I already follow Brandi at The Prudent Homemaker and her weekly frugal post. So I will be joining her in posting at the beginning of the week. I hope you will share with me some of your tips and thoughts each week.
I feel like I did better, I menu planned using what was in the fridge and freezer, just going to the store to stock up on some things that I had excellent coupons for.
One of my problem area's is lunch on Saturday and Sunday. I am fine during the week, providing lunch for myself and all 3 girls, partly because they help prepare it, and partly because I rarely make everyone eat the same thing, it is left overs, or soup, or something you make for yourself like crackers cream cheese and fruit, or a sandwich, macaroni and cheese etc. On the weekend my husband is with us and I feel like I am cooking dinner twice each day. In the past I often fall into "ugh I am just going to pick up lunch". Well picking up lunch runs us $25 and up! Yikes and that is without soda's or drinks of any kind. To combat this I am getting some frozen things that just require heating up. Eventually I want to just premake some things things during dinner earlier in the week, but I am not there yet. So this last week I ...
Got some awesome coupons for a Tx only grocer, it included a $3/$30 coupon and a $4/$15 precook meat coupon, $2 off salty snacks (tortilla chips!), and a few others, plus the sale prices and in store coupons.
This is what I got and spent this week.
$32 in paper products
3 big things of toilet paper
3 flushable wipes
3 boxes of Puffs
Also got a $10 off coupon to use in 2 weeks and will get a Leapfrog writing system in the mail for free with the purchase of these items.
1 gallon milk
6 24oz bags of precooked chicken breast chunks
6 frozen pizza's
1 24oz bag of chicken thigh fajita meat
2 16 oz bags meat balls
2 jars of parmesan cheese
4 bags of tortilla chips
2 jars cheesy salsa
1 bag of bbq chips
1 5lb bag whole wheat flour
1 5lb bag unbleached white flour
1 spray bottle Bakers Joy
a 12x9 glass baking pan
a new bread pan
and a cupcake batter separator.
a small soda as a treat for Middlest
a donut as a treat for Timmie
$20.29 at Randalls
1 frozen pizza
2 small cans pineapple
2 20oz cans pineapple
6 cans green beans
2 small bottles of dish soap
4 greek yogurts
1 bar soap
3 cream cheese 8oz
1 Loaf French bread
2- day old Loaves of bread from Bread store
$60.80 at Sam's Club
2 boxes General Tso chicken
1 box dumplings
1 6lb not frozen boneless skinless chicken breast
1 6lb frozen boneless chicken thighs
2 bottles orange juice
#10 can tomato sauce
Okay see Yikes I had no idea I had spent so much until I did this. Spread out over multiple stores and how much I got I was feeling really good about my shopping, not I know I need to offset this with some more frugal weeks!
I can say that I don't buy toilet paper every week, I stock up when they have the buy $30 get a $10 coupon back, this makes it so that I don't buy full price toilet paper. I also don't go to Sam's club every week. I also normally do much better on the toilet paper stuff, but I needed that receipt to be over $30 to get the (over a $20 savings and a Christmas present for Timmie) I'll do one or more toilet paper transaction this coming week. I'll let you know next week if I manage that.
|This loaf was half eaten an hour after it came out of the oven!|
I did manage to eat at home for every dinner, only one lunch out.
I got another $5 swagbucks for Amazon
made cherry cream soda syrup
made 2 loaves of partially whole wheat bread using some honey.(didn't burn it this week and finished up the small amount of honey at the bottom of a jar)
I made banana muffins using bananas that had gone black
Also made blueberry muffins
Made Oona several smoothies as she got a expander in this week causing eating to be difficult as she adjusted to it.
found some bath old bath gel that Middlest like the scent of( I did not hence why it wasn't used)
Processed Onion and peppers for freezer. This just means I cut lots of onions and peppers into strips, taking out seeds etc.
Collect water from my sink when heating up water, use this to water trees and garden.
Downloaded some new books on my Nook.
Watch free tv shows using my Amazon Prime acct.
Shared some of my Nook books with Oona.
Now I am making plans for this week, I need it to include a lot less money spent!