Monday, April 25, 2016

My daughter and I went to several yard sales on Saturday. We even went to two neighborhood yard sales, which are a lot of fun since you can park and go to multiple sales at a time. 

Pictured above is a set of eight forks and a pretty yellow plate. These were included in a box marked, "make an offer". So, I bought the eight forks, plate, two batter bowls, and two juice cups for $1.00. I was all ready to haggle with her, but she accepted my offer! I was surprised, but tickled. 

I don't know why, but our forks seem to just disappear. I have bought replacements many times at yard sales and thrift stores over the years too. 

Here are some of the other items we bought. 

Cloth Napkins for 25¢ each.

Hand Stitched Twin Quilt for $2.00. 

Thirty One Bag for $2.00. These retail for over $30.

One extra large coffee cup for 25¢, which I always use for soup bowls.  

Two really cute glass candle holders with wire rings to hand outside. I love these and they were only $1.00. 

We actually bought more than this such as the Vera Bradley bag my daughter for $5.00. These were the highlights though. 

My Mom needed me to take her to the doctor this week and she also wanted to do a little grocery shopping at Walmart. I'm hardly ever in there anymore, but I did find some fresh baked bread for 50¢ per loaf. I bought four loves and put three of them into the freezer when I got home.  

The other one went into the refrigerator since fresh baked bread will mold quickly here if left out on the counter. I made sandwiches for our lunch from it on Wednesday. I also bought sour cream, cottage cheese, chips for lunches, Life cereal. If you are not couponing then Walmart's prices can be lower when compared to stores that double coupons. It just depends, as always do your math. :)

These days when I have a day off from work, I do not even have to leave the house to take my daughter to school since she drives herself now. This has turned out to be a money saver for me. I used to stop at the grocery store on my way home from dropping her off. Now I just stay home, which as it turns out saves me some money. I love finding the good things in all of these changes in our lives we've been going through. 

Dinner tonight is going to be Vegetable Soup & Cornbread. 

What's for dinner in your home?

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday at the Frugal Workshop

I'm so glad today is Saturday as I've worked all week and I'm looking forward to staying home today. My daughter has library volunteer duties, but she will be able to drive herself for the first time in four years.  :)

Update on the auto insurance: We did have to get my daughter a policy of her own since the car is in her name. It worked out to about $129 per month, so not too bad for a teenage driver. 

I have to brag on her for a minute. She decided to go to a couple of yard sales while I was working yesterday, so she packed her own lunch and drinks to take along with her, so she wouldn't spend any money on those things. 

Also, she is going to her prom at the end of the month and she decided, on her own, to use the dress she wore last year. She has also decided to use it for her graduation in May, so I will not be out any money for these items. I am definitely counting my blessings there as she is not materialistic. 

She knows the trouble that credit cards can cause when they are not used responsibly and she also knows about creating multiple income streams. She has had a wonderful example of this from one of her teachers. It is my hope and prayer that she continues to be financially savvy in the years to come because as we all know it will do her well. 

Today dinner will be Cheese Enchiladas, using my Homemade Enchilada Sauce,  Mexican Rice, and Pinto Beans all made from scratch. 

I hope you all have a great weekend. 

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Updates from the Frugal Workshop

This is a photo my daughter took on her Spring Break. They had just gotten off the ship in Nassau. Her grandmother took her on a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas as an early graduation present. 

My Spring Break was a little disappointing because I came down with a stomach virus, which lasted about five days, which explains my absence from my blog. 

Anyway, my daughter got her drivers license this week and we have been car shopping everyday after school. She finally settled on this one:

It is a Ford Fiesta that gets 40 miles to the gallon, which will help a great deal as she starts college this fall. I'm very happy to report that we were able to pay cash in full for the car, so she will have no car payments.

Yesterday we spent the day decluttering around the house and took off a carload of garbage to the dump and donated items to our local charity shop. Afterwards we cleaned the house, including laundry, and getting ready for the work/school week. Other than that we spent the whole day at home, which felt great after car shopping all week. 

One thing I noticed when car shopping was the fact that many cars had almost 100,000 miles on them, which to me was a sure sign of the economic times. People are holding onto their cars much longer than they used to hold onto them. I know I held onto my last car for 15 years and it had over 200,000 miles on it when I replaced it with a newer one for work. I still have the old car, which I use to haul off garbage. 

This week I will be adding another car to my auto insurance policy or getting a policy for my daughter all her own. I will do a price comparison in the office to see which one will save us the most money. I've already seen an increase in price of $200 when I added her last week after she received her driver's license. Any advice from those who have been through this already will be very welcome. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Checking the clearance section at Walmart the other day paid off big for me. 

I found these 20 ounce bags of sliced almonds for $4.00 each

 I picked up five bags and put four of them in the freezer to keep them fresh. 

I also found one can of great northern beans for 25¢ and one can of pumpkin  for 50¢.

