Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quick Update

Hello everyone! Just a quick update...The summer is flying by, as usual, and we start back to school in just a little more than two weeks. I've already been called for several jobs to sub, which is great. 

We've been staying home most of the summer, which means we are eating more than usual, lol. I've been using the ground beef I bought in June to make meals for my family, but I've also been concentrating my efforts on a plant based diet again. I've been making things like vegetable soup, lentil taco filling, and several different bean dishes and soups. Eating this way not only saves money, but keeps us filled up longer too, which is a bonus. 

I hope you all are having a great summer and staying cool! 

Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Friday, July 3, 2015


We made it to Friday! :)

I hope all of you are doing well, staying dry and cool today. It is 74 degrees here in SE Tennessee because we've had a lot of rain this week to keep it cool. Pictured above is the Ocoee River, which is running hard today as a result of all the rain.

I woke up bright and early this morning and started cleaning in the kitchen. I can go to bed at night with a clean kitchen, but wake up in the morning and have it be a mess. That is what happens when you live with a teenager. lol

Afterwards, I started making dinner. I cut up onions, garlic, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, and chopped them in my Chop Wizard. I love that little gadget, which we bought at a yard sale for $2.00. 

Afterwards I browned off half a pound of the ground beef I bought earlier in the week and went to making spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight. I found some parmesan cheese and even garlic bread in the freezer, so used both of those as well. 

If I can find them cheap enough, I will doctor up store bought sauce, which is what I did today. I used two jars of sauce, which I bought at UGO back in May. These were jars of Classico spaghetti sauce, which come in these really nice Atlas mason jars. I always keep jars to recycle or reuse and these are no exception. I always add a tiny bit of water to my jars and shake well to make sure I get all the sauce out of them and then add that to my stockpot as well. 

After everyone ate I still had plenty leftover for another meal or two, so I made sure to put them in the refrigerator for another day. I might place them in a 9 x 13 casserole dish and add a layer of mozzarella cheese for Baked Spaghetti for a completely new dish. 

What are you having for dinner today?

In other news...

I recently received a check in the mail from Inbox Dollars for $30.00. I just read the emails they send to me and don't do any of the surveys. It was an easy $30.00 for something that takes about 5 seconds of my time each day.  

I've been reading the frugal forums over at Homesteading Today. There are actually some real frugal tips over there, which are kind of hard to find in forums these days maybe because there are so many blogs on the subject now.  


I made a footstool for my daughter today. She has been wanting one like the one I have, which I bought at a yard sale. They are hard to come by at yard sales and the price of a new one in the furniture store is easily over $100. 

I recall one time reading where someone made their daughters beds out of new mailing boxes from the post office. I had a lot of these boxes since we were selling on Ebay during the last year. I've not been selling much on there this summer, so I took six of those boxes and taped them all together. 

Afterwards, I took an old pillow and took the cover off to find it was actually just batting folded up, so I unfolded it and cover the top of boxes with that. Then I took some black polka dotted fabric I had and covered the whole thing with that. It actually looks pretty good considering what it is made out of and didn't cost me anything since I used materials I already had on hand. And she is happy with it, which is what matters.  :)

Publix Run

Before the night was over, my daughter wanted to make a run to Publix to get in on a few coupon deals. Here is what we bought:

We bought four packages of spring water bottles (96 bottles), four bowls of guacamole, four jars of Vlasic pickles, almond milk, more Bandaids, four yogurts, four Frank's hot BBQ sauce, and after sales and coupons we paid a total of $5.78. She continues to amaze me with her couponing skills.  :)

I would take some pictures, but it is late and I'm tired. I will "see" you in the morning.  Good night, all. :)

Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Grocery Store Run


Our local Cooke's grocery store had a sale on 80/20 ground beef for $2.79 a pound IF you bought it in the ten pound rolls. I don't care for the ten pound rolls, but in my effort to save money on meat, I went ahead and bought one on Tuesday. I split it up into both half pound and one pound packages because I want to s-t-r-e-t-c-h it as far as possible. In several of my recipes over the month of July, I plan to use only a half pound of meat in recipes that call for one pound of meat. 

While there, I also bought a cucumber, dried kidney beans ($1.59/1 lb.), crackers, cheddar cheese ($1.60/8 oz), potatoes (10 lbs. $2.49), worcestershire sauce, black olives, and popcorn.

The 15 Bean Cajun Soup beans came from Publix. We like the Cajun beans, but most stores carry the plain 15 Bean Soup and not the Cajun. 


My daughter wanted to run to Publix before the sales ended on Tuesday. We bought All Detergent, Bandaids, yogurt, olives, tortilla chips, mayonnaise, green olives, Old Bay seasoning, mustard, and popcorn.

