Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Frugal Week

Monday was Martin Luther King day, so we had the day off from school and work. We decided to stay home and did not spend any money that day. 

For lunch on Monday I used up the last three salmon patties from the refrigerator. I had to cut open the bottle of tarter sauce to get the last bit out, but there was enough in there to cover the three sandwiches. I really wish they would design their bottle to make it easier to get the last little bit out of there, but until they do, this worked. 

I was able to work on Tuesday and then due to snow and cold temperatures we had a snow day on Wednesday and then again on Friday, so no school or work those days. 

I've actually ended the week with half a tank of gas leftover, which is very unusual for me, so this will be a savings for me this next week as well. 

Since we were at home Wednesday it was the perfect day to make homemade waffles. 

On Friday, since I had the day off from work, I scrubbed the kitchen down really well. I scrubbed the stove until it shined and swept and mopped the kitchen floor and vacuumed the rug in there. 

I brought sandwiches with me when we finally got out on Saturday afternoon for my daughter's weekly volunteer duty. Afterwards, we went to Publix to pick up a few essentials. 

At Publix, I was able to purchase milk for 5¢, believe it or not, there was a coupon in the Sunday paper recently for a free gallon of milk, up to $4.00, if you bought two boxes of cereal. I bought two boxes of Post Raisin Bran, on sale at 2 for $5.00 and the milk was $4.05, so for $5.05 I bought 2 boxes of cereal and 1 gallon of milk, which I thought was a pretty good deal. :)

And then to the Dollar Tree for another loaf of 54¢ bread. 

We hauled our own garbage to the county dumpsters for free instead of paying someone to do it for us.

All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners were eaten at or came from home this week. 

Dinners this week included:

Monday: Beans & Franks, Corn.
Tuesday: Loaded Baked Potatoes, Broccoli, Green Peas.
Wednesday: Pizza Pasta, Green Beans with Onions & Potatoes
Thursday: Leftovers from Tuesday & Wednesday
Friday: Sausage Quiche, Broccoli
Saturday: Soup Beans, Collard Greens, Cornbread
Sunday: Smoked Sausage, Beans & Greens, Cornbread

Snacks were homemade too and included popcorn. 

Now here we are on Sunday afternoon and I have the thermostat set on 65 degrees, although at 53 degrees outside, it is warmer outside today than any other day this past week. We are sitting here reading the Sunday paper and clipping the coupons. Today was a good coupon day with four inserts. 

How has your week been so far? What frugal things have you done this week?

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
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“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”


  1. Belinda, have you ever tried to make your own tartar sauce? It's just mayo with some green relish mixed in.

    1. I have tried homemade tartar sauce, Carol, and my daughter did not care for it. I liked it just fine, so now I buy it for her. I doubt we will be eating much fish anymore though after the reports I've been reading about the radioactive fish from the Japanese tsunami/nuclear plant disaster. And that includes tuna too. :(

  2. I ground wheat and made 4 loaves of homemade bread, then daughters came home and each took a loaf, so I made 4 more loaves of homemade bread, did this save me money? At least the kids know what is healthy and what isn't. Blessings.....

    1. Sounds delicious. We love homemade bread here. :)

  3. Hi Belinda,
    It sounds like a good week for you. I can't believe that your Dollar Tree has bread for 54 cents/loaf. It's $1/loaf here.

    With snow days, will you have the opportunity to make those up at the end of the school year (so you might be able to pick up work then)?

    Our week is going fairly well. I did have to do more driving than usual, needing to drive downtown twice over the weekend. But Saturday and Sunday evenings, we watched movies checked out from the local library. All meals came from home (although I was treated to a Starbucks by a friend, but still no cost to me). We got some great deals on groceries this past week, not 5 cent milk, but still pretty good (did get 6 full-sized candy bars for free, that's fun). Picked up seeds from Dollar Tree at 25 cents/packet.

    Hope this week is going well for you!

    1. Lili, it is $1.00 a loaf here too, but the last two weeks we've had a 55¢ off coupon to use, which made it 54¢. I think I have one more coupon to use. Its been nice getting bread for that price.

      We have 10 days built into the school year for snow days, and I think we have used 6 so far. If we go over 10, we are going to have to make them up at the end of the school year. I hope that does not happen.

      Your week sounds fun and frugal too. Good deal on those candy bars especially!

      I hope the rest of your week is good for you too. :)


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