My Frugal List: Week of September 17, 2018
Hubby and I went on a date to a free home show. We try to go every year. We get to see what new items have come out and we get to talk to several vendors for similar projects. It is held at a college nearby and has free parking and free admission. We brought our reusable water bottles and apples in case we got hungry. We even got some freebies. It was a nice way to spend the morning.
I went back to the eye doctor. My eye is doing so much better. The top layer is totally healed. The second layer (there are apparently 5 layers) is not fully healed yet. I have a second kind of drop now and I go back in 2 weeks.
My ear was bothering me so I put some drops that are homemade in it. It is 1 part vinegar to 1 part alcohol. My ENT told me about this years ago when I would constantly get swimmers ear. I do it twice a day for 3 days when I start to feel something. Most times it goes away.
The garden is still going well. I made another batch of sauce. I canned 4 quarts, we ate some the night I made it on pasta and I kept some in the fridge for pizza.
I picked peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, pole beans, thyme, parsley, sage, basil, and carrots. The peppers are going crazy right now.
We have been eating lots of delicious food. I cooked a chicken in my crock pot that lasted several days. We had broccoli rabe pizza, half with sausage and half with chicken. I prefer it with the chicken, Hubby loves the sausage. It is the most expensive pizza we make at home. It costs us about $9 to make. It is so good. We also had tacos, teriyaki chicken, beans and franks, pasta with meat sauce, quesadillas, egg sandwiches, bagels, steal cut oats, HB eggs, tuna and PBJ.
I cleaned out my upstairs freezer that is with my refrigerator. I pulled out all bread pieces (there was a ton thanks to my son) to make breadcrumbs.
I also pulled out scraps and made a huge batch of food for the dogs.
My freezer is all cleaned and organized now. I know what needs to be used up soon so I will be doing that. I know what we have plenty of and what I need to buy before the fresh fruits and vegetables are gone.
One of our rolling garbage cans broke. The wheels came off. Considering the thing cost $80, you would think they make it to not break so easily. Hubby had to drill a whole in the axle and put a pin in it. It took Hubby about 20 minutes to fix and it is better then new.
Remember all of that corn I bought. It came in a huge paper bag. I used it for all of our dry garbage all week. It is bigger then our garbage can. It really held a lot. I did freeze the rest of the corn on the cobs.
YD has been very busy. She has had float build several days this week. They feed the kids since they are there around dinner time. They were going to throw away the extra pizza but YD spoke up and said she would take it home instead of it going in the garbage. She got fed free 2 times this week from float build.
Open House was this week at the high school. YD is in the Honor Society and they have to help out that night. They have snacks and water bottles for the volunteers. YD grabbed a few extra chips at the end of the night as they were cleaning up.
Senior Breakfast was on Sunday morning. YD helped set it up and clean it up. She is in Student Government and they run it. She is the historian and a senator. The adviser wouldn't let her pay the $10 to get in since she went at 6:45 a.m. to help set up. No one else showed up until 7:30. The breakfast started at 8:30. They had a very nice breakfast of french toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, home fries and juice. They played several games and she had a great time. When they were cleaning up, the adviser asked if anyone wanted to take leftovers home. 2 kids did. YD was one of them. Her friend only wanted the french toast so she took it all. YD took everything else. The bacon had been sitting in a tray with a lot of fat, so I reheated it up to get most of it off. We will happily eat all of it. The container in the back is pancake syrup that is unopened. The other girl took the open one home.
I got lots of freebies this week. These goodies cost me 3¢ at Staples with another $10 off a $10 purchase.
I sold 2 items on eBay. I got 100 free listings so I added a bunch more stuff.
YD's car was dead after school one day. I picked her up and Hubby and I went back when he got home from work. He jumped it and she hasn't had a problem since. Hubby's truck stalled and wouldn't start. He used our AAA membership and had it towed to a local shop. It was a free tow with the membership. There was a bad crank position sensor and they fixed it that day for $60. Considering 2 cars had problems this week, I think we got lucky that it only cost us $60 and a little time.
My son brought goodies home from work.
So did Hubby. Hubby's office gets bagels, muffins, rolls and fruit every Monday and Friday. He worked very late Friday doing an upgrade and most of Saturday. There were some rolls and bagels left and they would be thrown out by the cleaning crew over the weekend. He brought them home instead. We will happily eat them.
As you can see we were given lots of leftovers. We are very happy to take them. I HATE food waste and they really help keep my grocery budget low. Friends, family and coworkers are always happy to eat them.
I washed a ton of baggies from cleaning out the freezer. I washed only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. I hung most of our laundry. We only used AC once this week. I used coupons, shopped sales, and used Ibotta. I used old boxes to ship out items and I took boxes from work that would end up in the garbage. We ate leftovers, bought meals and snacks to school/ work and bought our reusable water bottles with us. We paid bills online. We did all of our other day to day things that keep us frugal.
What did you do this week to stay frugal?