Friday, July 12, 2024

Second Frugal Friday of July 2024

                                                     


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

On Tuesday we went to the theater to see Inside Out 2. We really enjoyed it, although not as much as the first one, but the message of "feel your feelings" really came through. Tuesday night is bargain night, so we were able to see the movie for only $5.50 and a free bag of popcorn.

I've been exercising st home more recently and have been riding my stationary bicycle pedals for one hour each day. I'm working to strengthen the muscles in my legs anticipating knee replacement surgery.

Stamps go up in price on Sunday, July 14th from 68 cents to 73 cents. 

My Frugal Kitchen

We've been using up what we have here this week and cleaning out what meats we have in the freezer. we also picked up blackberries at Aldi this week where they were on sale for $1.99 each. 

What’s for Dinner

Monday ~ Eggroll in a Bowl

Tuesday ~ Chicken and baked sweet potato. 

Wednesday ~ Salmon Patties, Steamed Broccoli, Baked Sweet Potatoes. 

Thursday ~ Grilled Chicken Taco Salads, Brussel Sprouts 

Friday ~ Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, and Green Beans with Onions. 

What’s on the Menu for Next Week

I'm definitely planning on BBQ Pork, Salmon Patties, and Chicken next week. Be sure to come back next week to see what sides we serve with these main dishes.

How are things in your home this past week?


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.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Monday, July 8, 2024

Meal Plan Monday ~ July 8, 2024

 


My Frugal Week

We've been using up what we have here this week and cleaning out what meats we have in the freezer. 

What’s for Dinner

Monday ~ Eggroll in a Bowl

Tuesday ~ Chicken and baked sweet potato. 

Wednesday ~ Chicken Salad. 

Thursday ~ For the 4th of July we had Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob, and Watermelon. 

Friday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans with Onions. 

Saturday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Corn on the Cob, Steamed Broccoli. 

Sunday ~ Marinated Grilled Chicken, Carrots, and a Sunflower Salad Kit from Aldi. I marinated the chicken in Olive Garden's light Italian dressing and it turned out really well. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

I'm definitely planning on BBQ Pork, Salmon Patties, and Chicken this week. Be sure to come back next week to see what sides we serve with these main dishes.

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Friday, July 5, 2024

First Frugal Friday of July 2024

                                         


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week


My Lymphedema trunk pump came last Friday and I watched several videos on how to set it up and it has a lot of hoses! It is already helping to eliminate the excess lymph fluid in my trunk area. The representative came out on Wednesday to check and make sure I was using it correctly. 

It was quiet around here over the weekend then on Sunday we heard a lot of thunder, but never did get any rain out of the storm. We finally did get a little bit of rain later in the week though. 

This was bill paying week and I've gotten all my bills paid for the month. I like to have it behind me as early in the month as possible. 

Freebies

One of my favorite daily emails comes from the One Bird a Day website. In it they show a photo of the bird and then you can hear how the bird sounds, which I love. 

Here is a link if you're interested: One Bird a Day

Question of the Week

I saw this post today in my local Facebook group:


I feel his pain. Gone are the days, I think, when we could really stock up on groceries when there was a good sale. ???

What do you think?

Saving Money on Entertainment

I've been watching Leave it to Beaver on Facebook recently. My Dad always watched it in the mornings and it reminds me of him. I like that I'm able to watch shows like this for free on Facebook. 

What I've been Reading This Week

Our Money Blog ~ Carrie used to blog over at CreditCardFree's Personal Finance Blog. In fact if you look around that site, you'll find several other financial blogs to read. 

Bailey and I are currently reading Daisy Jones and the Six. It is supposed to be based on a true story and loosely based on Fleetwood Mac. When we are done reading the book we are going to watch the film. There are ten episodes, which are free to watch if you have Amazon Prime


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.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Monday, July 1, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ July 1, 2024

                                                 


What’s for Dinner

Monday ~ Chicken Taco Salad

Tuesday ~ Hamburgers with all the fixings.

Wednesday ~ Chicken Fajita Bowls

Thursday ~ Salmon Patties, Green Beans with Onions, and Green Peas with Carrots. 

Friday ~ I made Cube Steaks for dinner using some that I bought on markdown. It has been way too long since we've had these and they were delicious. I served them with mashed potatoes, and peas and carrots. 

Saturday ~ Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Peas & Carrots, Cucumber Salad. 

