Monday, March 24, 2014

Last Week’s Thrifty Moves

I made a fantastic cinnamon coffee cake with crumb topping for our Sunday breakfast.  Yes, I will be posting the recipe.

Last week I picked up all my beer brewing supplies from my friend who was keeping them for me and on Sunday morning I made up a batch to put in the keg to ferment.  My first batch of beer in the tiny house.

I baked a loaf of whole wheat bread.  I used up a ripe banana and made a beautiful loaf of banana bread for our breakfast during the week.  It was fantastic!  I posted the recipe last Friday.

The girls planted petunia and marigold seeds in the bottoms of two milk jugs I had cut off.  They used some of my leftover potting soil from when I potted up my Peace Lily.  I also saved the can from my beer brewing venture.  My oldest punched a hole in the bottom for drainage, placed the lid back over it and is planning to use it to plant herbs in.  She is every bit as resourceful as I am.  I also saved her a peanut can.

The weather was so nice I was able to open the windows for fresh air and hang our laundry outside to dry.  It smelled so nice.

I used what little was left of our corned beef brisket, after the girls devoured a large majority of it, as well as the leftover veggies to make hash for supper.

Tuesday I filled up the gas tank on my truck at Fred Meyer and once again saved 10¢ a gallon using my rewards card.  That survey I did last week paid off.  I'm going to keep doing them, it seems worth it.

I found a penny on the ground at the gas station.  Heads up too!  Usually my girls are the ones that find money on the ground but this time I did.

Because our Tuesday night was pretty full I pulled the pizza pasta out of the freezer and stuck it in the microwave for our dinner.  While it heated up I put together a salad to go with it and still had time to start a load of laundry.

We fed our kitchen scraps to the neighbor's chickens.  Boy do they love to see us coming. 

On Friday we made nachos for supper, I had a taco salad instead, and we then settled in for Family Movie Nite.  We watched The Prince & Me 1 and 2 and decided the original movie was much better than the sequel.  We then stayed up way too late and watched 10 Things I Hate About You.  Love that movie!  We watched them all for free online.

I watched a couple of my favorite TV shows on Hulu for free this week - Blacklist and Suits.  I am terribly behind on my television viewing because I've had so much to do lately.  Someday maybe I'll get caught up.  I really appreciate the no cost online options for watching TV now.  Much nicer not spending $60 a month on satellite service.

I poured the juice from a can of pineapple into our jug of orange juice and shook it up.  Great way to use the juice and not let it go to waste and it tastefully extends the O.J.

What thrifty things did you do last week to save money?


  1. Good saving this week! I never thought to add the pineapple juice from the can into orange juice- thanks for the tip. I love the movie The Prince and Me (you're right, the first part is better!) That hash looks yummy! The bananas didn't last til they were overripe so next time I go to the store I am planning on getting extras to make your banana bread- I've been craving it since I read that post- haha.

    1. I've been craving it too and I don't like banana bread. We're out of bananas too. Poor me.

  2. The first movie is way better than the second :) I went grocery shopping this week. Doesn't exactly sound thrifty, but it is the first full trip I have taken since December. I had such a rough start in my pregnancy and my husband won't cook (or go shopping by himself) that there has been a large amount of eating out since then. So this will definitely help save money now. I filled up a shampoo bottle with water and got enough shampoo to use for another wash. I used flour tortillas in place of bread so they wouldn't get thrown out.

    1. Great job! I like using tortillas to make a sandwich with. Nice change to bread I think. You definitely see some savings eating at home but I totally get the whole morning sickness deal. No way did I want to cook anything when I felt sick. We ate out a lot then too.


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