|Daughter and I have been coloring together - these images are |
free printables from Karla Dornacher.
I'm slowly, very slowly recuperating from winter break. I was sick with one thing and then another, the entire 2 weeks. Nothing frugal really - just an update! Thanks to those who have prayed for me and wished me well.
I made a double batch of homemade laundry soap.
We borrowed books and media from the library.
We had some very cold, below zero weather. The wood stove really helped keep our furnace from running all the time. I have been wearing a shawl around the house when I am chilled, especially since being sick has made me less than reliable as a judge of room temperature! I got the shawl a few years ago at Goodwill for $1.99. It is really cozy and warm.
Husband changed the oil on our car. Because we use synthetic oil on our car, it saves us about $40-$45.
|pretty pretty puppy!|
I gave Daughter and Husband each a haircut, and trimmed my own bangs.
Husband cashed in Swagbucks points for a WalMart e-gift card. When we get these, they offset cash in our grocery budget. Every little bit helps.
I priced matched most sale items to save fuel and time. Some of the good deals this week included avocados for .50 each, limes for .10 each, roma tomatoes for .48/lb., broccoli for .98.lb., eggplant for .48 each and fresh pineapples for $1 each. Bacon is on sale for 2.50 a pound at a store near Husband's work, so he will pick some up one night on his way home. We will continue to watch for a good price on beef.
We made a menu and I did a fair amount of cooking from scratch. I made tamales! It made almost 4 dozen for less than the cost of a dozen in our area. Many of them are in the freezer for future meals. I baked bread too - I had signed up to take a snack for the children at Sunday school - I took sliced bread, and there was still a loaf for us to enjoy at home.
|My computer is determined to show you this picture tipped on its side. |
I have done all I know! :)
We took in paper, plastic, glass and metal for recycling. It does not cost us anything and is better for the environment.
I used a 50% off coupon on an item I wanted from Michaels. I have been looking for it used for about six months, to no avail. I paid the remaining cost with a gift card I received for Christmas.
In closing, I would like to ask for your prayers, if that is something that you do. We, and many of our neighbors, are in the midst of meetings and hearing about topics that will affect the area where we live. It's a few rural folks vs. a multi-billion dollar company who may well have politics on their side. This has been on ongoing project, since mid-June. Truth be told, I will be glad when the hearings and meetings are behind us. So...however things go, please pray that I can weather it with grace? Thanks.
Meanwhile, how are you doing? Have you started the new year with lots of frugal fun? I'd love to hear what you're up to - what's working, what's not - leave a comment and let me know!