Friday, May 26, 2017

Frugal Friday File 2017, week 21...


Successes:
1.  Submitted invoice for payment of article/photo.

2.  Bathed Rudy and cleaned his ears myself...no grooming fee.  Normally I clip his nails after a bath, but he had a vet appointment this week, and our vet office always clips their patients' nails as a free perk during appointments, so I was happy to let them do it this time.  I looked up grooming fees at PetSmart and Petco, and apparently a bath/ear cleaning/nail trim costs $18.99 for his breed at PetSmart and $33 at Petco.  Nice to have a concrete idea of how much this chore saves.

3.  Knocked out some physically taxing chores on Monday, and was really wanting to order a pizza instead of cooking diner.  But since I had to run to WalMart anyway, I found I was just as happy getting a frozen pizza instead and saving some bucks.

4.  After several years of use, my laptop battery would no longer hold a charge and had to be kept plugged in at all times.  After months and months of this, I finally started researching reviews on Amazon (which is where I got the current one, and was perfectly happy with it, but since it was no longer available I had to find an alternative).  I found one with good reviews and info for about $100 less on Amazon than from the laptop manufacturer.  

5.  Made a menu plan and shopping list.  It's so much easier to stick to my cook-at-home resolve when I have the ingredients in the house.  I still need to go to the local grocery...ran out of energy after Costco yesterday.  :)


Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  Macaroni & Cheese Deluxe, leftover salmon & Kale Salad, Cornbread Salad
Sunday:  Sunday family dinner at Kasey's
Monday:  frozen pizza
Tuesday:  leftovers
Wednesday:  meatloaf, leftover mac & cheese, broccoli
Thursday:  smothered pork chops, rice, broccoli
Friday:  Taco Salad

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday's Costco trip...

I'm not sure how frugal this trip was.  I didn't really compare prices, which could be a mistake, but at least I am now stocked up on some staples.  This is only part of the things that came home with me.  I forgot to take a photo till I had already put most things away.  

I have already cooked two batches of smothered pork chops...one for tonight and one for the freezer.  The flour should last a year.  Pecans for the freezer.  Two roasts.  Oh, and my membership was due, so that hiked up my bill.  Canned tomatoes and canned Ranch Style beans.  Olive oil.  Large size spices.  Trash bags.  Four-pack of pizza crusts with sauce (I usually make my crust from scratch, but this was an impulse buy).  Ham.  Seems like I'm forgetting some.

I went with my menu plan in mind as well as staples needed.  Other than the pizza crusts, I stuck to my list.  No books!  I wasn't even tempted.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

This is a memoir about the author and his mother and the books they shared, read, and discussed while she was undergoing chemo for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  It fulfills the 
'a book about a difficult topic' category of the 2017 reading challenge.  I figure that among its pages I will find a book that I want to read that will fulfill the 'a book that's been mentioned in another book' category.  :)
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For anyone who has expressed an interest...

Some have asked me about the magazine that I write articles for occasionally.  You can click here to see the new summer issue.  Click through to see my article (on putting an enlarged photo on a canvas and other patriotic decoration ideas) on page 20 and 21.  That's my dad in the middle and his brothers on each side.  

Be sure to stop on page 9 to check out the recipe for a Watermelon Melody, an original recipe for a summer cocktail created by my friend, the other Kathleen.  It looks so pretty, it might even get me to overcome my life-long aversion to watermelon.

Ooooh, and look at page 24 through 27.  I want to take that train excursion!
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Frugal Friday File 2017, week 20...


Totally non-frugal week...for which the frugal weeks are made to pay.

Successes:
1.  I drank water at each of our meals out.

2.  Finished my library book and returned before due date.

3.  Figured my gas mileage when I filled up...28 miles per gallon (city/highway combined) is much better than my last vehicle.

4.  Paid bills on time foregoing late fees.

5.  Still no haircut, no new dog toys, no new fabric this week (so far),  no maid service, no yard man, and no psychiatric care thanks to long, friend phone calls.  :)

Keep Tryings:  Our meals out this week were for things like Mother's Day and special time with graduate.  One day held two meals out on same day.  Must cook and eat at home more in coming days, which means menu planning and grocery shop in my immediate future.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  Greek Tortellini Salad
Sunday:  Sunday family dinner at Kasey's
Monday:  waffles, bacon & eggs, fruit salad
Tuesday:  *lunch AND *dinner out
Wednesday:  *late lunch out so skipped dinner
Thursday:  grazed the fridge
Friday:  kale salad with broiled salmon filet, seasoned rice

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Old Man by Thomas Perry

Best book I've read this year...so far.  I love Thomas Perry.  I didn't know he had a new book out, and so when I was reading another blog and in a comment by Dianne from Lavender Dreams she recommended it, I had to look for it.  I was thrilled that my library had it available immediately.  I couldn't put it down.  Happily it perfectly fits into the 'espionage thriller' category of the 2017 reading challenge, as I was really not looking forward to that category.

Now I am reading this one...

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

A four-year-old boy is having phobias and nightmares and trouble at his daycare.  His mother is losing work and spending her retirement savings to try to help him, and battling her skepticism when it seems that he may be having memories of a previous life.  

This one was recommended by Christina Baker Klein, author of The Orphan Train, so it will fulfill the 'a book recommended by an author you love' category of the reading challenge.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day...


I was going through an old deed box this week.  In it were some bank and tax records, dating from as far back as the 1800s, from the family of a great-aunt by marriage.  She and my great-uncle had no children, so my mother 'inherited' a lot of their household items, and somehow I ended up with this box.  It was somewhat interesting to see what the notice, and subsequent conclusion, of an IRS tax audit from the early 1900s looked like.  (Incidentally, after the audit the IRS refunded $34 that had been overpaid by this individual.)  What does one do with this stuff?  It surely has no relevance for anyone, but its history...  

Also in the box were lots and lots of canceled stamps torn off from the corner of their envelopes.  One of which caught my attention with its very appropriate message for today...a three cent stamp from 1934 'in memory and in honor of the mothers of America'.  

As long as I can remember, my mother would say, "You'll have fun going through all this stuff someday."  Hmmm...  So I imagine her patting my shoulder as I slide the box, with all of its content, back on the shelf.  I guess I do it in memory and honor of her.  (Note to daughter: you can dispose of of all this one day.  I promise not to haunt you.  I cannot, however, promise that your grandmother won't.)

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers around the world today!
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