Saturday, July 11, 2015

Frugal Friday - On A Saturday (again!)

More of my beautiful flowers.
It's hard to believe that another week has already gone by - time is just flying right now!  

We're not into the rest of summer without another paycheck until September.  We did a big stock up run with about half of the grocery/toiletry money until September.  I got offered a new and better contract that won't put us in the same situation again.  It does mean less money per paycheck but we won't have gaps between paychecks like we have been. Whoot!

Anyway, here's what we've been up to this last week, at least as far as frugal things go:

* Two friends loaned me books to read this week.  I had loaned one friend several books last year and the other currently has three of my books to read.  I love being able to share books with friends!

* My daughter found a dress at the store made of material that looked very much like material I had bought for her last year.  We took a photo of it and we will make her a dress in the same style using material and notions we already have. 

* I sorted out several items and priced them for the garage sale we are planning on having later this summer. 

* Cut flowers from my yard for my kitchen table.

* Made biscuits, muffins, scones, soup and pizza from scratch this week.

* We went to both Sam's Club and the grocery store and spent approximately half of our grocery money for the rest of the summer.  We have about $20 per week until September now for mostly perishables.   I'm pleased with that and I think we'll be fine.

* We returned and checked out several books and videos from the public library.

* I put together a list of free activities we could do around the community. 

* I put together a menu plan for the rest of the summer.

* My parents sent me a box of coffee - they order coffee through a free-trade organization through their church.  They sent us a box of 6lbs of coffee beans to replace the 4lbs of coffee they helped us drank (I dink about 1-2 cups per day and John doesn't drink coffee, so they drank the bulk of it) in May.

* I froze bananas and a mango for use in smoothies later.

* I reorganized my pantry so I knew exactly where things are.

What did you do this week?  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 5th, 2015

Our homemade ice cream - this makes the canister look really big but it's only just 2 quart and this made about a quart of ice cream. YUM!

It's hard for me to believe that it's really after Independence Day already.  I am so *not* ready for that right now.   It feels like summer is just swinging by here and we haven't really done our usual things yet.  I know that that's all coming but it feels like it's so late this year.  I'm pretty sure that's because I taught summer session for the first time and I'm used to being done with classes and all the semester busyness in May.  I know we'll have our "normal" summer but we just haven't gotten there yet!
Enough of that.
Let's talk meals this week:
Sunday, July 5, 2015:
   * Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast, Apples
   * Lunch: Bacon, Cinnamon Biscuit Twists, Strawberries
   * Snack: Ice Cream
   * Dinner: Chicken Legs, Asparagus, Apple-Strawberry-Raspberry Salad
Monday, July 6, 2015:
    * Breakfast: Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothies
    * Lunch: Tossed Salad with Leftover Chicken
    * Snack: Yogurt
    * Dinner: Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Veggies,  Strawberry-Apple-Pear Salad
Tuesday, July 7, 2015:
    * Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal with Walnuts
    * Lunch: Leftover Pasta with a Tossed Salad
    * Snack: Yogurt
    * Dinner: Chicken Fred Rice, Sliced Apples
Wednesday, July 8, 2015:
    * Breakfast:  Scrambled Eggs, Sliced Apples
    * Lunch: Leftover Fried Rice
    * Snack: Yogurt
    * Dinner: Pot Luck at Church: Bring Pineapple Coleslaw
Thursday, July 9, 2015:
    * Breakfast: Oatmeal with Craisins and Walnuts
    * Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Leftover Coleslaw
    * Snack: Yogurt
     * Dinner: Beef Roast, Couscous, Strawberry-Mandarin Orange-Apple Salad
Friday, July 10, 2015:
    * Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Oatmeal Muffins, Strawberries
    * Lunch: Leftover Beef and Couscous
     * Snack: Yogurt
    * Dinner: Fish Tacos, Rice, Sliced Apples
Saturday, July 11, 2015:
    * Breakfast: Irish Oatmeal with Maple Cream
    * Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Bread
    * Snack: Popcorn
    * Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks
What are you eating this week? 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Super Savings - $39.80 Shop This Week

