Friday, December 21, 2018

Frugal Friday 12-21-2018

We made it to Friday! I was able to work both days they had school this week and now students are off for Christmas break until next year. 

The eagle landed this week with payday and all the bills have been paid for the month, which is a good feeling. I know we are fortunate and so we count our blessings daily. 

Dinners this Week:
Sunday Brunch: Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Dinner: Cheese Quesadillas, Cheesy Corn, Broccoli
Monday Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Salad
Tuesday Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday Dinner: Tacos Salads
Thursday Dinner: Hamburger Soup

Freebies This Week:
Free Arby's Sandwich - Sign up on their website and they will email you a coupon for a free sandwich with a drink purchase. 
Free Panera Bagel 
Free Panera Drink
Free 2 year subscription to Money magazine


The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah had their annual sale on Monday this week. They open the doors at 9 a.m. and close them at 3 p.m. They let you fill a bag with clothes for $5 while everything else is 50% off. 

Towards the end of the day everything is free, furniture included. They then spend the next week restocking the store and have a grand reopening sale on December 27th. It is a lot of fun if you enjoy these kinds of things My daughter went and was able to pick up 37 pieces for $20.00, so 54¢ each. 


On Wednesday we went to pick up a few last minutes things for Christmas. We went to Food City and I found three cans of fruit in the Crash & Burn section for 79¢ each. We also found two three pound packages of ground beef for $4.99. 


I finished wrapping all of my Christmas presents on Thursday. We did not have to buy any supplies this year for wrapping since we bought supplies on clearance after Christmas last year. 

I was worried that we were going to run out of tape since the tape I was using was bought a few years ago. We didn't run out though, maybe we can make it through next Christmas too. LOL

This year I joined the My Frugal Home Secret Santa gift exchange 2018. Erin used to create the group and she drew names on December 9th. 

The object was to spend $10 on the gift. Erin said us frugal types could do a lot of with $10 and you know that Bailey & I coupon, so this was easy for us to do. 

The package I sent contained four brand new Christmas cloth napkins, a cookbook from our local radio station, several little notebooks, a new razor and shave cream, tea bags, and two bars of lavender soap. 

The package I sent has already been received and appreciated. Today a package came for me!

Mine came from Canada and came with two homemade dishcloths, a homemade pair of socks, two infinity scarves, a keepsake Christmas book, and a lovely card. I loved everything in my package. :)

This was so much fun that I plan on doing it again next year!

I love Erin's website and especially her post on how she does Christmas on under $100. Here is a link if you'd like to read it. 


That's all the frugal news from here this week. How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. Sounds like a really great week.
    ENJOY your vacation and have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl. I hope you have a Merry Christmas too. :)

  2. It sounds like a really frugal week. I love the gifts you received. Dish cloths are so useful.
    Today I went to a thrift store where they had 50% sale and bought yarn. I'd like to learn to make dishcloths. :)

    1. Thank you, Nil. I would love to learn to make dishcloths too. Maybe I'll watch some Youtube videos and do that this year. Good deal on the 50% off at the thrift store.

  3. The sale you mentioned sounds wonderful. Your daughter did really well!
    I love second hand shopping and am rarely enticed into buying anything at a regular store.
    Your Secret Santa exchange sounds like fun.

    Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you, Debra. She loves to do that kind of shopping. In fact we both enjoy it very much. I'm just like you, it's hard for me to pay retail as I get sticker shock. I hope you have a Merry Christmas too. :)


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