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Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments: February 15-21
I didn’t grocery shop last week. We managed to eat from our pantry & the freezer for the entire week. This freed up some money to be able to have take out one evening as a treat. When I finally grocery shopped at Aldi on Sunday for this week, I spent only $65 and purchased dairy and produce, as well as a frozen pizza, to get us through the coming week.
My husband was on medical leave for several days, so I took advantage of him being home and ran errands in the afternoons. Because I ran errands while he was home with our children, instead of while he was at work, I saved a lot of time and gas. Since we are a 1 car family, I normally would have had to drive Steve to work, run my errands, and then pick him up at night.
I canned 19 quarts of applesauce with apples I had purchased at Schober Orchards.
I used fruit that we had previously frozen to make two desserts – an apple crisp and a strawberry rhubarb crisp.
On Saturday, I hosted a Soup Swap party. As the host, I got to keep the leftover soups that we had used for tastings, in addition to my 6 quarts of soup that I got during the swap. That worked out to dinner for Saturday evening, as well as lunch on Sunday. Most of the soups went into the freezer, and will be used as lunches in the coming weeks.
A friend gifted me a basket of mushrooms that her husband had been given while working at a mushroom farm.
We entertained friends who are visiting from North Carolina. Instead of going out, which could get very pricey, we grilled a London Broil and some veggies, made a salad, baked potatoes, and opened some wine and enjoyed the evening in. So much more intimate and relaxing than going to a restaurant or a pub.
What did you do to save money last week?