Friday, May 4, 2018

Frugal Friday ~ May 4, 2018

This week I worked four days because Tuesday was election day and schools were closed. I made the best use of my time spent at home. Cleaning, organizing, listing things on Ebay, working on my blog and cooking. 

This week I listed six items for sale on Ebay and sold three items. One of them was a pair of jean that I bought at a yard sale for 25¢, which sold for $10 on Ebay. 

I rescued more orange juices this week while subbing.


I paid my auto insurance this past week and it won't be due again until July. 

On Sunday we made a run to Target to get in on a good sunscreen deal and we made a trip to McKay Used Books

The cookbook aisle at McKay's is one of my favorite aisles. 

Here is a stack of books I picked up this weekend. 

I also picked up an audio book. This book speaks about how Geneen Roth was one of the people who lost all of her money in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme. She speaks about her mistake of putting all her money into one investment. 

As usual we traded items to earn credit, so no money exchanged hands. We earned $50 on this trip and we usually split the money we earn, but no need to do that this time as my stack of books only came to $16. 

I'll peruse these new to me books, write down any recipes I want to try and then trade them back to McKay and repeat the whole process. It's fun and frugal entertainment. 

This is the reason we went to Target. My daughter wanted to get in on a good sunscreen deal. She got all of this for free after a gift card promotion. 

We won't need to buy any sunscreen for this summer, which is great because it is so expensive otherwise. 

It was a beautiful warm spring day and we enjoyed our Sunday drive on the back roads to and from Chattanooga. 

In My Frugal Kitchen

I made homemade ranch dressing this week. I also made coleslaw with the dressing to see if we liked it or not, which we weren't fans of, so I will go back to my usual coleslaw dressing. 

This week I bleached a few of the items I use in the kitchen. I bleached my yellow tupperware strainer, which gets stained from making tea. I wish I had taken a before and after picture because the difference was very obvious. 

How was your week? Frugal or not so frugal?  

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. I need to take a clue from you and make my flex days more productive. I sometimes use them as R&R-well maybe too much as R&R, but your list of actions is inspiring me.

    1. Thank you, Sam. I struggle with using my days for rest or being productive. I always feel good when I’m productive.

  2. Wow! Great job on the sun screen. I need to learn your couponing ways!

    1. Thank you, Isabella. This is my daughter’s work. She follows the couponers on Instagram, which is where she learned about this deal.

  3. I did take a day to get all the housework and laundry done so that was productive. I only did a small amount of shopping and most items were on sale or helped me accumulate loyalty points. I also used a up items from the freezer.
    On the other hand it was a busy week socially so $ was spent on eating out a couple of times - but it was good to catch up with friends and one day plans were changed from eating out to lunch at my place (with my friends contributing).
    I did manage to pick up a small part-time job coordinating a few things at church but I am still looking for a couple of days a week of administrative work - we'll see how it goes.

    1. That's great about the small part time job, Margie. I hope it works out in your favor. I would totally eat out for the chance to do so with friends. Sounds like you had a good and productive week too. :)

  4. Too long since we traveled the back roads around Chattanooga. In our late twenties, we planned to retire in Chattanooga. Though Chattanooga remains the most beautiful area we have lived in almost 56 years, along the Mississippi River is home. I am "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" follower.

    Your swapping at McKay's intrigues me with its photos. Cole slaw could be an every day salad for me. 25-cent jeans sold for $10 = smile-a-mile deal. Continue trucking, Belinda.

    1. Thank you, Anna. You are so encouraging. I love that about you. I love Chattanooga a lot and wouldn't mind living there.


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