Archive | March 2013

5 Things That I Did That Were Frugal

Melissa is back at it.  She has her new post up about her frugal week.  Here are my top 5 frugal things that I have done.

1.  We ate up the leftovers before my parents got here.

2.  I mended a mattress cover instead of buying a new one.

3.  I cut way back on Easter candy.  Better for the budget and better for the kids teeth.

4.  I drove my husband’s car when he was home to help save gas money.

5.   I continued Spring cleaning.  This helps me to know what I have and where it is which saves me money.

What about you?  Were you frugal this week?


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A loves her sister so much.  I am so blessed to have them!!!

Rural King To The Rescue…

Rural King is my husband’s new favorite store.  He has been there 4 times since it opened maybe three weeks ago.  He doesn’t didn’t used to shop.  He has been there to get supplies for my son, M’s Eagle Scout Project.  He went to see what they had in the store.  Each time he has gone, he has taken a couple of the kids with him.

Each trip they bring home something to share.  We have had their chili mix, three bags of “Larry the Cable Guy” chips.  We (I mean they) have had BBQ ribs, Fried Dill Pickle, and Cheeseburger chips.  They loved them all.  We have also bought the small bite sized sausages.  They like everything that they have tried.

The kids want to try something different each time.  Eventually they wear my husband down, or it is his idea to try something else, I’m not sure which.  They came home from their latest trip and had this.

Dad bought us hot sauce, and you can't stop him!!!

Dad bought us hot sauce, and you can’t stop him!!!

Apparently we needed the 6 pack of Louisiana Hot Sauce  Rural King keeps in stock.  I am surprised to say that they only opened 3 of the 6.  They are loving them!  My daughter A is showing off the 8 bottles of hot sauce that we now own!!

Thankfully they were only $7 for the whole 6 pack.  We will definitely get our moneys worth out of them!


Lemon Poppyseed Muffins


I made The Prudent Homemakers Lemon Poppyseed Muffins.
I was thinking about making them for a little while, but I didn’t have access to poppy seeds except at Kroger where they are $4.99.  I read on her website that she orders them in bulk, but I didn’t want to do that unless I was sure that the kids would like them. I even looked into the bulk supplies, but there was a minimum of $30 or $35 and I couldn’t come up with that amount if stuff to buy.

Anyway, we had a Rural King open up in our town and I went to check it out. They are kind of like a Tractor Supply, only better, says my husband. They have farm stuff and a variety of other stuff. They had a spice section and lo and behold they had Poppy Seeds for 99 cents!!
I bought them and tried them. They were easy to whip up and other than the poppy seeds, lemon juice is the only other special ingredient. I keep lemon juice, so it didn’t bother me.
This first batch of muffins were a little bland according to M my volunteer taste tester, but that may have been because my lemon juice was getting old.
I just purchased some organic lemon juice from Costco. I want to try them again! I will double the lemon to give them some zip!
I will let you know how the next batch turns out.


5 Things That I Did That Were Frugal This Week

Melissa at House Full Of Searls has updated her frugal things for the week.

Here are mine.

1. I didn’t grocery shop this week at all.

2. I tried a couple of new recipes this week. They didn’t use any special ingredients. I used leftover ham to make a ham casserole that my family really liked.

3. I polished my shoes this week. I was thinking that I needed a new pair of shoes since mine were looking so rough. After I polished them, they looked great! No need for new shoes.

4. I was buying some household supplies at Wal-Mart and saw bread on the reduced rack and bought 10 loaves at 40% off. They were either $1.01 or $1.18 for each loaf. This is a real help to me. Yes, I could make it myself for a little cheaper, but I have time constraints most of the time. I only buy it when it is on clearance.

5. I stayed home and started Spring cleaning. I am getting a bunch of stuff ready to give to Goodwill.

How about you, did you do anything frugal this week?


Happy Birthday To My Husband

IMG_1043Happy Birthday!  I love you so much.  You are my strength.  You are my biggest cheerleader.  You are always there when I need you.  You make me think outside the box.  You always push me to go the extra mile.  You are  a good provider.  You encourage me in all that I am doing.  You always say yes to me and my wants.   You put the kids and me before yourself.  You work long hours so that I can be home with the kids.  You are the best thing that ever happened to me.  I love you!