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Frugal Doings March 29

The things we have done frugally today:

– Hubby made a huge crock pot of chili on Saturday which is why we needed the onions that our neighbor got us when they shopped. I have not eaten rice in over 13 months. Hubby made a pot of it in the pressure cooker and I decided I would have some. I just put a thin layer under my chili. It really did not taste that good to me. So last night I had and will tonight have riced cauliflower under it. Yummy! We will freeze most of the leftovers for future meals after dinner tonight. I will leave a small container of chili in the fridge to put on hot dogs one night. I had had a can of chili on my grocery delivery order but it was out of stock. Hubby’s chili on the hot dogs will be so delicious. 

– Hubby was craving something sweet so I made a cinnamon coffee cake today. He was so happy to have some for breakfast with his coffee. I had 1/2 an avocado and some scrambled eggs.

-I washed a load of towels in hot water using laundry sanitizer. This is something I have been doing every day. At the end of each day, I collect them from all of the bathrooms and the kitchen.

– I cleaned all of our kitchen counters, cabinet knobs,  bathrooms, light switches, door handles, alarm panels, door locks, computer keyboards and telephones with disinfectant. I do this daily.

– Since I have so much time on my hands these days, I have been using some of it to update my price book so that when this crisis is over I have accurate prices to know when something is a good deal or not. I have been doing this by using our ads every Sunday. This price book fits nicely in my handbag, so when I shop I always have it with me.

– Hubby has been binge watching movies, mainly the Species series. These kind of movies give me nightmares so I don’t watch them. I have been doing some reading and watching some You Tube videos. 

– We have not used the SUV in about 2 weeks. So we still have almost a full tank. Staying home is a huge savings in gasoline and not spending except for food is too. 

– Our town assessor has been busy though reassessing us all again. This time they only raised us $ 17,000. However they have raised us $ 67,500. since 2015. So this year we are considering fighting the new assessment. I may be calling some realtors to come out and give us the price that we could sell this house for so that I have some comparisons. 

– I have been doing my daily exercising in the house because it is so important to stay as fit as I can during this virus outbreak. Here I am fast walking on my treadmill on my way to those 30 minutes. I have to learn to take a video instead of a photo so that it isn’t blurry. We have also been taking all of our daily vitamins and supplements. 

– I finally sat down mid afternoon with Hubby and watched the movie “Total Recall”. Spectrum who is our cable provider gave it’s customers free Showtime and Epix for a month during this virus. We are taking full advantage of it.

– It is in the 60’s here today so as soon as we eat dinner, we are going to sit out in the yard for a bit.

I hope you all are having a nice frugal day. What did you do frugally today? I would love to know. 

10 replies on “Frugal Doings March 29”

The chili looks delicious! I have the ingredients for chili but have not been motivated to make it. Cooking for one person…..but I could certainly freeze some in individual serving sizes.
I am a cheap, I mean frugal shopper normally but I have lightened up somewhat in these unusual times. I'm having groceries delivered next week and paying the delivery charge! I know my kids or nieces would take care of it for me but one niece and my daughter are working remotely from home, the other niece has 3 young kids at home. Son is a single dad career firefighter who does a lot of extra things for me already.
I have what might be an ignorant question. As I am the only one who has been in the house for over three weeks i have not been disinfecting. Groceries are placed in the garage and wiped down with Clorox wipes, along with the handles of the garage fridge and freezer. Daughter wiped down the patio chairs when she got them out as well as the door handle of the garage people door. Is it necessary to wipe down everything if it's just me? (Aside from regular cleaning)
My exercise has been on the treadmill also. Netflix is my friend when on the treadmill.
Thanks again for returning to blogging.

Hi Susan,

You are welcome. Chili freezes well so you could definitely put up a few meals ahead of time for yourself.

Grocery delivery was expensive because the prices were higher than in the store, plus the delivery charge, service fee and 10% tip but it was so worth it to me to get milk and fresh produce along with some other things.

Thank your fighter fire son for everything he does. They are so important and still working through this crisis.

If you feel your house is fine, then do what you are doing. I was out the first couple of weeks when this was first starting plus we had company so I feel it is extra precaution for us. I too open any packages in the garage, wipe down the contents and my hands before I bring them in the house and then let them sit a few days. We do the same with mail but a lot of our mail is junk and gets chucked in the recyclable bin in the garage and never enters the house. I also wipe down the doorbell because delivery people( including the mailman have used it. I have never watched anything while I am on the treadmill but I should try that. I usually listen to Rock and Roll from the 60's on my ear buds.

Stay safe.

We had a frugal outing. We went and checked a friend's rental house since he lives 100 miles away. Yes, there is a tree limb on his house. So, now I have to figure out how to email a picture from my camera. Then, I went into a different WM and got a few things. We were out and about in sunshine even if it was in the car.

That was nice of you to do that for your friends.We haven't gone on a ride yet but may consider it since we will be sequestered until at least April 30.

Homemade chili on hotdogs is so much better than canned, and you're looks delicious. We ate leftovers for lunch and dinner tonight, making sure not to waste anything. For dessert I made chocolate mug cakes using The Pioneer Woman's recipe. I topped them off with a spoonful of leftover buttercream frosting we had in the freezer.

I trimmed a tree in our yard (free exercise, to boot), used up lingering pantry & fridge ingredients in dinner (meatloaf, coleslaw & asparagus), sold an item on eBay, and picked up just the bare essentials on my shopping list.

Good for you on the trimming.It is amazing what we can put together for dinner with the things just in our fridge. Thanks for sharing.

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