Sunday ~ BBQ Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Corn on the Cob. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

This week I need to do some grocery shopping as we are running low on some items.  Please come back next week to see what we had on our menu this week. 

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Friday, June 28, 2024

Fourth Frugal Friday June 2024

                                                     


Welcome to Frugal Friday! I hope you are doing well today and stay safe from the heat, 

My Frugal Week

I completed a survey and earned a $20 Amazon gift card this week. 

On Friday our garbage man came and picked up some styrofoam sheets Dad put  in the yard between two trees years ago. I'm not sure what he intended to do with them, but they are falling apart now and it's past time to get rid of them. He unearthed a snake when he was removing it. 

I received another $25 gift card for Walmart from my insurance company for getting my routine tests done this year. I'm sure I will spend it on groceries. 

On Monday evening I was the designated driver for Bailey to attend one of her book clubs on the North Shore in Chattanooga. I went to Whole Foods and looked around and then did some reading of my own while I waited. I did pick me up some delicious salted dark chocolate cashews (yum!) at Whole Foods. 

I earned a $5 Visa card for taking a survey offered by my bank. 

Freebies


This reusable shopping bag was a freebie that was going around on Facebook from The Navigators for the last few weeks. Mine came in the mail on Saturday. 

That is all the news to report from here this week. I had an errand to run on Monday, but other than that have stayed home. My trunk pump has been approved by my Insurance and is supposed to come via Fedex today, so I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival today. 

What are your plans for the weekend?



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.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Monday, June 24, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 24, 2024

                                         


My Frugal Week

On Thursday I cut up a watermelon into bite sized pieces and stored it in the fridge. I also grated a two pound block of cheddar cheese to have on hand. 

If you have a double wall insulated cup you can use it to bring freezer pops, squeezable yogurt, or string cheese for those days when you are going to be out of the house for a long time. The cup will keep them nice and cold.


Have you been seeing all the profee (protein shake + coffee = profee) videos on social media? I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy tea, so I bought a box of salted caramel tea, brewed some and added a salted caramel protein shake along with ice and it was really tasty and refreshing. I enjoyed the salted caramel better in a vanilla shake than I did the green tea.

Grinder Salad


Grinder Salads or Sub in a Tub have become popular on TikTok. They are like an Italian submarine sandwich in a bowl, chopped up, without the bread. I've saved several of the recipes to try and decided to make one this week.

I used a base of a salad mix and added chicken, cheese, turkey pepperoni, pickles, red pepper, tomatoes, and a green apple. The dressing included mayonnaise, mustard, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and raisins. It turned out really tasty and I think olives would make a great addition next time.

Recipe of the Week

I made some Carrot Raisin salad while Bailey was gone on her trip. We both love it, but she is allergic to raw carrots and I feel bad making it when she can't eat it, so with her out of the house I'm going to enjoy it.

Carrot Raisin Salad

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups fresh carrots, finely shredded
1 - 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained (2/3 cup)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together.
Makes 13-14 servings.


What’s for Dinner


Monday ~ Grilled Chicken Salads with a side of Cucumber Salad. 

Tuesday ~ Sub in a Tub. 

Wednesday ~ Cottage Cheese Taco Dip that I made with cottage cheese, onions, and taco seasoning. I added tomatoes, black olives, red peppers, and cheese and had it with tortilla chips. 

Thursday ~ Watermelon, Carrot Raisin Salad. 

Friday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Cucumber & Tomato Salad. I used romaine lettuce cups as my "tortilla" shell and they were really good plus saved me the carbs from the real tortillas. 

Saturday ~ Bailey is off to her book club, so I was on my own for dinner. I decided to make a Chicken Taco Salad for dinner. 

Sunday ~ I put chicken breasts in the crockpot and added a packet of ranch taco seasoning and a jar of Trader Joe's pineapple salsa. I served this with corn on the cob, Brussel Sprouts, and Cucumber Salad. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

These are the items we have on hand that I can use to make meals this week. 

Salmon, 15 Bean Cajun Soup Beans, BBQ Pork,  Cube Steaks, Chicken Fajitas, Taco Chicken. 

Please come back next week to see what side dishes we have with these meals.  

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Friday, June 21, 2024

Third Frugal Friday of June 2024

                                                     


Welcome to Frugal Friday! 

