Saturday, September 19, 2015

Last Post

I have officially launched my new blog, Frugal Stepping Stones, and will no longer be posting on this site. Please join me at my new blog for continued frugal adventures!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Shopping Trips/Menu Plan

I have pictures, but my camera is acting crazy, so no uploading today.

I do have good news, and it's that I am very close to my relaunch. Hopefully just one more week! The site is looking fantastic.


Trip #1: $32.58, but that was using a gift card, no $0 out of pocket. (Quite a few $1 cottage cheese, soy milk, bags of lentils, canned chickpeas, spaghetti sauce, and some fruit and veg.)

Trip #2: Soy milk for husband: $15

Aldi: $30.66 (Cereal, OJ, eggs, veggies, crackers, apple juice, tomato paste, yogurt, hot dogs, cheese, bacon, cookies.)

Total overall $78.24, or $45.66 out of pocket

Menu Plan:

Monday: Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Tuesday: Spaghetti with Zucchini and Onions

Wednesday: Lentil and Onion Spread over Rice

Thursday: Veggie Infused Meatloaf, Corn on the Cob

Friday: Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Pizza

Saturday: Date night! The kids get hot dogs and tots.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Frugal Win/Fail


1) We have been battling our insurance over dental visits that took place a year ago. They paid for one child, but not the other. We paid to avoid issues with our children being seen, and the insurance finally paid. The dentist sent us the overpayment for $159.

2) I worked one and a half shifts this week. I worked from 4 am-8 am one day to avoid paying a sitter (ugh!), and my mom babysat the other day, so no child care fees this week.

3) I baked bread once this week for a cost of $0.75.

4) I added quite a few more albums to my Amazon Prime music playlist for free.

5) I picked up a half gallon of buttermilk at Kroger than was on clearance for $1.25. I found a few recipes on Pinterest that I want to try, including Buttermilk Biscuits, Buttermilk Blueberry Cake, Buttermilk Pancakes, and Buttermilk White Bread.

6) Today I am seeing a Broadway Series show using the season tickets I bought by selling things on Ebay. My mom is babysitting the kids for free.

7) I filled my gas tank at Kroger, getting 20 cents off per gallon using fuel points. The last time I filled my gas tank was 3 weeks ago!


1) We threw out a couple bad avocados, one bad banana, and a few peaches.

2) Pizza again last night!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Menu Plan- 2nd Week of September


Sunday: Summer Veggie Tacos, Cream Corn from Scratch with Bacon Garnish

Monday: Roasted Sweet Potato Huevos Rancheros

Tuesday: Lentil and Onion Spread over Rice

Wednesday: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese, Tangerines

Thursday: Hunt and Peck

Friday: Homemade Cheese Pizza

Saturday: Seeing a Show- family hunts and pecks

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Shopping Trips- 2nd Week of September



We've been hit with a bit of a bug this week, and no one is eating much. I still have a ton of veggies and bacon that I will use to make cream corn and veggies tacos.


$40 for Clif Bars to last the next month (good news though, the boy is gaining weight slowly). Will probably hit there and spend $9 on soy milk too in a few days.

Tentative total: $99.83 to feed 5.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Frugal Win/Fail:

1) I sold another lot of baby clothes for $45 to someone I know.

2) I transferred an extra $105 into my savings  above my automatic $250/month. This is thanks to a combination of rebates, selling books, and selling my son's old clothes.

3) I spent $72 of my $125 gift card for my grocery haul this week.

4) I read about a half dozen magazines on the Ohio Digital Library. I read Shape, Country Living, OK, Star, Backpacker, Smithsonian, and Good Housekeeping, and I borrowed the book Blogging For Dummies. I borrowed a Dragonbreath book, Lego Ninjago,  and a Magic Treehouse book for my son.

5) I may have qualified for another research study. If they invite me, it will mean another $75 gift card. (*edited- did not get in this time :()

6) I picked up two shifts to work. My mother babysat for one, so I only had to pay a sitter for one of them.

7) We finally received our preschool supply list. I used my stockpile for 3 items and bought the other three on sale, paying only $7 out of pocket.

8) I posted our Chicco high chair on craigslist and sold it for $30.

9)  I went through my girls' clothes and switched them to 2T and 5T, or up one size from previously. The girl clothes I generally pass on to a friend, but there were a few custom 12 month and 18 month clothes I had bought on Etsy that I will try and sell on Ebay. I am also prepared when my MIL asks what clothes they need for Christmas.

10) We ate vegetarian 5 days this week.

11) I found a new to us pink dance leotard required for my daughter's dance class at a consignment store. I picked up another skirt and 2 shirts for her there as well, for $18.50 out of pocket.

12) I earned a $5 ECB from CVS after buying a few beauty items.

13) I downloaded a free Kindle First book, Pale Queen Rising.

14) I baked a loaf of bread for $0.75.


1) Not our fault, but we couldn't get a toilet unclogged and had to call a plumber. We also had to get something repaired on the hot water tank, and altogether it was $312. We learned that our toilet keeps periodically getting clogged because it is just a cheap toilet (our original builder went cheap on everything) and we will have to replace the toilet entirely sometime this year.

2) I live in a uniform of yoga pants, T-shirts, and a pair of jeans. I am down to 4 yoga pants, and one is a maternity pair that is now dying. 3 of my 5 T-shirts are sprouting holes. I had been living in my 7 year old maternity hoodie, and it was finally so ragged and torn I had to pitch it. I sold my maternity coat, and need a winter coat in my current size. I ended up spending $400 at Land's End and LL Bean for winter boots (I have never owned a pair, can you believe it?), a winter coat whose liner can come out and serve as a light jacket, a hoodie, a pair of jeans, and three shirts. I hope the LL Bean quality means these suckers will last a long time!

3) We ate out for lunch/dinner when my sister was here for an extended visit, to the tune of $40

Monday, August 31, 2015

Menu Plan

Sunday: Hunt and Peck

Monday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Tuesday: Bacon, Homemade Bread, and Cream Corn from Scratch

Wednesday: Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream

Thursday: Lentil and Onion Spread over Rice, with Lettuce and Tomato

Friday: Roasted Sweet Potato Huevos Rancheros

Saturday: Baked Ratatouille, Cheese Grits