Frugal Living Accomplishments – Every Little Bit Helps

Lately, I have felt like our spending was out of control.  We have been dining out more, and have had a bunch of little expenses that quickly added up.  Last week, I went to our pantry looking for something, and realized we have eaten most of our stockpile and the shelves were getting a bit light. 

Its time to return to my frugal roots, and keep myself in check for accountability sake. So here are the past week’s frugal living accomplishments:

garden soil

Used a coupon at Lowe’s to save on the soil & lumber for our garden

Attended a seed swap

Started seed for our garden

Replanted green onions from scraps

sweet potato slips

Began sweet potato slips from a sweet potato that was too small for dinner

Returned a few items to Target and used the refund to purchase a few staples that we needed

Printed and clipped coupons 

Paid off a credit card before it began accruing interest (that 0% for 1yr promotion was a life saver, but it really could have burned us if we weren’t careful)

Sold a chair on an online yard sale site

fiestaware salt & pepper shaker

Purchased an item I’ve wanted on a Facebook yard sale site (I collect Fiestaware so these were an awesome buy at $6 when they retail for over $20)

Bought our milk from Halo Farm

Watched a few shows for free on Hulu

“Purchased” FREE Kindle ebooks off of Amazon

Used a Groupon to purchase some Entenmann’s snacks for the family

What did you do last week to save your family money?

Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 30 to April 5

menu plan mondayI’m so excited about the upcoming week.  My son had Cub Scouts this evening, but we don’t have any other evening activities for an entire week!  You know what that means?  A full week of home cooked meal!  

With this week ending on Easter Sunday, I have planned meals to accommodate the extra cleaning & cooking that I will be doing.  When we host a big holiday get together, I always make sure that one to two days prior to the event we have easy meals so I don’t get burned out from all of the cooking.  This year is no different.  When I need something easy for dinner there are usually 3 options:

  • take out
  • breakfast
  • leftovers

I’m opting for breakfast & leftovers this time around.  Have I mentioned that I’m sick of take out food?

This week’s menu plan:

Breakfasts: yogurt, cereal bars, cereal, oatmeal, fruit

Lunches: leftover pizza, PB&J, hummus & pita, grilled cheese, muffin tins

Dinners:

  • Monday: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
  • Tuesday: spaghetti with meatballs & sausage
  • Wednesday: citrus & herb roast chicken, chicken rice, salad
  • Thursday: grilled London Broil & grilled veggies (its supposed to be 61 & sunny, so I’m using the grill) 
  • Friday: breakfast for dinner
  • Saturday: Leftover Lottery 
  • Sunday: Easter – I’m still finalizing the details

Our Easter tradition is a casual family brunch, usually followed by an afternoon of gardening and being outdoors, and the brunch leftovers for dinner.  So far the weather forecast appears to be cooperating with that plan, so its just a matter of finalizing our brunch menu and guest list.

Need a little more dinner time inspiration?  Check out Menu Plan Monday.

Baby Coupon Round Up

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Check out the latest baby coupons available from coupons.com.  Each coupon can be printed twice, and they will double in accordance with your store’s coupon policy.

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Just Between Friends Lower Bucks: Gift Certificate & Pre-Sale Pass Giveaway!

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April is right around the corner, and that means Just Between Friends is getting ready for their Lower Bucks County sales event!  

Public Sale:  Admission $3 (opening day only)
The Sportsplex – 1331 O’Reilly Drive, Feasterville, PA 19053

Friday, April 9th 9:30a-7:30p
Saturday, April 10th 9a-3:30p
Sunday, April 11th 9:30a-1:30p (most items 50% off)

JBF accepts Cash, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.  There is an ATM on site.

Why should you SHOP the JBF Lower Bucks sale?

  • With 300+ consignors there is a wide variety of clothing, gear, and toys for children of all ages
  • More than 70,000 high quality items all in one location
  • Save 50-90% over retail prices!

With three children, I would go broke trying to keep them clothed, entertained, and outfitted in the gear we need if I had to pay retail prices.  I already have my list made, and am hoping to score some great deals during the presale, which as a consignor, I get to shop before everyone else.

Do you want a chance to shop before Just Between Friends opens to the public?  What if we put a little spending money in your pocket too?!

Now through 11:59pm on April 6th, enter to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Just Between Friends Lower Bucks. Both of our winners will also receive a pair of pre-sale passes so they can shop ’til they drop before JBF opens to the public. There will also be a second chance drawing where we will be selecting another 5 winners to each receive a pair of pre-sale passes. Pre-sale passes are valid for 5pm entry to both the Pre-Sale on Thursday and the 50% off Pre-Sale on Saturday. All winners will be announced on April 7th.

So you have 12 days to enter, and there are bonus entries each day, so make sure to stop back!

 

March in the Garden

March In the GardenWhile it snowed on the first day of spring, and many people were only dreaming of spring and being outdoors, many gardeners are already hard at work to guarantee productive yards this year.

Its no surprise that farmers’ have to plan out there year many months in advance and know what is going in their fields and when; but many people don’t realize that the home gardener has to do the same thing.  As the snow was falling in January, I was thumbing through seed catalogs and nursery websites.  Sipping hot cocoa, cuddled up in a warm blanket, I was online placing seed orders, ordering fruit trees, berry bushes, and other garden plants.  Through out March, while spring still seemed way to far away, I was getting plants started indoors and readying the outdoor beds for the soon to be warmer weather.

I remember my father, Chuck, starting plants indoors around Valentine’s day, and the seedlings arriving from various catalogs through out March and early April.  I remember him sketching out our summer gardens on a note pad, just pencil lines and a bit of writing to remind him what needed to go where, and how many of each plant he needed.  Last year, he spent a lot of time on the phone and over text messages making sure I knew what I was doing.  One of our last conversations was about growing rhubarb, and how he had wanted to garden with his grandchildren this year.  My older children remember this conversation, and I promised them we will plant “Pop’s Garden” out front as planned, and they will need to help me with the rhubarb (besides just eating it, which they love to do). 

So in getting ready to plant “Pop’s Garden,” and the other beds (we have 4 currently, and at least 3 more going in this spring), I spent March getting ready. [Read more…]

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