My Frugal Week

I ordered a new shirt in my smaller size and when it came I realized how much I liked it, so I ordered one in each color. Lucky me they were having a 50% off sale, so each shirt shirt was $20 off, so I saved $60 when I ordered them. 

I went through all of my clothes again and got rid of the ones that were too big for me and gave them to Bailey to sell in her online shops. 

We went to the pool on Friday night and I swam laps for a little over an hour. Bailey did the weight room, walked the walking path, and then got into the pool. My insurance pays for my membership to the YMCA, so I definitely want to use it. 

Our electric bill is so much lower than this same time last year. In June of 2023 we used an average of 83.03 kWh per day while this year it was down to an average of 49.59 kWh per day. That is a savings of $110.51 from the same time last year. 

On Monday I went to the retina specialist for injections in my eyes as it's been six weeks already. He had good news for me, there was no swelling in my left eye and just a tiny bit in the right eye, so now I can move to injections every eight weeks instead of four or six weeks. It made me a happy camper. 

Bailey left out bright and early on Tuesday for her trip to Georgia to visit with a friend for a few days and made it safely back home on Thursday evening. The laundry had piled up while she was washing her clothes for the trip, so I had the washer going before she even got out of the driveway. LOL

It has been a LONG time since I've had the house all to myself for a few days. I'm not only caught up on the laundry, but I rearranged the office area of my bedroom, decluttered a little, cleaned out and organized the hallway closet along with my bedroom closet, and tackled several projects that needed doing. 

I also dealt with several phone calls concerning my Dad and his business. I will be glad when the majority of this is behind us. 

Freebies & Pollinator Week

June 17th through the 23rd is National Pollinator Week. 

Pollinators are a diverse group of species that includes birds, bees, butterflies, bats and beetles. They are critically important to life and their numbers are in steady decline as a result of habitat loss, pests, pathogens, pesticides and other stressors.

 The TDOT is doing their part to protect the Monarch butterflies. As a result they are offering free milkweed seeds to all Tennessee residents. 

Here is a link:

Free Milkweed Seeds

Also free this week, a friend of mine had a spaghetti squash that she wasn't going to use, so she gifted it to me. 

Cat Update

I fear that something has happened to our outdoor cats. We have seven outdoor cats and some of them have not been around for well over a week. I have seen very little of four of them in the last few days, but three of them are definitely missing. I hope it's just hot and they are in the woods staying cool and are not gone for good.

Savings of the Week

Have you read the story of Rachel Veitch? In 1964 she purchased a brand new Mercury Comet Caliente and paid $3,300 for it. She kept that car well maintained for over 50 years and drove it 567,000 miles. 

One of her secrets was regular maintenance, and she would buy lifetime guarantees’ whenever possible. As a result, she only paid once for three sets of shocks, eight mufflers and eighteen batteries.  She was smart and wise when it came to car ownership.

How was your week?


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.


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
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~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


Monday, June 17, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 17, 2024

                                         


My Frugal Week

Something I learned this week is that it takes eight to ten eggs to make a cup of egg whites. No wonder a carton of egg whites cost so much at the store. Bailey wanted pizza eggs for breakfast, but was out of egg whites. I had a box of 60 eggs, so I just used some of them t0 make egg whites. 

GNC sent me a $10 reward to use on anything this weekend, so I ordered some protein shakes, but the order got cancelled as they were out of stock. So, I called GNC and they are sending them to me via snail mail and gave me free shipping to boot. Now that's what I call great customer service. 

What’s for Dinner

Monday ~ Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato Fries. 

Tuesday ~ Bailey had her movie night, so I was on my own for dinner. I made a bowl of Jello with Fruit & Cottage Cheese and then had a coconut yogurt later .

Wednesday ~ Chicken Sausages, Cabbage & Onion Stir Fry, Sweet Potato Slices in the air fryer. 

Thursday ~ Egg Roll in a Bowl, Cooked Carrots, Stir Fry Vegetables. 

Friday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Corn on th Cob. 

Saturday ~ BBQ Pork, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Bean Salad. 

Sunday ~ Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob, Cucumber & Tomato Salad. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

Bailey will be gone a few days this week visiting a friend in Georgia, so I will be on my own for dinner a few nights. I'll be making Minestrone soup and enjoying that for several lunches and dinner at least one night. 

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?


Belinda
Homemaker at Heart
Mortgage & Debt Free
~ Living within our Means ~
My Linktree

~ She looketh well to the ways of her household ~
Proverbs 31:27


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