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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 #27
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!
I mentioned last week that I was going to make a White Bean Soup. It. Was. SO. Good! Luckily I made a huge batch and we ate on it for a few days. I will make it again so that I can make sure I can replicate the recipe and get it posted on the blog sometime. So yummy and so frugal!
I also made a big batch of black beans for tacos and we ate that for a few days as well.
If you can’t already tell…we are eating less meat (to stay more frugal) right now and I’m also making bigger batches to eat longer. This is working well for us right now with our schedule.
We also had one night where we picked up pizza because we were out later than I expected so I didn’t pack food. It was a nice little treat the kids enjoyed!
Shopping We Did
We finally made it to town and got paint and some wall-fixing supplies for our RV. I will probably start painting this next week, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
We have one wall we have to add (took out an unnecessary indoor door) and some dry rot in an interior wall. (Did I mention the camper was cheap?) Everything else in the camper has been gutted (bathroom sinks, carpet, kitchen, etc). We are so excited to make this the perfect tiny home for us and I can’t wait to show it to you!
I made a quick stop at Target while in town this week as well and picked up a few things I wanted for food for the coming week (yogurt, celery, eggs, etc). We are still trying to mostly eat from the pantry and freezer.
How We Lived Frugal This Week
We stayed mostly at home to work on the camper so simply by not going many places we stayed pretty frugal.
We are also having a yard sale this weekend so hopefully, that will bring us in a little more spendable cash to continue to get the things we need for the camper. We are going to try and keep track of the total that it cost us to buy and re-do.
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.
- Overcoming the Influencer Influence Podcast – This is my newest podcast episode that I felt really strongly about doing. I hope you enjoy it this week!
- How to Can Tomato Juice – This post is very popular with you all right now so I updated it a bit to get the most current info. Great way to use up lots of tomatoes!
- The 30 Minute Pizza – This is a great weeknight supper because it takes so little time and pizza is always a hit!
- 23 Frugal Tips from the Great Depression – This is a nice collection of small tips that can really help stretch your dollars as far as they can go.
- Simple Tips for Living on Nothing – This post is a group of ideas from me and other readers and how to live when you have practically nothing to live on.
Looking Ahead to Next Week
I’m not sure what the next week will bring for us. Our house will finally be on the market, so we are praying for a quick(er) sale to the right family. We will probably continue to stay home and work on small projects here. We are back to school now as well so we have that to do too!
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.