I hope you are all well. This week I saved a lot of money because I didn't spend much. This was a very tight week. I did grocery shop on Saturday and got a few items for the week. I was limited. I had to be very creative. We are learning to skip things we would usually give in and go get. We made a family agreement to not eat out AT ALL the whole month. Honestly, with our current budget this will probably go a little longer.
I am getting in the kitchen and being creative as I can. I am practicing from scratch recipes. I have made several meatless dinners this week. I made a yummy fried potato meal with cheese and broccoli. I made 2 homemade pizzas. When I ran out of cheese I found a nacho cheese jar in the cabinet (not healthy but it was a great sub) and lathered it on the pizza. This was a hit.
~I took 1lb of ground beef and stretched it for 3 meals. YES!!! THREE meals! I added a filler by adding black beans. I browned a pound of ground beef and added rinsed black beans. I used a portion for burrito's. The next for a pizza topping and the remainder for Taco Soup. We are a family of 5. with a teenager who eats like a man!!!!
~I made chocolate chip cookies from scratch and they were delicious. It has been a long time since I did this. I also made my own pizza sauce from scratch no recipe and it was AMAZING.
~I have been fluffing the home with small homemade Valentine Décor. I took wooden blocks I already owned that spell joy and peace (they are Christmas Décor) and I turned them to hide the writing and using chalk I spelled love. You can't tell. They look so neat and homespun!
~I was blessed with a surprise money gift. It wasn't huge but it exactly what we needed and so I will use this to buy gas and to set $10 back for pantry stockpiling. I am noticing very quickly the importance of a stocked pantry when you are planning to cook from scratch.
~I am saving all my jars when we are done with condiments and such. I plan to make up some mixes, seasonings, and spices.
~I did an olive oil treatment on my hair. My hair was in a bad need of deep conditioning. I have waist length hair. Usually I buy a deep condition treatment or have it done in the salon a couple times a year. My hair is shiny after the Olive oil treatment. It was just Olive Oil.
~I had a fever blister come up and I usually have medication that is very costly for it. But I was not willing to go buy a $20 tube. I researched and one of my friends trained in Essential Oils suggested Tea Tree Oil (which I have on hand) will heal a fever blister. It worked so fast and it was a miracle it dried up almost all the way in one night.
~My doggie has an ear infection and once again it was not a time we could run to the vet. I have watched videos and researched on Vet Sites and I have made a natural ear cleaner and antibiotic for her. Praise the Lord. I saved $100.
I used alcohol, vinegar, olive oil (I had all these on hand) for her ears. We are still treating this I will let you know how it really works.
~I purchased a book as an investment because I needed a good hands on book with tips and recipes for scratch cooking, preparing mixes, homemade products, and such. I am excited to read this. I have followed the author's blog (Check Side Bar~ Little House Living) for a long time. She is an inspiration.
Overall this has been a hard week but good week. Hard because my husband and I finally got on the same page with budgeting (yay) but we had to see on paper our debt, bills, and income. This was a little hard to swallow. I will be honest I am going to have to be creative. It has been good because I can breathe knowing we know what we have and what we don't and I am hopeful we can get through this.
How was your week in the frugal area? Any tips or ideas you would like to share?