Friday, February 23, 2024

Fourth Frugal Friday of February 2024



Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

This morning I went to Food City and Save a Lot to get in on two grocery deals. Food City has ground chuck for $1.99 a pound, limit of ten pounds, when you buy $25 worth of store brand groceries, today and tomorrow only. Save a Lot has chicken leg quarters on sale for 59 cents a pound, and I bought two bags. 

While cleaning in Dad's kitchen, we found an old crockpot with a glass lid. My own smaller crock pot had a plastic lid that was cracked, so I exchanged them. We will sell his old one at the consignment sale, but now mine has a glass lid. Woo Hoo! It's the little things that bring me joy. 

We rode Dad's four wheeler around the yard (we have 20 acres here) and picked up trash that had blown into the yard. We brought a nice Rubbermaid Brute garbage can over here from his yard, but emptied it out into a garbage bag beforehand. We took it to Fletcher spout and rinsed it out very well.  

I attended the class at The Samaritan Center again this week and earned another $10 in thrift store credit. I bought some more flannel blankets for 25 cents. This week they made a Caribbean Casserole for us to try and it was really good. I'll include it in the recipe of the week in Monday's post.  

On Tuesday we went to the $5 Bargain Tuesday at UEC, and both received a free popcorn for being a rewards member. We watched The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. This is the book club reading for this month, which meets tonight, so she's excited to have read the book AND watched the movie. 

Savings of the Week


On Wednesday I went to Chattanooga to run errands and went to the UGO on Highway 58. Thanks very much to Toni, I found Lord Chesterfield's butter beans for 79 cents per can! Toni said, "in this day and age we have to watch out for each other" and I definitely agree with her. I sure do appreciate her letting me know this.

Other items I bought include Kraft shredded cheese in the eight ounce packages for $1.00, Tyson spicy plant based nuggets in the one pound package for $1.99, and I bought one to try. If we like them, that is a great price for one pound of "meat". 

Blueberries and pineberries were $1.50 for the larger container, tortillas for 50 cents a pack, EVOO for $3.99, and several other items as well. 

Coupons

Bailey and I both use the Cetaphil soap to wash our hands here as it is a very moisturizing soap that doesn't leave our hands dried out. It's more expensive than other soaps at around $11 for three bars, but you can go to the website and print a coupon for $4.00 off if you're interested. 

Speaking of coupons, I found a stash in a filing cabinet in Dad's office from the 1980s with no expiration date. The values are low, but they will still work. We also received coupons from Kroger and Frito Lay & Pepsi this week from their Tasty Rewards program, and now they will let you order coupons every two weeks. 

Joy of the Week & Freebies

While I was running errands this week I came across a lady who wanted to chat while we were both waiting on an event  to start. She was very sweet and even asked to pray with me. 

She goes to food giveaways and what she can't use she keeps in her car and gives it to people she meets, people like me. She had me go look in her box, and I picked out a box of broth, crackers and some granola bars. 

Wasn't that sweet of her? The whole encounter reminded me of the scripture found in the book of Hebrews 13:2, "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have entertained angels unawares."

Photo of the Week


In the photo above you'll see two brand new cans of Spectracide wasp spray. We buy these at Lowe's in a dual pack and keep a supply on hand. Bailey opened a new pack last week and both cans were empty, so I called Spectracide and they sent me two new bottles to replace them. That was great customer service in my book. 




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, February 19, 2024

Saving Money in my Frugal Kitchen ~ 3rd Week of February 2024

 


My Frugal Week & Recipe of the Week

Several people have commented on the pizza eggs I include in our breakfasts of the week. And have even mentioned looking up the recipe, so I decided to do that too and came across some with actual slices of pizza in the recipe.

What we do is make eggs, anyway we like them, I prefer mine scrambled and then add pizza toppings to the mix. We like both cottage cheese and parmesan cheese in ours and Bailey likes turkey pepperoni in hers.

I add pizza sauce of which I have used all sorts of things like tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce. It's really helped to use up our stash of tomato based sauces. Bailey adds pizza seasoning from Trader Joe's to hers and I like to add Italian Seasoning to mine. 

You can also add black olives or any pizza toppings you prefer. We cook the eggs first, then add the toppings and a lid to the skillet and allow the cheeses to melt. 

Pizza Eggs


Ingredients:


Eggs

Pepperoni

Cottage Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

Pizza Sauce

Any pizza toppings you prefer


Breakfasts


This week I finished a box of Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar with 20 packets in it that we brought over from Dad's place. Now, I will move on to a tin of McCann's Irish oatmeal and finish using that up before I move on to my regular oatmeal. We also did Pizza Eggs somedays.


