Friday, October 22, 2021

Frugal Friday ~ October 22, 2021

Welcome to Friday! 

My Frugal Week

On Saturday we had a Walmart grocery order delivered to our home. Afterwards I cooked up the ground beef for tacos and nachos for the weekend. I cut up the onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and shredded the cheese. I also made a seven layer taco dip and baked a chocolate cake for Bailey’s birthday. It was so nice to have all the food prepared ahead of time, so I could enjoy her birthday too. 

On Tuesday we went to town to run some errands and I drove for the first time since my surgery. It felt great and Bailey was able to pick up some of her birthday freebies.

Saving Money In My Frugal Kitchen

I made plenty of meat to have for tacos and nachos over the weekend, so we ate on that most of the week until it was gone. 

Meals This Week

Saturday: Tacos with soft corn tortillas, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions

Sunday: Bailey’s birthday dinner...Nacho Bar & Queso Dip, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Ice Cream for dessert seekers.

Monday: More Taco stuff

Tuesday: Birthday Freebies

Wednesday: Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Thursday: Seven Layer Taco Dip, Baked Potatoes

Recipe of the Week

Loaded Queso


1 block Velveeta Queso Blanco Cheese
1 - 8 ounce bag Monterey Jack Cheese
1 - 8 ounce block cream cheese
1 - 10 ounce can Rotel, undrained
1 cup Heavy Cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with Pam type spray. 
Cube Velveeta and cream cheese and place in pan. 
Add other ingredients and place into oven to melt, about 20 minutes. 
Remover from oven and stir well. 
Enjoy with tortilla chips. 

Saving on Entertainment

Bailey is a Harry Potter fan, so for her birthday she wanted to watch the Harry Potter films all over again. So starting last Saturday, we watched one film per day as we were eating dinner. She has all of the DVDs so this came at no cost to us. And best of all, she was thrilled watching them all over again. 

We also began playing games again this week, which included Ramen Fury, Sorry, and Oh Gnome You Don’t! The Sorry game was one we picked up at a yard sale and is vintage, so the playing pieces are very nice since it is  vintage game. 

What I've been Reading This Week


Bailey loaded up on birthday freebies this week. Items she received free included a small pizza from Marcos, a free slice of pizza from Sbarros, a free cookie from both Chick-fil-a and The Great American Cookie shop, free sandwiches from Firehouse Subs and Jimmy Johns. She also got a free blueberry biscuit from Bojangles and a free chocolate croissant from Panera Bread. 

On Thursday we both received a free Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito from Taco Bell, which was giving them free to everyone. We stopped in on our way to a yard sale where Bailey found some plants. 

That is all the news to report on our frugal week in Tennessee. Thank you for dropping by, you are always welcome here. We would love to hear about your week in the comment section.

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  1. So happy to hear that your vision has been restored. We're having tacos for dinner tonight too. I currently have the beans cooking in instant pot.

    I love birthday freebies! If you have a Red Robin & Krispy Kreme nearby, be sure to sign up for their birthday freebies too. RR give you a free gourmet burger and side of choice. Last year KK gave a free dozen donuts (they usually just offer 1 donut + coffee).

    Hope you & Bailey have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Those are such great freebies, Ms. Goose. I made sure to sign up for them for my birthday next year.

  2. I laughed at your menu for the week, thinking this is a woman after my own heart--make it and eat it all week with minor variations! I do that when I cook chicken and slaw and other things. They appear every day until gone. We do not mind eating food every day if we like it.

    1. Yes, it was a great week not having to cook. LOL same here we do not mind eating the same food when we like it.

  3. It must have been wonderful to be able to drive again! I bulk fry up hamburger too and freeze it up. I haven't tried the birthday freebies, maybe this year! Free is always good!

    1. It was wonderful to drive again, Lisa. It keeps me limber by turning my neck/head around to see to drive. I hadn’t realized how much I hadn’t been doing that while not driving.

  4. Sounds like Bailey had a nice birthday.
    Quite the frugal week. WTG!

  5. What a great list of freebies! Happy birthday Bailey!

  6. Fist pump here for your being able to drive.

    Bailey sounds like a very sensible girl. I have never watched the Harry Potter movies, perhaps I will need to do so.

    Great frugal moves.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you, Jackie. I’m not a Garry Potter fan like her but even I find the movies interesting.

  7. I’ve never had birthday freebies. I think I should go out more often look for these deals. 😁

    1. Oh, they can be a lot of fun, Nil. Simply google “birthday freebies” and you find multiple lists. :)

  8. Glad that Bailey had a good birthday! Lots of yummy food! A Harry Potter movie marathon sounds fun! Lots of good birthday freebies too. Thanks for the loaded queso recipe; it sounds delicious.
    So glad you are able to drive again.
    Hope you have a fun weekend.

    1. Thank yo so much, Kathy. It was a fun week for sure.

      I hope you have a great weekend.

  9. Happy Birthday to Bailey. I am so excited you can drive again.
    You know that's what I like to do for my B-day is have homemade taco's & watch my favorite movies, then play games. Bailey knows how to do a birthday! :)

    It is going to be very frugal weeks for awhile now. My DH lost his job today after 25 years with his company. They were booming, making tons of money, lots of work, short staffed badly. It literally was my DH, his boss & the secretary only working. They were starting a multi-million dollar condo next week. The owners of the company just abruptly decided to retire and close the company! Just like that, no warning.
    We are just devastated and scared. This is a huge change for people who just turned fifty.
    The kicker my husband's boss is the third owner so the other two owners just told him the same day they told my husband and he has to go find a job too. He has only worked that job since high school! He's almost sixty!
    The job market is booming right now with employer's desperate for workers and my husband's decides to close! It's been a terrible shock because my DH's work was family. It's like we lost our family.
    Wish us luck!

    1. Thank you, Safyne. Oh my gosh, how devastating for you all. I hope and pray he finds a job ASAP. I’ll be keeping you all in good thoughts and prayers.

  10. Sounds like a great week of celebrating Bailey! I love her name. 🥰

    1. Thank you, Penny. That is so sweet of you to say. :)


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