Monday, February 22, 2016

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

My bread baking on Saturday was completely annihilated by Tuesday so I made three more loaves of the Steakhouse Brown Bread.  It is now my family's very favorite.

I went to Fred Meyer twice last week.  The first time was on Tuesday to get mayonnaise as we were running low (and it was on sale) and to check out the pork roasts on sale for 99¢ a pound.  I bought a 7# roast and picked up canned tomatoes and pasta on sale too.  After some thought I decided to go back Saturday morning for more mayonnaise, canned tomatoes and another roast for the freezer.  While there I picked up produce for salads and found onion bagels in the markdown bin for my youngest.  They are her favorite.

I found a gorgeous  and nearly new Saks Fifth Avenue sweater on eBay for $7 because the hook and eye was missing from the bottom and the owner said she didn’t sew.  I happen to have a package of hooks and eyes so it is no problem whatsoever for me to fix it.  I love the style and luxurious feel of it.  The shipping was only $4 so I ended up with this lovely gem for only $11 plus a hook and an eye.  I can only imagine what she must have paid for it originally.  I'll bet it was a lot more than $11.

Early Thursday morning I put the 7# roast in the slow cooker on high and let it cook all day in its own juices.  When I got home from work I had to reset the cooker because it hadn't hit the fall apart stage I was looking for yet.  It cooked all evening.

When the roast finally was done I divided it into thirds with plans for future meals.  One third went into my medium sized slow cooker with BBQ sauce from the pantry for pulled pork sandwiches.  The rest was packaged for the freezer.

I used rolls from the freezer for the pulled pork sandwiches.  I was glad I had put them up last time I made rolls.

A quick stop in at Albertsons provided us with 4 packages of cheese on sale for $5, two pounds of bananas at 49¢ a pound, four boxes of facial tissue on sale for 75¢ each and a package of raisin bagels from the markdown bin for 99¢.

I updated my pantry list and started a new grocery list for March.

I printed off six online grocery coupons using scrap paper.  I used one coupon for cat treats that were on sale.

I ran a load of laundry using both soap and fabric softener I rinsed from empty bottles.

Saturday's bounty.

I washed out 2 one gallon Ziploc bags and a quart sized one too to reuse.

I signed up for a free sample of Fancy Feast cat food for my old man kitty.

Friday evening my youngest made a quart of homemade vanilla ice cream.  It was delicious!  I have to tell you she is getting really good at making ice cream.

How was your thrifty week?


  1. Love your sweater. Great find.
    You found some good deals.. and the rolls look devine.. I just love the steakhouse bread. yummy.

    1. That bread could be my undoing. We can't seem to get enough of it. :)

  2. Could you share the recipe for the ice cream? I have one of those makers that I never use because I haven't found a recipe yet that tastes good.

  3. I am crazy about that sweater! I would have snagged it up too! Great deal!
    You had a really good week. Pork roast at 99¢ a lb- Nice! Your brown bread always looks so good- my stomach growls whenever I see your pictures of them. :)

    1. You need to make the bread, but I warn you. Once you do you'll have a hard time staying out of it. :)


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