Friday, July 18, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I taught myself how to sew button holes by watching YouTube videos. I then turned an old table cloth I had into a new shower curtain :) ( not the best picture but you get the idea )

2. We are going to a wedding tomorrow. I made the wedding gift using most of the items I already had. I did buy some glitter and ribbon. I will post pics after the wedding :)

3. I bought 2 Christmas presents on Amazon and used $15 in Amazon gift codes I had earned from my Reciept Hog app and Swagbucks. Spent $8 and some change out of pocket. Not to bad for getting 2 gifts :)

4. I got my hair cut and had a full punch card so I got $5 off :)

5. We ate all our leftovers :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Inexpensive Meal-Beef Orzo Skillet

The other night we had this Beef Orzo Skillet for dinner. The cost of this meal was about $4.57.

Here is the breakdown:
Ground beef: $1.99 lb ( bought on sale at Kroger)
1 cup Orzo Pasta - $ .64
1 can diced Tomatoes - $.59
About 2 cups chopped Spinach - $.85
Minced Garlic and Italian Seasoning - around $.50
Chicken Broth - Free saved from cooking chicken in the crock pot from a different meal
Yum yum!  Not only was this an inexpensive meal but it tasted great too!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Grocery Budget

For the last several months I have tried to cut our $400 a month grocery budget.

Ideally I would love to shave $100 off of it a month. 

 For the most part we are now feeding only 3 people on a regularly.  

Occasionally there are 4 of us but not to often.

I am hoping to start posting about some of the cheaper meals we have been eating.  We will see :)  

Over July 4th I made a pasta salad which had about 10 serving to it.  We ate 5 serving on July 4.  I mentioned in my last post about finding pasta on sale at Kroger for 50 cents a box if you buy 6.  I bought 12 and might go back for more :)

Anyway, last night we ate the leftover pasta salad which we had approximately 5 servings of.  We added 1 pound of grilled chicken breast to it.  

Here it is:

Here is the cost break down of the original pasta salad 

Pasta : 75 cents ( I used a box in half)
Carrot : .07 cents ( I used 1 which I shredded)
Green Pepper: 56 cents ( I used 1 diced)
Black Olives: 50 cents ( I used half a can which come whole and I sliced)
Caesar Dressing 85 cents ( I used half a bottle)  = $2.73 or about 27 cents per serving.

5 servings of leftover pasta salad - $1.35 + chicken breast I bought for $1.35/ a LB = $2.70 for dinner :)

*Note: For the pasta salad I used things I had on hand and other then the pasta which I bought at Kroger every thing else was purchased at Aldi

Chicken Breast - I posted about this deal here and I got it at GFS.

Friday, July 4, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. My hubby found 2 pairs of nice dress shoes, which he needs for work, both on clearence and spent less then $52 on both. Plus we walked from our house to the shoe store also saving on gas :)

2. I earned a $5 Amazon gift code with my Reciept Hog app :)

3. I had $50 left I my 2 week grocery budget even though I bought extra stuff for camping 

4. We turned off our air conditioning for the last 2 days since we are having mild weather.

5. I stocked up on pasta and hamburger yesterday at Kroger since they had good sales. The pasta was 50 cents a box when you buy 6. I bought 12. The hamburger was $1.99 a pound. I bought 10 lbs and may go back for more

Happy 4th of July! I hope to make more of an effort to blog regularly starting on Monday!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1.  Planned a trip to the local zoo with my sister, nephew and Kid # 5. When we got there we discovered it was "free" day. I put $5 in the donation box.

2. I bought to Christmas presents both of which were on clearence. Total spent around $14.

3. Inventoried my freezers and made a menu based on it for the next 2 weeks

4. Painted my downstairs bathroom using leftover paint from another room. Cutting the cost a little bit of our shower project

5. Took my dog for her annual check up and paid cash for the visit with money we budgeted. 
Cash is king :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. Kid # 3 had her wisdom teeth removed this week. Our out of pocket expense which included the  consultation visit, the removal and prescriptions was $973.95. We paid cash!  There will be no worries about how to pay the bill later! Cash is king! 

2. The hubby needed a new belt. We had some gift cards for JC Penney. He ended up with 2 belts for free using our gift cards.

3. I haven't had to put gas in my card in 14 days. Woohoo for summer and being able to stay home.

4. I made some "smoothie bags" for the freezer. I used fruit and spinach that needed used up so it didn't go to waste. This makes my breakfast time easier

5. I made my grandson, who turned 1 on June 19th, a shirt to wear for his birthday party. It was cheaper then buying one and fun to make too! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. I stuck to my grocery list and only bought items we really needed.

2. I used my Checkout51 and Receipt Hog apps to record my grocery shopping and earn cash/ coins hopefully to use for our Christmas shopping.

3. Hung my laundry on the clothesline. The couple times I did use the dryer I waited until night time and dried everything one load after another.

4. Ran my dishwasher at night also and only when full

5. Made all the snacks we have eaten this week from items we already had.