Always make sure to check the clearance section of the store you are shopping in as you never know what you may find. 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016


Good Saturday morning to all my readers. This has been a very tiring week for me. I worked all five days and I was so tired each day with the time change. I was grateful when Friday finally got here.  :)

Springtime has arrived in southern Tennessee. Just a few photos of some things that are blooming right now. 

Some other things going on here at the Frugal Workshop. I finally used up one of the boxes of plastic wrap I had here. I am down to four boxes now. I think this is a cheaper option than Ziploc bags and I have them on hand, so I will be using them up. 

Food City sent me some great coupons in the mail. Make sure you are singed up by email for your local grocery stores because you never know when they will send you coupons in the mail. There is one here for $5.00 off a $25 grocery order. 

I finished up a tube of toothpaste and cut the tube open to reveal more toothpaste inside. It was enough for another two days of brushing. 

We enjoyed the ducks and geese at the pond behind Food City this past week. 

This week we will be on Spring Break from school. My daughter is off on vacation with her surrogate grandmother. I will be relaxing at home and enjoying my time off. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Saturday Errands

Saturday was a busy day here this weekend. We started the day with a home cooked breakfast. 

Scrambled eggs with cheese, fried potatoes, ham, and buttered toast. 

Afterwards we went to town to run errands and stopped at a couple of yard sales. 

I found these containers for 5¢ each. I couldn't believe she had the Tupperware marinating container included, but she did. I looked and the item sells for $22.00 on the Tupperware site and $12.00 on Etsy. What a bargain! So, 25¢ for all five containers. I couldn't help but pick these up as they are useful for many things. 

Afterwards we went to our local Goodwill store, since March 5th is the first Saturday of the month and everything is 50% off the first Saturday of the month. 

We picked up four blankets for our cats. One of them was $2.50, but the others were $1.00 as was the Better Homes and Gardens gold towel. 

I like to buy the blankets for our cats at yard sales and thrift stores and let the cats use them until they need replacing and then just toss them because I do not want to clean them in my washer & dryer. So, buying them at yard sales and thrift stores makes them more affordable. 

We found these baskets in a free bin on Friday and I knew the cats would love them, so we picked them up and put the blankets in there yesterday. 

Big Kitty, on Friday night, didn't even want to wait for a blanket for his basket. He is a funny cat and loves to have new items to sleep on. If I have a towel drying on the banister and it falls to the ground, he is on top of it almost instantly. :)  

Other items we found include these organizers and two shirts. The Made Smart Junk Drawer Organizer is brand new and retails for $12.00 at Ace Hardware. I picked it up for $1.50.

We stopped in at Fresh & Low and Cooke's Hometown Grocer to pick up a few sale items. 

I went to Cooke's for their sale on Kraft cheddar cheese. They have this sale about every three months where you buy eight of a certain product and they take off $8.00 of your order. I picked up eight of the eight ounce blocks of cheese and ended up paying $1.49 each. 

Next stop was Fresh & Low, which is actually owned by Cooke's, and picked up some dried beans, sugar, bread, macaroni and cheese, and canned chili. 

The two pound bags of mixed beans were $2.01 each while the cranberry beans, a favorite of mine, were one pound bags for $1.36 each. These will make very frugal dinners of beans & cornbread served with a green vegetable. And beans are a great item to keep my blood sugar lower.  

I also picked up two boxes of the Best Choice Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese dinners. I picked one up about a month ago to try it and we liked them, so I decided to pick up two more boxes. 

These will make a good dinner on a night when I am too tired to cook after working all day. A can of chili stirred into the Mac & Cheese after it is cooked makes for a great addition. 

The Mac & Cheese was on sale for $1.25 and the chili for $1.19, which makes it a very frugal dinner. Of course I will add a vegetable when the times comes. 

We also went to McKay's Used books where I traded some books and received $5.76 in trade credit and bought two movies. One was The Long Walk Home for $1.95 and the other was volume 30 of The Heartland Series with Bill Landry for $6.95. 

How was your Saturday?

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Frugal Friday

Earlier this week I made a large pan of cornbread because I wanted to make Cornbread Dressing one day this week since I found some Pepperidge Farm dressing mix on markdown a few weeks ago. 

Of course, I always doctor up the dressing mix by adding crumbled cornbread, onions and celery, which I saute in butter, onion soup mix for extra flavor, and plenty of chicken broth to moisten the dressing.  

I made a double batch of the dressing and then divided it up into six dinner sized portions and put the majority of them into the freezer for later use. 

I had onion soup mix on my grocery list when I went to Food City the other day. I picked up a new box for $1.19, but then found one for 60¢ in the Crash and Burn section, so I bought it instead and put the other one back on the shelf. 

Publix had two things on sale that I picked up this week. One of them was Welch's grape juice, which was buy one get one free. The best deal though was the Hellman's mayonnaise. They had a coupon for $2.50 off one jar in their flyer, so I paid $1.23 for each jar, which is a great deal for our favorite mayo. 

What have you been doing in your frugal kitchen this week?

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