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End of Week Cost Cutting

We started our day out yesterday eating chicken salad in a lettuce wrap. I made it with leftover shredded chicken from the rotisserie chicken, diced celery and a little mayonnaise.

I spent some time browsing books on the Hoopla app which I get via my local library. I have made a list of what I want to read over the long cold winter. This is a great free service that you can get via most libraries. Mine also has the Libby app. I love the fact that I don’t have to leave my house and go to the library to borrow books. It is a savings of gasoline and time! Plus I don’t like going out in the cold and snow unless it is absolutely necessary.

A lot of my time yesterday was spent hemming two pair of pants by hand. I wish I was a normal size but even my size in short is too long for me. So they always have to be taken up. I could have taken them to the seamstress up the road but she is expensive and I didn’t want to spend the money.

The only small appliances that I leave on my counters in the kitchen are the air fryer oven, toaster oven, Kitchen aid mixer, and Keurig coffeepot. They are left out because I have a lot of counter space and I use them all of the time. I used to keep all the others in the basement but they were heavy for me to carry up and down the stairs. So Hubby built me some wire shelves in the garage. The problem with that is Hubby also was using those shelves for all the garage stuff and it was starting to encroach on my appliances. Plus garages get dirty meaning I had to wash the appliances whenever I wanted to use them. Plus the garage gets cold over the winter. So I wanted to remove them from the garage and put them in a space that would be convenient for me without having to spend money on something to house them. I finally decided to rearrange things that were in the guest room closets. I put a lot of things in the donation pile that I no longer needed. The guest room closet of the room that mostly adults stay in had a shelf of board games, card games and puzzles in them. I decided to neatly put them on the closet shelf in the room the grandchildren stay in.

Since the room where the adults stay now only has some spare blankets and pillows and my cases of canning jars, etc., I decided to put the extra small appliances on that shelf. It is right down the hall from the kitchen and they will stay clean in there. Dilemma solved and no money spent on housing those appliances.

Dinner tonight was taco salads. I made them with romaine, onions, sliced black olives, tomato salsa(for Hubby), guacamole salsa, taco meat, triple cheddar cheese and sour cream. Lately I have not been able to find decent avocados. So instead I purchased the guacamole salsa. I had never put salsa on mine so I tried the guacamole and it was spicy and delicious.

My supermarket ads came for next week. I only saw two things at Top’s that I need. But Aldi’s had quite a few so my two shopping lists are ready for me to go next Tuesday which is senior discount day at Top’s.

Tonight’s entertainment will be Thursday night football free on Twitch which we will stream to our big TV.

Did you save any money today? If so please share with all of us in the comments.

7 replies on “End of Week Cost Cutting”

Hi Precious. Yesterday I got groceries at Kroger. I got mostly things we needed or that were on sale like produce, milk, cheese, English muffins, bagels, etc. I splurged on a few Boboli pizza crusts to have a pizza night one Thursday when the kids come for supper. I have the cheese and make my own pizza sauce. Just need to figure out about toppings.

Last night I made a really delicious chicken pot pie for supper that was well received. We also had fruit. The little girls did not like the bran muffins, darn! But the adults did.

Today I had little granddaughter and we went in the morning to Costco to get the rolls for the BBQ and some Chinet plates. She was very good and we also looked at all their Christmas trees and decorations. Ah, to be able to look at life with the joy and wonder of a 2 year old….

Hubby is going to get up at 3am to get the pork shoulders going. I decided for the Halloween party to wear a play crown we have and tape some coupons to my jacket so I can go as a “coupon queen”. LOLOL! You and hubby have a good weekend too. <3

Hi Chris,

For pizza when I made it, I would up any bit of meat or veggie hanging around. It’s not on Hubby’s diet right now until I learn how to make a Keto crust.

I am curious, how do you make your sauce for your pot pies? We would love one of those but can’t use cream of chicken soup?

How wonderful that you had your granddaughter for the day! They are so much fun.

I hope you enjoyed the Halloween party. I love your costume!

Hi Precious. For this particular pot pie recipe, the sauce is just 1c Mayo and 2 c shredded cheese mixed in with the chicken and veggies. Also add 1T sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I cut the fat on the Mayo with some Greek yogurt. This is for a 9×13 pan size pot pie.

Hi Chris,

Sorry that I responded to you as Cindi. I am rushing today. I fixed my error. Thanks for responding so quickly with the sauce recipe. This terrific because Hubby can eat it. I can make the dough from Fathead dough. Thanks so much.

Our main floor pantry is full. So is our main floor linen closet. It’s difficult for me to go up and down the stairs to store things in the basement BUT I had an idea! Since I own very little clothes, my closet in the main floor master bedroom was almost vacant. I store lots of stuff in their now.
My whole life is based on frugality, starting with waking up in the morning. I pour myself a cup of coffee made from two different beans bought on sale (half caf, half decaf). The flavored real creamer has been halved with 1% milk (much cheaper and I can’t taste any difference) A bowl of grits or creme of wheat or oatmeal and maybe one egg or one chicken sausage (portion control) and it goes on an on from there. My name-brand mattress I got at 50% off. My flannel pjs I made myself. My slippers I bought for 70% off because no one wanted the animal print material. I’ll take it!
My whole entire world is built on frugality.
Yesterday I bought a 4.5 lb pork loin for $9. Hubby cut it into threes, for three meals! We ate one for that night’s dinner (cooked in my new Instant Pot) and the other two I froze for another time (that comes to about $3 a meal for the pork which yields several sandwiches!). Within 40 minutes we were sitting down and having pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw on the side ($1.59, I made the dressing) on hamburger buns (.89 cents for 8) sliced dill pickles and oodles of BBQ sauce ($1.15 per bottle) If we had eaten this out at a restaurant or food truck, the bill would have been approx $25. Nope! Not gonna do that.
It’s just a way of life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hi Cindi,

Any vacant nook and cranny is good for storing food. I have some cases under beds. So sorry you have a hard time going up and down stairs. I can still do it thankfully.

I think a lot of us base our lives on frugality. Yeah on your mattress deal! We will be looking for one soon. Our sleep number mattress is 20 years old and I think the source of so many of our backaches.So I am keeping my eye out for a great deal.

That sure was a great deal on the pork loin. Enjoy all those meals.

Thanks for sharing what you do. It will help so many people.

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