Monday, August 15, 2016

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

I stocked up on boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1.69 a pound.  I laid them out on baking trays in the freezer overnight.  Once frozen I put them into Ziploc bags.  I like to freeze them individually so they don't stick together and I can easily remove only what I need.

While there to pick up the chicken I also perused the markdown bin and came away with two good sized packages of thick cut sirloin steaks and two packages of stew meat at half price.

I took our remaining leftover pot roast with red potatoes and carrots, from Sunday dinner, plus the leftover gravy and some leftover green beans and put it all in the slow cooker to make a beef vegetable soup.  I also added the end of a bag of frozen peas, a small container of reserved broth in the freezer and a can of whole kernel corn.  It made an easy and delicious soup.

I found two online coupons for laundry detergent that was on sale at Walgreens.  I stopped on the way home from work and picked up four bottles for $1 each.  That should hold us well into next year.

I laminated a sliver of soap to a new bar so we will be able to use it all up and not waste it.

We washed out several Ziploc bags to reuse.

I used wax from a tea light candle to lube up the drawer on the nightstand I rehabbed the weekend prior so it would glide in and out nicely.

We joined friends for a movie night out to see Jason Bourne.  We went on Tuesday for the cheap seats at $5.50 a ticket.  I used a $10 gift card to help defray some of the cost of our tickets so I only ended up spending $6.50 for the three of us.

I was super excited about this buy

I wasn’t planning to do anymore grocery shopping last week until the ads came out on Wednesday and the prices on some stock up items were just too good to pass up.  Fred Meyer had a few really good items in their Sunday ad too. 

And this one too!

I say woohoo too!

This is a huge container

And I totally spaced off the fact that marching band camp started up, well I didn't space that part off, but I did not factor in that my daughter would need to pack a lunch each day to take with her.  Duh, duh, duh.

Peanut butter 99¢ each, tuna 49¢ each, olives 88¢ each

Fortunately we were able to scrounge up enough stuff around here for the week but I needed to get lunch stuff much earlier than planned for the remainder of the two week camp.  Thank God for Albertson's big anniversary sale which featured a lot of stuff for back-to-school.

$8.99 per box = 29¢ each

On Saturday, the youngest and I did some major grocery shopping and we are really well stocked.  Both freezers, the pantry and the refrigerator are FULL!

$1.80 each

97¢ each   

Before all the grocery shopping we hit the mall first so we could use a couple coupons I got in the mail at Bath & Body Works.  I got three free items and three items at 20% OFF.  We got the big sister a birthday gift and enough shower gel and lotion for all of us to enjoy as well.  I love that half of the stuff was free!

Since we were there I decided to check and see if Dillards had a sale on a new bra.  As it turned out they were having a mammoth clearance sale.  I got three bras on clearance for $4.99 each.  I couldn't believe it.  In fact, I didn't until the clerk rang them up.  I also bought myself four pairs of panties on sale.  I used a Dillards gift card to cover the purchase (I still have $$ left on it too) and walked out with a bag full of free lingerie.  Yippeeeeeee!

Bread & English muffins for only 79¢ each!

Free bagels!

Next stop was the Franz bakery to load up on breads, buns, bagels and English muffins.  We even got big sister a box of donuts since she didn’t get to come along.  They also gave us a free bag of blueberry bagels and a goodie bag to my daughter with iced animal cookies, chips, a vitamin water and a bakery hat.  Nice!

How was your thrifty week?


  1. OMG, what good deals!!! Lucky you! I repaired 3 clothing items, froze 4qts of veg ju, 2qt gr beans, washed out many zip loc's, rinsed out clothes detergent bottle, opened toothpaste tube, .... Have a happy week. So enjoy reading.. you :)

    1. You did a lot great thrifty things. That reminds me, I've got a detergent bottle to rinse out next time I run a load. :)

  2. You are a master at frugality! I need to learn more from you. Currently, I am sitting here trying to figure out a menu plan for my vegan teenager ... I just can't find any recipes that we will both enjoy that are vegan (I'm an omnivore, I eat everything!). Your beef vegetable soup looks delicious. School started for her today and this year will be VERY busy - she's a senior and taking several AP classes, starting a school club, and will be attending SAT tutoring. I'm trying my best to plan ahead tasty, nutritious meals (and batch cooking for the freezer) so as not to get too frazzled when we're pressed for time.

    The savings on your lingerie purchase is fantastic, and very pretty choices. I've been trying to find hi-cut cotton panties for a while now (I don't like low-rise), but what I've seen so far are unattractive. I wish we had a Dillard's in So.Cal!

    Your blog helps me keep on track, thank you for the inspiration!

    Warmly, D.

    1. A vegan menu to plan. Oh dear, I'd be surfing the internet for ideas from her to next Tuesday. Good luck! Like you, I'm an omnivore and find it hard to think about going without a steak in my near future.

      I have a busy sophomore. She's been in marching band since last Weds. Once school starts life as I know it will cease to exist - ha, ha!

      I love Dillards. Do you have a Nordstroms or a Nordstroms Rack? Maybe check there.

      Take care!


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