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Frugal Things We Have Done The Past Couple of Weeks

These are the things that we have done the past couple of weeks to save some money:

– I baked two loaves of homemade pumpkin bread. One is for a hostess gift for a Christmas party that we are going to. One is for this Sunday’s breakfast when my son and grandson visit. Both have been frozen until I need them.

– I made and froze in portions a pan of lasagna so that Hubby doesn’t feel the need to go out and eat while I am in Disney World. I put them in food saver bags that he can steam or microwave. I ended up with 5 in the upstairs freezer and 5 I am putting in the basement freezer after I take this picture.

– We have been turning off all appliances when they are not in use to save on the electricity bill. I turn the gas stove top off a few minutes early when I am using it. The residual heat on my gas burners lets me finish what I am cooking. I do the same when I am using the gas oven or the electric toaster oven. We use the toaster oven more frequently than the big oven to save on energy. 

– The only lights we use are at night, when it is dreary, or when I am taking a picture for this blog. We turn them off when we leave a room.

– I continue to take navy showers to save on gas and water. I capture the water in a bucket while the shower is warming up. It can be used to wash a floor or flush the toilet a couple of times or in the nice weather it can water plants outside. My water saving is what I learned to do in Arizona because water was precious there.

– I continue to take two books a week out of the library and read them weekly. I no longer purchase books unless it is a book that I will read over and over again. 

– I am sticking to my $ 75. a week budget for food, etc. It is working well.

– My son who was here over Thanksgiving changed our outlook from his server, that is on it’s last leg, to the cloud. He also installed a new router for us. Ours was not working well. Then he fixed some problems that I was having with my computer and cleaned up some things for me. My e-mail is working great now. He didn’t charge me a dime not even for the new router. Thanks to him for all his hard work and generosity. Both of my sons are very generous with their time and money.

– I developed a problem with my wireless PC constantly disconnecting from the network that our family is on. I couldn’t leave my computer for a moment without it disconnecting. It was very annoying to have to reconnect manually all of the time. Both of my son’s figured it was a hardware problem with my computer. Since I don’t want to purchase a brand new computer anytime soon since this one is only three years old, my younger son fixed the problem last Sunday. He installed a new Wifi adapter, no charge to us. Thanks to him for fixing this. I stay connected whenever I am on the computer now.

– I have been doing 2 loads of laundry a week. I use the HE to wash and I hang them to dry. 

– I have a 10 oz. bag of shrimp that I am thawing in the fridge for tonight’s dinner. We will have shrimp cocktails and big salads. Easy dinner!

– I deposited $ 46.34 in rebate checks via my mobile app. This saves me the gasoline to go to the bank.

– I mailed $14. in wine and liquor rebates last week.

– I had an expiring heavy cream in the fridge. I put it in my Vitamix and made whipped cream.

– We had leftover scrambled eggs from breakfast last Sunday so I made a couple of wraps with the eggs, bacon, and cheese and froze them. They will make a quick breakfast on errand day.

– Entertainment this week has been Arizona Monopoly, football, and You Tube Videos. I am watching decluttering videos right now so that I can get motivated to declutter our Christmas decorations. We don’t need all that we have anymore. 

What have you done frugally the last week or so? Please share with all of us.

12 replies on “Frugal Things We Have Done The Past Couple of Weeks”

Great idea with the lasagna. I have a Food Saver system that I keep forgetting about. I do freezer things in meal sized portions in freezer bags or containers though and it does make life so much easier. My hubby got the flu this week and it was sonice to be able to pull out some homemade chicken noodle soup for our dinner. I try to document my savings on my blog so if you are interested please take a peek there. Today is a bad "Fibro Fog" day so that would be your best bet at this point. If I type much more, it most likely will not make a lot of sense. πŸ˜‰ Be blessed!

Hi Debbie,

I am so sorry that you are having a bad fibro day. πŸ™

I would bet that he loved that chicken soup.

I am going over to take a peek on your blog.

Did you see my post–Swedish Death Cleaning? This week, I have been sick, but gotten more done than I should. The crockpot has been going since Sunday with something in it–chicken breasts, pork shoulder boneless butt roast, potatoes, carrots, cabbage. Mostly, I have been in bed.

Hi Practical Parsimony,

No I didn't. I will have to look again. I love that the crock pot is doing the cooking this week. Please feel better soon.

Practical Parsimony,

Are you thinking that I will be kicking the bucket soon? I am pretty decluttered around here except for too many Christmas decorations. Those will be taken care of soon. Believe me I stay decluttered because I don't want my children to have to deal with it when I am gone. I have done it and it is not fun!

Hi Liz, this is Chris. I used a $10 catalina coupon I got from Meijer last week to buy some of the things that were on sale this week. I went to the Dollar Tree to get some of the treat bags instead of buying them at Meijer. Every year I make some of the sugared pecans and cookies for Christmas gifts for some of our family, neighbors and friends.

Yes so glad you are back. love your articles. Question are you the blogger that went by precious and closed down. Came from Arizona. Some things you post remind me of her. Joyce

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