Monday, February 20, 2017

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

Sunday morning I made up a triple batch of homemade granola.  While it baked in the oven I got busy and filled up some Valentine treat bags with kisses.  I used sparkly silver Christmas ribbon I had in my gift wrap bin to tie the bags closed.  I think they turned out pretty cute and the girls loved receiving them on Tuesday morning.

These are the Christmas Hershey kisses I found on clearance at ShopKo last month.  As you may recall I pulled out all the green ones to use for cookies.  I haven't made the cookies yet and I confess I've snitched a few too, but since they are green I may just set them out for St. Patty's Day.

I used fabric from my stash and polyfil I already had to make a pillow form for the crocheted pillow cover I finished Sunday afternoon.  I had never made one of these pillow covers like this before.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I veered off the menu plan a bit and made an entirely different meal in order to use up some veggies so they didn't go bad.  It is important to be flexible with meal planning, especially if you want to avoid food waste.  We also had a bunch of odds and ends in the refrigerator so we ended up having a couple of "smorgasboard" meals for supper.

After dropping the oldest off at the college campus Tuesday we went to the library to check out books and wait until it was time to pick her up.  I wrote and the young one read.  It saved me a little gas not running back and forth.

The pillow I finished Sunday afternoon

I've been watching YouTube videos in an attempt to expand my crochet skills.  I'm learning to crochet a sweater, something I've always wanted to do.  I've only torn out most of it twice now.  Aargh!  I'll keep at it.

Wednesday I ordered 25 bareroot everbearing strawberry plants from Amazon.  I also ordered a roll of strawberry netting!  The plants arrived on Saturday.

The young one and I repaired one of the water feeders that broke this winter and gave all of the feeders a bath.... again.  It is so muddy outside.

I love having farm fresh eggs again!

We gave our kitchen scraps to the chickens again this week.  I also used some rendered beef fat I had saved to make them a suet cake.  We now have three of the four hens back in full egg laying mode.  We sold a dozen eggs to some friends who had been anxiously waiting.

I washed a bunch of quart sized Ziploc bags to reuse

I composted coffee grounds, tea bags and egg shells I crunched up.  I made another fire starter with dryer lint, a TP tube and a piece of newspaper.


On the way home from work Thursday I picked up two bottles of Purex laundry detergent on sale for $1.99 each.  I also used a $1 OFF coupon to bring my final cost to $3.99.

I renewed my youngest daughter's cell phone service for 90 days for less than $21.  I found a promo code online which gave me 60 extra minutes for free.

The Fred Meyer Friday freebie was a container of yogurt.  I downloaded that to my card.

Saturday morning I dropped off the oldest at the campus.  On the way home I made a big produce run.

How thrifty was your week?


  1. Love your idea of buying kisses after season. I already did it for the shower and I also bought m and m.s Did the same thing with latex gloves on of course. Such a good idea! I love granny squares.

    1. Isn't it nice when you can take advantage of those sales? I promise my kiddos could care less whether they were Christmas kisses or not. It's chocolate!

  2. made chunky applesauce with apples with bad spots, husby took 7 kitchen garbage liners & 5 Walmart bags to the SA. I'm cleaning out!! Simmered chicken parts for broth, many washed out ziplocs, bread ends in oven to dry out..

    1. Good job! Especially with your donations. I love homemade applesauce. You really accomplished a lot. I'm impressed.

  3. Sounds like you had a very good, thrifty week! Mine was OK; I had some expenses, but nothing that wasn't budgeted for.

    1. Oh excellent. I'm glad you had them budgeted in. Its those unexpected expenses that really are not fun. ;)


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