Combining sales with coupons we were able to get the Old Bay for 69¢,  The Hellman's for B1G1 free, so $1.83, the All for $1.84, the mustard for free, the Jolly Time for 25¢, and we made 10¢ on each of the Band Aid products. 

I also bought a lot of yogurt, but had already put it in the refrigerator when I took pictures. We paid 30¢ each for those combing a sale with coupons. 

In all I spent $110.63 and I am hoping this will last us a while. 


Monday's breakfast was a fruit salad made with blueberries, strawberries and fresh pineapple, which were all bought at Aldi for 99¢ each. 

Lunch on Monday was Butter Dogs, which I first learned about from The Kneady Homesteader. I enjoy watching her YouTube videos. 

Another channel I like watching on there is Bev aka The Mrs. Volfie from Our Half Acre Homestead.  Dinner on Monday was Hamburgers and Pinto Beans. I plan on making refried beans out of the beans that are left for later in the week. Dinner on Tuesday was Swiss Steak and Rice & Cheese. 

Dinner for Wednesday was Pedernale's Potatoes , which is a tried and 

true family favorite. I served it with corn and diced tomatoes. 

Thursday I made chicken strips, mashed potatoes with gravy and 


I had to take Mom to the doctor today for routine blood work. It was raining so hard while were were gone. I'm glad to be back home and out of the rain. I hope you are having a good day today.  :)

Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Update from the Frugal Workshop

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Good afternoon everyone! :)

It's been awhile since I've posted, so I thought I would give everyone an update. 

Last time I blogged, I wrote about my summer to do list. I am happy to say that I've completed everything on my to do list and even done a little bit more as well. I helped my daughter clean out her room and we donated quite a bit of items to our local People Helping People shop. 

We finally were able to get my old car back from my brother-in-law who was a saint when it came to fixing it for us. He didn't charge us anything and I am deeply grateful for that. We did have to pay someone a $25 fee to haul garbage off for us one time, which was worth every penny in my book since it was about three weeks worth of garbage. But, we have been hauling it off ourselves ever since we got the old car back. 

My daughter has been couponing at least once a week and has us stocked up one so many items. BBQ sauce, mustard, ketchup, pasta, laundry detergent, beans, cookies, chili, shampoo, which are just some of the things she has gotten. Just this week she was able to pick up several of those Bic lighter sticks and actually had overage on them, which helped pay for the other groceries we bought. She is a couponing queen in my book.  :)

It has been tremendously hot here this summer with many days reaching into the 100s, but we did have some rain this weekend, which helped to bring the temperature down into the 70s, which was a welcome sight.  

We've been enjoying our time off from school this summer. I've especially enjoyed sleeping in later than usual and know I will miss that once school starts again in August. We've been to the library and swimming a couple of times, but mostly we have stayed home this summer. I have been reading more than I do during the school year, which I love. We have also been eating the majority of our meals here and saving gas, money, and wear and tear on the cars. 

Dinner today was Salmon Patties, Rice & Cheese, and Corn, which I cut off the cob and creamed on top of the stove and was a big hit with the family. They are pretty easy to please though. ; ) Right now I have pinto beans soaking for this week. I'm going to make refried beans out of them and have Bean & Cheese Enchiladas sometime this week. I have everything for them on hand, so this will be a meatless and money saving dinner. 

How is everything with you?

Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Today is my first day of Summer Break. We have 75 days until school starts again in August. I have made myself a Summer-To-Do-List of things I want to accomplish this summer. I've already been working on this list this morning.  

We started the day by making breakfast. I cut up the watermelon and cantaloupe we bought this week and made some diced, oven baked potatoes to go along with them. Afterwards, I washed all the dishes and started gathering the garbage together. 

My older car has been out of commision for a few weeks as my BIL was working on it, so finally out of desperation, I made several phone calls and finally found someone to come and pick up this load of garbage, which to me is money well spent. My BIL called last night to say the car was ready, so we will  be picking it up soon and will be able to haul the garbage off ourselves again after today. 

On Monday, my daughter and I ventured out on the Memorial Day holiday to get in on a few coupon deals. 

One of them was the Nivea body wash (which I love!) from Target. Using coupons we printed online, coupons for Nivea printing as we bought them (therefore combining a manufacturer coupon with a Target coupon), and a $5 Target card when you bought four, we were able to buy 12 bottles of Nivea body wash for 74¢ each.  Sweet!

The next deal we went for was a Purex deal from Walgreens. We bought eight packages of 18 count Purex packs (2 were bottles) for 44¢ each using coupons we printed online. 

Again, I use to print my coupons. 

Needless to say, we are stocked up on these items for a long time.  :)

I've already got laundry going this morning, and have dinner in the crockpot cooking as well. I put some boneless country pork ribs along with some barbeque sauce in there. Sides are yet to be determined. 

Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011 - 2015.