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I always feel like I post many how-to’s and not many “real lifes”. Although I do try and incorporate that into my newer posts, I’ve often thought that it might be even more helpful for my readership to get a better glimpse inside of what our simple/homestead/from scratch/frugal life really looks like.
Frugal Friday Week 19
So I’ve started a new series called Frugal Friday and need your help. My idea for this series is to share some of the projects/recipes/things we worked on this week and, in general, just what life looks like.
I need your help because I’ve tried something similar before, and I gave up after a while. I got bored, felt like no one was reading it or cared, and I moved on to other projects. So what I need you to do each week is to share what your week looked like in the comments section. I think it could keep us ALL accountable and may serve as an encouragement to others!
So let’s dive right into this week!
Meals We Ate
I kept a meal plan this week! Here’s what we had:
- Egg Sandwiches
- Waffles (leftover, frozen from last week)
- Pancakes and Sausage
- Eggs and Sausage
- Yogurt and Granola
- Big Plate (picnic style)
- Pizza (had a crust in the freezer so it was easy)
- Burrito Bowls
- Chicken Drumsticks (made a honey and lime glaze for them…so good!)
- Leftovers (several times, not sure why we had so much this week!)
- Roast with Carrots
- Frozen Pizza (yes we really did have this after I was gone all day! It’s ok to know your limits. 🙂 )
- Burgers (for fellowship night)
Shopping I Did
I got out one day this week to go thrifting with a friend! It wasn’t a super fruitful day, but I did find a few things. I got a new jacket and a couple of summer skirts for myself and my daughter. I found a new summer hoodie for each of the boys. And I picked up a couple of books for myself and the kids. Oh, and I found space parts for my Sauce Maker for $0.75!
I also purchased a few more fruit trees this week. I had some space I wanted to fill in my new garden where the water tends to collect so they will get plenty of water to grow. Since it’s later in the season, they were 25% off, which made them a pretty good deal for how large they are.
I also grabbed a few things at the grocery store while I was out for our bi-monthly campfire fellowship nights. This time we are having burgers, fruit, and chips, plus we had s’mores fixings left from last time.
Outside Projects We Worked On
This week’s project was turning our small barn area into a parking space for our utility vehicles. We don’t have a garage or shed to park things in, but now with this addition, we will be able to park our side-by-sides, skid loader, and lawn mower inside and out of the elements. We used all scrap wood and steel that we had left over from previous projects.
We hoped to get our greenhouse roof replaced (it was hailed out last winter) but we had too much rain this week. Maybe next week? The new roof cost was covered by insurance.
I’m weeding each week now, of course, usually once a week in each garden space because it takes me a few hours to do. We are harvesting a few small things now but nothing big yet. (Lettuce and garlic scapes this week.)
Inside Projects We Worked On
This isn’t really an inside project but we’ve been working on fixing up our camper to make it work better for us. I love the features it has because we typically are not hooked up to any utilities when we go out (free camping!), but the sleeping situation was less than ideal.
We added a triple bunk using scrap wood we had instead of a “master bedroom” and put the main bed in the back. I also found some pretty wallpaper to use as a backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom to give it a little color. Modern campers are pretty boring!
Blog Posts I Wrote
- How Meal Delivery Services Can Be a Blessing – I think this is a great way to utilize all of those “first time buyer” deals on meal delivery kits and be a blessing to others! This is how we’ve used the services.
- How to Save Money on Paper Towels – This is a brand new post with tips on how to save on paper towels and some paper towel alternatives.
- Extreme Ways to Save on Electricity – These are some ideas on how you can really save money on electricity beyond the standard tips.
- Ways to Save Money in the Summer – I believe each season comes with opportunities to save money. Here’s a big list of ideas just for summertime!
- Making Sun Dried Tomatoes – I LOVE this recipe so I updated with a tutorial video!
Looking Ahead to Next Week
It’s supposed to be a warm one next week, so I’m not sure yet what will get done. Weeding is now a weekly task, so I know that will be on the list. I also need to get these fruit trees planted that I bought.
I think we might even be able to take off for a bit of summer camping. 🙂
So tell me….what did life look like for you this week? What did you do, make, or plan to do?
Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to the 100-acre farm and ministry on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.