My Frugal List: Week of August 20
I was a very busy bee this week. I worked 4 days this week. They asked me to work an additional day but I said no. It would have been too much. 2 of the days were full 8 hour days, the other 2 were normal 5 1/2 hour days. I had to spend Wednesday at Jury Duty. I didn't get picked which I am grateful for. Since I worked all of last weekend when we got home from vacation, I haven't had a day off.
The garden is going crazy which is wonderful. I really needed to use up the produce before it went bad. Saturday I got down to business. So first thing in the morning I went through the garden and picked a bunch of veggies. I then started chopping tomatoes. And there were a lot. Next up was to use the tomato mill (Thanks Mom & Dad). Then I made my largest pot of sauce. I had to wait for it to reduce some to add the rest in.
When it was ready we had some for dinner. The rest was canned. I got 6 quarts and 3 pints for my pantry. I like to do some pints for certain meals that don't need a full quart. All canning water was put on my plants when it had cooled down.
While the sauce was reducing down, I started working on the cucumbers. I make refrigerator dill pickles. They are good for about 4 months in the fridge, but they never last that long. I started slicing them.
I made 10 pints. They need to sit for at least 3 days. We put onion in them too because we enjoy them that way.
I got the bread machine working for me too. I had gotten tart cherry juice a while back for free. We tried it and didn't like it. So I made jelly with half of it. I had never made this kind before so I only did one batch to see if we liked it. We do. Thank goodness for sugar. I will make another batch soon with the other half of the juice. Since it was only one and a half pints I didn't can it. We will eat it within the next month so that it doesn't go bad.
We have been eating so many garden veggies recently. BLTs have been very popular.
Different omelets are getting made. Basically what ever veggies need to be eaten are getting thrown into meals.
Peppers are in lots of meals. We have had sausage and peppers, and chicken quesadillas again this week. All meals were at home or brought with us except one free night out. I also bought a slice of pizza one day at work because they asked me to stay 8 hours instead of my normal 5 1/2. I had brought snacks but not lunch.
I had gotten strawberries on sale for 99¢ a container. So we had waffles with strawberries and strawberry milk shakes. They are so much better with fresh fruit.
I even had a special guest visit me in my garden. I haven't seen a praying mantis is years.
He was hanging out all day there. I checked on him several times and made sure Oreo didn't bother him.
I got some free items from Petco. The coupons are still good until August 31.
Lots of laundry has been washed on the cold short cycle with half the recommended detergent. 95% has been hung outside on the line and racks.
The weather has been much nicer this week. High around 80 degrees. We haven't needed the air conditioners on. Just fans. We have enjoyed the fire pit several nights.
Hubby and I went on a date to Madison Square Garden to see Billy Joel. It was free from a vendor of hubbies. It was in a private box with food and drinks included. We had so much fun singing along. I stood up and danced half of the night. It was funny to me because it was mostly women that were standing and dancing. It was a late night for us but it was worth it.
It was a really busy week but I got a lot done and worked a bunch of extra hours. What did you do this week to save money?