Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Checking the clearance section at Walmart the other day paid off big for me. 

I found these 20 ounce bags of sliced almonds for $4.00 each

 I picked up five bags and put four of them in the freezer to keep them fresh. 

I also found one can of great northern beans for 25¢ and one can of pumpkin  for 50¢.

Always make sure to check the clearance section of the store you are shopping in as you never know what you may find. 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016


Good Saturday morning to all my readers. This has been a very tiring week for me. I worked all five days and I was so tired each day with the time change. I was grateful when Friday finally got here.  :)

Springtime has arrived in southern Tennessee. Just a few photos of some things that are blooming right now. 

Some other things going on here at the Frugal Workshop. I finally used up one of the boxes of plastic wrap I had here. I am down to four boxes now. I think this is a cheaper option than Ziploc bags and I have them on hand, so I will be using them up. 

Food City sent me some great coupons in the mail. Make sure you are singed up by email for your local grocery stores because you never know when they will send you coupons in the mail. There is one here for $5.00 off a $25 grocery order. 

I finished up a tube of toothpaste and cut the tube open to reveal more toothpaste inside. It was enough for another two days of brushing. 

We enjoyed the ducks and geese at the pond behind Food City this past week. 

This week we will be on Spring Break from school. My daughter is off on vacation with her surrogate grandmother. I will be relaxing at home and enjoying my time off. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Saturday Errands

Saturday was a busy day here this weekend. We started the day with a home cooked breakfast. 

Scrambled eggs with cheese, fried potatoes, ham, and buttered toast. 

Afterwards we went to town to run errands and stopped at a couple of yard sales. 

I found these containers for 5¢ each. I couldn't believe she had the Tupperware marinating container included, but she did. I looked and the item sells for $22.00 on the Tupperware site and $12.00 on Etsy. What a bargain! So, 25¢ for all five containers. I couldn't help but pick these up as they are useful for many things. 

Afterwards we went to our local Goodwill store, since March 5th is the first Saturday of the month and everything is 50% off the first Saturday of the month. 

We picked up four blankets for our cats. One of them was $2.50, but the others were $1.00 as was the Better Homes and Gardens gold towel. 

I like to buy the blankets for our cats at yard sales and thrift stores and let the cats use them until they need replacing and then just toss them because I do not want to clean them in my washer & dryer. So, buying them at yard sales and thrift stores makes them more affordable. 

We found these baskets in a free bin on Friday and I knew the cats would love them, so we picked them up and put the blankets in there yesterday. 

Big Kitty, on Friday night, didn't even want to wait for a blanket for his basket. He is a funny cat and loves to have new items to sleep on. If I have a towel drying on the banister and it falls to the ground, he is on top of it almost instantly. :)  

Other items we found include these organizers and two shirts. The Made Smart Junk Drawer Organizer is brand new and retails for $12.00 at Ace Hardware. I picked it up for $1.50.

We stopped in at Fresh & Low and Cooke's Hometown Grocer to pick up a few sale items. 

I went to Cooke's for their sale on Kraft cheddar cheese. They have this sale about every three months where you buy eight of a certain product and they take off $8.00 of your order. I picked up eight of the eight ounce blocks of cheese and ended up paying $1.49 each. 

Next stop was Fresh & Low, which is actually owned by Cooke's, and picked up some dried beans, sugar, bread, macaroni and cheese, and canned chili. 

The two pound bags of mixed beans were $2.01 each while the cranberry beans, a favorite of mine, were one pound bags for $1.36 each. These will make very frugal dinners of beans & cornbread served with a green vegetable. And beans are a great item to keep my blood sugar lower.  

I also picked up two boxes of the Best Choice Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese dinners. I picked one up about a month ago to try it and we liked them, so I decided to pick up two more boxes. 

These will make a good dinner on a night when I am too tired to cook after working all day. A can of chili stirred into the Mac & Cheese after it is cooked makes for a great addition. 

The Mac & Cheese was on sale for $1.25 and the chili for $1.19, which makes it a very frugal dinner. Of course I will add a vegetable when the times comes. 

We also went to McKay's Used books where I traded some books and received $5.76 in trade credit and bought two movies. One was The Long Walk Home for $1.95 and the other was volume 30 of The Heartland Series with Bill Landry for $6.95. 

How was your Saturday?

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Frugal Friday

Earlier this week I made a large pan of cornbread because I wanted to make Cornbread Dressing one day this week since I found some Pepperidge Farm dressing mix on markdown a few weeks ago. 

Of course, I always doctor up the dressing mix by adding crumbled cornbread, onions and celery, which I saute in butter, onion soup mix for extra flavor, and plenty of chicken broth to moisten the dressing.  

I made a double batch of the dressing and then divided it up into six dinner sized portions and put the majority of them into the freezer for later use. 

I had onion soup mix on my grocery list when I went to Food City the other day. I picked up a new box for $1.19, but then found one for 60¢ in the Crash and Burn section, so I bought it instead and put the other one back on the shelf. 

Publix had two things on sale that I picked up this week. One of them was Welch's grape juice, which was buy one get one free. The best deal though was the Hellman's mayonnaise. They had a coupon for $2.50 off one jar in their flyer, so I paid $1.23 for each jar, which is a great deal for our favorite mayo. 

What have you been doing in your frugal kitchen this week?

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