Friday, August 17, 2018

Frugal Friday - August 17, 2018

Don't forget to save those Boxtops for Education that you come across on any of the packages you buy. I sold the ones I had on Ebay this week, and they are definitely a money maker if you save and sell them. 

I remember how competitive they could be in elementary school when my daughter was there and parents are willing to pay for them, trust me. 

Of course, if you want to donate them to a local school, I know they will appreciate them, and that is what they are intended for anyway. 

 
We have a new kitchen faucet. Ours was on it's last leg. It had begun to squeal at times and drip nonstop. 

We had a rubberband on it for the last year to make the squealing stop, so it was definitely time for a new one. 

Our neighbor, who fixed our driveway, had a plumber friend of his come and fix it and he only charged us $55 to install it. 


Monday was my first day back to school and I was so happy to be there. I miss the students when I don't see them all summer. Several of them ran up to hug me and one of them even gave me an apple. I ended up subbing three days this week. 

Monday & Tuesday I subbed in the gym where there is no air conditioning. It was definitely hot in there, but they also offer free water bottles. I ended up drinking several each day. 


My daughter went to Ingle's after thrift store shopping on Thursday and picked up more reduced meat. She picked up four packages of ground beef, two mild Italian sausages, and two packages of chicken breast. The freezer above the fridge is very full right now.


My mailbox was overflowing with free magazines this week and the art teacher at the middle school collects them for student projects. She was happy to accept them after I read them. 


On Friday I went to Food City for grocery shopping. It was their $5 Friday and I wanted to get in on a few deals. I spent a total of $116.99. 

I picked up four bags of 32 ounce cheese for $5 each, one box of Keebler Club crackers for 60¢ (sale plus KFR coupon), and 5 boxes of Life cereal for $2 each. 

I also picked up a great deal on beans. 

Our Sunday paper had a coupon for $1 off the new Bush's beans. Food City had them on sale for $1.00 and I had 25 coupons, so all these beans were free to me. 


Here they are in the pantry:



And our neighbor put out some free okra today, so I picked some of that up too. 



How was your week?

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Sunday, August 12, 2018

This Week in my Frugal Kitchen

Avoiding food waste, we finished off the Mac & Cheese and Pasta Salad for lunch on Monday. 

I combined the plain Oui yogurt dd bought last week with strawberry preserves this week. It was so good.

For dinner on Monday I had some Pepperidge Farm slider buns, so I made sliders for dinner along with some homemade potato salad.

For dinner on Tuesday we went out for dinner and a movie. 

For dinner on Wednesday I made a large stockpot of chili for dinner that night. I know it's hot outside, but my daughter requested it. We also had this for Thursday & Friday night dinner. 

The diced tomatoes I used were thick and didn't have much juice. I didn't have tomato sauce or V8 juice to make it thinner and it was really too thick to eat like it was. I put a squirt of ketchup, but that didn't help much. I finally just added a cup of water and that did the trick. 

Frugality for my family is a necessity and how I run my kitchen can help or hurt that.  I do my best not to waste food in my kitchen or money when I shop for groceries. I'm usually buying items on sale or markdown. Adding a cup of water to our chili cost me nothing. 

Oftentimes when I buy items on sale or markdown, I save those things until I have all the ingredients to make a certain dish.  

That's what I did recently when I made lasagne, a dish that is well known for costing money to make. 

It may take me longer to gather the ingredients I need this way, but it does save me money in the long run. 

I also made a gallon and a half of sweet tea on Wednesday. My daughter has a tiny refrigerator in her work space and I made the half gallon for her fridge. 


Last week on my blog Stephanie mentioned that she uses most of her bananas in smoothies. That motivated me to make one this week. 

I used bananas I froze previously and honeydew melon. I also used the cashew milk we bought on markdown. It was so cold and refreshing, so thank you for the reminder, Stephanie.  :)

Saturday after yard sales I made some hamburgers to finish using the rest of the PF slider buns. 

No food waste here this week. My supplies are running low though, so I know a grocery run is in order for this upcoming week. 

