Last week was a big one for thrifty accomplishments.
|The basket will become part of a Christmas gift.|
Our main goal was to find a pair of jeans and a lightweight coat for the young one which we did. At the Youth Ranch we found a nice pair of jeans for $2.95. At the Goodwill we found a beautiful coat, like new, for $5.99. She was absolutely thrilled about it. We also found a darling purple plaid flannel shirt for the oldest for $2.00.
I purchased my first Christmas gift, a really sturdy wicker basket with a handle for $1.95. I plan to make a gift basket up for some friends and it will be perfect. In the meantime I will use it to hold my pile of paperbacks.
Midway through our shopping adventure we went to lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Children's meals are only $1.49 on weekends so it made for a very affordable dine out and the only one we did in September.
At Albertsons we stopped in for bananas at 39¢ a pound for school lunches and boneless chicken breasts for $1.88 a pound. Instead of buying the chicken we found the markdown bin full of wonderful bargains and stocked up:
· Two packages of boneless skinless chicken - one for $1.14 and another one for 83¢!
· A package of three pork chops for $1.94.
· A package of sliced beef steak for stir fry for $2.25.
· Two packages of extra lean ground beef for $2.79 each.
I fixed the pork chops for Sunday supper with rice and gravy and a nice salad. They were delicious. I put the rest of the meat in the freezer for future meals. I figured I got more meat from the markdown bin for the about same amount I was planning to spend on chicken breasts. Albertsons also guarantees a refund on anything that isn't satisfactory so I never have to worry about buying their reduced meats.
I finished my last 25¢ paperback Sunday night. I set it aside to pass on to our next door neighbor in our old neighborhood. I still drop off books for her and did that on Thursday.
Monday I cut up all the tomatoes my landlady had given to me and stewed them in my smallest slow cooker. I had enough to add to a pot of soup and also a 4 cup container to put in the freezer for later.
Tuesday I cut up all the green bell peppers my landlady had given me. I put them in sandwich bags and put them in the freezer to add to future recipes. Not a lot of winter prepping, compared to our usual, but just enough for the space we have.
After not grocery shopping the prior week I was in serious need of it last week. I went to Fred Meyer with store coupons and manufacturer coupons in hand and spent less than $50 for five bags of groceries! I had over $15 in coupons. My biggest bargain was three boxes of cereal on sale for $1.88 less $3.50 in manuf. coupons = 71¢ per box!
I listed a few more items to sell on eBay. I also sold some things as well.
I watched Castle, The Blacklist and The Goldbergs last week on Hulu for free. Can I just say the Goldbergs is too funny!
I mended a tear in one of my oldest daughter's school shirts.
I printed twelve coupons off the internet and filed them away for a future shopping date.
I made a centerpiece for our dining table with items I already had on hand.
I bought weather stripping and replaced the missing section along our front door.
I used my new electric kettle all week and the end result was an extra week's worth of propane for our hot water heater! Whoo hoo!
At the $ store on Thursday I bought a fabric softener refill and two stocking stuffers. I also picked up a few vanilla scented candles to add some warmth and ambiance to our tiny home. I bought a twin pack of magic gloves for the girls to wear to school. I found a set with a black pair and a brown pair that matched each one's coat perfectly. They were pretty happy about that. I also picked up two packages of crackers to put in their school lunches as well as two jars of stuffed green olives.
I deviated from our meal plan a little bit this week and made Chinese Chicken& Cabbage using a leftover pork chop I thinly sliced in place of the chicken. It was every bit as good as with the chicken and a great way to use up leftovers.
We had a Family Movie Night and watched two Star Trek movies by streaming them off Amazon. No rentals and no returns. I really like my Amazon Prime membership.
How was your thrifty week last week?