Saturday, June 29, 2013

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Had the hubby make a big ole pot of spaghetti sauce, which we got 4 dinners out of.

2. Hung clothes on my line on sunny days

3. Had a friend offer to loan us a wheelchair she had to help Kid # 5 get around when we are out for long periods of time.  Took her up on it!

4. Planted some free plants I got from my Mom, in my yard.  Ya for free :)

5. Came in under budget so far for groceries!

Friday, June 28, 2013

It Has Been A Long Week

On Sunday Kid # 5 hurt her knee jumping on a trampoline at a friends house.

One trip to the ER for X-rays and crutches.

Then one trip to the Orthopedic Dr and we now have this for the next 4 weeks.

I'll be back with "5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week" hopefully soon :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


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Monday, June 24, 2013

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Cooked at home

2. Hung laundry out to dry. When I did use the dryer I waited until night time when it was cooler so it would not heat up the house.

3. Found some nursery items for my new grandson at a yard sale

4. Found some nice "Justice" clothes for kid #5 at a yard sale. She was thrilled!

5. Used my rain barrel to water my flowers on the few days it has been hot and not rained

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I Have A Grandson!!!

born at 12:34 am

June 19, 2013

6 pounds 15.1 ounces

19 1/2 inches length

Mommy and baby are perfect!

Exactly one day before my 40th birthday :)  Best present ever!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Frugal Cleaning

I rarely buy actual cleaning products anymore.  I do buy a spray for my shower some dish soap and some dishwasher soap, but really that is about it.

Here are a few things that I do to save some money and clean my house.

First up I have this Swiffer type product, I believe it is really made by Mr Clean.  I also have about 4 changeable pads that I use, that way when one is being washed I still have others to use.

I just wet the pad and use my spray bottle of All Purpose Cleaner to clean the floor. When the pad is dirty I throw it in my laundry with my load of rags.  I wash a load of rags about once a month. Speaking of All Purpose Cleaner here is my spray bottle of new cleaner I just mixed up last night.  I love this stuff and try to always have a bottle mixed up on hand at all times :)

I recently ran out of Comet cleanser which is what I use to always use to clean my kitchen sink. Instead of running out an buying some.  I used this empty Parmesan cheese container that I had cleaned out and filled with baking soda.  It works great and this is what I will be using from now on! 

Here it is in my sink.  It works just as well as the Comet does and I already had baking soda in my pantry.

These are just a few ways I am saving some cash using things I already own :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1.  Sold 2 things out of my garage and made $115

2. Hung clothes out on my clothesline to dry

3.  Did not turn on the air conditioning even though we had a day in the 90's.  I just hung out in our finished basement all day were it was nice a cool

4. Had 2 stay at home days

5.  Made some dry mixes in the kitchen which I posted about here.  Saved me a trip to the store and used ingredients I already had :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Little Of This, Little Of That

I have been home alone when my husband is gone to work for about 5 days now.  As in there are no kids here with us.  They are all gone here and there.  Kid #5 will be back on Friday though and so far she has been gone the longest.  She has went to stay with my sister.  It is nice that my sister and her family are now living close instead of in Arizona. 

Anyway, today I did a few odds and ends kitchen things.

First off I wanted to make a pork roast and use a recipe I found on Pinterest for it.  I can't find the link to the actually recipe but the just of it was:

1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix
1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
1 brown gravy packet.

Mix with 1/2 cup water and pour over your roast in the crockpot.  Cook 6-8 hrs.

I had a brown gravy packet and I had some homemade dry Ranch dressing mix ( that I didn't really care for when made into dressing or a dip but figured this would be an easy way to use it up) but I did not have any dry Italian dressing mix.

I turned to Pinterest again and used this recipe.  The only thing I did differently was use celery salt instead of flakes because that is what I had.  Here is my mix

While I was at it I decided to make some Taco Seasoning Mix also.  I used the last of it the night before.  We use it often and I try to keep it on hand at all times.  Here is what the mix looks like for it.

Both of these mixes took less then half an hour to make.  They were both made with spices I always have on hand.  I also like knowing what ingredients I am putting into them.
The pork roast turned out fabulous by the way.  I strongly recommend trying it :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I Need To Hop Back On The Wagon

The frugal wagon that is.  It is not that we have been spending outrageously or anything, but when you don't keep track of where your money is going, it slips through the cracks. 

I haven't done a meal plan in weeks and have not inventoried my cabinets, pantry or freezer in the same amount of time.

I have however, finished a few projects using some items I already have.  I will take some pictures and post about them soon.

I have also done a ton of de-cluttering and have slowly been selling off our stuff we don't want.

So if I can get myself motivated I will be back to posting soon.

I just need to do it!!