Friday, April 6, 2018

Frugal Friday 4-6-2018

This week I stayed home 3 out of 7 days and worked 3 out of 4 possible days. No one called for me to sub on Wednesday and I was OK with that as I took Big Kitty to be cremated. 

This week I cooked our meals from home 6 out of 7 days. We are in use it up mode here, so there was no grocery shopping this week. 

Every evening after washing the dinner dishes, I packed my lunch and drinks for the next day and made sure my clothes were laid out for the next day.  I packed lunches and drinks all three days that I was able to work this week. 

We ate leftovers for some of the lunches on days I stayed home this week. One day we had grilled cheese sandwiches while another day we had French bread pizza. 

We did not do Easter baskets this year and did not dye any eggs. My daughter is older now and no longer participates in these Easter traditions. She is very responsible financially and would not want me to spend money on her for this. 

This week I was able to work on sewing projects 2 out of 7 days. Here is a picture of another sleep mask I made for my daughter.

This week I used a cereal box to make a pattern. This is an inexpensive alternative to using new paper or poster board to make patterns. I like to use sturdy paper for patterns I will use over and over again. 

On Tuesday we went to a couple of our favorite thrift stores. 

The only item I picked up was this Mary Engelbreit bag. The cashier said they used these for transporting dishes and it wasn't supposed to be on the sale floor, and that I could just have it, no charge. 

My daughter has already claimed it as her own because she loves reading and books. 

We have severe thunderstorms Tuesday night and afterwards it turned chilly. No need to run the air conditioner after that. We were once again able to open the house and let in some fresh air. 

I sold two things on Ebay this week and after shipping and fees ended up making $10.78. It's not much money, but over time does add up to a tidy sum. 

Free Entertainment

We continue to live without cable TV and do just fine without that added expense. My daughter let me borrow her "Pretty Little Liars" DVD set, so I've been watching that this week for free entertainment. 

In my car on my way into work I've been listening to the audio book, The Butler, which was a Christmas present from my daughter. 

We've been rotating our pantry supplies this week. My pantry was actually full a few months ago, so I started storing some canned goods in my bedroom. 

The pantry has since cleared out some, so we began moving the canned goods from the bedroom to the pantry. It's good to use up the supplies we have on hand as it saves us money from having to shop some weeks. 

As a result I emptied several food containers including a bottle of ketchup, the last of the Velveeta cheese, and the last of the white rice. I won't replace the Velveeta right now, and I have plenty of ketchup in the pantry, but I did add the rice to my grocery list.  

Free things we received this week include one bottle of water for refilling an rx and one clementine that my daughter received at school when the nursing students were passing them out.   

How was your week? 

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. It sounds like you had quite a frugal week.
    Again, I am so sorry about your loss. That makes me so sad for you.
    Great idea on using the cereal box for a sturdy pattern. I will use that one.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. And you're welcome on the tip about the cereal box. I hope you have a terrific weekend. :)

  2. I love reading about your frugal activities.
    I also use cereal boxes for patterns, but recently I stopped eating cereal. I still have a stack of boxes saved. :)

    1. Thank you, Nil. That's great that you also use the cereal boxes for patterns. They are good for multiple purposes. :)

  3. The summer I was 16, a friend told me about her older sister who drew sewing patterns onto newspaper pages to sew for herself. The older sister dressed well. :) Continue giving us ideas, Belinda.

    Free entertainment and history is overflowing in Memphis this week. History buffs in the middle of Martin Luther King's remembrance after 50 years, we would have been at every event possible; however, life does not bend to all of our desires. Still, it has been a privilege to read the dailies, see local TV news, and observe history from home.

    We are privileged to live in a metro that offers weekly free times at its wonderful zoo, art museums, National Civil Rights Museum, History and Science Museum, as well as more than I recall.

  4. Thank you, Anna. How neat to be in the middle of such history. We had some coverage here, but I'm sure it was nowhere near what you had in Memphis. You live in a treasure trove of free entertainment, which is so Wonderful!


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