My Frugal List: Week of November 5, 2018

I worked 5 days this week. That is a lot for me. Perfect timing for Christmas shopping. 2 of the shifts were only 4 hours so I was still able to get a lot done.

I have been cooking pumpkins. Since the oven was on, I threw in some sausage, the small pan on the bottom right. We had sausage and peppers on rice for dinner.

YD volunteered for a bake sale at school. You guessed it , she made pumpkin muffins and they were a hit. They hold the bake sale on election day so that everyone that is coming to vote can purchase items from the school. The money goes to scholarships.  I also made a batch and sent some to work with Hubby.

I got gas on Wednesday while I was running errands. I always try to fill up because 6¢ off a gallon works for me. 

Our kitchen garbage bag this week was the 50 pound bag from potatoes. It sure holds a lot. It is only about 1/2 full. 

Hubby did lots of yard work. He has been trying to stay on top of the leaves. He mulched a ton and put them on top of my garden for the winter. 

My son brought home lots of goodies from work. 

YD started her new job and likes it so much. Everyone seems very nice. There is a compliment board and she got one on the first day. 

We went to my sister's house to visit with our friend's from Italy. They were here for a few days so we only got to see them for about 4 hours. It is better then nothing. My sister ordered way too much food. They were flying home so they couldn't take any of the food. My sister gave it to us. She is not big on leftovers. It has been several meals. With all of us running in different directions it has come in handy.

I got lots of freebies last week.

I did some stocking up for the pantry this week. Aldi had 2 pound bags of brown sugar on sale for 95¢. I got 15. This will come in handy with all of my holiday baking.

While I was at Aldi, I returned some cans and bottles. 

Driving home from errands I saw a pumpkin with someone's garbage. I brought it home and will cook it soon. It is in perfect condition. It amazes me how many people don't cook their pumpkins. 

I did a bunch of Christmas shopping using coupons and shopping sales. I try to stretch my money as far as possible. 

What did you do this week to be frugal?


  1. Pumpkin cooking is on my list to do this week as well (right now, that list is an epic scroll like you see in historical or fantasy movies, and it unrolls and stretches all the way down the road...). We keep our pumpkins inside because they get eaten by squirrels otherwise, and I'd rather we get to eat them instead. :)

    I too reuse bags for trash! I used all the bags we got picking apples for our upstairs trash can. Why throw out a perfectly good bag, when you can first fill it with stuff and then throw it out! (Which kind of sounds terrible, haha, but you get it.)

    Great week! :)

    1. I have only once had something eat a pumpkin. I have similarly long lists. Good luck. I still have 4 more pumpkins to cook.

  2. I love seeing everything you save on during the week you are such an inspiration.

  3. Hi Mcoia and glad you were able to stock your pantry with lots more sugar at good prices. I too would be cooking the pumpkins for puree for the freezer as we love pumpkin soup with a dash of sour cream stirred through :).

    Our savings added up to $494.31 last week.

    Home organising -
    - We have now packed 3/4's of our belongings into boxes ready for the move :) and our removalist gave us some free boxes to use as we had almost run out of the ones we saved.

    In the kitchen -
    - Made a cheesecake from homemade condensed milk saving $69.78 over purchasing the equivalent quality in the shops. We used Woolworths home brand one and surprisingly the cheesecake turned out not as sweet, which we liked better, as when we use the Philadephia one (I think Philly has a lot of sugar in it).
    - Made a chicken, mushroom and corn pie including pastry from leftover roasted chicken. One 2 + kg chicken lasted us 5 meals for the 2 of us.
    - We were able to give some service to some dear friends. The wife had fallen over on concrete and has concussion and horrid bruising and she cares for her husband who has the beginnings of Alzheimers. We rang them and asked them if we could cook them a huge roast chicken and garden picked pumpkin and sweet potato for them and they accepted. This will most likely feed them for 4 to 5 days without the wife cooking anything and we also took over some fresh silver beet from our gardens and gave her some arnica cream for her bruising out of our medical supplies. Seeing the smile on their faces was truly worth it and it helped us use up some meat in the freezer prior to us moving :).

    Finances -
    - Listed 22 items on eBay using a free listing promotion saving $36.30.
    - Spent a lot of money on items we needed for our forever home, medical kit and cat needs :o .

    Fuel -
    - Filled up 2 machinery jerry cans of fuel using a 5% off Racq e- gift card and combined that with 4c off per litre using our supermarket rewards card saving $7.08 on usual prices.
    - Filled up another 3 jerry cans of fuel for our cars at an independant service station saving $6.80 on prices at other service stations in the area. We have now increased our fuel storage by 2 more jerry cans in preparation for us moving out of town.

    Purchases eek -
    - Purchased 2 brushcutter safety helmets with visor and neck protection flap using a $10 off eBay voucher.
    - Ordered 1 years supply of Arnica cream, iron tablets and peroxide from our online pharmacy using a 5% off promotion saving $9.47 on their usual prices. In our local chemist the arnica cream here is $6 per tube dearer so just there we saved $78.57 :).
    - Purchased a years supply of flea and tick prevention for the cat using a 5% off promotion on eBay saving $31.71 over purchasing it from our local veterinary clinic.

    Starting to get rather sore muscles from packing and running but we will both oh so use the arnica cream tonight after showers :). One month and one day until settlement and moving into our new home.

    Have a wonderful week ahead everyone :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

    1. All of the soreness will be worth it when you are in your forever home. That was very nice of you to help your friends out. That is why we keep our pantries full, to help others and ourselves in a time of need. Have a wonderful week.


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