Saturday, February 25, 2023

Fourth Frugal Friday of February 2023

Welcome to Friday! 

My Frugal Week

I tried to get out early on Saturday morning, but couldn’t get out because of a tree down in the driveway. Our handyman was coming on Saturday anyway, so I let him know about it and he took care of it over the next two days. 

We’ve had sixteen inches of rain over the past month and the ground was so saturated the tree came out of the ground root ball and all. The ground just can’t hold any more water. 

Later in the week we had some beautiful spring like weather. On Tuesday it was 68 degrees and I opened up the windows in the house and let it air out. It was so nice and refreshing.

We have hyacinths and daffodils blooming here now, which is definitely a sign of spring.

Saving Money In My Frugal Kitchen

Save A Lot through Instacart has 30 medium eggs for $6.79 this week. It was so nice to have more than one dozen eggs finally. 

I stopped in at Food City yesterday and found several markdowns. I’ll take a photo of them Ms post it next week, hopefully. 

Meals This Week

All meals are served with either salad or vegetables and may not always be listed here. 

* If you see a dinner in bold print that means we had it more than once this week.

Dirty Rice with Polish Sausage, Corn on the Cob. 
Meatballs in Brown Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Peas. 
Hamburgers with Cheese, Tater Tots, Cole Slaw.
Baked Fish, Scalloped Potatoes, Carrots, and Cole Slaw. 
Chicken Fajitas, Tortillas, Mexican Rice, Roasted Carrots, Onions, Potatoes & Peppers.
Ham, Mac & Cheese, Carrots, and Apple Pie. 🍎 
Baked Chicken, Brown Rice Pilaf, Steamed Broccoli.

Recipe of the Week

Scalloped Potatoes


3 pounds potatoes, sliced 

¼ cup butter

1 large onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

¼ cup flour

2 cups milk

1 cup chicken broth or 1 cup hot water and 1 bouillon cube

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

Add bouillon cube to one cup of hot water in a canning jar and dissolve.

Add milk to the canning jar and mix together.

Set aside.

To make the sauce, melt butter, onion and garlic over medium heat. 

Cook until onion is softened. 

Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. 

Reduce heat to low.

Add a small amount of the liquid from the canning jar to the flour roux and whisk until smooth. Continue adding liquid until it is a thick, smooth consistency.

Bring to a boil over medium heat while continuing to whisk.  Stir in salt and pepper and let boil for 1 minute.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 

Combine potatoes with sauce and place in pan.

Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes until golden brown.

Thank you for dropping by my frugal blog, you are always welcome here. 

We would love to hear all about your week in the comment section.

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  1. I have been fearing the same tree situation here because our ground is saturated, too. I'm glad you had someone to take care of it for you. That is a great price on eggs but we don't have Sav a lot here. I did get Nellie's 18 pack eggs for 3.98 which is fairly good . We were stoked to see that Ingles has our favorite Swaggerty's sausage on sale this weekend. Last time it was this price was Black Friday and we were out of town.

    1. Thank you, Lana. I’m so grateful we have someone to take care of these things for us too. I like Swaggerty’s sausage too, it’s one of the best tasting sausages out there. We have an Ingles close by here too, so I need to check that out. Thank you for the heads up. 😊

  2. It sure has been a rainy and windy month. That usually comes in March! Just think had all that rain been snow! Eeks!!!!!!
    Have a nice weekend.

    1. Oh man! If that was snow that would have been a lot of snow! 😂

      I hope you are having a nice weekend too.

  3. That's an awful lot of rain . . . xx

  4. Here we worry more about wind storms and large evergreens. Their roots are so shallow that many blow over root ball and all in some of our storms.

    Your menu looks wonderful.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you, Jackie. Yes, those trees with shallow roots can be dangerous. Hopefully you won’t have any issues in the future. It can be worrisome, I know.

  5. At least you were safe in the house. I would have been dying to go to the bathroom if I were caught and could not get into the driveway. Of course, emergency services would have helped you. There are no good egg prices here, but we continue to buy eggs!

    1. Definitely being safe in the house was a good thing. We continue to buy eggs too, although I will admit to rationing them.

  6. (Little Penpen) do you live in the mountains? I remember having trees slide down into our drive when we used to live in western NC. I miss living there.

    1. Yes we do, Penny. We are in south eastern Tennessee so right next to western North Carolina. We do have landslides here from time to time. They can be very difficult to deal with and take a lot of time to remove properly.

  7. I may be back to copy that potato recipe. It sounds good.

    1. Thank you, Gil. Bailey really likes this recipe, it’s creamy and she likes anything creamy.

  8. oh my goodness so much rain! The weather is crazy! We had two ice storms in the last week. I'm over it and want your warm weather.

    1. It sure is crazy weather, Vickie. I’m ready for the warm weather too. The older I get the less I like the cold weather.


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