How did your frugality endeavors go this week? I think we did okay around here. Since I did a big shopping trip last week, I didn’t need lots of groceries this week. These days with 6 kids home full time (mostly teens), we’re averaging about $650-$700/month. Could be better, could be worse.
Frugal: As usual we ate leftovers for several lunches this week. I also made several vegetarian or almost-vegetarian meals, including beans and rice, and chap chae, a Korean veggie noodle dish made. I did add a little ground beef to the pasta for more protein.
Frugal: As the days are getting longer, our chickens are increasing production again, which is nice. However we only have 7 hens now, which isn’t quite enough. Usually once a month or so I have to buy a few eggs from the store.
Frugal: I found some cute shoes for one of my daughters who wears an unusual size on clearance at Fred Meyers. Their winter clearances are really good right now, and the shoes that were usually $40 were marked down to $11. And she loved them!
Not so frugal: Once again, I didn’t buy enough notebooks on back to school sales to last the whole school year. Bah humbug. Or maybe the kids should be blamed for that– I honestly don’t know how they go through so many notebooks so fast. So I bought 8 or so more at 79 cents each. Not terrible, but it just aggravates me since I can buy them for a quarter in August.
Frugal: Last week I mentioned getting ground beef for $2/lb. This week I turned some of that ground beef into 3 pans of hamburger enchiladas, a meal of spaghetti sauce, and three meals of seasoned taco meat. That’s 6 meals that will be that much easier to get to the table because I spent a morning in the kitchen.
Frugal: This week I sold 5 dozen canning jars, as I had way too many and they were taking way to much space in the shelves in our garage. After Refresh next weekend (so much fun!) I am looking forward to doing more cleaning and sorting, in the garage and in my closet. The clutter in both places is getting to me.
Frugal/Not so frugal: We had Dominoes pizza last night for dinner, but there’s a $5.99 sale right now so it wasn’t as spendy as it could have been.
Frugal: I stayed home a lot this week, which means I didn’t use much gas. Hooray!
PS– Just had to include a few gratuitous baby pictures. We have so much fun when they come to play!