Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Week's Frugal Accomplishments

We purchased pavers to do a walkway from our driveway to the front door.  We bought them second-hand, and they were less than half the cost of new, plus, no sales tax!  We are just getting started with the seems to be going well, and I'll post photos once it's completed!

There are three pallets like this, full of pavers!

The beginning of our walkway, which still needs soil filled back in around the edges.

Turkey sales have started here for Thanksgiving.  King Soopers has them for .69 a pound.  We've purchased two so far.  The sale price for chicken these days is .99 a pound, so I'm going to get as many as I can fit in my freezer...and I might even can some in the pressure canner.  If .69 a pound is the lowest price, I probably won't do any canning, but if I see them at .49 or less, the canner is coming out!

I gave up soda.  This will save money (my allowance) in the long run, but right now it's just making me cranky.  I'm not going to say I'll never have soda again (because that would be a lie), but I was drinking way, way too much of it, and it will be reserved as a treat from here on out.  I hope.

Good Girl Moonshine.  It's definitely not soda, but it's growing on me.

We combined errands to save trips to town.

I went for my annual physical, which is covered by our insurance.  I'm surprised by how many people don't get their physicals, even though they are covered.  If you haven't had one this year and it's covered by your insurance, there is still time to schedule it!

Husband has been picking up free items from Harbor Freight.  Over the course of time he has stocked up on flashlights, tarps, rope, etc.  Harbor Freight puts out lots of coupons for small items, free, no purchase necessary.  There is a store on his way home from work, so he stops after work and gets whatever he has a coupon for.

It was also time for Husband to get new safety glasses for work.  These are paid for by his employer, including the eye exam.  He was able to get a copy of the prescription, so he can order his glasses anywhere - another store, online, etc., which saves us considerably.  I am also due for glasses, and there was an offer for two pair of glasses, exam included, for $69.  I have frames picked out already, and will go back Wednesday for my exam.

We are having very pleasant weather, so there has been no need for heating or cooling.  Nice!  We have also been enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

She's growing fast!  This little pink teacup is her favorite outdoor toy.

We needed a bigger crate for our pup.  My girlfriend loaned me one while I was looking for one second-hand, and this week I was able to get one for $10, which is a great savings over new.


We read books and watched movies that we got from the library.

Did you have a good week?  What did you do to save more, spend less and make do?


  1. The front walk looks great!

    I took advantage of some great meat sales this last week. I can probably quit buying for awhile but if I see a great price I am buying with the way prices are going up. I got lean pork loin roasts for 1.77 a pound. They have been running a dollar or so more than that on sale so I was happy to get that price.

    We bought a compound miter saw over the weekend for a gift for our oldest son and handed over a 20% off coupon for a smaller not on sale item we had and the computer took 20% off the saw! Score! We got a free flashlight while we were there. The lines are always sooooo long and they are soooo slow but occasionally we brave it. This trip was worth it.

    Okay-no I did not go for my insurance covered physical. I am side stepping that one even though the insurance is calling me and sending me reminder postcards. We do have to get eye doc appointments made very soon though. Our ins for that is not great and with our old people add-ons it costs us about $500 for the two of us. But, we do need to see!

    Taffy is getting so big and more beautiful all the time!

    Hubby pressured washed our house and it actually changed colors! No need to paint other than trim touch up where it is peeling!

    We have been watching and really enjoying a lot of old movies on Netflix. We watched Swiss Family Robinson last night and hubby wants to watch Old Yeller this week.

    Our weather is beautiful right now and so not much heat or A/C is needed here either. It will get cold this weekend with temps down in the 30's at night so it will be starting soon.

    Have a good week!

    1. Sounds like a great week! I need to find more time for movies, I think. We watched Rio 2 from the library, and it was a lot of fun. Daughter loves the music in it.

      Our weather has been so sunny and beautiful! Today was overcast and breezy, and by the time I went down the road to feed a neighbor's horse and barn cats, it was spitting snow. Talk about a quick change - I am going to put a light covering on those petunias tonight.

  2. That is certainly an adorable puppy! Love reading your blog and your ideas on stretching dollars.

    1. Thank you, Shirley! She's a cutie. Stubborn streak, though, which we are working on. I just love her to pieces! Thank you for your kind words.


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