How was your first week of 2017? I hope it was fantastic!
It has been cooooooold here with lows hovering just above 0° until the end of the week when it dipped down below. Brrrrrr. We've also had a lot of snow.
In the spirit of winter I gloved up, went out to the garage and reorganized the chest freezer. Not sure what the heck I was thinking, although I think the freezer is much warmer than outside. I used plastic bins I already had to keep everything sorted and organized. The bins will also make it easier to get to items, especially at the bottom.
My original shopping list for Cash & Carry started out much differently until I saw they had a fantastic sale on meat. Since I am on a mission this year to spend as little as possible on everything I can, these prices were just too good to pass up.
40# of boneless skinless chicken breast for $43.90 ($1.09/lb!)
10# package of lean ground beef for $17.90 ($1.79/lb)
5# package of pork sausage for $6.98 ($1.39/lb)
5# package of Italian pork sausage for $6.98 ($1.39/lb)
5# of grated cheddar cheese for $11.58
10# bag of navel oranges for $5.98
|40 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast|
I am fairly certain this is enough chicken to last us the entire year.
|Picked up these steaks at Alberstons half price $3.70!|
On the way to Cash & Carry the youngest and I made a quick stop at the library to return books and check out some new ones. Even though she got a Kindle for Christmas she still likes the feel of a book in her hands. I'm kind of the same way, myself. Books are awesome!
I spent two days laying out chicken breast on baking sheets and rotating them through the freezer. Once frozen I put then in gallon sized Ziploc bags.
I used up the sizeable stack of Ziploc bags I had washed to reuse packaging all of the meat I purchased.
|Shredded chicken verde|
I took two large chicken breasts I already had and some leftover verde sauce from the freezer and put it in the slow cooker. Once they had cooked down I shredded them with forks and had enough to fill two large freezer containers and one small one for quick meals to enjoy later on.
To start the week off I made a large pot of Taco Soup and a pan of cornbread. We had plenty of leftovers for another supper and a few lunches.
I made and sent out some New Years cards to a few special people.
I purged a pile of papers, junk mail and receipts. Most of it ended up in our recycle bin.
I took some fast food restaurant coupons to work and gave them to a co-worker. I've noticed most of my co-workers go out to eat a lot or have something delivered for lunch pretty much on a regular basis.
Last week I decided to try something new. I have had an Amazon Prime membership for a few years now and I love their free shipping on my orders, the numerous options for television viewing at no additional charge and loads of music to download. However, I hadn't tried their Prime Pantry yet. Until now.
|I love free stuff!!|
A couple weeks ago I made a list of toiletry and household items I was running low on and after perusing the selections on Amazon I realized I could knock quite a few of them off of my list using Prime Pantry and at a considerable savings. Not everything they have, mind you, is the best price, but I did find several items that were and with coupons attached! Score! And free shipping! And I realized I had extra rewards points to use which knocked over $32 off my total leaving me paying $14.41 for everything I ordered. Spending less for the things we need. Whoo hooo!
|Lots of shoveling this week!|
Tuesday I took all the leftover cubed chicken and steak from our New Years Day fondue dinner and tossed it together in a pan with some fresh broccoli, carrots and half an onion I sliced up for a quick supper. It was quite nice.
We made a batch of homemade whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. They were delicious!
Not so thrifty, but very important, I replaced the battery on our truck. This was a planned expense. Now I don't have to worry about getting stranded with a vehicle that won't start. With all of our snowfall I had to drive the truck last week as it was too deep for the car. So happy and grateful I have my truck!
I rinsed out the big refill bottle of dish soap after I emptied it into a smaller bottle and used that soapy solution to wash up three loads of dishes.
In anticipation of more bad weather and possible power outages I made some preparations. I'll post more about all of that later this week.
How was your thrifty week?