Friday Freebies

Sorry this is late but that is what happens when you are on vacation. We were traveling home yesterday so it was busy. We had to pick up Oreo, unpack , do laundry, and pick veggies from the garden so there just wasn't time to do a post.  

My best freebie of the week was the time share. It is my sister's and she doesn't use it often. She refuses to take anything from us to use it since we watch her dog for her. It is very generous of her and we appreciate it. It makes it very affordable for us to travel by using it. This time we went to Vacation Village in the Berkshires. It was a beautiful resort. We had a 2 bedroom unit with 2 living areas, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies and a full kitchen and mini kitchen. It can be used as 2 separate units so the kids had kind of their own place which they liked. It sleeps 8 so there was a ton of room for the 4 of us. 

There were lots of things to do at the resort. We did have to pay a $25 fee when checking in for WiFi and associated fees, what…

Signs I saw...

We are currently away and there are signs everywhere we go. Some of them I just loved so I figured I would share my favorite ones. I live on a budget so I don't want to spend $19.99 for a piece of wood with a saying on it. A picture does the same thing for me and it fits right into my budget. I hope they make you smile like they did for me. Have a great day!

Adding to my Pantry

I did really well at Stop & Shop. I am still using the free coupons my friend gave me several weeks ago. The chicken breasts were all marked down to $1.79 a pound. The sausage packages were $2.14 each. I had a coupon for $2 off of $5 from the deli, so I paid $3.19 for 3/4 a pound of cold cuts. Strawberries were on sale with a coupon for $1.47. Corn was on sale 5 for $1. Twizzlers were on sale for $2 and YD requested them. Fig bars were on sale with a coupon for $1.87 each. I had $1 off 2 so that is what I got. The chips were on sale for $1.87. I also got 2 peanut butters on sale $1.88 each and a salad dressing after coupons for 67¢. When I went to type this up I noticed they were not in the picture. They were still in my car. Good thing it wasn't ice cream. 

The cereals were on sale for $2.50 each. I had downloaded a coupon online to save $3.50 on 2.  That brought them down to 75¢ each. I then had a manufactures coupon save 75¢ on 2 which doubled making the cereals free! I love…

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

My youngest daughter LOVES pancakes. And we make lots of different kinds. We make plain, chocolate, chocolate chip, blueberry, pumpkin, maple walnut, buckwheat (only Hubby likes) and banana. 

All of my kids have been able to cook since they were young.  I encourage them to try to make different recipes on their own. This is one that YD found and she loves them. I hope you enjoy them too. They are quick and easy for before school or work.

2 very ripe bananas
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Bisquick

Mix it together well.  Pour batter onto hot, oiled pan. Add chocolate chips as desired. I find it better to add them to the top then putting them in the mix. They are more evenly spread out this way and you can use less chocolate chips overall. 

Makes about 12 pancakes.  The extras are easy to pop in the toaster oven for the next day.

Try them out and let me know what you think.

What kind of pancakes do you make?

My Frugal List: Week of August 6, 2018

We are away for the week at my sister's time share. She rarely uses it and if you don't use the weeks you lose them. So we are happy to use them. It is a very nice 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with a full kitchen, dining room and 2 living areas as well as 2 balconies. The views are amazing!  I brought some food with us and we cook most meals in the time share. I plan ahead to make it as easy as possible. There is a movie theater, 2 pools, hut tub, ping pong, pool table, horse shoes, bocce ball, basketball, volleyball and a playground. There are several free activities every day as well as some that charge a fee. 

Last week I made a huge pot of chili so I froze some of that and brought it with us. All I have to do is cook some rice and dinner is done. Hubby also made a big pot of sauce during the week with meatballs and I froze half of that to bring too. That is 2 nights that I barely have to cook. We also ate banana chocolate chip pancakes, omelettes, waffles, steel cut oats, chi…

Friday Freebies

I did really well this week food shopping. I had a coupon for free potatoes from Stop & Shop with a $25 purchase. They were $4.99 regularly. We will enjoy them.

By shopping sales and using digital and paper coupons I got 2 boxes of cereal free.

I also had a $5 off $25 purchase so I am counting the 2 packs of cookies 

and the strawberries as free items too. 

I went to the grand opening of a new Shop Rite. They were giving out some free promotional items as well as lots of free food samples. 

I got fed at work as a special treat. I was able to bring home leftovers and I shared them with my kids. I never say no to leftovers.

My son is bringing home lots of goodies from work. I brought the pastry ring to work with me and my coworkers were very grateful. Anything that doesn't get brought home from his job goes into the garbage. I can always find people that are willing to eat free bread and pastries. 

The garden is going crazy. We have been having very hot days and very rainy nights. I fi…

My Chest Freezer

My chest freezer needed to be cleaned out and defrosted. It was on my list to do it in July and that never happened. I wasn't working on Monday and I had no plans for the day so, youngest daughter and I got working on that. I could do it myself and have done it, but it is much easier with some help. Being that it is summer vacation here I have plenty. I also think it is good for the kids to learn to do things and the best way to learn is by doing it.

I started by pulling everything out. I then scrapped it down and got rid of all of the ice.  Next I cleaned it inside and out with warm water and bleach. . I made sure to clean the seals really well.  I then dried it.
I want to try to keep the freezer more organized. My freezer came with 2 wire baskets that hang from the top. Whoever designed these things must not use a chest freezer. I have had numerous items freeze into the gaps which is a pain in the you know what. So I put all of my frozen bacon into one.

The other basket I put meat …