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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 #35
So I’ve started a 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!
Side Note: If you missed the last weeks, I reshared that we are currently in the process of moving into and living in a tiny home (camper) to travel and do ministry work in rural places for now as we take a temporary break from our homestead.
I kept a strict meal plan this week since we’ve been on the road, and I have no other choice right now! Here’s what we made:
- Blueberry Muffins (pre-made before we left)
- Hardboiled Eggs and Fruits
- Yogurt and Granola (I made a new granola with seeds, and it’s SO good!)
- Lemon Bread and Eggs (I made the bread before we left and froze it. Tried a new recipe and can’t say it was a favorite.)
- Pancakes and Sausage (also pre-made before we left and frozen)
- Summer Sausage, Crackers, and Fruit
- Ham Sandwiches
- Grilled Cheese
- “Grilled” Chicken and Veggies
- Ground Beef Noodles
- Potato Soup
- Breakfast Sandwiches
Shopping We Did
I had to finally do some grocery shopping after not doing any for a long time. I only purchased what we needed for the week (although some things will last longer than that). I spent exactly $150 at 3 different stores (Costco, Natural Grocers, and Target).
We brought some pantry items and snacks with us, but that was all the fresh produce and meats for the week. I was pretty happy with that amount since none of the items were on sale, and that’s to feed all 5 of us 3 meals a day for the next week plus some.
How We Lived Frugal This Week
We’ve been on the road all week and have so far spent $100 on campgrounds (they are SO expensive!). Instead, we stayed with a friend, and we also used our Harvest Host membership a few times. Harvest Hosts lets you pay a yearly fee in exchange for free overnight camping. They ask that you donate or buy something from the host. One of the places we stayed was a church, so we gave a donation, and the other was a cider mill, so we bought cider and doughnuts to share with friends.
So there is a little cost involved, but when campgrounds cost $50, $75, $100+ per night…it’s a great deal!
The other nights we stayed at campgrounds to be able to do laundry. Yes, surprisingly, my kids still go through way too much laundry no matter where we are!
We haven’t spent anything on “attractions” or places to visit so far. We’ve played at lots of playgrounds, parks, nature conservatories, and similar places this week. We also made a stop at Baker Creek Seeds, which is always fun to walk around. I did buy a few seeds, though…I couldn’t help it!
Besides our few nights at the campgrounds, we have been living completely off-grid. I’ve found that it hasn’t been too big of an adjustment not to have power. That’s good though as we are going into a place where we won’t have any electrical hookups for a while so we will see how we do with that test. We have a small amount of solar on our camper.
Blog Posts I Wrote This Week
I’m working on updating all of my Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes and posts, so that’s what it’s all about this week!
- Easy Cranberry Sauce – This sauce only has 3 ingredients. It’s our favorite!
- Freezer Cooking in an Hour – This post will show you how to make 5 (gluten-free) freezer meals in just 1 hour!
- My Famous Stuffing – This recipe looks a little different compared to a regular stuffing (dressing) recipe but trust me, it’s so good!
- Old Fashioned Cheese Squares – This is a fun recipe to make for holiday brunches or treats.
- Quilted Stocking Sewing Pattern – If you want to sew your own Christmas Stockings, this is a fun how-to!
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites – This isn’t a healthy recipe, but it is a fun holiday treat to make!
- The Thankful Thanksgiving Jar – This little jar is a fun thing to add to your Thanksgiving traditions. It’s simple to put together and very meaningful to do.
- Caramel Chocolate Popcorn – Again, this isn’t a healthy recipe, but it’s a fun holiday treat! This is particularly nice to give as a gift.
- Dishtowel Angel – This is a simple, frugal, and practical gift that you can make and give!
- Sweet Potato Biscuits – Need a side for your Thanksgiving feast? These are easy!
- Roasted Almonds – This is a simple how-to on making your own roasted almonds. Flavored recipe included!
- Black Bean Dip – Finally got this much requested recipe up for you!
Looking Ahead to Next Week
Quite honestly, we aren’t sure what next week will bring! We will assess the situation at our first ministry opportunity to see what we will do. I’ll also be looking at free things to do with the kids this week.