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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 #26
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!
Even though it’s still warm, I’ve been wanting comfort foods this week! We made a Beef Stir Fry using my Homemade Stir Fry Sauce. Tonight I’m making a White Bean Soup in the crockpot. We also had pizza, oatmeal for breakfasts, eggs and toast, lots of leftovers for lunches, and ate whatever random food my garden produced.
I did not grocery shop this week, but I will have some new fruits and veggies from our coop this weekend so that will help refresh the fridge.
Shopping We Did
No shopping this week but I am watching for a few sales this weekend. Vitacost always has a sale over holidays. We also need all new mattresses to put in the camper and now is a good time to get those.
How We Lived Frugal This Week
I continued to pick some things from the garden (whatever it decides to come up with at this point we will take!), that helps to feel like we are having more fresh when we are eating mostly from the pantry right now.
I forgot to mention last week that I bought some new cloth napkins from World Market. Our other ones have been in use for at least 7-8 years now and were getting pretty holey. We’ve been using cloth in our home for well over 10 years now and plan on continuing to do so in the camper. The price has gone up to $12 for 6 napkins (I originally paid $10 for 6), but that still means I only paid $20 for all the napkins we’ve used in the last 8 years. (We had 2 sets.) Worth it in my opinion!
We went on a mini vacation this week but stayed with a friend. She requested that we stay at her home instead of a hotel so we gladly obliged. The kids had a great time and the only costs we incurred was the gas.
Blog Posts I Wrote
I’ve been working super hard on updating blog posts and putting out new ones so this *should* always be a big list from now on. In case you missed something this week, check it out.
- Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
- Free Printable Jar Labels
- Peach Muffins with Streusel Topping
- Canning Potatoes Tutorial
- Gluten Free Zucchini Bread
- Free Sewing Patterns for 18 Inch Dolls
- Corn Relish Canning Recipe
Looking Ahead to Next Week
We are working on preparing for a large yard sale so I’m guessing that will take up most of my week. Hoping for some cooler fall temperatures again but it doesn’t look like we will get lucky. We are also starting back to school next week!
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 now on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.