Monthly Archives: January 2008

Frugal Friday post: Grocery shopping $45 something this week

We spent a little more this week on groceries.  I know that is fairly good though for some people, but I do not usually spend quite that much, but I found some good deals this week on some  things that we can use in the coming weeks.
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Smiths:<p>
Olives 3 cans .50 a can
 1 can Diced tomatoes .35
Canned ranch beans .50 (for emergencies if I do not have time to cook beans)
2  large cans peaches .50 each
3 small heads Romaine lettuce $1.49
Scott Toilet paper 4 rolls $1.50
LaChoy chicken chowmein dinner $1.50 (Not something I usually buy, but I have been really wanting this for some reason)
Mac and cheese 2 boxes .39 each
Good earth green tea $1
Meatballs $2 (again not something I usually buy, but it was 32 meatballs for $2  and they were good sized  so it will feed us meat for 2 meals)
Celery $1
Popcorn 2 lbs $1.99 (I found it much cheaper later and was thinking about returning this, but was not sure if it was worth it)
Bread- 3 loaves $2.97 (I gave in and bought it for sandwiches this week)
<p> Total $17.58
Super One<p>
3 avocados . 79 each
3-4 tomatoes .79 a pound
1 box Triscuits (crackers)$1.49 on sale coupon .50 cents off .98
2 cans kitchen cleanser .58 each
3 bags tortilla chips .87 each
4 lbs popcorn $2.58
<p> Total: $11.51
Costco:<p>
4 gallons milk $10.50
4 lbs bananas $1.30
1 #10 can applesauce $2.50
1 #10 can tomato sauce $2
<p> Total $16.30
<p> Total for week $45.39
You can see my menu on one of the previous posts for the week and see that we have several extra things.  I made a large pot of sauce last night  over 2 gallons of spaghetti sauce which will last for  several meals. I splurged on a couple of extra  things as well. <p> Well, it feels weird to be this transparent…..It is not a very healthy week too as you can see!  I think though I have 6 lbs of popcorn which is way too much, maybe the grinding thing will work out though!

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Family Picture

My family!
 
<p> I am the oldest of 11 and although most of us live in the area it is really hard to get us all in one place and ready for a picture. Mom really wanted this though as she figured it may be the last year!  This is all of us, we actually went to a studio where the lady was very kind and cheap! She put up with all the loud ones who have lots of opinions and silliness mostly. My dad was sick too and we had to make sure he did not faint on us!  That is my youngest brother in the very front, he is 8 years old and younger than both a nephew and niece!

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Menu planning again

Wednesday:
Spaghetti and Meatballs (Guess what, it got kicked off again as we had plenty of leftovers!)
Salad<p>
Thursday:
Taco Salad with homemade black beans<p>
Friday:
Cornbread
Taco soup in crock pot (I have frozen black beans from last week)<p>
Saturday:
Roasted chicken
Roasted vegetables (Make extra vegetables for soup on Sun)
Whole wheat rolls (make extra for Sunday)<p>
Sunday:
Roasted chicken vegetable soup (From leftovers on Sat.)
Whole wheat rolls<p>
Monday:
Tuna Noodle casserole
Honey Orange carrots<p>
Tuesday:
Wagon Wheel Dinner
Salad
<p> Last week went well, they had borcht for lunch all week with PB sandwiches.
We only used 2 gallons of milk last week as I ended up not being able to get any until Friday also!  We usually use 4 gallons. <p> I am going to attempt making my own cornmeal this week from popcorn, to see if it a cheaper and I heard it tastes better. Then it is whole grain also, not the germinated stuff from the store.  I had bought 10 lbs of carrots and we are partway through the bag, they were only $3.99 at Costco. <p> You should check out my mom’s blog at her green smoothies from spinach she has been making. She says they taste good and if my brothers are drinking them, they must be!

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Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
 Calling for you and for me;
 See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
 Watching for you and for me.

Refrain

Come home, come home,
 You who are weary, come home;
 Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
 Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
 Pleading for you and for me?
 Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
 Mercies for you and for me?

Refrain

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
 Passing from you and from me;
 Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
 Coming for you and for me.

Refrain

O for the wonderful love He has promised,
 Promised for you and for me!
 Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
 Pardon for you and for me.<p>
We heard this morning that someone I only know from an online friendship lost her husband this morning and I was reminded of this song, especially how time is fleeting. If you think of it be in prayer for the Davis Family
as they deal with the loss of their father and husband.

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What an interesting week!

