Friday’s Frugal Five

I’ve mentioned before that I wouldn’t really consider us “preppers” as much as I like to consider us as just being prepared.  Because of our homestead lifestyle and growing a lot of our own foods, having a stock pile tends to come with the territory.  I also try to shop in bulk to take advantage of better pricing which segways us into this weeks frugal five.

  1. Kroger had an awesome buy 5 deal on several items this past week.  Peanut butter being one of them, so I stocked up on 10 jars for .99¢ each.  (Goes great with the grape jelly I made) 🙂
  2. Kroger also had Dave’s Killer Bread in the buy 5 deal so I bought 10 loaves (for the freezer) at $3.19 a loaf.  I know this is still expensive for a loaf of bread, but we love this bread and consider it worth the price for Organic.
  3. A little while back I made some blackberry jam, but didn’t remove the seeds and while it had a great flavor, we just couldn’t tolerate the seeds.  Since I was in jelly making mode this week I opened all the jars, strained the seeds, ran it through my food mill, cooked it down with another box of pectin and re-canned it.  I certainly wasn’t going to waste it, so now we have some seedless blackberry jam we can enjoy.
  4. I have a bit of a confession to make.  I love cherry season and when they are plentiful in the grocery stores I can’t resist.  I buy them every week, and it can get a little expensive.   Monday I bought a big bag of cherries for the week and they looked good when I got them, but then by the next day they had gotten all soft and shriveled and did not taste good at all.  I called the grocery store and she told me to bring my receipt in and they would either give me more cherries or refund my money.
  5. Similar to number 4, this week when I purchased avocados, they looked perfect, not too soft and no bad spots, but when I sliced them open every one of them were at least 50% black inside.  Again the nice woman at the grocery store told me to bring my receipt and they would replace them or refund my money.
  6. Bonus – We had a rep visit us at work yesterday and brought in a huge box of Panera bagels that apparently no one wanted so I brought them home.  I know some people may snicker at this, but seriously why waste food?  Why?  The Z Man and I will enjoy them.  I can see some bacon, egg and tomato breakfast bagels in our future this weekend and probably toasted bagels with butter and grape jelly  😉

Including our daily frugals of drying clothes on the clothes line, packing lunches for work and still adding my quit smoking money to the pickle jar and breathing fresh air.

How about you, what frugal fun have you had this week?

Till next time,


Friday’s Frugal Five

Last week I hit a deer and the insurance company totaled my car.  While the damage wasn’t extensive, the repair cost exceeded the value of the car, well the value of the car to them (not me).



We are buying the car back and the Z Man will make the repairs and we’ll bank the balance of the pay off.  How is this frugal?

  1. Not using the money from the insurance company to buy a new (to me) car.
  2. Buying the car back from the insurance company because we have taken care of the car and know it’s a good car and has more life left in it.
  3. The Z Man will find the replacement parts at a salvage yard, saving a lot of money instead of buying new parts.
  4. I will get a rental car (provided by the insurance company) to drive for 10 days while the Z Man fixes my car, instead of driving our truck that doesn’t get the best gas mileage.
  5. Realizing how fortunate I am to have a husband that is more frugal than I am and is also a Mr. Fix It.
  6. Also realizing that I am much more fortunate than the deer. 😦
  7. Dinners cooked at home, laundry dried on the clothes line, money in the pickle jar and still breathing fresh air (quit smoking).

The things I like about my car are:

  • It’s paid for
  • It gets great gas mileage
  • It’s paid for
  • Insurance is reasonable on it
  • It’s paid for
  • Personal property taxes are low on it
  • And, it’s paid for

I really don’t want a car payment ever again.  A car for me (now) is to get from point A to point B safely and as economically as possible.

What about you, what frugal fun have you had this week?

Till next time,



Friday’s Frugal Five

It’s been a busy week, but it seems like it flew by.  I wish I had some earth shattering frugal tips for you today.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember the frugal things to post about because they are so routine for us.    Things like using the clothes line to dry clothes or taking leftovers to work for lunches.

