Friday, May 28, 2021

Frugal Friday

Welcome to Friday! 

My Frugal Week

It has  been a very busy week here. Our cat Polka Dot was bitten by another cat this week and had to go to the vet. He is home now and on antibiotics. He is still limping though, which I hope improves quickly. 

My glasses came in on Thursday and one pair was made incorrectly so they sent those back. The other pair works for my right eye, but not the left eye.  It does not correct my vision enough to drive, so I will need the surgery eventually. 

Last week on Friday and Saturday we went to multiple yard sales, twenty-four in all. Amy Dacyczyn calls this power Yard-Saling. In order to find good deals it requires going to multiple yard sales because the items for sale are unpredictable. 

Bailey was able to get inventory for her online stores and also several hard goods. 

I was able to get a Tupperware bowl, Rubbermaid pitcher, pinking sheers, several dish towels, wash cloths, one bath towel, pot holders, and dish cloths. 

We spent so much time yard sailing that the sales were beginning to close up towards the end of our day. Some people were giving stuff away for half off or even free. we got several things this way. 

Bailey has been looking for pots and planters to put her plants in and the yard sales did not disappoint her. 

It's so great to be able to yard sale again and find yard sale prices too. 

We stopped at Ingle's one day to pick up their Welch's grape juice, which was on sale 2 for $5.00. The same sized bottle sells for $3.68 at Walmart, so it was a good price. 

Saving Money In My Frugal Kitchen

I used up the last of my eggs and onions while making meatloaf this week, so I added them to the grocery list. We will be doing an order for groceries to be delivered on Monday this week. 

Meals This Week

Sunday: I had a family pack of ground beef thawing in the refrigerator, so I made meatloaf, meatballs, and Salisbury steaks out of it. I made my own gravy using butter, corn starch, beef broth and a spoon of sour cream. 

Monday: Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables. 

Tuesday: Chicken Strips, Cole Slaw

Wednesday: Salmon Patties, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables.

Thursday: Chicken Sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Carrots

Sorry this is a short post, but I wanted to give you all a quick update. 

How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~
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Friday, May 14, 2021

Frugal Friday

Welcome to Friday! 

A rose from Bailey for Mother's Day. 

My Frugal Week

During the winter months we keep our back porch covered for the cats in order to keep warm. In the spring we always clean up this area and we did that this past week. 

We also put out the cat condo we bought for them the summer before last.  You can see that Simba and Polka Dot have already claimed a spot on it. 

I did some mending on a cloth pad this week.

I did not buy any gasoline this week, although some people did due to the cyberattack on Colonia Pipeline this week. I still cannot drive, so I did not see the need to buy any gas. 

We are growing tomatoes on our back porch this year. 

Office Depot has Simply Tide in the 128 ounce bottle on sale for $6.00 this week, so we picked up two bottles.  This normally sells for $8.94 at Walmart, so that is a savings of $5.88. 

I purchased a Christmas gift and received $10 off the original price. I read about this deal on the Deals, Glitches, & Free Things Facebook group. I peruse this group using common sense. 

The person I bought the gift for told me about wanting this item a few weeks ago, so when I saw a deal on the item, I decided to check it out. I'm very careful when I check out these groups not to be impulse buying.  

I listed at least one thing  for sale on eBay.


Bailey has been couponing again and adding to our stockpile. She follows the hashtag #couponingwalgreens on Instagram for inspiration. If you're interested in following her, you can do so here: BaileyAlexInc. She usually posts her deals in her stories. 

Saving Money In My Frugal Kitchen

One morning I made a smoothie for breakfast and used up a couple of items from the refrigerator. I used up several slices of a beet and the last of some hibiscus tea. 

Meals This Week

Chopped Salad

Saturday: Taco Style Lentils & Rice, Tortillas, Mixed Vegetables, Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers, and Beets

Sunday: Mother's Day/Birthday dinner was pizza from a local Italian restaurant. My choice.  

Monday: One thing that I like to eat is Dirty Rice and I have stopped in at Bojangles in the past to bring some home before. I've seen Tony Chachere's Creole Dirty Rice Dinner Mix online, but was unwilling to pay for the high cost of shipping it, so I waited. I found some at Food City last week and decided to try it for dinner tonight.  

Tuesday: Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas, Onions and Peppers, Mexican Rica, Mixed Vegetables

Saving on Entertainment

I've been watching Bates Motel for free on Peacock. 

What I've been Reading This Week

Dr. Michael Greger How Not To Diet

How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~
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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Eye Update

Yesterday was my eye doctor appointment. So many of you were right when you said it was cataracts. She recommended the surgery, but for now I have ordered glasses and am waiting on those to be made. 

I will be back on Friday for my usual Frugal Friday blog post. 

I hope you have aa terrific weekend. 

~ Living within our Means ~

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Yard Sale Saturday

We ventured out both Friday and Saturday this week to go to multiple yard sales, over 25 in all. The weather was beautiful, not too cold or too hot, and very sunny, so we were able to get our vitamin D naturally both days.  

There were four neighborhood yard sales we went to yesterday. Those are always good because you can park and walk and go to multiple sales at the same time.

Bailey found multiple items for her online stores. At one place she ended up sitting on the ground and going through the boxes and found 62 pieces for $1.00 each. She did really well. 

The one item she picked up for me is this brand new in the box deep skillet for $3.00. It retails at Walmart for $55.48. So, getting it for $3.00 was a steal. The lady selling it told her she wasn't taking anything back in th house. LOL  

Did you get to venture to any yard sales this week?

~ Living within our Means ~
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