How was your week in the kitchen?

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Friday, August 10, 2018

Frugal Friday ~ August 10, 2018

It's Friday once again and time for another frugal blog post. 

We stayed home several days this week and worked on cleaning, sewing, and reselling. 

Monday was the day the washer was fixed, so we ended up washing four loads and folding and putting those away. 

Recent Packages Waiting on the Mailman
We continue to make sales online and oftentimes we use second hand packaging materials. We always reuse the ones we get in the mail. 


I'm still decluttering around here. Some of the silliest things were kept for some unknown reason. 

Today I put into the donation pile two pieces of glass that looked like tiny candle holders. I suspect my daughter kept them when she was little. She never wanted to get rid of anything back then, but today is another story. Thank goodness.  :)


Do you ever leave your grocery list at home? When I've done that it's usually because I ended up in town for some other reason and wanting to save on fuel, I go to the grocery store, but without my list since I hadn't planned to go there.

I've been using Google Docs for a while now, but never thought to keep my grocery list on there. I can access Google Docs from my phone. Since I always have my phone with me for sub jobs, I will now always have my grocery list with me.  


Could it be a possibility that price books may become obsolete with the new grocery store pick up websites? These stores have their products listed, the different sizes and the prices as well. 

This week I compared groceries at two websites, Walmart and Food City. 

Comparing prices has never been easier than it is now. We could be shopping in a store and wonder if a price on one item is a better value somewhere else and a quick view on your smartphone will answer that question. 

I've been having fun this week comparing prices between Walmart and Food City. As always, no one store has the best price on everything. 

If you're interested, this link to Walmart will give you $10 off of your first pick up order. 


My daughter did her usual Thursday thrift store shopping and stopped in at Ingle's to find these meat markdowns:


Ground beef, actually marked down twice. Final price was $5.99 each for over three pounds in each package works out to $1.83 per pound.


Sweet Italian Sausage for $1.99 each, which is a great price. 


And lastly, two cheddar style burgers for $1.99.


That is all the news to report this week. I hope you have had a wonderful, frugal week. I would love to hear all about it in the comments section. 

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dinner & a Movie


My daughter and I decided to have dinner and watch a movie on the big screen on Tuesday. 

Normally we reserve this night for board game night, but wanted to do something different yesterday. 

Our local UEC movie theater has bargain Tuesday where any movie can be seen for $5.00, and if you use your UEC loyalty card you can also get a free 46 ounce popcorn. 

We went to see the new Christopher Robin movie yesterday and also received two free popcorns even though we only have one loyalty card. 

Before we went to see the movie though we had dinner at Ruby Tuesday. 

They have a special going on right now where you can get a free Garden Bar Entree or Hamburger when you sign up for their So Connected program, which is free to join. 

Here is a photo of my salad:


Here is a link if you would like to join: 

Ruby Tuesday

The coupon is good from now until the end of the year. 

This was the first time this summer we've done something fun for ourselves. It was a cute movie, a good time, and pretty inexpensive as well. 


Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Monday, August 6, 2018

Washer Update


The service repair man came today to install the new control panel inside our washing machine. 

We bought the machine at Lowe's on 8-29-17 for $284.06. 

The control panel he put it today cost $294 plus $100 labor plus tax for installation. 

He said most people never repair these washers because they can buy a new one for cheaper. 

Ours was under warranty, so we paid $0 for this repair. I have to say that I'm glad it did this before 8-29-18. Like Sluggy said on my post last week. LOL

I was glad to get it fixed as quickly as we did as laundry was not getting done. We've washed, dried, folded, and put away three loads so far today with the last load in the washer now. 

I'm so glad to be back in business with our washer. 

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Sunday, August 5, 2018

This Week in my Frugal Kitchen

No photos this week but this is what we've been up to in our frugal kitchen this week. 

Rather than let them go to waste, I took the bananas that were turning brown and divided them into three freezer containers to have for banana pancakes at a later date. 

Washed the dishes several times per day as usual. This motivates me to want to get into the kitchen and cook.  

