Friday, December 31, 2021

Frugal Friday #5 of December 2021

Welcome to Friday! 

My Frugal Week

It been a quiet week here. There were storms on Tuesday and Wednesday evening with high winds, but no issues here. 

Joy of the Week

My joy this week was watching Bailey open the gifts I picked out for her. One of them was a game (Wasabi) we’ve wanted for a few years now, but was too expensive. That is the gift I made an offer for on eBay. She was VERY surprised when she opened it. I love giving gifts like that. We’ve played it several times already and have really enjoyed it. 

Question of the Week

What do you think of an air fryer? My new grill has an air fryer feature, so I wanted to ask what you all thought of them. I can tell the food does not taste deep fried, but understand that the food will be healthier cooked in the air fryer. 

Avoiding Spending

This week I avoided spending any money on the after Christmas sales. I did need to get some ibuprofen though, so I ordered that from Bailey has a Walmart Plus membership, so there was no shipping charge. I have an Amazon Prime account, so between the two of us we don’t pay shipping on these two retailers, which saves us money and keeps us out of the brick and mortar stores. 

Saving Money In My Frugal Kitchen

By Monday I was getting tired of Christmas leftovers and started to freeze some of the things that could be frozen. But then on Wednesday I was glad to still have some at least for breakfast. 

Drinks this week include lots of water as usual and also some hot Hibiscus tea at breakfast time. I do have a glass of iced tea (decaf & unsweetened) with dinner, but mostly drink water. It’s good for me and saves money. 

Meals This Week

Friday ~ Christmas Eve: Italian Beef, Appetizers including BLT Dip, Tuna Pate, Jalapeño Popper Dip, Cheeseball, and for fun we made s’mores afterwards. 

Saturday ~ Christmas: Hashbrown Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Croissants, and Cheesecake. 

Sunday: Christmas Leftovers (and I’ve started freezing some at this point)

Monday: Grilled Hamburgers on my new Ninja Indoor Grill. Also, Hash Brown Casserole leftovers, and all the Hamburger fixings like lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese, and onions. 

Tuesday: Grilled Better Cheddars, and the last of the Hash Brown Casserole. I am loving my new Ninja grill.

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Salads

Thursday: Cheesy Potatoes, Green Salad

Saving on Entertainment

On Christmas Eve we watched the movie, Santa Claus, which is one of our favorite Christmas movies. 

We also watched the new Disney Encanto film. 

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.

~ Living within our Means ~
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  1. We use our air fryer a lot mostly in place of things we might have done in the oven like tots, egg rolls etc. It makes nice potatoes wedges,but they do better if you use partially steamed, or say a parboiled ten cooked potato. I use a spritzer with light olive oil.

    1. Those ideas all sound good, Sam. Thank you. I’m definitely going to have to try the egg rolls in there.

  2. Glad you didn't get any bad weather.
    I got an air fryer this past year at a yard sale - brand new for $10. I really like it. It makes the best crispy fried chicken and good fries and crispy breaded fish!! I need to expand what I use it for - but so far so good. So much lower in fat.
    Happy New Year to you both.

    1. That all sounds so good, Cheryl. Sounds like I have a lot of things I can be making in this.

  3. My favorite way to use my air fryer is for bacon, sausage, and fried pork chops. Coat both sides of chop with olive oil, salt and pepper. Flip about 10 minutes in. Cook a few more minutes. Yum!

    1. Oh, that sounds so good, Penny. I will definitely have to try those. Thank you.

  4. I don't have an air fryer, but am interested in trying one.

    Sounds like you had some great meals for the holidays!

  5. I didn't buy into the air fryer craze, and neither did I get an Instantpot. The dual fuel range I picked out for our new build, however, has a built in air fryer. I didn't pick it out because of that feature, though. You'll have to wait until it's completed (May, June--who knows--cabinets aren't even coming until April) for me to give you a review.

    1. I will definitely look forward to your review, Meg. :)

  6. Air fryer is great for one person, maybe two, but even the biggest ones are too small for most things. good for reheating frozen food

  7. Happy New Year! Isn't it nice to get someone a gift that they truly want?

  8. I have a very old air fryer made by T-Fal. It is limited in what it can make, but I really do like the fries it produces. Perhaps one day when it breaks down I will get another more modern one.

    God bless.

    1. That is good to know about the fries, Jackie. I will have to try those as well.

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    1. Oh no! We are going to have to get you a new one!

  10. I have an actifry and I absolutely love it. It does a lot more than just chips.

    Happy New Year to you and thank you.

    1. That is good to know, Joy. Thank you. And Happy New Year to you too!


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