Monday, August 18, 2014

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

My oldest went to a friend's house for a pool party so the youngest and I went out for frozen yogurt at the corner convenience store.  We had root beer swirled with vanilla for only $1.79 a cup.

I went through the pantry and freezer to "shop" for this week's meals.  I went to the corner market and picked up a half gallon of whole milk and a package of hot Italian sausage.  We were kind of craving it.  I turned it in a huge pot of sauce that we had with spaghetti.  With enough sauce to freeze a couple of containers for later in the month and plenty of leftovers for the week as well.

I bought two small bottles of Tru Moo chocolate milk for 58¢ each so the girls would have two new drink bottles for their lunchboxes.

I turned our half gallon of milk into a gallon

I used up some ground pork and made a good sized pot of sausage gravy and a batch of whole wheat biscuits for our Sunday breakfast.  We had plenty left over for another meal and enjoyed it reheated on Monday evening for our supper along with some scrambled eggs.

My friend gave me a huge stack of coupons and the weekly ads she had saved for me.  I went through them all and clipped several coupons to use at the grocery store.

We gave our kitchen scraps to the neighbor's chickens.

We made wise use of all of our leftovers.

I made a pint of salad dressing using items I already had on hand.

This week the only groceries I bought was a bag of lettuce, a bag of spinach, three 8 oz. packages of shredded cheese on sale for $5 and a half gallon of whole milk on sale for $1.25.  I also bought a box of raisin bran on sale for $1.69.  I've been craving it for some reason.

Pantry meals this week included Spaghetti and Meat Sauce on Sunday, Leftover Biscuits & Gravy on Monday (the girls finished the biscuits for breakfast), Leftover Spaghetti on Tuesday (plus two lunches), Bean Burritos on Wednesday (beans were in the freezer), Macaroni & Cheese with sliced wienies on Thursday (we had four left in the fridge), I took the girls out to dinner on Friday, Homemade Pizza on Saturday.

We also used up all of the veggies in our crisper drawers for salads throughout the week to go with our main course and in my lunches.

We used up every last bit of a bottle of shower gel, trial sized bottle of shampoo and I used a toothpick to scoop out the last of a tube of chapstick.  We continue to work to use up all the little bits of stuff we have lying around.

I took the girls to dinner on Friday.  We used a free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult meal coupon to save on the cost.

I watched a TV show on Hulu and a movie on Amazon.

I finally received payment for the handicap ramp I sold to Make A Wish.  I plan to use every dime of that check to its fullest potential. 

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


  1. You had a great week! :)
    My week was not so great as far as savings go. I spent way too much. :(
    We went through all of my son's drawers and closet to see what school clothes will still fit him this year and he must have had a growth spurt because I had to let go of a lot of stuff. He was such a good sport about it all though- I had that poor boy trying clothes on all throughout the day- haha. So I went to a couple of places and got him some pants, a couple of shirts, underclothes, socks, shorts and he got a pair of school sneakers. On top of that I had to break down and do a grocery run- we have been trying to eat out of our pantry and freezer and doing a good job of it but there were needs, mainly snacks and drinks for school lunches, milk and fresh produce. I did go to the grocery outlet but I still overspent. At least we are stocked with snacks for the start of the school year and we cant complain about not having anything to satisfy our sweet tooth. :)
    On the plus side, I used a free Redbox code that I received and we had a movie night this weekend. :)

    1. My kiddos have done the same thing to me from time to time as far as growth spurts. It can cost a small fortune.


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