Monday, September 23, 2019

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

After a fun filled day with my girls at homecoming the day before I was back to work Sunday morning with a few chores, a load of laundry and working on the upstairs hallway project that, quite frankly, seems to be a never ending task.  I'm determined to get the job done though, so I persevere.

I also spent about an hour doing some investment cooking later in the afternoon.  I am planning to do small sessions each week to build up the freezer in our kitchen and make the weekday meals run a a bit smoother.

Monday I went home after work and painted trim.  I think I may be getting tired of painting trim.  Actually, I'm pretty sure about it.  LOL


Tuesday morning I stopped at Albertsons after dropping my daughter off at school.  I've never grocery shopped quite that early, but it was nice to pop in for a few grocery items that were on sale and save myself the task of doing it after work.  Since I drive past this store pretty much every morning I may be doing this more often.

Wednesday I checked all the grocery ads, made a list of sales items to pick up and downloaded some digital coupons to my Fred Meyer store rewards card.  I'm on a mission to get our pantry filled now so I was hunting for bargains.

Fred Meyer

Friday I ran errands after work stopping at Fred Meyer and Home Depot.  Then I went to Dollar Tree and picked up a few items on my list before heading home to put things away and cool my heels for a little bit.  Then off to pick up the girl from school at 8:30 from a special dance team practice they had.

I got home with a trunk load!

Saturday morning I was up with the chickens getting ready to start my day.  I ran errands for nearly three hours and made huge progress stocking up for winter.  I stopped at several stores and was able to find pretty much everything I needed at prices I was willing to pay.  Now our freezer is full and so is our pantry which makes me very happy!

I worked some more overtime last week.  The overtime pay has seriously been a nice boon to our household this summer.  I've been able to use some of that money this month to stock the shelves around here and make an extra payment on my carpet.

I washed out several Ziploc bags to reuse.

Some goodies from Dollar Tree

I made two batches of foaming hand soap solution (1 cup warm water & 1 Tbs B&BW shower gel) and filled up two of our dispensers.  Now all of our dispensers are outfitted for fall with Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte scented soap.

Investment cooking = homemade refried beans that I made into freezer burritos for my college student.  She was very happy to hear about this!

Homemade refried  beans

Some of the 15 Minute Chores I accomplished to keep my home in order:

Laundry Room & Half Bathroom - cleaned laundry room door, vacuumed & mopped floors, scrubbed toilet, washed rug.  Daily swish & swipe.

Dining Room - vacuumed floor, cleaned wainscoting & baseboard heater.

Kitchen -  vacuumed & spot mopped the floor, cleaned the microwave.

Bedrooms & Main Bathroom - vacuumed & dusted.  Scrubbed sink, tub & toilet in the bathroom.  Daily swish & swipe.

Other - two loads of laundry, vacuumed & dusted living room, hallway & entry.  Swept front porch & garage.

Jack is doing great and his neck is healing nicely

He's a wee bit of a mama's boy

How was your thrifty week?


  1. I almost always stop at the supermarket on the way home from dropping kids off at school. It's 12 miles away, so it makes sense. Plus, it's nice to be in there in the morning when it's not so busy. It gives me a chance to ask the produce nd dairy managers if they are getting ready to mark anything down.

    1. It is really nice first thing in the morning. I will probably do it more often.

  2. Aw, I'm not surprised he's a Mama's boy! Poor baby needs to fill up that love tank! Congrats on all your hard work this week--I never fail to be amazed at all you accomplish!

    1. He is such a love. It has been so crazy around here with all the projects. Looking forward to some down time.

  3. Such a sweet picture of Jack snuggling. Take care.


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