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Frugal Accomplishments Week of January 18-24
We ate soup – soup is a great way of stretching ingredients to feed a crowd. We made chicken noodle and loaded potato. They are delicious!
My in laws took the children for the weekend, granting my husband and I a quiet weekend together without having to pay for a hotel to “get away from it all”. We lounged around watching Doctor Who, playing video games, and getting work done around the house. Most importantly, we slept in! It was glorious!
We made our own treats instead of purchasing packaged snacks. We have discovered that dried pineapple and dried bananas are a family favorite, and are less expensive to make your own than purchasing them in the store. I also baked brownies and cookies with ingredients we had on hand instead of purchasing them.
While a lot of people were running around like crazy in the days leading up to the storm, we already had all the groceries we needed on hand, saving us time, money, and aggravation. I did do one small trip to the produce market for milk and apples, but we were out of those items and needed to have them on hand anyway.
I purchased a deal for Adventure Aquarium getting our family a 1year family membership for less than a single visit. I love when Groupon offers these deals and it allows my family to have 1 field trip each month for next to nothing – just the gas to get there!
I ordered several items through Amazon that I couldn’t find in the stores at a good price – Gorilla Self Standing Bags, liquid Melatonin drops (there are more than 50% off what I have found them for in the store), Barlean’s Fish Oil (I can’t take the pills, so I’m trying the liquid), and Deva Curl One Condition. Just by shopping on Amazon for these items, I saved over $50, and they’ll deliver it all to me in 2-days thanks to Amazon Prime.
And the biggest money saver of the week — we cleared our own snow! I know this is not something that everyone can do, especially when you end up with over 2 feet of the white stuff like we did, however we have a snow blower and we had plenty of time (see previous comment about kids being with their grandparents) so we took it easy, and got to work. Total savings of about $70.
What did you do to save money last week?