Friday, August 13, 2021

Frugal Friday

Welcome to Friday! 

My Frugal Week

We stayed home on Sunday and I did three loads of laundry. I only have to do mine every two weeks or so, but I also washed a load of towels. 

We saved a small batch of string this week. 

I listed several items for sale on eBay this week. 

Crash and Burn Score

We made out like bandits on Saturday. I had to stop in for some cat food and checked out the crash and burn section. We found 2 cans corn, 2 cans green beans, 1 can black eyed peas, 1 can garbanzo beans all for 25 cents each, 6 cans of cat food for 10 cents each, 1 bottle vanilla flavoring for 25 cents, 1 bottle molasses for $1.70, and 4 cups of Annie’s macaroni and cheese for 75 cents. I also found a one pound bag of navy beans for fifty cents. It has been a long time since we scored any crash and burn items. 

Food City also had the 18 count cartons of eggs for 88 cents each, so we picked up some of those while we were there. 

Earning Money

I earned money from an eBay sale. I also cashed out my Anchor Podcast money. It was a small amount, but still helpful. 

Avoiding Spending

I stayed home all week and spent no money.

Saving Money In My Frugal Kitchen
This week we have  used what we had here to make all of our meals. Sometimes we have to get creative when we do that, but that is what the frugal lifestyle is all about. 

Meals This Week

Friday: White Chicken Enchiladas, soup beans, cornbread

Saturday: Sicilian Sandwiches and BlackBerry Lemonade

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner - Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Potatoes. 

Monday: Beefy Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables

Tuesday: sticky Pineapple Chicken, Rice, Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday: Soup Beans, Deviled Eggs, Corn Bread, Turnip Greens

Thursday: Chicken Fajitas, Corn Tortillas, Diced Tomatoes, Lettuce, Rice & Corn

On Thursday I made some Mexican rice and used a salsa from Walmart that had mango and oinea0ple in it. The salsa was too hot for me to enjoy by itself, so I put it in the rice dish and it was really good. This is what I love about this particular recipe, you can switch the type of salsa you use and have a completely different dish,

Saving on Entertainment

Mama's Family is on Facebook right now if you want to watch it. I've enjoyed a couple of episodes of it this week. 


Bailey got in on an Ibotta rebate this week and earned free peanut butter, jelly, bread, and goldfish crackers. 

How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~
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  1. Sounds like a great week. I like that it’s called a crash and burn section. 😝 you scored!!

    1. Thank you, Penny. It was a good week of sure.

  2. Creative meals are fun for me to put together. I never mind the results, but having a couple in my house that are less so. August is shaping up to be an expensive month. I think September is going to be a charent groceries.

    1. Sometimes my creations in the kitchen are hard to win over on some people. LOL

  3. I saw Bailey's etsy store...clever to use pre-owned clothing and tie dye them!
    Please don't tell my Hubs what a Sicilian sandwich is because he'd want me to make those(if I am not making pasta that night). lol

    1. I won’t tell your hubby, but oh my gosh they are so good. LOL

      Thank you on Bailey’s Etsy shop.

  4. I love it when I have something that I cannot eat and I MIX IT WITH ANOTHER INGREDIENT AND IT WORKS OUT!

    1. Oh, I love that too, Kim. Right now I am doctoring up some too peppery egg salad. LOL

  5. Sticky Pineapple chick sounds like something I might like. Can you share the recipe? I go to crash and burn sections and never get such good stuff.

    1. The crash and burn sections can be hit or miss.

      Here is the recipe:

      Sticky Pineapple Chicken


      1/2 cup pineapple juice
      1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
      1/3 cup low sodium chicken stock
      1/3 cup hoisin sauce
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1 Tablespoon minced fresh garlic
      2 teaspoons cornstarch
      1 Tablespoon olive oil
      8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
      1 cup diced pineapple
      1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (optional)
      Rice, for serving


      In a medium saucepan, whisk together the pineapple juice, soy sauce, chicken stock, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, garlic and cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the mixture has reduced to about 1 cup and is the consistency of thick syrup. Set the sauce aside.

      Add oil to a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat.
      Add the chicken to the pan and season it with salt and pepper, and onion powder.
      Cook the chicken, stirring, until it is no longer pink, about 10-15 minutes. Add the sauce to the pan and stir until combined.
      Add pineapple and cashews and cook for an additional minute.
      Serve over a bed of rice.

  6. Great deals at the crash & burn sale! And, way to go with your creative meal options. I bribed my crew to accept all of our meals, leftovers & creativity by serving takeout one night. The good news is that if you don't offer it very frequently, it's very exciting when it actually happens.

    1. Thank you. That was a great trade off with your crew. I wanted to order take out last night, but cooked here at home instead. It is a trade off.

  7. What a great score. Wish I could get packs of 18 count eggs on sale for that price. You did very well.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you, Jackie. I just went in there to get cat food and wasn’t expecting anything else. I was a happy camper and hope you can get some eggs on sale soon.


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