Friday, June 5, 2020

Frugal Friday ~ June 5, 2020

Welcome to Friday!

My exciting news for the week is this...The United Grocery Outlet in Sweetwater had a contest on their Facebook page to win a free package of their Butcher's Blend Burger. 

I mentioned on their Facebook page that we had trouble getting hamburger down towards Cleveland and they mentioned the UGO in Cleveland had been talking about putting in a meat counter for some time now. That would be so terrific!  

I said all of that to say this: we won the package of meat! This is the first hamburger we will have had since we've been staying home due to COVID19. 

In other news this week...

When the shutdown for the pandemic first started and schools were closed, I tried to file for unemployment. The online system was bogged down so much so that I had trouble getting it to take my information correctly. So, I gave up and didn't complete my application. 

Then I spoke with my brother in law and he said he didn't think I would qualify for unemployment. In my mind I tended to agree with that statement, so I didn't bother even trying to apply again. 

This week I saw a post from one of the other substitute teachers here who is receiving unemployment benefits. So, I messaged her and sure enough, she is eligible for this for subbing. 

So, I filled out my application this week. She told me it took her about three weeks to start seeing any money, so if I do qualify for this,  it will be around the end of June for me if it happens. I'll keep you updated. 

On Thursday evening I tried a new recipe for Sausage Green Bean Potato Casserole. It had a lot of flavor and was a big hit. Here is the recipe if you're interested:

Sausage Green Bean Potato Casserole

1 & 1/2 lbs pounds sausage kielbasa or smoked sausage, cut into slices
2 pounds potatoes, diced
2 - 15 oz cans green beans, drained
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter
1 cup onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 400° and spray a 9x13 baking dish with a non-stick spray.
Wash potatoes and dice. 
Add to a bowl along with oil, seasonings, pepper, and then stir to combine. 
In a large frying pan, add sausage and water and cook over medium high heat until sausages have browned and most of the water has evaporated.
Remove sausage from the pan and add to the bowl.
Melt butter in a frying pan and add onions and garlic, cook until onions are translucent.
Add to the bowl and stir to mix.
Add green beans to the bowl, stir to mix, then empty the contents into a baking dish.
Cover with foil and place in the oven. 
Bake for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

In other news this week, I unsubscribed from multiple emails that were trying to sell me stuff since I'm on a spending freeze right now. I also sold one item on eBay this week. 

How was your week? 

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  1. The casserole sounds great. Lean hamburger is 8.99 per pound here. I’ve got some ordered for Walmart pickup today at 6.89 pound. Who would ever dream hamburger would cost so much?? Good luck with your unemployment benefits.

    1. Thank you, Penny. I know what you mean about the cost of hamburger. I never thought it would get this high.

  2. Hi Belinda,

    So glad you won the package of meat! I hope you get your unemployment!


  3. You sure seemed to work enough for a consistent district to count for unemployment regadrelss, but even if not one, the combined surely woudl have you qualify. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  4. Fingers crossed for your unemployment, and great news about the contest!

    I've been selling quite a bit through eBay. I've sold a lot of books, particularly kid/young adult books. I'm guessing because libraries are still closed in many places. I've had the best eBay sales ever, in terms of volume, so that's been exciting.

    1. Thank you so much! That is so great about your eBay sales! I'm glad you are doing so well. :)

  5. I hope you get the unemployment. I've been worried about you and have been praying for you.

    1. That is so sweet of you. Thank you so much, D. :)

  6. We have a bunch of sausage on hand and this recipe sounds like a great way to use some if it for dinner next week. Congratulations on the win and I hope you get your unemployment.

    1. Thank you so much, Lana. I hope you like the dish and yes, that is a great way to use up the sausage.

  7. Congrats on the WIN! I haven't bought any ground beef, but still have plenty in the freezer. I bet this will taste than any you have had in ages!!!!
    I sure hope you get the unemployment - you should. Hopefully you may get a little back pay as well. Let us know.
    Your recipe sounds yummy.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. We are so excited about getting to eat a hamburger. LOL

      I'll keep you updated on the unemployment. :)

  8. Hooray for the ground beef. That was a nice and timely win for you.
    Fingers crossed for you unemployment benefits!
    The casserole sounds really tasty!

  9. Congratulations! Right now, winning food is a great thing!

  10. I use to make something like that,but with Italian sausage and I did it on top of the stove. I don't know why I stopped making it.

    Congratulations on winning the hamburger. You can make lots of meals with that and best of luck with unemployment.

    Have a good weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Mary Lou. I know some dishes I used to make fall out of favor for one reason or another. I dug out my old recipe box the other day and found a few forgotten favorites in it.

  11. Congratulations and fingers crossed about the money.

  12. That teaching subs in TN would receive money because of Covid-19 is amazing. Full time teachers sign a yearly contract and are not allowed to receive unemployment during summer breaks. Covid-19 checks for those unemployed because of the virus may or may not return some stability to USA. If the federal government is supporting teaching subs, I hope you soon have a check.
    -memphis metro

  13. I really hope you get unemployment benefits soon.

    Check with your car insurance company if they do COVID refunds. I received a 20% refund for April and May. Because people drove less, I read that many insurance companies gave refunds.

    1. Thank you, Nil. I did receive a refund from my auto ins. It was such a nice change for them.


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