I wanted to write a mothering funny that is only one of those things that you can laugh at when it is all over.  It has been over a week now, so I guess it is funnier now! I had gone after a long day to my sister;s to do some scrapbooking.  i had been working on speeding up little boys who were doing their schoolwork, so had bought some licorice candy so that when they got done on time they would get a small stick. Well, while I was gone my youngest son  ate the entire bag (it was pretty much a full pound). On top of that, my husband  fed him orange pop and quite a lot of cheddar cheese. That night my husband and I got a lesson on why (I think I knew, but my husband did not) you do not do that when pretty much half of the room literally was coated with the aforesaid  food.  It does not make me feel sick cleaning it up, but I do not think I will ever be eating red licorice again!  I was laughing later because who lets their child eat something like that? Of course they are going to be sick!!!  I was more tired that i thought! <p>
Anyhow, we are  in the process of  applying for a loan for a house, it is a long drawn out affair and we may find out if we are approved this Tuesday.  I am not sure  what exactly we are doing, if this is a good thing or not, but I am praying God’s will will be done.  We have  a steady income right now so it is a good time and it would actually reduce our cost of living a bit, so we could maybe save a bit! also, housing costs are down right now, so it is a good time to buy.  I managed to get the living room in living condition, it has not been since Thanksgiving, so that was a relief! Tomorrow, I have the boys room to hit as we are missing some things that have to be found tomorrow! <p> Also, our washer needs repair. It is leaking and to find out what is wrong, the repair guy costs alot and it could be something simple or it could be a $300 repair which I would almost rather buy a new washer. This one is only 6 years old though so that seems weird that it would be that bad.  Anyhow, I am going to   reduce clothing, not get rid of, but pack away so since we have to go to the laundry mat we only have a small amount of clothes.  It is a little overwhelming to me, but I used to only do laundry every week -2 weeks and have like 5 loads. But we only had 1-2 children and they were small!

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Frugal Friday- Clearance at stores/Cereal sales

I don’t know if cereal counts as a frugal food as milk is not that cheap, but lately I have gotten cereal so much from .50-.80 a box for good cereal. Yesterday I got 8 boxes of  17 oz. Oatmeal Crisp General Mills cereal for .80 a box!! It was on sale  for 8 boxes for $18, then if you bought 8 boxes you got $8 off of the cereal. I had two coupons  for $3.50 off 8 boxes of cereal that had printed from buying cereal before, but often they have cereal coupons in the aisle.  We are way stocked up on cereal! Since it is winter and cold, I have them on a shelf in the shed to store them! One had almonds in it and the other kind had raisins! Yum! <p>  I also went o Bath and Body Works, I think the sale may end today or tomorrow, but they had lots of things 75% off of nice lotion, $4-5 for all their signature lotions and body wash, $2 for some kinds as well as some wonderful minty lip balm, a large tube! I had a gift card there so was able to buy some, but some of the tiny bottles were only .75-1.00 and some was .65!!!
<p> JC Penny had coats, gloves, shirts,  all cheap! We got pajamas for $2.79, very nice pajamas that delight every little boys heart! I bought a sweater for myself for $2.79. Most of the stores have great clearance sales right now, so check your out!

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Menu Plan for the week

Wednesday-
Lasagna Alfredo roll-ups
Salad
<p>Thursday-
Sloppy Joes
Potato wedges
Coleslaw
<p>Friday-
Black Beans and rice
Salad
<p>Saturday-
Tortilla Soup
<p>Sunday-
Baked Potato Bar (I will put them in the oven on low before I leave for church)
Vegetable
<p>Monday-
Autumn vegetable Soup
Bread
<p>Tuesday-
Spaghetti
Salad
<p> The Baked potato soup was excellent last week! It was a little richer than what we are use to and will certainly not be a regular soup, but we all enjoyed a treat!  Everything was really good that we had last week. On Monday we did not have tacos, we had leftovers instead and we had tacos last night which were excellent. <p> I got  a bunch of Skippy Peanut Butter this week for $1 a jar so we bought 10 jars and I can only hope it will last a month! Do your families go through that much peanut butter? I guess it is what I get for not eating much meat!  <p> Yesterday for a school project we made cookies, my 9 year old had to read the recipe and  double it.  We were adding fractions in math so I thought this was a good way to show why you need it! We made  these Whole  wheat Chocolate Chip oatmeal cookies, but we used Mint chocolate chips  that I got for .25  awhile back and part butter. I stuck some in the freezer for later!  The mint made them so good! <p>

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Birthday gift

I got a $20 gift card for my birthday from my sister to Bath and Body Works and have been putting off going to the store, but today took the time to go! Boy, was  I glad I did! They had all kinds of stuff on sale and I got a whole bunch of my favorite Mint Julep lotion  for only $1 for small bottle, I got 7 as I think they are not going to sell it anymore!  I got a bunch of other stuff, I think 2 big bottles of lotion, the Mint stuff, another 24/7 lotion, a bottle of special body wash, lip balm that has mint in it (I have really liked the way it feels lately!) and some other stuff!  On a normal time, I could have only bought 2 bottles and that was it!  It was cheaper than Walmart!   Anyhow, it was fun to go shopping  for it!

