Friday, July 9, 2021

Frugal Friday



Welcome to Friday!


On Sunday evening we went to the local mall to watch their fireworks display. 

There was a big thunderstorm here last Friday and then the weather turned cool. It was a beautiful day weather wise on Saturday as a result. We spent time outside enjoying it. I wish we had more days like that here.

The cherry tomatoes are growing so big and fast that Bailey is having trouble keeping them standing upright. We may look for a trellis to help them stay upright. They have outgrown their tomato cages. 

Bailey was able to get a coupon deal at Publix and bought feta cheese for 26 cents. I have five of them in our refrigerator, so if you have any good recipes using feta cheese, please send them my way. 

I refilled my cleaning spray bottles with a small amount of disinfectant and the rest with water. I use this to clean the sink and toilet in the bathroom. 

I took five bananas that were very ripe and peeled them and placed them in the freezer to use at a later date.


Bailey found these four planters at a yard sale for $2.00. We like that they fit over the porch rails. She planted them with strawberry plants and they are growing very well.

I negotiated a deal with one of my creditors this week. The bill came for $1,224, so I called to speak with them and waited a week or so and called back. They offered me a 70% discount. They dropped the bill down to $367.20. Calling and speaking to your creditors can save you some money.


I received a free Splenda chocolate drink in the mail.

Saving Money in my Frugal Kitchen:

This week, as usual, I made all of our drinks at home, fresh brewed iced tea and lemonade were thirst quenchers this week. I usually have a glass of tea with dinner and drink water the rest of the day. 

Dinners this week include...

Saturday: Hibachi Chicken with lots of vegetables and rice
Sunday: Chicken Strips, tator tots, cole slaw, and steamed broccoli
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday: Baked Chicken, salad, Brussels sprouts
Wednesday: Honey Garlic Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Broccoli
Thursday: Dirty Rice, Baked Potatoes, Sunflower Salad

On Wednesday I had thawed some bone in chicken, which is not a favorite of ours. I made sure to cook the chicken with a lot of onions for flavor. While it was cooking I created a sauce out of butter, honey, soy sauce, and garlic. I didn’t measure anything. 

Once the chicken was done I chopped it up and added it to the sauce along with appropriately one cup of broth. I mixed it well and served it over rice. It was a big hit and I had enough for leftovers to go into the freezer for future meals.



We received a free can of beans recently when we picked up a Walmart grocery order. They also gave us a free bag and a sample of Downey. 


Recently I needed to order some over the counter medicine and I read that Wellspring Meds were very affordable. They have 1,000 Ibuprofen for $19.99, 200 AntiDiarrheal for $16.95, 100 allergy relief for $6.95. If you’re interested they can be found at wellspringmeds.com.

Panera Bread was offering a free bagel for the Fourth of July. Bailey was able to get one since she went to town that day. 

I also read that Jimmy Johns sells day old bread for 10 cents. I called and found out it is now 45 cents.

My honey that I had turned hard, so I placed it in a cup full of hot water to get it back to being pourable. 

I saved $12 this week by paying my car insurance for six months rather than three months. It’s not much but does add up over time. 

That’s all the news to report from here this week. My laptop is still in the shop, so this was typed on a tablet and is not the usual format. I hope you still enjoy it and that you have a wonderful weekend.


Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~ 

32 comments :

  1. Lucky you on the tomatoe front. I love cherry tomatoes! I do recall a really good sounding recipe with feta cheese that one of the YouTubers that did a Come Dine with Me sort of exchange did with feta and tomatoes, grilled and then baked into puff pastry. That is a heck of a deal and good on you or getting some for the freezer-it is expensive stuff.

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    1. Yes, feta is expensive, Sam. Your suggestion sounds yummy, I will have to look it up. thank you.

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  2. My grandson calls it crunchy honey.

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    1. LOL, that’s the perfect name for it. 😂

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  3. I make a pasta salad with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, and olives. Mix with homemade italian or greek dressing,

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    1. Oh, that sounds so good, Donna. And I have everything on hand to make that, thank you.