Last Sunday I made a large pan of homemade Lasagne. Enough for dinner for three nights and several lunches this week. 

Another night we had Ham, Potato Pancakes, and Mixed Vegetables. I made the Potato Pancakes because we had leftover mashed potatoes. Now I have leftover Potato Pancakes. No worries though as they will be eaten as well. 

Another night I took the leftover meat sauce from the lasagne and made a one pound box of elbow macaroni. 

I mixed the meat sauce with half of the elbow mac for dinner one night. Then I took the rest of the elbow mac and made a pasta salad to have for lunches this week. 

I used up several things from the fridge and pantry in the pasta salad, so no food waste here this week. 

One night we had a free Mystery Shop pizza for dinner. 

One morning I made tomato sandwiches for breakfast and then served those with ice cold watermelon. These summer time foods are so good and delicious. 

On Saturday night I made Macaroni and Cheese for dinner and I added a little bit of the ham that we had left. I've been stretching it into several meals this week. 

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Friday, August 3, 2018

Frugal Friday ~ August 3, 2018



My daughter went to do a load of laundry on Wednesday, but the washer wouldn't work. Thinking it might be a breaker, I went downstairs to investigate, but that wasn't the case. 

This washer was purchased on 8-29-17, so it was still under the one year warranty. A phone call was made to Roper and a service call was made for Thursday. 

Turns out the control panel inside was dead. He order a new part for it and it should be here on Monday. I'm expecting $0 in costs associated with this as it is still under warranty. 

When I buy something new I take the receipt and the owner's manual and place them in a clear plastic sleeve and add it to my binder that holds these. So I had my receipt on hand when I needed it for the service call. It's so important to keep track of these important papers, so you don't have to spend unnecessary money. 


My daughter went thrift store shopping yesterday while I took Mom to vote. DD and I went later in the day to vote together. 


After she was done thrifting, she went into Ingle's and found some terrific items on markdown. 

Welch's Cocktail Juice $1.00


Minute Maid 
Pineapple Coconut Water 
$1.00


Brown Eggs 50¢ x 2


Oui yogurt 50¢ x 4


Milo's Sweet Tea 75¢ x 2


Silk Cashew Milk $1.30


Laura Lynn Orange Juice $1.50


I'm tickled that she went in there. I was overlooking that as a source of markdowns because we have other grocery stores we check. 

She is now going to be checking this as a source of markdowns when she goes thrifting on Thursday in that area. 


I made $262.44 on Ebay during the month of July. That was more than enough to pay my car insurance, with some leftover. 

In fact, I made enough money from multiple sources to pay all of my bills, so I did not have to dip into any of my savings. 

August 13th will be my first day back to work, but I won't see my first paycheck until September 20th. So we will still need to continue our summertime budget for a while. 


Our neighbor came over on Saturday afternoon and using his own tractor along with one of my Dad's farm implements, fixed our driveway for us. 

We are so thrilled! 

I'm making him a batch of brownies along with a nicely written note as a way of saying thank you to him. 



We stopped at our local peach orchard and picked up peaches for the first time this summer. 

The big baskets were $15 each, but you can save $1 on your next purchase if you bring the basket back. 

These are good peaches with so much juice it runs down your arm. 


No yard sales today as the weather is not cooperating. 

How was your week? Frugal or not? 

I would love to hear all about it in the comment section. :)

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Target Purina Cat Food Deal


One deal we picked up this week was from Target. They are giving away one $10 Target gift card when you buy three bags of Purina cat food.

This is the only cat food we buy for our cats because it is not made in China. Target has this deal every couple of months or so and we try and stock up at that time. 

One thing we did to make this deal even better was to cash in some of my points from the Checkpoints app. We were able to cash in enough points for a $10 Target gift card. 

We bought three bags of cat food and paid $23 at the register. But, we also received the $10 gift card to Target, which lowered our cost to $13. 

$13 for three bags of Purina cat food (16 pounds) is a great price.  

This good deal runs through Saturday if you're interested. 

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~
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