Five Frugal for Friday

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By Liz

I enjoy writing my Five Frugal for Friday articles.  They feel like small little financial victories to me and it has been awhile since I have posted a Five Frugal for Friday article, so now is as good a time as any.

So what kind of things did I save money on this time around?

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1. Ham steaks.  This one was actually a find by my husband. Our local Walmart had marked down some great looking chunks of smoked honey ham, that my hubby then brought home, got out his deli slicer (yes….he has one of these) sliced up, packaged and froze some great looking ham steaks.  These will be used for breakfasts with some eggs, diced up for soups and casseroles as well as the all to popular and quick “I’ve had a busy day and I don’t feel like cooking” meals.

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2. Open faced apple pie.  I seemed to have an abundance of small lunchbox sized apples that no one was eating and I also found a pre-made refrigerated pie crust in my fridge,( I think left over from the holidays) so I sliced up my apples, combined it with a handful of dried cranberries and chopped pecans, along with some sugar and spices and baked it. The end result was this delicious, however, not so pretty to look at, open faced apple pie that was eaten up in a matter of 3 days.

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3. I took a temp job.  So in a previous post, I had mentioned that I had attempted to re-enter the work force, not because I had a huge desire to, but because that was what I thought I had to do. I left that job about 3 months ago on good terms and had made a friend in my then boss.  A few weeks ago, she reached out to me because she was swamped at work and wanted to know if I would be interested in working as a temp for a few weeks.  This opportunity came at the perfect time, because my sister and I are planning on to taking a trip to New England this upcoming fall and I wanted to raise the money for it myself and not have to sink into my husband’s and my savings account.

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4. Croutons. An all time favorite money saver. I had about 1/3 of a loaf of sourdough bread that maybe had another day left in it, but instead, I cut it into cubes, tossed it with some olive oil spray and some seasonings, toasted them up and now I have croutons for the remainder of this week that will go in salad or soup, or my favorite….used for dipping in some flavored olive oil as an appetizer along with a tray of sliced cheeses and garlic stuffed olives, not to mention a glass of wine to wash it down ( I love Friday night wine and cheese night!!!).

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5. Close the curtains! This one is a no brainer.  It goes without saying that even here in Texas, we have our share of winter weather.  Although no snow to speak of, it still gets cold, damp and chilly during the winters here.  When the sun is about to set, we close the window blinds and pull the curtains shut to help prevent any drafts. This small action does make a difference and makes the house not feel as chilly, saving us from having to turn the heat up a notch or two. (It goes without saying this is also done in the heat of the summer months to keep us from turning up the A/C as the heat of the sun bears down on our windows).

There are my 5 frugal for this Friday.  Do you have any you would like to share?

Five Frugal for Friday

piggy-bankBy Liz

It has been a long and hectic summer and it has been awhile since I have posted some of our small frugal victories, so here are 5 money savers that I accomplished this week alone.

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1. Magazines and movies.  We are about to embark on a long overdue, summer vacation to the beach and what does one need when going to the beach… plenty of reading material.  I stopped in at my nearest Half Price Books store and scored magazines for everyone for a dollar each or less, and then, just because it was there, picked up the classic 80’s movie “Wall Street” for a whopping $2.00! I spent a total of $10.83 for all this; not bad considering just one of the cheapest of these magazines would have run me $4.99.




2. Cheap chicken.  Unfortunately, I did not take any pics of the chicken or the receipt showing my victory, but my local Aldi’s was having an unadvertised sale on their family packs of chicken drumsticks for $1.00 a package! (yup the whole package…not by the pound). Each package contained about 12 drumsticks. Unfortunately or fortunately, I only had room in my freezer for about 3 packages; otherwise I would have bought about 10 packages in total.

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3. I baked a loaf of bread.  I love the smell of fresh baked bread in the house. Is there a candle fragrance of this yet?  Sunday dinner was a down home, “meat and potatoes” meal of meatloaf and my rosemary potatoes with a side of lemon green beans, so this “blue plate” classic was just screaming for a loaf of fresh baked bread to accompany the meal.

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4. Cold and flu season. While everyone else is cashing in on those great back to school stock up items at rock bottom prices (yes…picked up a couple of things myself) the really great bargains I found was some discounted, over the counter cold and flu remedies.  Like everyone else, the common cold and flu hit us out of nowhere, and the last thing I want to do when I feel and look miserable, is to run out to the store to pick up some relief. So I try to be proactive, by at least having a handful of basic, over the counter help.

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5. Quiche and quick bread.  Here in Fort Worth, it was hot this week.  How hot?…over 100 degrees hot and for several days.  I was trying to clean out my fridge of leftovers and realized I had all the key ingredients to whip up a fast quiche.  I chose to do this early Tuesday morning before it became “oven hot” in the house for the day and since I was going to be using my oven anyway, I decided to institute double duty and baked an apple, cinnamon quick bread while the quiche was cooking.

So there are my 5 frugal for this Friday.  Do you have any you would like to share?

 


Five Frugal for Friday

By Liz

With having a family of 7 plus 4 dogs, if I can score any frugal victories, no matter how small, I will take them. Summer and its unofficial start is upon us now and so are the uncomfortable high temperatures.  Unfortunately, here in Texas, there is no getting around it and it is officially air conditioning season for the next 5 months. Here are some of my frugal accomplishments this past week:

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1. I made homemade dog food. I need to make a new batch about every 10 to 14 days. After I make a large batch in my slow cooker, it then gets bagged up into serving size portions for my pooches and stored in the fridge.

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2. I accomplished some veggie freezer prep. The last time we were at the store we purchased large quantities of bell peppers, squash, broccoli and egg plant that we got at rock bottom prices. I brought them home, prepped and packaged them into portion sized bags and put them in the freezer for future uses.

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3. I made garlic bread. We had left over rolls from our Memorial Day cookout and I was running out of time to use them up before they went bad, so I turned them into garlic bread one night and used it as a side dish for the casserole I made for the evening.

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4. I made extra quinoa. As a side dish one evening, I made a large batch of quinoa and after it cooled, I portioned it out into sandwich bags and froze them to use for lunch bowls recipes over the next couple of weeks.

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5. I helped compost. My husband is the one with the green thumb in the family and he has asked me to start saving all of my vegetable refuse, egg shells and coffee grounds on a daily basis so he can use them as compost to help encourage healthy lawn growth.

So that was my frugal five for this week, I know that much of it centered in the kitchen and freezer prep…but hey…with a family of 7 and 4 dogs, I spend a lot of time in that one room keeping my brood happy and nourished.

What kind of many saving wins did you have this week?