Monday, January 12, 2015

Frugal week

We didn't eat out at all even though I am sick(head cold into chest cold and hoping it doesn't not go into pneumonia) and would prefer not to messing with food to keep from passing it...Hubby did a little bit of cooking on the worse day. I am hoping I am over the hump.

We only bought milk since the Jan 2nd  when we did our meat buying(sales were good). Since I just opened it this morning I figure we will make it through the week. Hubby bought it on the way home from work at the local grocery store, it's only 2 miles out of the way instead of 30 mile round trip and that saved on gas even though the milk was a bit more in price.We both figured we spend less because he just went in and got ONLY milk where in the city we would have been checking out the sales.

I roasted a turkey that made 4 meals for the week (stayed on menu mostly)and put 2 more in the freezer including over a gal of broth (in different size containers) for other meals.

I mended 3 pants for Pat.

I mended a shirt for Hubby and I changed a jacket he had that was damaged to a vest for him that he can wear.

I mended a sweater for myself.

I made 5 gals of laundry soap. That will last about 3 months or more for us.I wash the bedding and furniture throws quite often since the dogs sleep on my bed and furniture.

I made cranberry juice from last year's cranberries that was in the freezer and made cranberry sauce from what was left of the juice.

I started a soup container in the deep freezer...funny how we stopped all of a sudden of having a couple bites in containers in the frigs after I did that.

I have been making sure the curtains to the south are open on days that it is sunny to help warm the house and closed before it gets dark.

I checked the pantry for what we are low in and what needs used up before it's lost....we had water standing in the pantry at Thanksgiving and I got a feel it cost us with some of the root veggies. Next year we are going to change where we store our root veggies to keep them longer and hopefully not have as much waste.

I started planning our garden....we are looking at year around gardening....big planning of needing covers and etc to do that so I want to have the "buy" list now to have it all way before it's actually needed.

I have a daughter getting married and she asked for me to grow her flowers ...or try to grow as much as I can as I am not into growing flowers (yarrow does well for me and that's about it). SO I need to think about what to plant AND where I am going to plant it because if I give veggie garden space up for it then I have to figure out where to put the veggies so we have our needs for the year met.

What did you do to save money or your time this week?

1 comment:

  1. After losing food from your freezer a while back, you must have been disappointed to lose some root vegetables, too. This week, we took further steps to be paid for a phone we had sold via an online service that we had checked out with the BBB and by other means. The story is too long to tell here, but that frugal attempt has required hours and hours of time on our part and the part of our local sheriff's department, who investigated a case that had involved a buyer in another state. We think we're on the way to being reimbursed, finally. And to think we did all this to avoid the rumored pitfalls of selling the old phone via Craigslist. We're vegan, and we made soup, beginning with homemade broth from veggie clippings gathered and frozen during the week and ending with whatever needed to be used along with a can of tomatoes and my husband's choices of seasonings. I ate all other meals at home, too. My husband has been traveling and ate out a few times while on the road. I baked a rustic whole wheat loaf (no oil except to coat the bowl when it was rising the first time), fat free carrot cupcakes, vegan chocolate chip cookies (definitely not fat free!), and corn muffins. Since we're empty nesters, we wash dishes by hand and rinse them in a tub with fresh water, the way my grandmother used to do. Afterwards, the rinse water is used for other needs such as cleaning the sinks or floors. Warm-up shower water is used to fill the dog's water bowl. We continued other typical frugal tasks such as rinsing out zippered sandwich bags and food-safe produce bags, saving and reusing aluminum foil, using cloth napkins, etc.