Frugal Friday

chalk art in progress

This week when making my frugal list, I tried to think of things I do routinely every single week but don’t often mention here. This week’s frugal successes, in no particular order…

  • I checked out the clearance racks at the local Family Dollar store and found some items of clothing on really good sales– the start of my Christmas gift stash.  Bonus:  when I got to the checkout counter, two of the items were buy one, get one half off.
  • I combined leftover gravy from the Sunday church pot-luck with ground beef and served it on really big biscuits for a nice meal on Monday.
  • I washed a couple of gallon-size ziplock bags to re-use.  Usually I don’t wash out sandwich bags, but I almost always wash out the larger sizes, unless I’ve used them for raw meat.
  • We had our very first fires of the fall in the woodstove.  (We have electric heat and try not to use it at all, except in the coldest nights of winter.) I made frugal fire starters with dryer lint and egg cartons.
  • As per usual, I sent kids out to feed the chickens with kitchen scraps at least once or twice a day.  We also fed the last of the garden zucchini to the cow. This gets fresh food into their diet, decreases their need for store bought food, and uses something we’d otherwise throw away.
  • A few weeks ago when making lasagna, I had half a dozen lasagna noodles leftover that I stuck in the freezer, not sure what I’d do with them. One night this week I decided to make taco soup with ground beef, garden peppers and tomatoes, and corn.  When I realized I didn’t have any kidney beans to add to make it heartier, on a whim I pulled the leftover lasagna noodles out of the freezer, cut them crosswise, and used them like egg noodles.  Super yummy.
  • I overbought corn tortillas a couple weeks ago. So a couple times this week, I cut a stack of tortillas into quarters, tossed them in a dab of salt and olive oil, then baked them in the oven til light brown.  They made nice very sturdy chips that I served with homemade salsa and guacamole.  Yum!
  • I had some extra homemade pizza dough in the fridge after making pizza one night.  A couple mornings later when I couldn’t think of a thing for breakfast  (we were out of milk, flour, and eggs) I grabbed that leftover pizza dough out of the fridge, rolled it out on the counter, slathered it generously with butter and cinnamon/sugar, then rolled it up into cinnamon rolls.  Nobody complained about that breakfast!

When I asked the kids what else I did this week to save money, one of the boys said teasingly, “You ordered takeout pizza!”  Oh.  True.  But in my defense, I did order it on a $3.99 special, so it could’ve been worse.  How about you?  What did you do to save money this week?

PS- I’ve been pinning chalk art lately– the photo above shows my 12yo daughter’s first attempt at graphing and copying an idea.  (You just erase the lines when you’re done drawing.)


  1. When I have just small bits of leftover lasagna makings, I pull out a bread pan and make a mini-lasagna in there. Then I freeze. This is perfect to take to an elderly neighbor, when there are only 2 of us, or sometimes I make it a vegetarian lasagna for when my SIL comes over.

  2. I feel like I did nothing frugal this week- everything is getting more expensive. I quelled the idea once to get fast food for my kids, but caved a few days later and took them thru a drive-thru. :/ really wanted to order pizza tonight (tiring day!) but made vegetable soup and rolls instead. Ok so it was those expensive crescent rolls, but still cheaper than pizza! 🙂

  3. Well….I asked for Family Feasts for $75 a Week to be put on hold for me at the library and finally got it this week! I’ve read it before, but it’s been a while and I thought I needed the refresher….and speaking of your books, I just finished Forever Mom – What to Expect When You’re Adopting tonight.

    Today I cooked up a 99 cent pumpkin. We toasted the seeds, made 2 loaves of pumpkin bread, steamed some to go with supper and still have 6 cups of mashed pumpkin in the freezer! I’d say that was a lot of food for 99 cents!

  4. I cannot say I’ve been super frugal lately. The past solid month has been working running days of 12-16 hours. I’ve been flat-out exhausted. All the ready-to-use meals from the freezer are gone (at least they were primarily homemade), I bought a few quick-eat meals, and even picked up food a couple of times. I guess the plus side of that is that I used some gift cards so most of what I picked up was not actual cash out of my pocket. There was a blood drive sponsored by a casual restaurant, and you got a free meal if you donated. So I did. 🙂 And the receipt for said free meal offered a buy one get one special coming in a few days, so I did that as well. The kid eats the whole meal as one meal, but I stretch it out to two, so I guess you could call that frugal. I was simply happy to have yesterday off so I could clean up a little bit around the house and actually cook something!

    Where do you find the cardboard egg cartons for your fire starters? I only ever see either styrofoam or plastic.

  5. I found avocados four for $1 this week. Made me happy. That’s all I can think of offhand… but just let me say you made me smile when I read you had run out of eggs, milk, and flour. I am not alone. 🙂

  6. I made it to aldis yesterday (don’t go often as it’s a longish drive) and got pomegranates for .59 each. Also got good deals on blackberries, avocados, tomatoes, jalapeños and jasmine rice. We also went to the thrift store since clothing is half price on Wednesdays. I am trying to make my wardrobe more stylish. I found several tops for $2 each and jeans in the next size up for my oldest son for $1.50 each. I also resolved to go back next Wednesday when my mom is here to watch my kiddos so I can REALLY shop, as my 5, 3, and 1 year olds were not patient enough for me to look as much as I would like.


  1. kue kacang says:

    kue kacang

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