Friday, September 6, 2019

Frugal Friday

Good Friday morning to all my readers. I hope you've had a good frugal week. 

This week Labor Day fell on Monday and then an inservice on Tuesday, but I was still able to sub three days for which I'm grateful. As usual, I packed lunch & drinks all three days. 

The person who did our garbage went off to college in August, so we had to hire someone new. His first day was last Saturday. He asked me if we needed anything else done, so we had him do a few extra chores around the house. 

He trimmed several bushes, weed eated, hauled off the last of the lumber from when we redid our porch steps (A lot of it was given away on Craigslist), hauled off brush from bushes, and cleaned up the area under our stairs. The yard looks so much better as a result and was money well spent. 

This week I sold two items on eBay. 

On Thursday I was subbing and found myself with a couple of free hours in the middle of the day, so I went to IGA to buy a gallon of water (76¢). 

It was so hot where I was subbing that I'd drank everything I bought with me. They had water for sale in the 20 ounce bottle for $1.00, but I decided to go to the store and get it a little bit cheaper.
When I got there they had pretzel chips, tortilla chips, and cheddar popcorn all marked down to $1 per bag trying to move them. I definitely stocked up on the tortilla chips as I can make a meal with those and that is a fantastic price. 

This week we picked up Kroger's Friday freebie, which was a Kind bar. 

We also received two free magazines in the mail this week. 

We did not eat out this week as we have specific goals we are saving for and do not want to derail those by spending more money to eat than necessary. We stayed home and cooked our food from scratch to save money. 

Good Deal Alert: We happened upon a fantastic deal on Wesson oil at Publix this week. It's on sale for buy one get one free. And if you go here, you can print a coupon for $1.00 off making the bottle 64¢. Woo Hoo!

In My Frugal Kitchen This Week...

On Monday I used up some cans of pears and mandarin oranges along with some packages of jello and made jello cups to take for lunches this week. 

On Tuesday I made food to take for lunches to have this week and for lunches for those who are staying home. I made egg salad, pasta salad, cooked apples, and sandwiches. 

I tried a new recipe this week for Fiesta Rice. 

Fiesta Rice

Add the dressing ingredients together:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix well and add in the following:

3 cups cooked rice 
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 & 1/2 cups corn
4 green onions
1 red pepper

Enjoy! :)

How was your week?

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  1. Sounds like a pretty nice week.
    That Fiesta Rice sounds yummy - will have to try that.
    Thanks. Have a good weekend

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I hope you have a good weekend too.

  2. Great deal on the oil Belinda! While I was out this week double checking my hurricane supplies, I found that Aldi has 24 count cases of water for $1.69. I picked up the limit two, unfortunately I didn't have my oldest daughter with me to get another two. Luckily we only got some wind and rain, no power outages either.
    Have a great week!

    1. That is a good deal on the water, Nichole.. I'm so glad you did not gt any power outages. I'v not seen the news yet, but heard it hit in Cape Hatteras. I hope others there are OK. I hope you have a great week too.

    2. I saw it hit Cape Hatteras too. I imagine if it's anything like last year we'll have one more storm ahead of us.

    3. Could be, Nichole. Let's hope not though.

  3. What a good use of rice! I never get the right ratio for meals so am always looking for new ways other than rice crusts to use it up when leftover.

    1. It's a great recipe, Sam. I really like how light and refreshing it was.

  4. Jealous of your $1 snack finds! The kids definitely eat plenty of those snacks.

    We had a pretty frugal week as well. Sold a few things on eBay, avoided shopping, just working.

    1. Working here too and I'm tired since it's Friday night and it was a short week at that. LOL GLad you sold some things on eBay, can't beat that.

  5. I just bought oil for 1.92 an bottle and thought I was getting a good deal, WOW!

  6. It sounds like a very frugal week, Belinda.
    Taking homemade lunch to work is not only good for your wallet, it’s great for your health too. I too always pack lunch and drinks.
    I didn’t do grocery shopping this week. I’ve been using up things in the freezer. I have several bags of frozen spinach, so the other day I made spanakopita. 😊

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Oh, Spanakpoita sounds good, Nil. I love using up what I have in the freezer. It makes me feel good to know that we are using what we buy. I hope you have wonderful weekend too.

    2. Foods sound good, and I do not like to waste, either, considering how many go hungry in our world. My household is stocking as much necessary food as we can, and have been for months. My health has demands, which led us to buy chicken and beef at Fresh Market. Last week for 2 days, there were no chickens.

    3. So true Anna about how many go hungry in the world. We are very fortunate to have as much as we do have. I like the Fresh Market - they have some of the neatest items.

    4. As soon as Fresh Market stocks for Christmas, the shelves are beautiful with small gifts I find no where else, Belinda. One year, Fresh Market had the cheapest and prettiest poinsettias as I could hope to find. Do not buy many Fresh Market products, but good deals can be found.

    5. That is very true, Anna. And they make the best croutons. And some of their candy can't be found anywhere else. I like to buy the chocolate covered cherries for my Dad.

    6. Will ask who LOVES chocolate covered cherries ... just in case.

  7. You are so good at finding the deals, Belinda.
    Thanks for the recipe - it looks good.

    1. Thank you, Debra. The rice recipe is good and refreshing, which I like at this time of year.

  8. How fun that you get to sub at school. I'd probably get the class from "you know where' if I tried it.

    1. Bahahaha, Penny. Sometimes I get those too. LOL

  9. My partner found an amazing deal on tortilla chips at the bakery outlet: A box of 12 giant bags for $3. Yes, $3, or 25 cents per bag. We kept some, I "bought" two bags from him to give to my niece and her kids, and the rest will go to a friend of his who has a lot of kids and not much money.

    I just got back from being out of town for two weeks: visiting D.C. with my daughter, who had enough rewards points for five free nights in a Residence Inn (which meant we had a real kitchen -- and a nearby Safeway); attending and speaking at the Financial Blogger Conference; and then taking the Megabus north to Philly to visit family in the area. Although I spent surprisingly little, I *did* spend, so now I'm looking forward to some no-spend weeks to get myself back in the habit of NOT eating meals out, etc. Your blog gets me back into frugal mood/mode!

    1. Wow Donna! That is an amazing deal on tortilla chips! Sounds like you had a really good trip. Glad you were able to go, how neat that your daughter had enough rewards points for five nights. Thank you for your sweet comment. I hope you have a great week, Donna.


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