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, chicken quesadillas, grilled chicken salads, BBQ chicken and leftovers before we left.
We packed sandwiches and drinks for the road while we traveled.
Before we left we got lots done. I sold 2 stools on Craigslist. I sold 2 CDs, a book and a Wii game on eBay.
We got the check for the repairs for my car accident. I put it right into the car fund. I was very impressed that the whole thing took less then a week.
YD had her Senior pictures taken for the yearbook. She did her own hair, make up and nails. Several of the girls got everything done at salons.
My son brought home lots of goodies from work. His job lets employees take home the baked goods since they will go in the garbage since they cannot sell them the next day. My son knows that we will eat, freeze or give away the food so that it doesn't end up in the garbage.
YD and her friend did a clothes swap. They each have several new to them outfits for the beginning of school now.
I defrosted my chest freezer with the help of YD. I used up several items to make chili. Several other items were put in the upstairs freezer to use soon.
The garden is doing wonderful. My tomatoes are turning red. I am so happy. We picked tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, string beans, lettuce, basil, thyme, dill and parsley this week. I dried some herbs in the oven after I turned it off. I took lots of veggies away with us.
I only had to water my garden once this week because we have been having lots of rain at night.
I did great food shopping this week. I got several items free with coupons sales and Ibotta.
My son mowed our lawn and a neighbor's that was away.
I only ran full loads of laundry on the cold short cycle. I use half the recommended amount of detergent. I hung the laundry outside or on the clothes racks inside.
My OD is in a wedding this fall. The bride to be is one of her best childhood friends. They are paying for the wedding themselves. They are doing lots of the decorations themselves and asked if anyone could save empty wine bottles. I asked at work for them to save them for me. There is a bar at my job. I received 20 empty wine bottles and let the bride to be know. She was very grateful.
Hubby checked the oil, air in the tires and topped off fluid on my mini van since that is what we take on vacation. YD and I cleaned it before we went.
We shut the hot water heater off and unplugged everything that doesn't need to be plugged in while we are away. My sister is watching Oreo. My friend is happy to watch the house and garden. I told her to take what she wants from the garden and to put the rest in the fridge. I always watch her house and cats when they go away.
We are having a wonderful time away. We went food shopping after we checked in. I brought some food with us that was shelf stable. YD and I went to the movie theater the first night and watched Jumanji 2. We also played ping pong.
Nearby is an aerial adventure park. The kids wanted to try it out. It is not cheap. The ticket is for 2 hours and there are 5 courses. It is $10 cheaper to go in the afternoon so that is when they went. You can also save $5 per person if you order your tickets online so Hubby did that. With just these 2 simple things we saved $30. They loved it.
What have you done this week to save money?