Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy Saturday

I hope you are all ready for a fun & relaxing weekend. M & I were hoping to have a date night, but after not being able to get ahold of our teenage babysitter, I remembered that she's out of the country. Bummer. A date night would have been fabulous.

Here's what we have going on today, and what I'd like to accomplish:

  1. Nick has an indoor soccer game this morning
  2. I need to tackle the laundry
  3. Pick all of the mandarins & leave them for a neighbor (she makes jam for a non-profit)
  4. Yoga!
  5. Get in some sort of cardio - either a run or a workout DVD
  6. Make a shopping list
  7. Make a menu
  8. Costco
  9. Make muffins
  10. Clean toiletries cabinet out. It's too cluttered & I can't find what I need, or determine where we have too much/too little.
And, here are a few frugal things I did over the past week or so:

  • Rather than buying a lunch when I was out for a bunch of medical appointments yesterday, I brought along a pear, almonds, and a mini protein bar. It wasn't a perfect lunch, and if I'd thought ahead, I could have made a sandwich. But, it worked.
  • Used up the last of a bag of potatoes from Thanksgiving (originally purchased for $.99) & made up a batch of potato soup. It was amazing!
  • Tried to make bread in my bread machine. For some reason, a terrible black smoke started to pour out of it as soon as it moved to the bake function. I cleaned the bread machine, & salvaged the bread by baking it in the oven. Let's hope it still works next time.
  • I'm trying to eat more vegetables, so rather than buying hummus to go with my broccoli & carrots, I made my own. If you've never made your own, give it a try. It's so much better than what you buy at the store. I prefer this recipe.
  • Along the same lines, I bought some loose spinach for a salad, and almost picked up a balsamic dressing at Trader Joe's. Instead, I made some of this. Delicious!
  • Menu planned & made every meal at home this week. 
  • Returned an undershirt that I bought for M (it ripped) & got a replacement. It was not that much fun to try & find parking, but I combined it with another errand. It was a $15 shirt & he wore it once, so I was determined not to just throw it out.
  • I also put $10,000 of my savings account in a CD, as it's sitting there at a pathetically low (i.e. non-existent) interest rate. Although a CD isn't exactly going to bring home the big bucks, it's an improvement for sure.

I think that's it! How about you? What's on your to do list today? Did you do anything frugal this week? Share your "wins" with us! :-) 


  1. I bought a bag of cinnamon raisin bagels for .75 cents for 6 - dirt cheap as they were nearing their best sold by date. I took them home, cut them in half and froze them as usually we only have 1/2 a bagel at a time and they will be a quick morning snack this way. When I was feeling under the weather I sent hubby to the cheapest grocery store to buy veggies. I normally never send him as he comes home with much unneeded stuff like $8 olives or expensive dog toys Buddy kills in 10 seconds. This time he stuck to the list and presented the receipt - success (this after I said that I would still go to store sick as am trying to stick to a budget, I guess he got the message). I managed to get caught up on company work and clean the house so hubby is ready to get sent off on his week long business trip tomorrow - a success. The stock market sucks. Interest rates suck (worse in Canada than USA). It makes me happy we have 2 paid off properties to keep some stability in our portfolio, one that pays us a small rent (condo Mom lives in where we slightly undercharge her)

    1. Nice work! I'm laughing at the husband story -mine is definitely the same. He bought $10 grapes on Friday. I just about died. Love him, but . . . we're on different pages with the grocery budget. ;-)

  2. Number 9 sounds great!
    I just want to eat down our stash. We are packed to the gills and now that DJ is going back to school, I should be able to mix and match a meal or two. Poor Den.

    1. I'm with you - I don't mind at all mixing & matching & getting creative. The husband likes more 'proper meals', so the next month or so will be rough for him.

  3. Way to go on your accomplishments and good luck on your to do list!

    I did a couple things this week... only went to the grocery store 2 times. Meant to only go once, but completely forgot to pick up ground beef that was needed for a special requested dinner by hubby. I submitted a couple items to savingstar for a small rebate. Made dinner every night. Made a menu plan and stuck to it. Stayed out of stores other than the grocery store and dollar tree (got a present for a friend of Rebecca's).

    1. Doing great!! It's hard to stay out of the grocery store. We never go during the week, but sometimes go twice in a weekend because we aren't organized or change our mind about what to make