Monday, August 10, 2020

Money Saving Monday

August 2020


This week we watched an old movie, Dr. Dolittle, but it made both of us laugh out loud and that makes for a break from the stress and anxiety created by the pandemic. 

We also had game night on Saturday as usual. Snacks included fresh broccoli and radishes along with my homemade ranch dressing and a freshly sliced apple. Games we played were Boggle, Crazy Eights, Sorry, and Exploding Kittens. 

Reading my favorite blogs is also considered free entertainment, plus I get to "visit" with my virtual friends. There are links in the sidebar to many of them. 

My Frugal Kitchen

We ate all of our meals at home this week, cooking from scratch and stretching leftovers, except for one meal. 

This weekend was tax free weekend for restaurants and Papa Johns sent me a 40% off coupon to use. So, we ordered a Shaq-a-roni pizza and paid less than $10 for it. 

We did a contactless delivery to the trunk of our car and sanitized the box when we got home. 

We did not buy any groceries this week, although we did get a Misfits Market (MM) box on Saturday. 

I thought I had cancelled my subscription, but this one sneaked through on me, but it is cancelled now. Getting this box reinforced my feelings about MM. The quality and quantity are not worth the price to me, so we're out. 

As for groceries, we will be having a grocery delivery sometime this week as we are out of several things including eggs and bread. I thought we were out of cheese until I found one package in the freezer. 

Trail Mix was on my  mind this week, so I made a  small batch using items we already had on hand. Peanuts, chocolate chips, raisins and pretzels. I also made a spice cake this week for dessert seekers. 

One day I made tortilla chips to go with some chili I made during the week. 
For dinner today I'm going to roast some vegetables. Beets, potatoes, carrots, red pepper, garlic, onions, and Brussel sprouts

Beverages this week included a lot of iced tea, made here at home. I've been making two gallons at a time trying to keep up with my thirsty drinkers. 

Other Frugal Activities

My Christmas cactus must be confused as it has a bloom on it this week. 

My Dad had cataract surgery this week and I took him and waited in the car for him. Since I only wore my outfit for about an hour, I simply took it off when I got home and hung it back up. No need to launder it since I didn't wear it long. 

That's all the news to report from here this week. I hope you have a wonderful week and that you find joy in the simple things. I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and frugal week!

~ Living within our Means ~
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  1. Your meals and snacks always sound and look so delicious.
    Tonight for supper, I cooked chicken breast, baked sweet potato, summer yellow squash and sweet onions, and broccoli. Tomorrow a loaded salad :)
    Hope you have a wonderful week dear friend.

    1. Thank you, Jo. Your dinner sounds delicious!

  2. I like your snacks - fresh is best.
    I agree our blogs and YouTube are great for free entertainment.
    Have agreat week.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I hope you have a great week too!

  3. We haven't watched that movie, but sounds like we should give it a try. It would be pretty great to get a break from all of the real world these days. :)

    We've been doing the basics. Listing/selling items on eBay, making meals at home, etc. Nothing too exciting.

    1. It's definitely a good movie to watch. I think you all would like it. Sometimes the basics can get monotonous.

  4. Sometimes those subscriptions get past you. Glad you got it cancelled.
    I had one that I let go too long to..ABC Mouse. She never used it.

    1. Thank you, Vickie. They CAN be easy to get past you.

  5. Hope your Dad is seeing better after his surgery. Great deal on the pizza, and your roasted veggies look so good.
    We are still getting the misfit box every two weeks.I like it much better now since I can pick out which fruits and veggies I want. I couldn't find a way to fix swiss chard that we would like it. I even made chard chips which dh said tasted like dehydrated dirt. ;)
    Hope you have a good week.

    1. He is definitely seeing better after his eye surgery, Kathy. Thank you for asking. That is great about your MM box, if I had been on top of that and cold have picked mine, I probably would have like it better too. It was my own fault there. How funny that your dh said the chard chips tasted like dirt. Sometimes corn tastes that way to me. LOL

      I hope you have a good week too!

  6. Sounds like a pretty good week to me! I’ve never heard of the kittens game. I’m going to have to look it up.

    We’ve been watching old movies and documentaries. It has been a sanity saver.


    1. I agree on the sanity saver, Shara. Whatever it takes to get us through this is welcomed.

  7. Sounds like you had a good week. How was the Shaq pizza? We use to love Papa John's but now we will get lil Ceasers. When I get tired of TV I will listen to PodCasts. If you don't already listen to Scavenger Life you and your daughter might enjoy it. It is ebay selling related. They have good content!

    1. Thank you, Lisa. The Shaq pizza was really good, we would order it again. We do Little Ceasers sometimes too, the price is right. Oh, thanks for the tip on the Scavenger Life podcast. I will be sure to let her know about it.


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