Today I baked up some fruit that I didn't want to lose. First off was this Southern Living banana bread recipe. First photo is of it going into the oven and then afterwards when I had it cut up for eating this week.
I also had some Granny Smith apples that needed using up. I read a recipe in the Betty Crocker newsletter this past week for Apple Dump Cake, which I made although I did add some cinnamon to the apples.
The apples used in this recipe were given to me, the cake mix bought on sale, and I did have to spring for the butter, so this cost me right at $1.00 to prepare at home.
Here is a picture of it.
We had two jars of honey in the house and both of them had crystallized, so I placed them in a pan filled with hot water to make the honey pourable again. And then I put all the honey in one jar.
Looks better, doesn't it? And much easier to use in this stage. :)
Afterwards, I made some more granola bars for my daughter to take with her to school this week. This batch made fourteen granola bars. These bars cost me under $1.00 to make at home, which is much cheaper than a box of granola bars bought at the store.
Dinner tonight was hamburger, which I browned with some onions and worcestershire sauce, drained, and then added some Campbell's Beefy Mushroom soup. I served that over mashed potatoes with a side of carrots. This dinner cost right around $4.00 to make because I used ground beef I bought on sale for $1.99 a pound.
Here is a photo of my dinner plate.
One of my readers, Patti, mentioned in the comment section last week that Brandy over at Prudent Homemaker had ordered some glasses online inexpensively. I did some research and the company is Zenni Optical and the glasses start out at $6.95 plus $4.95 for shipping. Such a great price!
I went ahead and used the eyeglass center at Walmart because I needed something right away. I found frames for $9.00 and with the lenses they cost me $38. I ordered them on Thursday and they were ready on Friday. I can definitely tell a BIG difference.
Thank you for everyone who expressed concern about my foot injury last week. Although it is still bruised, it is feeling much better.
Having stayed home all day today, we did not spend any money. We simply stayed home and used what we had on hand to make food and we did some simple chores around the house that needed doing. That is a big part of the frugal lifestyle for me. Staying home and not spending money, doing things that need doing around here. It may not be glamourous and people may tire of reading about it, but it is a part of being frugal for me.
I hope you all have a very pleasant weekend. :)
Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
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