Saturday, July 2, 2016

My Frugal Week

I used Gas to find the lowest gas in my area and then filled up my car. I saved $1.30 by doing this, which would save me  $67.60 over the course of one year. 

As usual this week, my daughter and I hauled off the garbage ourselves instead of paying someone to do it for us. 

I had to drive a little farther this week since the local trash collection does not accept things like microwaves, so I drove to town and deposited both of them at the main trash center. 

I tried to recycle them but the local recycling center does not accept microwave ovens. They did however take a metal fan that was no longer working. 

I also disposed of a metal stool that was broken. It's such a great feeling to get rid of things that are no longer useful. 

We packed water and snacks anytime we left the house this week as we are still continuing our no eating out rule, which includes drinks. 

I made sweet iced tea, lemonade, orange iced tea and koolaid to have for drinks, ready to go, in the refrigerator. I also kept several pitchers of cold water in the fridge. Anything to lessen the temptation of wanting to get drinks while we are out and about because they can easily wreck your budget.

We received several tomatoes from a friend that were on the verge of spoiling. Canning them right now is out of the question since my two largest burners do not work on my stove. So we decided to dehydrate them and turn them into dried tomato powder. I placed them into the jars I saved from some kalamata olives. 

My daughter has been invited to a friend's wedding on Saturday. We had been brainstorming on what she could bring as a gift when she stumbled upon a glass wedding picture frame while she was perusing the Dollar General penny sales. Perfect gift and only cost her one penny. 


When my Dad left here almost two years ago now, he left multiple things here that needed to be removed. One of them was a walker, which I listed for sale on a local Facebook group weeks ago and it finally sold this week for $25.00.  I am so glad to be rid of it as it was taking up precious space. 

We are continuing to declutter the house in order to have things to sell at the flea market. We did not go today however, since my daughter had the wedding to attend. 

We will make up for this by attending a Wednesday show this coming week. I am loving how clean and uncluttered the house is becoming during this major decluttering project. 

This week I was reading over at Saving and came across their list of money saving blogs. Here is a link if you are interested. 

Also, I was reading at The Frugal Kitchen about cooking on a small budget and I found the article interesting. Here is a link if you are interested. 

I hope you have had a good week. I've planned out my budget for the month of July and hope and pray that it works according to plan. Here is hoping we all have a good frugal month.  :)

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. It sounds like you've had a great week, Belinda! So great to have finally gotten rid of that walker, I'm sure. And what a find -- that picture frame for a wedding gift!

    Enjoy the 4th of July!

    1. Thanks Lili. It was a really good week, I hope you have a great week too and enjoy your 4th of July as well. :)

  2. Happy Independence Day Belinda! I hope you and your daughter enjoy some frugal fun today. :)
    If your daughter has a camera, perhaps she can snap a photo of the couple at the wedding, develop it and send it to them for the picture frame. It takes so long to receive the professional ones. The couple can enjoy a picture from their special day early.
    You are SUCH an inspiration Belinda! I have begun packing a small cooler when I go on errands too. It helps fight the temptation to spend money on fast food. This also good for me as I have to watch sodium and caloric intake, and eating out has too much of both!
    - Enjoy the holliday.

    1. Happy Independence Day to you too, Ellie.

      That is a great idea about the picture. Unfortunately, the wedding has past, but I will be sure to remember that for the future.

      Thank you for your kind words, you all are an inspiration to me as well as we share frugal ideas and learn from each other.

      I hope you have a terrific week. :)


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