Friday, November 23, 2012

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

I guess I missed last weeks 5 things.  But it has been a busy week.  Here is what I did this week though :)

1. Sold a few more items and made $35 this week :)  I will be using this money to help finish up my Christmas shopping.

2. Found a great deal on chicken leg quarters.  I bought two family size packages.  Put one in  the crock pot, the other in the freezer.  When the one in the crock pot was done, I skinned and de-boned it.  Used half the shredded meat for White Bean Chili.  Saved the other half for another dinner.  I then put the bones and skin back in the crock pot and made chicken stock. 

3.  Made a big pot of Chicken and Rice soup with the chicken stock from above and left over rice from the frig. This went right into the freezer to be used at a later date for dinner.

4. I did not go Black Friday shopping..........enough said lol :)

5. Bought a turkey for 77 cents a pound which seems to be the cheapest around here.  Place it in our deep freeze for a later date.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kitchen Floor

For the last couple of months we have been working on our kitchen floor.  This really turned out to be more of a project then I thought was going to be.  One Friday while my husband was I work I went to town ripping out the first and second layer.  I of course thought" oh this will be easy".......ya not so much!

So here are some pictures of the whole process
     This is a pic of all the different layers


Here is a pic of the big mess I made when I pulled up the fist two layers

This was the "dining"half.  More peel n stick tiles.  We thought hard wood was under this.

This was the "kitchen" half. 

Eventually we did find hard wood under the "dining" half. But first was another layer of flooring

After 4 layers of flooring on the "dining" half and putting down floating vinyl on the kitchen half, we end up with this :)
This is the view from my living room into my kitchen.  I love the new floors. 

The hardwood is about 50 yrs old.  It is not perfect but it matches with the rest of the wood floors of the house and I love it!

We have new base board also.  We have been without for about two years now :)
So there ya go!  That was one less big project to get done :)  Oh I wanted to add all this whole project cost about $350.  Not to bad for new floors I think!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family Thanksgiving

Today is our Family Thanksgiving.  We are a blended family with 5 kids who all have other families beside us.  One of those 5 kids is now married and he also has inlaws are also divorced.  With all of this in mind, we decided last year we would be doing our family Thanksgiving on the 2nd Saturday in November from here on out.  So today is the day.

On top of getting ready for Family Thanksgiving we had a kitchen floor to get finished :)

I promise to be back next week and post about what all has been happening here.  Hope you all have a great weekend :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1.  We finished our kitchen floor project,which I plan to post about and came in under budget :)

2. I made a Thanksgiving banner out of supplies I already had

3.  Sold a few items and made $11

4. Used chicken stock I had in the freezer to make chicken noodle soup

5.  Planned my shopping in order of stops to save on gas

Friday, November 2, 2012

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1.  Cooked some chicken thigh pieces in the crock pot.  After they were done I skinned, de-boned and shredded them.  Used some of the meat in soup and the rest for a pasta dish.  I got two dinners out them. 

2.  Saved the skin and bones from the chicken pieces added them back to the crock pot with water and made chicken stock.  Froze it when it was done for future use.

3. Sold several times this week and made $20.50.  Best thing is the decluttering of my house :)

4.  Made a list of all the Christmas presents I have bought so far and realized I am halfway done with my shopping.  I will be done by the end of November :)

5. I searched for a coupon online before heading the the fabric store.  Found one for 50% off.