But I’ll say it again, it’s the little frugal things that add up and over time they just become the normal way of doing things.

Five Frugal Things:

  • This week the Z Man and I celebrated our anniversary.  A long time ago we decided that our food is better than most restaurants we’ve been to so very seldom to we ever go out for a meal.  We started a tradition for our anniversary celebrations to include BLT sandwiches and carrot cake.  When you have bacon like we have, a BLT sandwich feels like a special meal.  Our wedding cake was a carrot cake, so each year we have carrot cake for our anniversary.
  • I made a weeks worth of salad in a jar for our lunches.  During the busy months at work our dinners become more simple like sandwiches or something grilled which often doesn’t allow for leftovers.  I love salad in a jar and I’m a firm believer that is saves money and prevents waste when making all the salads at one time.  How many times have you bought salad ingredients only to find they got pushed to the back of the fridge, finding them days later in need of Viagra and on its way to the compost pile?  That doesn’t happen with salad in a jar because you make them all at one time.  It’s a great healthy grab and go meal.

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  • I fell into a frumpy mood this week feeling that I needed to look better, more styled, more modern, prettier.   Fortunately some of my frugal friends gave me a little boost of encouragement helping me realize that I need to just keep taking care of myself (not smoking, eating better and quitting the omeprazole) and let the rest of those (not good enough, negative) feelings go.  More on this later…  lets just say for now I didn’t spend the $500 or so dollars it would’ve cost to (supposedly) feel better about myself.
  • Yesterday was cinco de mayo so we had taco salads for dinner because I had leftover meat and beans from the quesadillas we had on Wednesday so it was mexican two evenings in a row.  The funny thing is that we had BLTs on both Monday and Tuesday evenings.  No waste = frugal.   The Z Man is so easy going with my dinner plans, he is always happy no matter what I serve.  As long as its good food it doesn’t really matter to him what it is.  That makes meal planning so much easier.  Luckiest woman in the world I tell ya.
  • I completely failed to track my grocery spending for April.  I will go back and tally the receipts when I get time, but lesson learned because I’m sure I spent more because I didn’t track it.  So far for the month of May I’ve spent $14.57.  I want to stay as close to my $20 a week ($100 a month) budget as possible.  Now that I’m buying more local and organic foods it is a bit more expensive, but I’m just fine with the extra cost.  I would rather pay for it now than pay for it later with my health.  Tracking spending = frugal.

What frugal fun did you have this week?

Have a great day!

Till Next time,


To The Love Of My Life

Today makes 365 days that the Love of my Life put down the cigarettes.  In his words the decision was because “in 15 years I want to feel good and be able to do the things I’m going to want to do”

My husband, the Z Man is a very active man.  He enjoys being busy, whether it is chopping wood, working in the garden, tooling around on an old car or just piddling around the house.  Sitting still is something we rarely do because we like to keep busy and trust me there is always something to keep us busy on our little homestead.

Over the years we have both tried to quit smoking and have failed at it.  But I can honestly say in my heart that we’ve got it beat this time.  I am certain neither of us will pick up the smokes again.

That’s not to say that we don’t have the occasional craving for a cigarette, we do.  But the thought of actually smoking one pretty much disgusts us now.  You can read more about that here.

I also know in my heart that if the Z Man hadn’t decided to quit, I probably wouldn’t have.   Even after he quit, I still continued to smoke for many months.

This is where I need to tell you that my husband is much more patient and gracious than I am.  How in the world he managed to stay quit while I was still smoking…  I don’t know.

What I do know is one of his greatest strengths is determination.  He will figure it out, he will make it work, he will fix it and he will succeed.  That’s my husband.

One of his classic Z-isms is “I’m thankful that God gave me the ability to learn how to do many things, sometimes I just wish he wouldn’t test me so often”  I last heard that as we were pulling the well pump out of the ground to for repair.

So today (if you will obliged me, please)  I want to take time to make sure that my husband knows that he is the best part of my life and every day I thank God for him and for loving us.

To the smartest Man in the world, from the luckiest Woman in the world….

Thank you!

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