Saturday, September 14, 2019

6 Month Entertainment: January -June

Our entertainment expenses have been low.  The major cost has been the cost of Prime so we can watch Prime video.

Most of the rest of our entertainment movies and books on tape, we get from the library.

We spent $61 or $10.16 / month.  That comes out to $0.34/day.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

August Household and Personal Care Expenses


Coffee filters at Aldi  $1.35
Stove lighter at Family Dollar  $1.06
$0.28  overage after gift card spent
Flat king size sheet at thrift store $2.99

Total:  5.68

Personal Care:

Mike body powder at Dollar Tree  $1.06

Total:  $1.06

A frugal month.  :)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Frugal Things In August

Nothing big

1.  Coffee.  Thursdays Starbucks has a 50% special we take advantage of to satisfy our cravings.

2. Bags.  I reuse my Ziploc bags and because I am lazy I wash them with my kitchen towels with a little bleach.  A small savings but little things add up.  It's also better for the environment.

3.  Laundry Detergent.  I used saved soap end pieces as the base for homemade laundry detergent to donate to the animal shelter.

4. Shopping Only the Sales.  If it wasn't a loss leader I basically didn't buy it,

5.  Making Broth From Bones.  I used a chicken carcass and a ham bone to make two types of broth.

6.  Using Coupons on Sale Items.  Where I can, I match coupons with sales.  Little bits of money add up.

7.  Making Birthday Gifts.  I got creative and used what I had to make four gifts.

8.  Free 8x10 collage photo from CVS and Free 8x10 single photo from Walgreens  Free is the way to go!

9.  Using points for a hotel room.  We went to New York wine country on a whim and stayed in a hotel room for three night for free using credit card points.

10.  Buying Christmas gifts at wineries.  We saved money using the 20% military discount.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Meal Plan: August 16-31

Vegetarian: bean, rice and cheese burrito; bean curry; macaroni and cheese

Low Meat:  chicken stir fry with rice; broccoli and rice casserole with chicken ; Mexican rice; pasta with ham and peas;

Meat:  chicken sandwiches;  chicken with avocado and cheese; ham; ham salad sandwiches with navy bean soup; ham sandwiches; fish and chips;'steak

Vegetarian:3 (need to step up my efforts here)

Low Meat:  4 ( most of these were very low meat, which helps)

Meat:  7  ( some were almost low meat)

Taken as a whole, not too bad.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Buying and Eating: August 16-31

Remaining Allocation:$234.03. Minus 4x $11.91 or $47.64 to adjust for a last minute decision to visit New York wine ­čŹĚcountry.  That took the remaining allocation to $186.39.

What We Ate:  chicken sandwiches; chicken stir fry; broccoli and rice casserole with chicken;  chicken casserole avocado and cheese, rice with almonds and peas, sauteed cabbage; Mexican rice, corn on the cob, refried beans with cheese; ham salad sandwiches with navy bean soup; bean rice and cheese burrito with winter squash; ham, quinoa salad, applesauce; pasta with ham and peas fresh grapes; bean curry with zucchini pancakes and curried potatoes; ham sandwich with chips;  macaroni and cheese, cantaloupe and carrots; fish and chips with zucchini; steak with salad and corn

What We Bought

Save a Lot:  cream cheese, salt Worcestershire sauce  $2

Tops:  eggs (3), corn on the cob (2), cheese (8oz)  $3.81

The Bread Store:  rye , cinnamon raisin English muffins, regular English muffins (4), bagels  $3.88

Tops:  18 count eggs (4), sliced mushrooms (4), broccoli crowns (2.29 pds)  $9.99

Red Barn Foods:  lettuce, tomatoes (2#), cucumber, sweet peppers (2)  $3.87

Price Rite:  onions (10 #) cheese (4.5#)dry milk (2)  $19.88

Total for Groceries:  $43.43

Eating Out:

Lunch with Angela  $9.74
Lunch at Yacht Club for my birthday: $18.15

Total for Eating Out: $27.89

Two Week Total:  $71.32

Amount to Cushion:  $115.07

Friday, August 30, 2019

6Month Linus Project and Yarn Costs: January -June

During the first half of the year I bought 143 skeins of yarn for $127.14 or an average of $0.89/ skein.

In six months I have made 43 Linus Project blankets, 11 operation Gratitude Scarves, 19 Pet Blankets for the shelter and 10 red hats for the American Heart Association.

And I still have a lot of yarn upstairs in my craft room.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

6 Month Personal Care and Household Expenses: January -June

I have set a $25/month goal for Personal Care Expenses.

For the first six months of the year, we spent $226.85 in total which averaged out to $37.81/month.  I am significantly higher than I want to be.

For Household Expenses I set a goal of $10/ month.

In the first six months we spent $57.21 or $9.54/month.  I am just under my goal.

Somehow, I need to get the Personal Care Expenses down.  Wish me luck. ( Or, set a different goal.)