So I don't have a single photo for you this week - either the CSA or the grocery runs.   It was a rather busy week and photos just weren't my priority!  Plus, when John does the grocery shopping, I doubt he's thinking about taking photos afterward!
Either way, we sent $39.80 on groceries this week and here's what we got:

In our CSA:

* A HUGE head of cabbage (big enough to take up one entire crisper drawer in the refrigerator!)
* Tart cherries (1lb)
* Spinach
* Swiss Chard
* Kale
* Beets
* Asparagus
* Cilantro
* Sugar snap peas
* 2 Zucchini
* Sage

Store Trip #1:

* 1lb Strawberries 3@ $1.88 = $5.64
* 4.89lbs Braeburn Apples @$0.99/lb = $4.98
* 6 ears of corn (buy 3 get 3) $3.00
* 1lb Sweet Peppers bag $2.50
* 1.79 Bartlett Pears @ $1.79/lb = $3.96
* Snack Chips $1

Total Trip #1: $19.53 (Saved $1.50 or 7% according to the store receipt)

Store Trip #2:

* Hot Dog Buns 3 packages @ 1 ea = $3
* 1 pint Heavy Cream $3.49
* 1 gallon skim milk $3.79

Total Trip #2: $10.27

Come back Monday to see what we're eating!
How did you do with shopping this week?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Frugal Friday - July 3, 2015

I am loving my flowers this year - they're so pretty!
It's been a BUSY but good week.  My body is finally recovering from everything that was going on (we're still not quite sure what was happening) and my car is fixed and it's so nice to have it back!   Here are some things we've done this week in the "Frugal" arena:

* Froze more strawberries for later use in baking and smoothies.

* Baked muffins and waffles from scratch this week.

* Ate some things from the freezer - mostly soup and chili - that needed to be eaten.

* Harvested and dried basil and parsley from our garden. 

* I also harvested lettuce.  We don't have anything else that's quite ready yet.  We did get veggies from our CSA though - spinach, kale, swiss chard, zucchini (ours should be ready in a week or so), cherries, cilantro, broccoli, and a HUGE head of cabbage!

* Helped set up the Uniform Swap at the children's school.   I took my children's out-grown clothes and brought home enough that I need to only buy three uniform polo shirts and one uniform dress shirt.  They had no uniform polos or dress shirts in my children's sizes.  I did get all the bottoms that my children needed!  Hurray!  I am going to wait until closer to school starts and see if we do get the shirts but I'm going to plan on buying them, just in case.
* Fiddled with the scanner/printer/fax that we have and finally got the scanner portion working again!  I'm not quite sure what I did, but now it woks!  Yay!

* Taught a couple of "extra" Jazzercise classes and was paid for that.

* Cleaned out and set aside some things for a garage sale we're going to have later this summer.

* My car is now fixed!   This was frugal for us because we didn't pay for this - it was totally covered by the other driver's insurance.  Hurray!  I am so happy to have "my" car back.

* My son brought home a tie-died t-shirt from camp as a prize for a competition.  He's really excited.

* My daughter has been using beads and other materials we already had to make birthday gifts for her friends for the year.  She is making one for each of the girls in her class at school to give them throughout the year and one for her each of her Grandmothers for their birthdays (August and November).  They're beautiful!

* Inventoried the freezer and planned meals for the next several weeks based on what we have.  We have some things that need to be used up so we will do that so they don't go to waste. 

* Updated the budget book and planned out our budget for the rest of the summer.  I only have one more paycheck for the rest of the summer. 

* Inventoried the few gift cards we have to see how much money we have on them. 

* Renewed library books online so we didn't have to go to the library.  Downloaded a few free ebooks for my Kindle for PC.  Watched a few videos on YouTube and

We brown-bagged lunches for all three of us, cooked mostly from scratch and did most of our "usual" frugal types of things.

What have you done this week?