My Frugal List: Week of February 4, 2019
It was Hubby's birthday last week and we celebrated it several days. He loves carrot cake so I made him a dairy free one. YD does not like carrot cake so I didn't have to try and make a dairy free, gluten free one. Can you figure out how old he is? I made Hubby french toast with lots of bacon for breakfast and burgers with homemade waffle fries for dinner. The birthday person gets to pick what is on the menu on their birthday in our house. My son was treating Hubby to lunch on his birthday, so YD and I were having leftovers. Unfortunately, the restaurant they wanted was closed that day. So they had leftovers too. My son gave him an IOU for lunch another day. Hubby got lots of wonderful gifts. My sister took us out to eat during the week since she wouldn't be around on his actual birthday. Hubby really got spoiled this year.
I pulled a turkey out of the freezer. It was one of the 39¢ ones I got around Thanksgiving. It was 20+ pounds.
We did the full Thanksgiving style dinner with cornbread stuffing. We did make the corn bread GF this time and it came out great. No one noticed that is was GF so I call that a win.
I made stock with the bones. I see lots of soup in our future.
I finally cleaned out my closet. It is kind of a dumping ground. When someone outgrows something, it gets tossed into my closet until I have a bag full for the church. When I buy gifts, into my closet until they get wrapped. It needs to stop. Now it is clean and organized. I can see the floor again.
Hubby fixed the lights that were messed up in there so I also have working lights.
I have a bag of stuff that I am going to list for sale. The rest went to the church. Hubby dropped it off for me when he was going over there one day.
We had 3 days of beautiful weather. I went for several walks. My son and I went on a trail one day exploring. I wouldn't go by myself but with my soon to be 20 year old son, OK. We were the only ones around. It was very peaceful.
I also went out with a friend for lunch. We went to Panera where I used a gift card. We then took her 2 new puppies for a walk. They are so cute. Playing with puppies should be on my monthly goal list.
I had some OJ that no one was drinking. I made it into cubes that I put in the freezer.
My last pumpkin from the fall finally got cooked. It divided it up and put it in the freezer. I had room because I took the turkey out of the freezer.
I made more apple juice. I used the cores to make apple cinnamon syrup. I used the pulp to make 3 apple cakes. 2 of the cakes went to work with Hubby. He always gets so many compliments.
I mended a hole in the armpit of Hubby's favorite sweeter.
I made another batch of mouthwash with my essential oils. I used lemon grass and orange this time.
We have been trying to drink more water. YD loves it with lemon so I have been keeping a container in the fridge with it. Quick, easy and refreshing.
I thought I was getting a UTI. I started taking 2 cranberry pills twice a day and a hot bath with tea tree oil in it 2 days in a row. 4 days later I am fine. I love being able to use my essential oils and vitamins to knock something out so that I don't have to run to the doctor and get antibiotics.
I got lots of wonderful freebies this week. The chocolates were my favorite. Can you guess what everyone is getting for Valentine's day?I did really well this week with coupons, sales and rebates. I am trying to stretch my grocery dollars are far as possible.
I have been trying to get Hubby to agree to cutting or reducing our cable bill. He finally agreed. I dropped a DVR from the bedroom and went to just basic channels. We will save $51 a month or $612 a year. We have also decided to do a defensive driving class to lower our car insurance bill. We can do it online for $25 each through our AAA membership. It is good for 3 years. I have been going through all of our bills to see if any cuts can be made. I have the time to do this now that I am not working outside of the home.
My sister gave us curtains that she had in a box in her basement with the poles. We used some of them in our bedroom. We have one small window with a big double window. I took one curtain and cut it in half for the small window. Hubby and I hemmed it ourselves. We are not very good at sewing so I was very proud of us. Hubby also fixed the sewing machine. It wasn't working right so he opened it up and fixed a connector. He also oiled everything. I am trying to get better at sewing and do more myself.
YD got her prom dress. I'm calling it the Cinderella dress. It is a light blue and big and puffy at the bottom. We bought it at Macy's. It was the last one in her size so I wanted to make sure we got it. My sister came the next day and we returned it and rebought it with her 25% off coupon and put it on her Macy's card. I paid her right away for it. I don't have a Macy's credit card nor do I want it. She always offers me her coupons though.We ended up paying $79.13 after coupon and gift card that I had. It needs alterations still. YD is going to wear her silver shoes from her Sweet 16. She wants to wear a silver bracelet and choker so I put out an SOS for them. It helps that I have several sisters. I'm sure we will find what she wants. I know lots of people that spend $1000 (yes thousand) on a prom dress. Even if I had that kind of money, I wouldn't allow it. We gave YD a budget for everything we are willing to spend on prom and the Senior banquet. She has to figure it out. If she goes over it comes from her bank account(she has a job). She likes to bargain hunt as much as me and doesn't intend to spend her own money. We have been looking at dresses for over a month and she kept coming back to this one. She is going to look beautiful.
My sister and I went and had lunch at my cousin's house after. We got to chat and play with her 3 year old. I brought strawberries that I got at Aldi for $1.49 and a bouquet of tulips for $4.99. We are all watching our weight so I didn't want to bring cake. My sister drove us.
Did the usual stuff: ran full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine, hung laundry to dry, washed baggies, lowered heat when I was the only one home, wore multiple layers, water from cups went into plants at the end of the day.
What did you do last week to be frugal?