!
Tried some new recipes this week. Some were hits some not so much! But now I know.
When hou see things also shown in your 50s magazine do you ever put the page about them near your item at the flea market? {magazine Not for sale} {copy the page?} I have seen this done and it is such fun to see it in an old magazine.
Pulled the weeds from the side walks. What I could not pull I put vinegar on. They are dying.
Thanks for the reminder about freezing half a cake {or other free able desert}. + other hints!
Well worked maybe too hard yesterday and since today is rest day it was certainly perfect timing.
I am having problems now with some of the word verifications. It will not let you spell some things wrong!!! Happened twice! :-) Like right now it says creath but it insists it is create and that is that!!! LOL Sarah

a8383 said...

Aaahh books what a wonderful gift! And congrats on your new grandbaby!Yay for you losing weight- I could find a few more things to wear if I would shed five pounds.Can't wait to see your chair plan! Angela

Rebecca said...

That is one reason why I didn't call these posts "Frugal Friday": because there is a time to be frugal and a time to spend. I like to call it "strategic spending" because that money is going toward a particular purpose to save in the long run (whether money, time, resources, sanity, etc.) and the purchase was thought out and not flippant. Personally, I think strategic spending is admirable...unlike the drop money on the table for every little thing you want type of spending.

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