Saturday, December 7, 2013

December Update from the Frugal Workshop

Stocking Up

I combined some terrific sales with coupons in November and as a result I have stocked up on several items we use regularly here at the Frugal Workshop. 

I don't have pictures of everything, but some of the bargains we bought include:

Four bottles of Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, 50 ounces for $1.61 each. 

Five cans of Campbell's tomato soup for 24¢ each, which was just too good of a deal to pass up at that price.  

At Aldi, I picked up two, ten pound bags of potatoes for $1.99 each, two bags of cranberries for 99¢ each, and celery for 69¢.

At Publix I was able to stock up on one pound boxes of butter for $1.50 each, two Hellman's mayonnaise for $1.90 each,  several packages of Mueller's pasta in the one pound box for 80¢ each, and mustard for 87¢ each.

At Walgreen's, I bought two cans of salmon with an in-store coupon for $1.99 each. 

I price matched several sale items at Walmart because the stores were out of stock on the sale items. These include a four pound bag of sugar for $1.41,  and Philadelphia cream cheese for 99¢ each.


Christmas is eighteen days away. I have the majority of my Christmas shopping done and have kept it simple this year as I did last year and the year before when I made the decision to simplify Christmas and cut my gift giving and the number of Christmas cards I sent. These days I only send Christmas cards to a select few people, in fact it is so small a number that I've been using the same box for a few years now. 

Child Support

I had a bad feeling the other day when I realized my daughter's child support did not show up in the bank, so I made some phone calls and found out my ex-husband quit his job without any word to me about it.


I've made a few telephone calls since then, but am very apprehensive about spending any money right now because I don't know what my finances will be like in the weeks and months to come, so I'm being careful. I'm glad I stocked up on needed necessities in November as I've put a brake on any unnecessary spending for now. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly. 


I applied for a permanent position with my employer, but was passed over for someone else, but have been working every day that is offered to me . Next week I have every day scheduled, so I am grateful for that. What would be even better would be to have permanent full time employment. Hopefully someday soon that will happen. 

In Conclusion

I hope all my readers are doing well. I've been reading many of your blog posts, but have not been commenting. The captcha portion of commenting is sometimes frustrating, so many times I read without comment. Please forgive me. 

Until next time, take care of yourselves. :)

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2013.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”


  1. Belinda, so much going on in your life right now! I hope that the CS is resolved very quickly. But your good budgeting skills will carry you through this rough patch, I have no doubt!

    Interesting how prices vary from region to region. Some of your prices blow mine out of the water, but on other items, our area seems to have lower ones.

    I'm almost done with Christmas gifts. I have a couple more small ones that I'm making, then I'll be all finished, and can just enjoy the holiday season.

    Have a good weekend!

    1. Thank you, Lili. I hope the CS is resolved quickly too. :)

      I know what you mean about prices varying. The Prudent Homemaker (Las Vegas area) had pasta recently that was 49¢ per pound and we have not seen those prices since before the Great Recession hit in 2008.

      Hope you have a good weekend too! :)

  2. Belinda
    So good to see you blogging again. Sorry that you have C/S issues at the moment. Take things one day at a time. Best to you!
    Carol in CT

    1. Thank you, Carol. You're day at a time. I've been reading your blog and keeping up with you. So good to hear from you. :)

  3. You got some great bargains there. Hope you get a permanent job soon. sounds like your job situations are similar to here in the UK. Many part time and temporary positions and a few permanent with lots of applications.
    Best wishes


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