What’s for Dinner

Monday ~ Planned Over Lasagne, Salad, and Garlic Bread. 

Tuesday ~ Movie Night! No cooking for me! Bailey will have her usual BBQ Chicken Pizza. 

Wednesday ~ BBQ Smokies, Baked Apples, and Corn. 

Thursday ~ Beefy Baked Beans, Broccoli. 

Friday ~ Tired from cleaning out, we had leftovers. Beefy Baked Beans, BBQ Smokies, Corn, and Pickled Beets. 

Saturday ~ Chicken Tacos, Onions, Pinto Beans. 

Sunday ~ Chicken Pot Pie with homemade white sauce, Green Beans with Onions, Pickled Beets, and Southern Spoon Bread. I also made up a fresh batch of iced tea. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

Salmon, Ham, Tuna, Pulled Pork, Sausage, and Pork Chops are items we have on hand that I can use to make meals this week. As usual, I will be serving at least one meatless meal this week to save money on meat. Be sure to come back next week to see what sides we serve with these main dishes.

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, February 16, 2024

Third Frugal Friday February 2024

 


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

Quote of the Week
Instead, your only option may be to dissolve any sense of brand loyalty you may have in favor of more wallet-friendly options. [...] we shouldn’t count on name brand products getting cheaper without a fight. ‘Corporations are going to continue to price gouge as long as they’re able to.’” (link)

Also... 

 Let me be clear to any corporation that hasn’t brought their prices back down even as inflation has come down: It’s time to stop the price gouging. Give American consumers a break. ~ President Joe Biden

My Frugal Week

Friday we cleaned more in Dad's office, workshop, and pole barn. We cleared enough space to park Dad's four wheeler inside the garage and then it took up all the space we cleared. So, we will back it out of there when we are in there cleaning in the future. 

We found a WAGS $10 gift card among Dad's stuff when we were cleaning out, and It must have been 10 years old or more, I couldn't even look it up on their website. I had to call the 800 number to find the balance. 

One thing we've noticed is lots of wasps hibernating in multiple places down there. It explains why we saw so many wasps upstairs last summer. We will be investing in some wasp traps from Harbor Freight, who sells a two pack for $3.99 or researching homemade wasp traps to see if they work before the wasps wake up for warm weather. 

Saturday was garbage day, and Timmy came and filled up the back of his pickup truck. There was still some stuff he couldn't fit in there, but it'll keep until next Saturday. 


We also ran some errands afterwards as we needed more garbage bags for decluttering/cleaning downstairs. I also picked up a pair of shoes on clearance for $5 to wear downstairs to stop getting my good shoes dirty. I washed mine again after this week's cleaning and air dried them in my bedroom. 

On our way home we saw where our neighbors had a free drawing table on their lawn. So, we came home to get the four wheeler and went back to pick it up. We are going to sell this at the consignment sale next month. 

On Monday, I went to the eye doctor and received an injection in my left eye and he said I will need one in my left eye and might need one in my right eye in four weeks, but time will tell. I hope I don't need one in the right eye too next month, as it was so nice to not get one in that eye today. 

Afterwards, Bailey had a doctors appointment and received a tetanus shot, which is good since we are working in Dad's workshop where there is a lot of machinery, glass, nails and screws. 

On Tuesday I went to the Samaritan Center for their class and earned another $10 in thrift store credit. Afterwards, I only spent $6 in the thrift store, so I still have a credit to use in there. 

I bought seven flannel blankets (25 cents each) to use as cleaning rags, a small glass bottle because I plan on making my own vanilla this year, a reusable bag, two bottle brushes, one larger than the other, and a large silicon wire whisk. I've been needing a larger whisk, and it was only 25 cents. 


I also picked up this beautiful thick glass pitcher, which will be perfect for warming up maple syrup in the microwave or using for homemade dressings. I also picked up four more children's books to add to my basket for a Christmas gift this year. 


After that I ran into Walmart and they had Muck Lucks on mark down for $7.00. They had been $12 all winter and while I wanted some, I refrained. Now priced at $7.00, I was more than willing to fork over the money for the two pack. These would also make great Christmas presents for this year. 

After receiving a lot of rain early in the week, we woke up to cold temperatures on Wednesday, a sign that winter is still with us. Rather than turn on the heat, I put my socks and shoes on, long sleeves and a jacket to warm up in the house. I also added  a hat and scarf to keep my head and neck warm. 

Our electric bill comes out on the 14th of every month and ours was $185.23. We used 1631 kWh in this billing period while we used 1339 kWh in the same billing period in 2023. The difference was that bitter cold Arctic blast we had in January. I read several comments about BIG electric bills this month from that cold spell, so I’m grateful ours wasn’t higher. Of course, we work on keeping it lower in our all electric home. 

