Friday, June 14, 2024

Second Frugal Friday of June 2024

                                         


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

Last Friday we went to the YMCA to go to the pool, but first in the weight room to exercise. We spent so long in the weight room that we decided not to get in the pool. We will be going again today and h opefully getting in the pool afterwards. 

Saturday morning we were up bright and early for yard sales. We went to fourteen yard sales in all and Bailey restocked her inventory for her online shops. I found a broom and stand alone dustpan set for $1.00. I already had one, but took it downstairs to use and do not want it back upstairs, so now I have one for upstairs too. 

On Tuesday I went to Whole Foods and picked up a few things. I bought Siggi yogurt and used the $1.00 off two coupon from their website. I bought Amylu chicken sausages to try, and Bailey really like them. 

I bought some turmeric and ginger root and also bought some tumeric for my spice shelf as I was out. I also picked up a fennel bulb and will make some minestrone soup this week. I also found a box of mixed spring greens marked 50% off that day. 

Question of the Week

I decided to send my brother a box of our  Dad's things to him for Father's Day. One of the things I sent were some papers and photos that our Mom & Dad had kept over the years, which prompted me to go through my papers. 

Do you keep papers of yours from when you were in grade school? I have several that are special to me, so I've kept those including all my report cards and yearbooks. But, I know that they won't mean anything to anyone else. How do you come to terms with tossing items that are sentimental?

How was your week? 

Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.


Belinda
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Monday, June 10, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 10, 2024

                                         

My Frugal Week

This week I made a gallon of green tea, a gallon of sweet tea, and we used drink packets to flavor some of our water. I mostly drink my water plain, but this week I used one Gatorade Zero Glacier Freeze while Bailey loves the Starburst Cherry ones. She also likes to add the Mermaid Skinny Syrup to her water. Someday I would like to try the Cotton Candy Skinny Syrup and see if it tastes good. 

We stopped at the Farmer's Market while we were out at yard sales on Saturday, and picked up fresh tomatoes, a head of cabbage and a watermelon, all for $15.00. I chopped up two of the tomatoes to go with dinner that night and they were delicious. 

Recipe of the Week

Spiced with ginger and cinnamon, this is the perfect warm drink. Both turmeric and ginger have anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, so this is also a healthy drink. 

Golden Turmeric Latte

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Honey

Pinch of Turmeric Powder

Pinch of Ginger Powder

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 cup Nonfat milk your of choice 

Pinch of Pepper (Turmeric needs pepper to work)

Directions:

Warm milk in a small pan and add honey, turmeric, ginger, pepper and cinnamon and whisk until combined.

Heat on low to medium heat until warm.

Pour in a mug and enjoy!

Photo of the Week



Vegetables diced in my food chopper and sauteing for dinner of Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice.

What’s for Dinner


Monday ~ We went out to eat at Golden Corral to celebrate getting the property deeds all transferred. I had a steak, a couple of shrimp and one chicken tender along with a really nice salad. 

Tuesday ~ Salmon, Brown Rice, and Steamed Broccoli. 

Wednesday ~ Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice. 

Thursday ~ Meatloaf, Carrots, Pinto Beans. 

Friday ~ Chicken Tacos with all the fixings. 

Saturday ~ Chicken Stir Fry, Cucumber Tomato Salad, Golden Honeydew Melon. 

Sunday ~ Lemon Pepper Salmon, Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprouts, Sliced Tomatoes. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

So far I am thinking we will have Cube Steak, Chicken Fajitas, and I'm undecided after that. 

How about you?

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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Proverbs 31:27


Friday, June 7, 2024

First Frugal Friday of June 2024

                                                 




Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

On Saturday we went to several yard sales. I found myself a new pair of capri pants in my smaller size for 50 cents, which thrills me to pieces. 

I met with the attorney on Monday at the courthouse and signed the new property deeds, now all the property, both Moms and Dads,  is in mine and my siblings names. Our first attorney didn't work out, but the title attorney was just what we needed. 

That was the only time I've been out of the house this week, so no shopping or spending money this week. I even have a full tank of gas still, which is down to $2.86 per gallon here. 

I worked through ore of my Facebook groups and have whittled it down to only 68 groups. Many of them were for yard sale groups that were inactive. 

How was your week?


Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Monday, June 3, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 3, 2024

                                        

My Frugal Week

We went grocery shopping on Saturday and spent more than I wanted to spend, but we were out of many items and I was stocking up on several items. 

On Sunday I boiled eggs for the week, and made deviled eggs and a cucumber tomato salad to go with dinner. 

Recipe of the Week

I created this recipe using ingredients I had on hand and it turned out really well. You can always substitute chopped cabbage for the Cruciferous crunch. It made enough for dinner and then three lunches afterwards. I will definitely be making this again. 

Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice


Ingredients:


1 tablespoon EVOO

8 ounces cooked chicken

1 - 10 ounce bag Trader Joe's Cruciferous Crunch

1 - 12 ounce bag Trader Joe's Cauliflower Rice 

1 packet Sunbird Fried Rice Seasoning Mix

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup chopped red, orange, or yellow bell peppers

1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil

1 teaspoon ginger

Soy Sauce 


Directions


Heat EVOO in skillet until warm.

Add onions & peppers and saute for a few minutes.

Add Cruciferous Crunch, Riced Cauliflower, and Chicken.

Add Sunbird Seasoning packet.

Saute and heat through.

Add toasted sesame oil & soy sauce.

Stir to combine.

Enjoy.


Photo of the Week



Round steak, all browned, and ready to go into the crockpot to make Swiss Steak for Sunday dinner.

What’s for Dinner


Monday ~ Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Carrots. Oh wow, this was so good to me. I used Trader Joe's cauliflower rice and Cruciferous Crunch and it turned out really well. Afterwards, I had enough left to pack for three lunches for this week.  

Tuesday ~ Movie Night for Bailey, so I had a Grilled Chicken Salad. 

Wednesday ~ Minestrone Soup

Thursday ~ Enchilada Bake, Sweet Potatoes, Baked Beans. 

Friday ~ Bailey has book club, so I am on my own for dinner. I made Lemon Pepper Salmon, Baked Sweet Potato, and Tuscan Kale with fig balsamic vinegar. 

Saturday ~ I found a rotisserie chicken on markdown for $3.04, so I took the meat off the bones and added onions, spices and crushed tomatoes and make a chicken taco filling for dinner. I had mine via a burrito bowl while Bailey had tacos with hers. 

Sunday ~ Swiss Steak, Deviled Eggs, Pickled Beets, and Steamed Broccoli. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

I have several ideas planned for dinner this week including Tacos, Hamburgers, Cube Steak, and Salmon Patties. Please come back next week to see what sides we have on our menu this week. 

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Friday, May 31, 2024

Final Frugal Friday of May 2024

                                             


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

Except for Wednesday, I spent my days at home this week, which I love as I tend to get more done on those days compared to days when I have to leave the house for an appointment or errand. 

I'm having issues with our garbage man, sigh. He didn't come by on Saturday and finally called on Wednesday and said he would be here Thursday. Bailey is ready to fire him, but I'm not, but I did hire another garbage service to come each week for only $35 a month, which is cheaper than I pay our regular garbage man. 

The reason I won't let our regular garbage man go is because we have several irons in the fire with him. He is the one who cut down the tree recently and he still has clean up to do from that. He stays busy working a fulltime job and volunteering for our fire department, so I know he is a busy man. 

We go back a long way, as he was a student when I subbed and he knew both Mom and Dad and did a lot of work for both of them. He will carry groceries up from my car up the stairs if I ask him too and I can count on him for certain things. 

But, it is summer time and I can't have garbage on the back porch for days at a time with it being bear season, so I hired someone else to pick up the slack for now. 

Question of the Week

This week I've been reviewing my membership in various Facebook groups. I checked to make sure they are still active and relevant and I unjoined several that didn't fit that criteria. 

At first I started out at over 300 groups, as it had been a long time since I last sorted through them, so this week I whittled that down to 120. Some of them are similar groups, but I don't want to miss out on any information. And some of them I just can't leave like the one I paid to be in and the founder abandoned ship. (Grrr!)

How many Facebook groups do you belong to? Or, what are some of your favorite groups? Mine include Living Simply, The Tuesday Afternoon Club, and Everything Frugal. I only have three groups pinned as those are the most important to me at this time. 

Avoiding Spending

I definitely avoided spending this week since I stayed home. On the one day I did venture out of the house, I had three appointments, but still did not spend any money, so I'm calling that a win!

How was your week?


Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


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