Saturday, July 24, 2021

2021 Salvage Shop #2: July

 Black olives (2) @59 cents each

Pear halves (2)@ 59 cents each

Green beans and potatoes (27 oz) 59 cents

Sauerkraut (27 oz) 89 cents

Corn (2) 59 cents each

Hearts q palm 59 cents

Creme Butler coffee (20 oz) $3.49

Marshmallows 10.2 oz 25 cents

Starbucks coffee (9oz) $2.29 each

Seattle's Best coffee (2) 12oz.$2.75

Hazelnut coffee (2) 12 oz $2.79 each

Blue Angels coffee 12 oz. $2.75 each

British Digestive (2) 39 cents each

Saltines (2) 69 cents each

British Hit cookies (5) 10 cents each

Coconut dreams cookies (2) 49 cents each

Six cream cheese danish  99 cents

Shelf stable milk (2) 69 cents each

Roast beef (2) 12 oz. 49 cents each

raspberry tea concentration 12 oz 99 cents

Cream (4) 49 cent each

Refried beans 10/ $1.00

Applesauce 48 oz $1.19

Grits (5#)   69 cents

Sugar pops cereal  50 cents

Cheerios (2) 50 cents each

Oat crunch cereal 50 cents

Brownies (4) 50 cents each

Stove top (2)  2/$1

Pasta (4#)  69 cents/pound

Maple cookies (2) 79 cents each


Total:  $52.91

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2021 Linus Project April-June

 Linus Blanket:  15

Operation Gratitude Scarves:  14

Pet blankets:  1

Washcloths: 5

Bath mat

Wedding gift




Yarn:

3 skeins  $3.16 Goodwill

13 skeins $15.87 Goodwill

5 skeins $4.99  Salvation Army

4 skeins  $3.99  Salvation Army

10 skein  $5.00  Salvation Army

12 skeins of wool for scarves  $11.88  Salvation Army

18 skeins  $18.00  Goodwill

189 skeins for $68.00  Goodwill (including 25 wool and 8 cotton)

14 skeins for $10


Total of 268 skeins for $141.69


Six month totals:

273 skeins for $146.68 or an average of 53 cents/skein

Pet blankets  6

Linus blankets 33

Operation Gratitude Scarves 20

Friday, July 16, 2021

2021 Buying and Eating: July 1-15


Allocation:  $310.00

Cushion:  $793.16

Amount Spent YTD (164)  $677.70

What We Ate:  chicken paprikash, zucchini, salad; oven bbq chicken, Salad, baked potatoes; beef and bean burrito, corn; steak on the grill will mushrooms, onions and bleu cheese, potatoes Anna, salad; beef tacos, refried beans, Mexican rice; grilled bacon cheeseburgers, cheesy potato rounds, fruit cups, green soy beans; chicken parmesan, garlic bagels, fried zucchini, pasta; sloppy Joe, potato rounds, veggies; enchiladas, rice, beans, salad; pork Italiano with pasta, garlic bread and salad; Reuben and potato and carrot pancakes; mooshu and salad; chicken salad sandwich and popcorn; ham steak, corn fritters and coleslaw; curried potatoes, green soybeans, applesauce

What We Bought:

Costco:  Swiss Cheese  $25.92

Sherman Salvage Shop:

  ten various granola bars, two bags butterscotch chips, 24 bags of coffee, 100 tea bags, four bottles of salad dressing, two bottles of bbq sauce, 4 oz wild rice, boil in the bag basmati rice,  far falls pasta, Ore chief he pasta, Chile powder (1#), cream, grits (2.5#), confectionery sugar, two brown sugar, steel cut oatmeal (1.5#), crushed red pepper (2 oz), housing sauce, ten fruit cups, Cheerios (8.9 oz), two wheat Chex (14 oz), 17 cans of vegetables, 3 cans of fruit, four 32 oz vegetable broth, two boxes of beefy onion soup mix, two boxes taco shells (10 count), five boxes crackers    $84.80

Sam's Club:  protein shakes  $35.50

Aldi:  corned beef flat (half price), hamburger buns  $$8.52

Bread store:  rye bread, rustic white bread, English muffins (2), bagels (3)   $8.83

Price Rite:  mushrooms, coleslaw mix, Carrots (2#)  $3.95


Eating Out:

Lunch After Doctor appointment   $3.24

Lunch after visiting Dad   $13.38

Birthday breakfast  $8.58

Birthday lunch  $$16.49


Total for Groceries:  $167.52, including a salvage shop

Meals Out:  $41.69

Grand Total:  $209.21

Remaining Allocation:  $100.79

We have done our first salvage shop and we are planning more this month.  We will be going into our cushion to cover the cost.  We are restocking our pantry.  Although expensive now, it saves us money in the long run.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

2021 Frugal Things in June

 1.  Buying a porterhouse steak as a treat at 50% off.

2.  While camping, we stayed mainly at military facilities.  It is hard to beat $30 A night.

3.  We give to NPR/PBS every year.  This year as our thank you gift I chose two gift certificates for free plants from a local nursery.  I picked two perennials with beautiful purple flowers to plant in our front flower bed.  We saved $26 and will have beautiful flowers year after year.  :)

4.  We used a coupon Mike got because he was a veteran, to get a free chicken dinner big enough for the two of us.  A free dinner!

5.  We used points at Starbucks to get a coffee with an extra shot that we shared.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

2021 Sherman Salvage Shop, July 2nd

 Granola bars (10)          $1.00

Butterscotch chips   (2) @ $1.50 each

Coffee  (24)  @ $1.50 each

100 tea bags      $2.00

Salad dressing, 4 at 25 cents each

BBQ sauce   2 @ 50 cents each

Wild rice (4 oz)   50 cents

Boil in the bag basmati rice    99 cents

Two pastas,  farfaalle and orecchiette @ 75 cents each

Chili powder (#) $2.99

Crema  50 cents

Grits (2.5#)  50 cents

Confectionery sugar  50 cents

Brown sugar (2) @ 75 cents each

Steel cut oatmeal (1.5#)  75 cents

Crushed red pepper (2 oz)  99 cents

Hoison sauce  50 cents

Ten fruit cups  $1.00

Cheerios (8.9 oz)  $1.50

Two wheat Chex (14 oz) @$1.25 each

13 cans of vegetables at 49 cents each

Can of vegetables  89 cents

Three cans of pineapple @ 99 cents each

Three cans of vegetables @99 cents each

Four 32 ounce vegetable broth @ 25 cents each

Two boxes of beefy onion soup mix @$1.50 ( probably a bad buy)

Two 10 count taco shells @ 50 cents each

Two crackers @ 75 cents each

Two crackers @ 50 cents each

Crackers $1.00

Thursday, July 1, 2021

2021 Buying and Eating: June 16-18, 27-30 (7days)

 Remaining Allocation:  $138.38

Cushion: $703.81

Amount Spent YTD (142 days):  $547.05

Previous Two Week Total:  $81.62


What We Ate: grilled pork, baked potato, butter beans; pasta with sauce, veg, garlic bread; Huevos rancheros; Aunt Joyce's chicken salad, garlic cheese bread; grilled chicken salad sandwich and chips; sandwiches and tomato bisque with fruit; blt, potato salad, green beans


What We Bought:

Aldi:  red grapes (1.92#)  $1.44

Save a Lot:  green beans, potato chips, ribeye steaks (3)  $10.94

Price Rite:  canned white chicken (6), spaghetti sauce (4)$8.04

Country Fair:  eggs (2) $1.78

Aldi:  tea bags, zucchini (4), romaine lettuce (3) $6.29


Groceries:  $28.49


Eating Out:

Lunch with Lucy:  $20.54


Two Week Total:  $49.03


Monthly Total:  $130.65

Monthly Cost/Day (22 days) $5.94

Monthly Cost/Person/Day  $2.97


New Cushion Amount: $793.16


YTD Total (164 days): $677.70

YTD Cost/Day  $4.13

YTD Cost/Person/Day  $2.07


Thursday, June 24, 2021

2021 Frugal Things in May

 1.  When we arrived home from our trip, I pulled a frozen pizza, bought on sale with a coupon, out of the freezer for dinner.  Much cheaper than a meal out and easy, too.

2.  For our camping trip, I created a menu using what was in my freezer and cupboard.  Since it had virtually all been purchased on sale.  We saved a fortune over buying meals as we travel.

3.  I needed frames for pictures of the grands.  I got15 frames of different sizes for  $17.05.

4.  We went to the discount bread store and bought bagels (2), English muffins (2), and 12 grain bread for a total of $5.48.

5.  I made biscotti using a $0.79 cake mix.  I got 24 or about 3 cents/ biscotti.