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Monday's Frugal Update and Whatnot

I apologize for today's post because there might be a lost of thought due to the big football game! I love football! I just wish Notre Dame would start playing well! *smile*

This has been a post that has been neglected since before Christmas because if I would have posted, I would have ruined a lot of Christmas presents! I also tried hard to save money and use what we had, but that didn't happen entirely. I have figured out that we also need to start Christmas a lot earlier - shopping, planning, making presents, and being more intentional about the whole holiday. Hopefully, I will remember this the whole year!

This week's frugal happenings were:

1. Downloading free Kindle books.

2. Using what we have in the fridge instead of letting it go to waste for meals. I bought vegetables for a veggie tray that I ended up not making for a New Years party. Part of the battle is finding recipes that the kids will eat. Apparently some of my kids have an objection to eating "little trees" aka broccoli and cauliflower.

3. Made another batch of laundry detergent.

4. Made body scrub.

5. Shopped a few after-Christmas sales. I bought a few rolls of wrapping paper, gift card holders, stickers for next year's stocking stuffers, and candy canes for next year. One tip I have is to buy wrapping paper in plain colors to use all year round for birthdays and other holidays. Right now, I can buy wrapping paper for 70% off. A great deal!

6. Also shopped the clearance sales at K-mart. Not that I like that store, but I wanted a few accessories to jazz up my wardrobe. I got a shirt, belt, necklace, and scarf for 50-60% off. Yeah!

7. Going to the local thrift shop and getting 20 books for $1.00. I have gotten some great finds for my kids and myself. I go in about once a week for the last four weeks. Evidently they have had an overflow of books to get rid of.

8. Signed for several freebies and coupons for free items. I always love free!

9. Have been looking for free ways to promote this blog. This week I set up a page on Facebook for updates for this blog. Please feel free to like it and share it!

10. Made homemade cleaner. I have been doing this for awhile, but I can't get over how easy this is!

11. Tried making homemade dinner rolls for the first time. I think the recipe would have been a success if I had set the oven rack one higher. We cut off the burnt bottoms and they were still delicious! Lesson learned!

That is about it for this week! A lot was accomplished considering I was a bit lazy due to the holidays and a four day stomach bug.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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  1. Great ideas :) Found you on Frugal Days and I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop!

    1. I love that you are listing what you've done in a week--that's quite an accomplishment! This week, I've downloaded four e-library books to my nook and made lotion recipe from coconut oil.

  2. Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! So glad to have you join me :) Can't wait to see what you have to share next week!


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