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  4. Thank you for the link to Wellsprings. I am sending it to my sister right now.
    Sounds like you had a good and frugal week. I do the honey trick all the time because it seems like mine always crystalizes.

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    1. You’re welcome, Anne. It’s a good place to get affordable medicine. The honey trick does work well.

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  5. I love your planters & what a great deal you got on them. You had lots of wins this week.

    My favorite feta recipe is similar to what Sam mentioned. Cook & shred chicken. Fold open puff pastry sheet and spread chicken, spinach, feta & cooked butternut squash (layer ingredients like you do with lasagna) on the middle section. Fold 2 outer pastry sides over middle part to close/seal the 'roll' and brush with egg, then bake in oven.

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Goose. That recipe sounds wonderful too.

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  6. I saw on You tube... can't remember which one...you take a fair amount of cherry tomatoes, a block of feta and olvee oil and bake until the feta is melty. Remove from oven and stir together and blend in warm cooked pasta. Sounded very good to me. I like things not too bland so I would add fresh basil or similar after combining.

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    1. Oh my gosh Linda, that sounds so good! I love meaty cheese. 😂

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  7. That is a huge discount on your debt. WTG!!!! Never hurts to ask.
    Your meals all sound yummy. Great freebies!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I was really relieved over the 70% reduction on the bill. I hope you have a great weekend too.

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  8. Bread for 45 cents! Awesome! Sounds like you had some great frugal wins this week! I got some great ideas from this post. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Mandy. It was a good week. I hope you have a great weekend too.

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  9. Glad you were able to go enjoy the fireworks and had some nice weather on the weekend too. I do have a recipe that calls for Feta, in fact It's going on my menu plan for next week. I'll post the recipe for you when I post my menu on Sunday. I love those porch rail planters, such a great idea. Sounds like a good week overall there. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I look forward to your recipe. I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  10. That is great that you got them to reduce that bill. I am so happy for you. It pays to ask my friend. I love those planters that fit over the deck. I had several at my old house but gave them all to daughter when we moved here. She has them on her porch now and they look so nice. I love all the little things you do to save money it is an inspiration. I

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I was really tickled about that bill. Thank you for your kind words too, you always say the kindest things to me. I hope you have a terrific weekend!

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  11. You had a great week! I love feta on salads

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    1. Thank you. I will have to give that a try.

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  12. Thank you for all of your frugal tips! I LOVE Feta cheese on salad greens w/ dried cranberries & pecans (especially candied pecans!) I'm thankful you got your debt reduced, & paid off! Please, be aware that the forgiven debt amount might be viewed as "income" by the IRS, & be taxable...

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    1. Thank you, Barb. I appreciate it. This bill was for an E.R. Doctor visit, which I disputed. The dr. didn’t exam me and spoke to me for less than one minute right before I left. That was not worth $1224 and they must have thought so too as they pulled my medical record and then offered the 70% off. I don’t think that could be considered income, but I am no expert on that. Thank you again and I hope you have a great weekend.

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  13. Sounds like a great frugal week!
    Great job on getting the bill reduced!Awesome!
    Love all your frugal tips too! Thank you!
    Your planters are so neat. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate that. I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  14. Great frugal week Belinda. A few years back I was having trouble paying my credit card minimum payments. I called them and they froze my interest for 3 months so I could catch up. It really is worth calling creditors, the worst they can say is no right?

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    1. Exactly, Rain. I did the same thing when the pandemic first started. It really is better to communicate with them. Oftentimes we will have peace of mind after that.

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  15. That’s wonderful you were able to reduce the bill by 70%.

    I don’t buy feta cheese often, but when I do I make spanakopita (baked cheese and spinach).

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    1. Thank you, Nil.

      Your dish sounds so good. I’ll be sure to look up a recipe for that.

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  16. I love feta cheese. Extra sprinkles in a salad and on pizza or pasta dishes are delicious. Great job on lowering your bill.... that was a huge savings!! I love the planters your daughter found. Yard sales are so much fun!

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    1. Thank you, I love going to yard sales so much. You never know what you’re going to find.

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