Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Evening


My menu plan for this week called for homemade pizza tonight. I made my own pizza dough using this recipe. I used mozzarella cheese, which I had left over from another recipe, which was stored in the freezer, and I opened an Institutional size can of spaghetti sauce, which I divided up into smaller containers and put three of those in the freezer for another use later. I topped it with pepperoni and black olives. It tasted good, my family enjoyed it, and I didn't spend any money on takeout pizza. 

Today was a very productive day here. I woke up early and got started right away doing laundry. I then cleaned out the refrigerator and made soup, boiled eggs, and cleaned all the dishes from that project. Afterwards my daughter and I gathered up all the garbage and took it the garbage drop off center. We are very fortunate as our county drop off center does not charge us to drop off garbage. We are the only county in Tennessee which has free garbage service, although we do have to haul it ourselves. 

Afterwards we made a run to Super Saver for several items including milk, bread, cheese, and corn, which was on sale for 50¢ a can and since I was out of corn, I decided to pick up six cans to add to my pantry. My total at Super Saver was $27.02. Afterwards we drove across the road to fill up our gas tank. Gas was selling for $3.21 a gallon, but I used my Bi-Lo Bonus Card and was able to lower the price to $3.06 per gallon and saved 15¢ per gallon. 

The groceries and gas were the only money I spent all week. I worked two days this week and took my lunch and drinks to work both days. I ate breakfast and dinner at home and did not spend any money buying drinks or snacks or anything. I didn't even buy the newspaper for the sale ads on Wednesday. I just looked up the grocery store ads online.  We were very frugal here this week and I hope you had a very frugal week in your home too. :)

Belinda
© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2011-2013.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”

10 comments :

  1. The pizza looks delish! My family would be loving that too.

    Your gas is just a tad cheaper than ours. I'm paying about $3.25/gal and that's with a store loyalty card. But then, the PNW notoriously has higher gas prices than much of the US.

    One of our kids' Christmas gifts were tickets to the movie theater. We had to pay for my ticket, but otherwise we did pretty well. We had a nice lunch at home of make-your-own pizza and cookies, then were full enough to not want any snacks at the theater. I'm not sure where we get this idea that we need to snack while watching a movie. Marketers, I suppose. The rest of the week, pretty frugal.

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    1. Thank you, Lili. Sounds like you had a frugal week at your home as well. A movie sounds like a fun treat and there are several good looking ones in the theater right now. Snacks at the movies are so expensive here, you can easily add $20 to your tab if you do buy snacks.

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  2. Great job Belinda. We too were very frugal this weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Fiesta. Glad to hear you had a frugal weekend too. :)

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  3. Hi Belinda, that looks delicious!
    When I open one of the institutional size cans of sauce, I put most of it into a muffin tin, and freeze it overnight. Pop out the frozen sauce and put in a plastic bag or container in the freezer. Each one is enough sauce for one or two pizzas. I used to do the same thing with homemade baby food, applesauce or other fruit purees. It makes a great individual serving size, depending on how high you fill it.
    Happy cooking!
    Barb from Canada

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    1. Such a great idea, Barb! Thank you for mentioning it and for visiting my blog. It's great to have you here. :)

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  4. Great looking pizza Belinda. We, too, ate home tonight. We had pasta with my homemade marinara sauce. I always add meat since dh likes it that way. I had two leftover biscuits from breakfast so I had garlic rolls instead.

    Seems like everyone had nice dinners this evening.

    We all deserve a pat on the back for saving money.

    Have a good weekend!!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Lou. Your dinner sounds terrific. I really like spaghetti and garlic rolls. And we do deserve a pat on the back for saving money! lol...hope you have a good weekend too. :)

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  5. You know I'm a big fan of homemade pizza...lol...it looks good!

    Great job on all the savings this week. I'm hoping we'll have a week like that this week because I am not obligated to go anywhere until the 18th of January.

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    1. Thank you, Shara. :) How nice that you are "in" until the 18th. I just love times like that so much. Enjoy your time. :)

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