One day I stopped in at Burger King and used reward points for a free double cheeseburger. Using the mobile app will allow you a free order of fries with any purchase. 

So, I bought a Rodeo burger and only paid $2.50 for all three items. I came home and gave one of the burgers to Bailey and we split the large order of fries. That was a pretty inexpensive lunch. 

While I was running errands, I stopped in at McKays and traded some of Dad's books. I ended up with $20 in cash plus $20 in trade credit, so I put the $20 in my gas tank and bought myself these two books and still have over $12 in trade credit. And we still have more books of his to trade. 


I looked in the free bin at McKays too and found a Biggest Loser cookbook and several movies on DVD, so I snagged those and gave them to Bailey to sell at the consignment sale next month.

I also went to the dentist for my six month cleaning this week. My insurance pays for this, so there is no cost to me. The hygienist moved here from Illinois two years ago, so we had a lot to talk about since I am also from Illinois. He enjoys the milder winters here just like me. 

He gave me the following freebies...

Freebies


Toothbrush, toothpaste, Gum soft picks with coupon, Gum Proxabrush with coupon, and dental floss. 


I also stopped by the Little Free Pantry to drop off some donations and these four glass canning jars were there, so I picked them up to bring home. Two of them are Ball and the other two are Golden Harvest. 

CVS Extra Care Plus

Last month I decided to join CVS ExtraCare Plus program, so I could get my prescriptions mailed to me rather than drive the 20 miles to get to CVS. Turns out they give each member $10 in extra care bucks to spend each month, so it's like getting $5 each month for free. 

You can read about the program here: CVS ExtraCare Plus

Photo of the Week




Question of the Week Follow Up

My question of the week for the Fourth Frugal Friday of January 2024 was about Lord Chesterfield Butter Beans. Bobi was so sweet to help me, and she did the research for me and figured out that Lord Chesterfield is now selling under the label, Glory Foods. 

I found these at Publix for $1.99 per can and just had to try them. I'm very happy to report that these are exactly like Lord Chesterfield and are so delicious! If you ever get the chance to try them, please do and let me know what you think. 


Avoiding Spending

Hmmmm....I did not avoid spending this week as I had to buy gas and a few groceries (I was completely out of corn, gasp!), but I was very prudent as usual. 

What I've been Reading This Week

Food Industry Price-Gouging Prevents Inflation From Cooling Faster

I've been reading a book recommended by my friend Linda. It's written by David Baldacci and is entitled, Wish You Well. It is also available as a movie or on Amazon Prime.  I must warn you that there are several deaths in the book, so please read at your own discretion. 

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


Monday, February 12, 2024

Saving Money in my Frugal Kitchen ~ Week 2 February 2024

 


My Frugal Week

I made a batch of Crock Pot yogurt this week using this recipe from Bless this Mess. It was an utter fail for me, but I think I added the yogurt while the milk was too warm, so I will try again the next time I get some free or reduced milk. 

What’s for Breakfast


Pizza Eggs, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs with Gravy, Peanut Butter on Toast.


What’s for Dinner


Mexican Monday ~ Taco Chicken, Tortillas, Lettuce Tomatoes, Onions, Corn & Taco Beans. 

Movie Night Tuesday ~ Chicken BBQ Pizza for Bailey, leftovers for me. 

Wednesday ~ Breakfast for Dinner, Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs, and Fruit Salad. 

Thursday & Friday ~ Chicken Dressing Green Beans

Saturday ~ Chinese

Sunday ~ Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

I haven't decided yet, so I'm going to wing it this week. I have several ideas planned, so please come back next week to see what we had 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 ~
My Linktree

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


Friday, February 9, 2024

Second Frugal Friday February 2024

 


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

This week I spent several minutes each day unsubscribing from emails that want to sell me something. Some of them send multiple emails per day and I don't want to receive that many emails from any company.

We bought two dryer brushes to clean out our lint trap. I already cleaned out the dryer upstairs and used the vacuum to help clean up the lint. We will also have to take it downstairs and clean out the line leading to the outside. 

We cleaned in Dad's office again last Friday and will clean in there again today. We put out another dozen or so bags for the garbage man on Saturday. I'm going to give him a really big bonus for all this extra trash. 

If you're interested, Knife magazine wrote an article abut my Dad's passing and you can read it here

We went to the class at the Samaritan Center on Tuesday with the topic being Food Safety. And we both received another $10 voucher to the thrift store. One of the things I picked up were smaller baskets with handles to corral items around the house. They were only 40 cents each and perfect for some things. 

We've not done any grocery shopping this week, so no money spent there. We are simply eating what we have here at home. 


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


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