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Welcome to Frugal Friday, where we share updates and all kinds of fresh new frugal tips!
The current format of Frugal Friday is under construction as I’m currently receiving a large amount of criticism of my family’s life and personal choices. I guess it’s just that hard for some to understand that other’s lives are different than their own and they are allowed to make their own choices.
I will update these Frugal Fridays the best I can at this time until I figure out the best way to proceed with these weekly posts.
How We Lived Frugal This Week
This week, we lived on next nothing off the grid, and it was wonderful! We didn’t do any shopping, celebrated a birthday, and did plenty of free activities like hiking.
We’ve been working on only eating up the food that we have in the freezer and pantry so our meals have been eclectic but filling. I’m due for a trip to the store this weekend, but we did a great job eating things up.
Please be sure to share how you lived frugally this week in the comments section!
Deals I Found
Here’s the latest best deals on Auguson Farms Emergency Foods.
This 52 piece storage container set has a coupon for $15 off making it a great price! I don’t have this particular set, but the reviews look good, and the price is right.
Here are a ton of deals on “Valentine’s Day treats”. I was looking through the list and I even saw things like fruit cups and other basic snacks that would be good for packing lunches. They also had Clif Bars on sale, which are great for hiking or your emergency food stash.
The lower sugar Oatmeal Bulk Pack I posted last week for $10.77 is still an active deal. It’s discounted and then you can get an extra 15% off with Subscribe and Save.
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are 20% off here plus an additional 15% off with Subscribe and Save. These aren’t the cheapest chocolate chips, but they are wonderful if you need something allergen-free. Store extras in the freezer so they last a long time.
DelMonte Gold Canned Pineapple are as low as $1.36 per can. The Gold pineapple is so rich and flavorful and this is a great deal to stock your shelves! They are on sale and if you use Subscribe and Save you get another 15% off. I grabbed these to stock up.
Vintage Baking Recipes is free right now for Kindle! You can download the Kindle app to your computer to read for free if you don’t have the device.
Blog Posts I Wrote
- How to Choose the Best Garden Seeds – If you are still deciding what seeds to order and where to order from, this post will be helpful.
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning – This is a simple spice blend recipe you will want in your cupboard.
- Raising Baby Chicks – If you plan on getting some chicks this year this is the complete guide to what you need to know!
- Azure Standard Beginner’s Guide – New to buying food in bulk from Azure? Here are my best tips and tricks!
- Saving Money on Healthy Food in the Winter – This is a list of tips to try for saving money in the wintertime when food is more expensive.
- Ways to Save on Chicken Feed in 2024 – If you have chickens this list has all the ways to save on feed that I could possibly think of!
- Easy Angel Food Cake Recipe – Our family simply loves this recipe! This would be a fun one to make for Valentine’s Day.
- Cream Cheese Danish Recipe – This is one of the most popular recipes I have on the blog. I finally updated the pictures on this post.
- Valentine’s Breakfast Ideas – Need ideas for a simple and yet fun breakfast for V-Day this week? Here are a few thoughts!
- My Frugal Go-To Meals – Ever wondered what our family eats when the budget is tight? Here’s our favorites!
- Copycat In N Out Sauce – Make this simple sauce this week to replicate that from your favorite fast food place. It’s easy!
- Substitutions for DIY Body Products – This is a brand new blog post that I’ve been working on forever. It’s one you must book mark if you make homemade body and beauty products.
How YOU Lived Frugal This Week
This is your place! Leave a comment on the post here about how you lived frugally this week. I will paste some of the replies here on the post and one random commenter will win a pack of organic Vanilla beans next week!
Hi everyone, well this last week was super busy still recovering from C—d but the RV had to be packed or finished for our three month trip. I like some easy meals to grab while travelling so a cheesy leek quiche, bolognese sauce and cooked chicken. We’ve had these with fried canned potatoes and salad, nothing too exciting but healthy and light for two old codgers on the road. We don’t tend to spend much on food in restaurants. It’s better for us to eat home cooked. We’ve only paid for one camp site so far. Another we should have but free as they’re having building work carried out and tonight we are on a free air in Burgos Spain. Should arrive tomorrow.
