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Monday Frugal Update

This week was a good week for this house. We didn't have to go to a lot of school activities and got some things done at home.

Monday night we were invited to a friends' house to have a very, very good supper of spaghetti and meatballs. Delicious! We did the same thing on Sunday night after deciding that Paige was in fact feeling better to watch the Super Bowl. Can't beat good friends and good food!

I mended one of Paige's jackets that had a tear in the hood.

I restored a pair of snow boots so they can be worn again or donated to someone. The cat had not been very nice to them and they needed a bit of cleaning. I also washed and dried a pair of the girls' moccasins so they could be worn again. They looked horrible before I washed them!

I made another bucket of laundry detergent trying to be more on the ball this time and not wait for both buckets to empty out. This time I am experimenting with just one bar of castile soap to see how that works.

I made my own vanilla extract after using up one bottle. I just add 5-6 split vanilla beans to a small empty vodka bottle and fill with vodka. I let them sit for about 6 weeks before I use it. I have three bottles going right now.

We made homemade pizza Saturday night which is always good. We decided to make one pizza just pepperoni and experiment with the other pizza crust. We love the cactus bread at Pizza Ranch so we decided to try that. Yum! I could have ate the whole thing!

I have full jar of clementine peels that I filled with vinegar to make a scented cleaner with natural citrus oils. I think the citrus oils gives the vinegar a really nice boost of cleaning power!

I finished using up my clothing allowance at work by our fiscal year end. I got two pairs of jeans and a jacket with the leftover money. On Friday I received a check to reimburse me for my purchases. Sweet!

I took a lot of cans and bottles back to the redemption center and made $10. I will be doing the same again this week. We do not drink most of them, but they are usually leftover from company being over.

I also made my own cream soup mix this weekend to try instead of the preservative laden canned cream soup you can buy in the store. It turned out very well in the Tuna Noodle Casserole I made and I definitely prefer the taste of it over the store bought stuff! I had all the ingredients on hand so it was definitely a money saver for me!

That is what I remember for this week!

Thanks for reading!
Erica


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