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Its been a fairly good week for keeping our spending in check. We only had dinner out 1 night, but that was part of our revised plan for the weekend. Besides that, we stuck to the menu plan.
I grocery shopped using a gift card I received, and was able to stock the pantry with some baking supplies. With a well stocked pantry, I’ll be able to make homemade treats for the family instead of having to purchase them.
When I cleaned out the kitchen closet, I found several CVS ExtraCare Bucks. I was able to use those to “shop for free” and get dish soap, dishwasher detergent, and 2 bags of Halloween candy (which most likely won’t last until Halloween).
I collected tea bags, egg shells, and coffee grounds to add to the compost pile.
We harvested 2 cantaloupes from the garden.
We planted our fall garden. While most fall gardens are planted in mid-August, the weather prevented me from doing so. Last Monday, we planted lettuces, carrots, radishes, onions & scallions, spinach, and brussels sprouts. The lettuces and radishes have all sprouted. I don’t know how much of a harvest we will get, but since I had the seed on hand it was worth a try.
I bartered hair cuts for my sons. Our friend cuts their hair in exchange for homemade foods. This time, we bartered several dinners so as I cook for my family, I prepare an extra portion for her, and then pop the meals in the freezer. I’ll drop them off at the end of this week.
We visited Trader Joe’s to stock up on Pumpkin Cereal Bars. My children absolutely love these, and at only $1.99 a box, its a lot less expensive than several other brands of similar snack bars.
What did you do to save money this week?