Friday, November 11, 2016

Frugal Friday File, week 45...


Successes:
1.  Signed up for the 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited.  Enjoying reading the first free book.  Put a note on my screen saver to cancel by 12/8.

2.  True confession: I really like Rice-a-Roni.  I found a recipe for a DIY version on Fabulessly Frugal, and it was great.  It makes the chicken flavor, but I adapted it to also make the Spanish Rice flavor (to which I add ground beef, diced tomatoes, and cheese to make a one-skillet meal).

3.  Mild weather means a low electricity bill this month.

4.  Staying home mostly, trying to combine trips when need to drive.

5.  Received pay for another article and photos.

Keep Tryings:
Some days all the effort just doesn't seem worth it.  One step forward; two steps back.  Carey is on vacation right now, for which we are doing absolutely nothing but staying home.  Today his paycheck was deposited to the bank, and it was $400 less than normal.  Gggrrrrr.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday dinner at Kasey's
Monday:  Grilled steaks and baked potatoes
Tuesday:  Spanish rice
Wednesday:  *sandwiches
Thursday:  I had bacon and egg sandwich, *husband &son went out 
Friday:  roast beef with roasted winter vegetables

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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4 comments:

  1. I never was a fan of boxed rice until last year I tried an envelope type you microwave for 90 seconds. It was wonderful, but rather pricy. It was a no named brand. I have tried an Uncle Ben version which was awful. Might give this Rice-a-Roni a go. Funny what we like.

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    1. I like that I can mix up a large batch and store it in a glass jar in the pantry and make as little or as much as needed at a time. It makes an easy side dish.

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  2. Rice-a-Roni has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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    1. The first time I made it, I broke spaghetti into pieces, but last time I did a shop I bought vermicelli which is inexpensive and will be a LOT easier. And I used the chicken version and just added chili powder and tomatoes to make Spanish. I plan to make a beef version as well.

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