We’ve not been super frugal this week but we haven’t spent any money either only on fuel which is ghastly here! We’ve brought a lot of staples and pantry items with us. The one thing I can’t wait though to buy is fresh oranges when we arrive, the oranges at home (UK) now don’t keep and if not black inside in days they’re dry. I assume it’s the refrigerated transport to bring them over. I feel cheated when I have to waste one. Hope you all have a good week. Blessings. – JulieP
This week brought us proof positive that frugal living pays off. I had mentioned in another post that we have very suddenly developed flooding on my property when it rains (which it’s been doing heavily and frequently this year. Well, we found the source. My property (one acre) has about a 1/2 acre of wooded hillside, sloping down to our garden/ grass and then to our house. The neighbor that sits above our property illegally installed two pipes that drain all the excess water from his property onto ours. While the town is now notified, it will be a long time before the pipes will be removed.
Now the benefits of frugality. After some mistakes when we were very young, my husband and I have always lived below our means. Because of that, we can afford without a second thought to pay someone to mitigate the water problem until all the red tape for the pipe removal is waded through.
Living frugally started with hardship for us, and then grew into a peaceful joy. Now it has paid off. – Susan M.
This week we had a bit of a false spring, now we’re 5 inches deep in new snow. I took advantage of the warmer weather and was able to clean out several garden beds. I went through all my old seeds and chose flower seeds that were languishing and decided to winter sow them. The seeds sown were hollyhocks, milkweed and poppies. I’m in zone 4 but things like winter sowing, garden planning on paper and starting seeds indoors helps me feed my gardening need until the calendar and weather are conducive for outdoors gardening.
We ate all meals at home, utilizing our bountiful baskets order from last weekend. I volunteered to help pack baskets and was given an extra head of Romaine for assisting.
I was mindful each day to open the drapes and blinds on south facing windows to let the sunshine in and warm those rooms. Our propane tank was filled (replacing all that fuel used during the frigid -35 days). The rates have increased 25 cents/gallon since December, so every bit of extra ☀ is greatly appreciated.
I read several free books using my Lbby app that’s connected to our public Library. I love that when our week is super busy and I have no time to go to the Library, the Libby app has so many options for books and audio books. – Jen B,
This week has been all about trying to find the best grocery deals, I have been trying to shop more local store deals, and scored pineapple for $.99/1ct, and strawberries ($1.99/lb), the only catch was you had to buy 3 of each, which is fine because we eat alot of fruit; we also scored 10ct small oranges for $1 and 12oz bacon for $1.99 (I loaded up on this and bought 12 for us-as we seem to use 1/month) and then grabbed 2 for my parents as my dad loves bacon. I feel we got some good deals!
I will say I went to one of the stores a day early (the 3-day sale didn’t start until the next day); I blame this on mom brain. I got up to the cash register and we couldn’t figure out why it was ringing up correct per the sale ad, then the manager informed me it started the next day. My husband was so kind as to go grab the items the next day so we could still benefit from the sale and the cashier was so nice.
Of course things like this happen on the busy days (we had a dr appt for our baby boy this day and I was planning to quickly check out and get to his appointment, I just had to take a breath and try to relax. I just said “Well we’ll get to your appointment eventually”, but luckily made it pretty much right on time). We also started shopping at Aldi recently and love the savings-check out the sale on Maple syrup this week! – Isis B.
My friend always wants to go out to eat with me. I am too frugal for that cost. So we had a packed picnic lunch of sandwiches, chips, and fruit/ veggies. We played a card game she taught me……golf. We played 3 games after tying quilts for disaster relief and picnic lunch. We also volunteer for Days for Girls making feminine hygiene items. – Chris B.
This week, I’ve been keeping it simple and wallet-friendly. Cooked up a batch of homemade veggie soup for lunches that are cheap, healthy, and delicious! Also, tackled some DIY projects at home, like upcycling old furniture with a fresh coat of paint. – HarleyEngland
Susan M is our winner for this week! Susan, could you please email me at [email protected] to claim your prize? I’ll get that mailed right out to you!
What have you been up to this week?
Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.