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Ice Skating and baking

Yesterday  it was snowing quite a bit! It was these big flakes that were really coming down, so it sort of felt like a lazy day and took me a bit to get going. We had planned to go ice skating at 4 pm, so  I sorted stuff and got out the boys stuff so they could go, our ice skates   and drove over in the snow to the rink! We had alot of fun! We skated about an hour and there was  about 2 in. of snow on the ice in the hour we were skating. They had cleared it right  as we got on, so that was alot of snow!  After about an hour and half though, my ankles were killing me and today, I sure feel I worked the muscles in my ankles! Wow! The boys loved it, and took to it like they have been skating all their life. They sure are Russian! <p> After a brief rest period I  got started on my cooking for Sat night dinner and Sunday’s food. I do not like to cook on Sunday, so if I make food on Saturday then i don’t have to.
I started a pot of borcht by browning  bits of round steak chopped up small in a bit of olive oil and adding water to make the broth.   I made the roll dough for the Bierocks  and got that rising and baked  the rest of some Snickerdoodle dough  I had made for the boys as a snack while skating (I made some before we went).   I next browned a  little less than a pound  of ground beef in a cast iron pan and added more than half a head  of cabbage, salt and pepper and dash of Tabasco.  This was my filling.  I made several bags full of these as well a braid which i added some cheese too as well and a loaf of bread. <p> Next  I added my potatoes to my broth, thinly sliced cabbage and simmered until soft. <p> F. mentioned he would really like a Russian vinegarette salad, which contrary to it’s name, has no vinegar in it.  I  had everything, beets, carrots, potatoes, pickles,  onions, salt and oil so started those boiling for the salad. <p>  Finishing up the Borcht, I sauteed the onions, then added grated carrots, then grated beets and finally a can of tomato sauce and water and added it to the pan with dill and salt. <p> I was tired when  I was done, but F. helped me clean up and we went to bed with a clean kitchen! It was nice to pull the food out to eat today with no cooking and I got to read a book. It was called Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julia Klassen. It was a very different sort of book, about a vicar’s daughter who was with child out of wedlock back in the  early 1800’s I think.  I learned alot of history about wet-nurses…wow! Did you know that even Jane Austin was sent away for the first two years of her life to live with a wet nurse in the country?  Yeah…<p>
Tomorrow, the two younger boys are going to visit a friend and hopefully it goes well and we may do it on a regular basis.  It took me a long time to get the van all ready to drive this morning as the snow was pretty deep on the ground and the wind had blown and frozen ice all over it. I scraped and scraped and yet still drove very slowly to church as I could not see out the best, but enough!  I guess that is why garages are nice!  The doors were frozen shut and the sliding one did not want to open very well until it had warmed up.  I am loving this weather! It has been such a long time since we had a real winter and  I am so glad this one turned out to be real.

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Frugal Friday: Living Frugally: sewing, cooking, shopping

I have done one of these in a long time!! i was trying to think about what topic to post on and it is hard because sometimes it seems there are only so many frugal topics! <p> Anyhow, I just decided to post on living frugally in general! <p> I know there are people who can sit down and say there is just no way you can live on and put in whatever amount they come up with. Someone said this today  about $1000 a month and I could see what they were talking about as they had debt besides a  house payment.  <p> However, I think there are ways to live  and do things you like to do, you do not have to just eat beans all the time and you can be happy this way! <p> How? I think alot of it is attitude. If you have a attitude of thankfulness for what you have and are not constantly upset over what you cannot have, it makes  a huge difference in your life. <p> Some specifics: Sewing, I know some people sew their own clothes because they enjoy it, but other people like me end up sewing because it is cheaper. I have heard some people say things about the cost of fabric  is just as much as buying already made clothes and sometimes it is! i have had good finds though watching sales at JoAnn Fabrics and sometimes they mark their markdowns 50% off and you can find some nice fabrics in there!  Notions: about 8 years ago a small store was going out of business that sold zippers and thread and sold them really cheap. I still have alot of them left! I have to use a good quality thread, at least cotton covered thread for my machine, so I look for sales or use my 40% off coupon at JoAnn’s. Another good source is Home Sew
They sell bulk bags of buttons, ribbon, trims etc for very cheaply! if you join their email newsletter or request a catalog they have coupons as well. <p> Cooking frugally can mean simply eating simple food or less of something.  We are not a huge meat family, but we do eat meat, but I cannot remember the last time we ate a roast.  Soups,  whole grain breads, vegetables like cabbage, carrots and celery  and leafy lettuce are mainstays of our diet.   The soup I am making tonight is a expensive soup of sorts and not normal for us, but i happened to  have the stuff on hand! <p>
<p> Shopping: Never buy anything full price, clothes, food, etc. Eventually almost everything goes on sale or clearance and if it doesn’t, I usually decide I didn’t need it that bad! Right now, JC Penny has most winter stuff 70-80% off, later they mark things so low, you cannot beat it, even in the thrift store. My husband saw a really nice winter coat there yesterday for $7, where at the local Salvation Army they were charging what a coat would cost new….something was wrong with that!  Check online sales as well!
<p> Anyhow, that is just some ways we are frugal!

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