Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. We had one of our out building painted by a friend who runs a painting business. We bartered services she painted our building and my husband did her tax work for the year. Win win for both of us!

2. Kid # 5 wanted a new winter coat. She wanted a plan black one, hers still fit but had peace signs all over it and she decided she was to "old" for it. I saved my $1 for several weeks and ended up having enough cash saved to purchase one from Target for her when the coat she liked went on sale orginally $39.99 and I got it for $29.06 :)

3. I had $43 leftover in my 2 week grocery budget.  Might be time to rethink the grocery budget after the holidays are over.

4. I sat down and made a menu for the next few weeks. I also started a grocery list to go with the menu :)

5. I finished making to of my Christmas gifts. Each cost me about $10 to make so I stayed within budget and both will be well recieved 

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I went in Goodwill twice this week and didn't buy anything :)

2. Stuck to the menu plan and even repurposed some leftovers into new meals

3. Sent Kid # 5 with a "cold" lunch to school which consisted of chicken noodle soup, grapes, sugar snap peas, fruit snacks and a water bottle. All for about $1. For the month of October she will take her lunch 11 times which will save me over $11 :) Every little bit helps!!

4. Mixed up some homemade All Purpose Cleaner instead of buying some 409 :)

5. Washed the laundry in cold and hung some of it to dry. In the colder months I do use the dryer more then when the weather is nicer out and I can use the clothes line 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wedding Presents

We have been invited to 4 wedding since June. Since we are striving for debt freedom by the end of the year and I am also a crafter I searched for an inexpensive yet personal craft I could make to give as a gift. Here is what I came up with....

The first and last pictures are glass ornaments with the wedding invitations cut into strips and placed inside. I also added some glitter to each. I then added an initial sprapbook sticker of the couples last name to the outside of the ornament and a coordinating ribbon. The second and third pictures are coasters I made with the couples last name initial stamped to scrapbook paper, cut to the shape of the tile and mod podge on. I added cork to the back. 

Easy peasy :) I think they turned out cute! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I had $100 left in our two week grocery budget. This will be added to our Christmas fund.

2. I stuck to our meal plan

3. I made a homemade tomato soup which used up the last of our tomatoes and some heavy cream I needed to use. It was yummy!

4. I sold my first scarf of the season. I made $12. I have a ton of scarves left from last year. So this years should mostly be a profit.

5. I found Kid # 5 a cape for her Halloween costume at Goodwill for $4.99. The rest of the costume we should be able to pull together from things we already have.

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I took on a second "job" watching a girl Kid # 5 goes to school with. I start Monday. I will have her after school 4 days a week, any half days of school and some days when there is no school. Also a couple Saturdays a month. The girl is 11 so it should not be to hard :)

2. We are one week in to our two week grocery budget and I have yet to go grocery shopping. Although hubby went to Costco and spent about $40. 

3. We have ate all our leftovers :)

4. Got a discount when eating out with my family since I work for the school district using my work ID. Saved 20%

5. Wanted a nice crusty bread to eat with our soup on Thursday. Didn't want to spend the money or go to the grocery store for some so I used our bread machine and made some.

Friday, September 26, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I made a batch of homemade powdered laundry soap. It is easy and  should last us a long while.

2. I turned two different leftovers into two totally different meals. The first was some crockpot chicken which became stir fry. The second was some goulash I bought home from work which became a yummy soup.

3. I started and am almost finished planning a menu for the whole month of October. This will save my sanity and us money!

4. I made Kid# 5 some snacks for her cold lunches for school. One was a s'mores trail mix which was easy and yummy. The other was almond bark coated pretzels. The pretzels were getting kinda stale but I knew Kid # 5 would finish them off it I made white pretzels with them. 

5. I declined doing Secret Santa at work, which may seem kinda Scrooge like of me, but it is not in the budget and I would rather be " car payment free" by the end of the year instead. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I made a big batch of crockpot spaghetti sauce not long ago that turned out really good. I thought I would share the recipe and also have a place to be able to find it again :)

1 -105 oz can of Tomato Sauce ( from Costco)

3-Tablespoons Oregano

1- Heaping Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1- Bay Leaf

2- Teaspoons Basil

1- Tablespoon Onion Powder

4- Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1- Tablespoon Parsley

1- Teaspoon Thyme

Add all of ingredients to the crockpot.  Cook on low 8 or 9 hours or so.