1. Planning a road-trip vacation. Carey insists on real maps. I'm willing to humor him, because (a) it is easier, (b) it's within the realm of possibility that we could be in areas where our phones have no service, and (c) I feel sad that maps are becoming obsolete. I started to go to amazon to order maps for each state that we will be visiting. But it occurred to me that state tourist bureaus might make them available for free. A quick internet search led me to heyitsfree.net where I found links for all the maps I needed on one page. It was fast and simple to request each one. They will be mailed to me free of charge and website indicated they will arrive in two to three weeks, though we already received one in today's mail!
2. Making reservations for the vacation at state park cabins mostly. Large savings over hotels, plus since we are going specifically to enjoy the change in seasons, it will be perfect to be as close to nature as possible. Will also be taking my slow cooker and groceries, so after days of sightseeing, we can go back to the cabins for an easy and inexpensive meal.
3. I had to go get some blood work done today, back to the same place I left my book for the weekend recently. Would you believe I walked off and left my current book lying on the counter when I was checking in? Thankfully it was a large hardcover, and so I realized pretty quickly that my purse was feeling too light and made my way back to retrieve it before I left the building. No wasted gasoline this time.
4. Speaking of gasoline... I filled up the car before the 'big storm,' and have been mostly staying close to home since, so I still have plenty without worrying about running out. There has been a bit of a run on gas stations around here (due to panic mostly), and the prices have jumped by more than 50¢ per gallon, so I've been happy to make my low-cost, pre-storm gasoline last and stay out of the craziness.
Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday: meatloaf, baked potatoes, corn
Sunday: Sunday family supper at Kasey's
Monday: *chicken and red beans & rice
Wednesday: chicken curry and rice
Friday: something from the freezer
(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)