Good Friday Friends!
This week in the frugal department was very low key as I am practicing to stay home more, and utilize things we have on hand. Also, saying no to eating out has been helpful. We did have one day we ate out but other than that we have ate at home and made things we were craving from eating out.
I made sliders (mini burgers) to overcome the craving of a burger stop. They were so good. I made cookies for snacks, made yummy cheesy toast besides us stopping for breakfast on a homeschool trip to cooking class which we normally always stop to eat on our way.
I was able to stock up on ground beef that was on sale and 2 whole roasting chickens on sale as well. I also stocked up on chicken breast (5 lbs) I usually make these stretch in a lot of ways. I am not really buying much body products right now so we aren't having to invest in those like normal.
In other words....I make do. I usually like certain face cleaners, moisturizers, lotions, and shampoo's and such. We are just making do with what we have and when we run out I try to find a way to make something homemade to make do. Example I ran out of lotions so I am using coconut oil for lotion and face moisturizer. I am using Amish soap ( I bought a large bag a while back) for my face and body. Normally I have a "fancy" face cleaner. I am using Essential Oils/Herbs for certain things such as medicines and body products.
I am also laying ground rules for the kitchen. One of the biggest issues I have is my kids eating all our goodies (homemade or not) up so quick. I am laying down rules for all of us and setting snack times for my little ones. This week it was such a helpful thing. They knew by the 2nd day I was serious. So, they were anxiously waiting for their snack time. *Smiles*
I am also cutting back on snack and supper portions. Don't worry we are not starving. *Smiles*
I find a Christmas gift on a clearance rack for 50 cents and it was normally $10.99 and it is so nice. I had to go to Michael's for a gift and I found several special keepsakes on their clearance. So, I hardly spent much and then got a future gift.
Besides renting a movie my husband and I wanted to see for a date night we streamed it on PBS so it was free. We had cheese crackers and a classic PBS movie cuddled up for a date night.
I have said no to many outside homeschool activities. Which is hard, but saves a lot of money. I am thinking of ways I can still give my kids some fun opportunities within balance and budget. They normally take a cooking class and they LOVE it and learn so much. But it is quite costly. Although, we forsake all field trips and other activities to do the class. I could save money and invite a few of their homeschool friends over and teach them to cook here at my home (which I do teach them to cook) but I use the day they go to cook class to accomplish things like errands and grocery shopping. I am still in debate on this. We gave up art classes and study that at home. We don't do any field trips right now. So, I feel this class is there only outlet and helps them meet other friends.
I am still in the learning and researching stage of living frugal and I learn everyday different ways to be frugal and try to do something thrifty. It is still tricky and such. But I don't mind trying new things.
I hope you all had a good week.