We had many different types of weather this week, from snowy and cold to warm and sunny, with a little ice fog mixed in just for fun. Some days we used the wood stove to make the house nice and warm, other days we opened windows and let the fresh air in.
We received a rebate from Staples this week for some printer paper we bought a while back.
The day that I attended the hearing, I packed a lunch from home to save a little money and save myself figuring out where to grab lunch. I am not familiar with the 'good places' downtown, and this way I didn't have to put any thought into it.
I crocheted some this week. I made four dish cloths from cotton yarn I had on hand.
I used homemade laundry soap in the washing machine and hung our clothes to dry. I also cleaned out my knit shirt drawer, making it easier to find what I am looking for. Some of the excess went to Goodwill, some to the rag bag.
I made some stuffed peppers a while back. I'm the only one who likes them so I wrapped them individually and then froze them in a bigger bag to keep them together. I've been pulling one from the freezer on days that there aren't leftovers from the night before. Having one at lunch (Daughter is happy to have a pbj, some carrots and fresh fruit) means I get to enjoy something I really like without the rest of the family having something they don't care for.
We decided on carryout pizza for Friday's supper. Husband had gotten a $5 e-gift card for Domino's from Swagbucks, so we used that. Carryout saved us the delivery fee as well....we did an errand, went for a walk at the marsh, then picked up dinner and took it home.
I combined sales and coupons to stock up on Spam for $1.50 per can. Spam is one of those foods that causes people to choose sides. We are on team yum.
I milled flour and made three loaves of oat-wheat bread. Two are in the freezer and we will use them as-needed. Um...kinda wanted to add that in right after the pizza and Spam, hee hee. We also eat vegetables...and fruit, I promise!
On the day we had taco salad, I cooked the entire pound of ground beef with some finely chopped onions and added some leftover rice as a stretcher. It was only about half a cup of rice, but that much doesn't affect the flavor or texture, but it does increase the volume of the meat. I froze half the meat for another Mexican meal. This means we are only having 2 oz. of meat per person (the three of us, plus a meal for Husband's lunch), but any time we're eating Mexican food, there are other protein sources, like beans and cheese.
Our fresh fruits were starting to run low so we picked up bananas for .59/lb., navel oranges for .20/ea, apples for .88/lb. Milk was 1.99/gal, cream cheese was $1/8oz, and romaine was .99/head....and all of that was essentially free, since I paid for it with the gift card we got last week from King Sooper ($25 for transferring a prescription - we got two of those). We also got tortilla chips. We used to keep them on hand all the time, but we are buying them much less frequently now, and it is helping with both budget and snacking habits.
I made a paper chain as a Valentine's decoration. I used some scrapbook paper that I had on hand (different colors and prints) and a punch that I bought for half off a while back. I use the punch for other items as well....I think this is really fun and cute! It makes me want to do one in bright colors for spring/Easter.
We borrowed media and books from the library and signed daughter up for the homeschool science fair. Her project is about how crystals grow.
On a warm day, we spent part of the afternoon at the park, and packed snacks from home.
We went on a family field trip over the weekend. We were able to get a discount on admission and did our town errands on the way home, since we were driving through town.
I groomed Taffy - expressed her glands, gave her a bath/dry/combout. Her nails don't need to be trimmed right now because they were trimmed when she was spayed.
I don't forsee any big events this week, other than the science fair. That is scheduled mid-day, so I should have time to put together suppers without any rushed days. If you notice that we seem to be having biscuits and gravy two weeks in a row, we actually didn't have that meal last week, so I moved it to this week. Here is the supper plan:
M - grilled ham steaks, macaroni and cheese, cucumber spears, sliced oranges
T - barbecue chicken (possibly on the grill), baked potatoes, Waldorf salad
W - BLT sandwiches, bean w/ bacon soup, sliced oranges
R - beef fajitas, Mexican rice, green salad, apples
F - biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, green beans, sliced oranges
S - tuna croquettes, steamed rice, kimchee, carrot-raisin-apple salad
S - barbecue chicken pizzas, sliced cucumber, carrot and celery, apples
In addition to the cooking I'll do for these meals, I will make popcorn, prep raw vegetable sticks, and I'll make some scones or muffins. I didn't make granola last week, but I probably will this week.
How are you doing with your efforts to save more, spend less and make do? I'd love to read about your experiences in the comments!