Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Frugal Week

I went to IGA on Monday morning to take advantage of a meat sale. I bought 10 pounds of ground beef, which was on sale for $1.99 a pound. This was not the ground chuck that I used to purchase. This was ground beef at 73/27 mixture. I made sure I drained this meat well after cooking. 

I don't know if we will ever be able to purchase ground chuck at a decent price again unless I find it on markdown, which does happen from time to time. 

I also bought a package of 3 sirloin pork roasts, which were also on sale for $1.99 a pound. There were three nice sized roasts in the package and I cut each one of them in half, which is plenty for the three of us for one meal. I put 4 of them in the freezer, saved one to cook for dinner, and gave one to my Dad. 

On Tuesday we woke up to snow in the forecast, but school was still open, which turned out to be a mistake. I dropped my daughter off at school only to turn around 2 hours later and pick her up and had a rough drive there and back. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday turned out to be snow days and unfortunately, I missed two days of working as a result. 

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

Dinners this week included:

Monday: Tacos with all the fixings
Tuesday: Spaghetti & Garlic Bread
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Onions
Thursday: Chili
Friday: Chili Tacos
Saturday: LaChoy Beef Chow Mein, Rice, Corn
Sunday: Pork Roast, Oven Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Other things done to save money include:

  1. Read a book for free on my tablet Kindle.
  2. Paid bills online to save on postage costs.
  3. Entered codes at Kellogg's Family Rewards
  4. Entered codes at My Perks for Purina Cat Chow
  5. Entered codes at My Coke Rewards
  6. Watched Port Charles for free on You Tube during free Internet time. 
  7. Stayed home four days this week and spent no money. 

Things we do every week to save money:

  1. Haul our own garbage for free to the county dumpsters. 
  2. Paid bills online to save on postage. 
  3. Used cloth napkins at meal time instead of paper napkins. 
  4. Combined all my errands into one trip this week to save on gas. 
  5. Log onto daily to earn free cat food. 
  6. Clip coupons from the Sunday Paper.
  7. Check grocery store sale ads for good deals on food. 
  8. Combine store coupons & manufacture coupons with sales to get the best price on food. 
  9. Use paper in the printer twice by reusing to print on 2nd side. 
  10. Make use of residual heat on my electric stove. 
January always brings with it extra expenses for the renewal of my car registration, auto insurance, and auto membership, which is a yearly fee. All expenses have been paid for and I even have a little surplus left at the end of the month, which is a good thing. 

How did your week shape up this time?

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
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