Skip to main content

Monday Frugal Update

From last week's post, I told you about the van battery dying and having to get a new one. A friend was able to put a different battery in my van until I could get something else. On our way to Rob's house Saturday we got a different battery at Mills Fleet Farm. That battery cost me $77 which is about $50 less than in the town we live nearby. Rob put the battery in for me which saved me the money of a mechanic doing the same work. Since we didn't make a separate trip to the store, we saved that money too. I figured we saved additional $50-75 in gas and labor fees, but I did get Rob some Girl Scout cookies. Does that count as payment for labor?

I was able to get more apples on clearance for $.50/6. Last week's apples were eaten by the kids (mostly Dane). This morning, I sliced about 10-12 apples for the slow cooker to make applesauce for supper. I might slice some more up tonight for the dehydrator. We love our dried apples! Or turn them into apple butter...yum!

I have been doing a little more shopping than usual this last week. I got my tax refund about 11 days early so I have been restocking a house a bit and getting some things we need here. I have also bought a few birthday presents for Shali's birthday in March. The rest of the money will go to a quarter of beef and the new-to-me vehicle fund.

Hy-Vee sent some coupons out a while ago if you have a fuel saver card. I had a coupon for $.25 off a gallon of gas if you spent $50 on groceries. Since I was shopping some sales and restocking the pantry, I was able to take advantage of that. All in all, I got $.56 off a gallon of gas which saved me about $7.00 when I filled up on Friday. 

I got my utility bill for the month and got a huge shock. In the last year, my budget billing has gone from $276 to $311 to $381 starting next month! I know this winter has been unusually cold, but this is ridiculous! We are going to have to be much, much more diligent on our electrical usage. This whole house is electric so the bill will always look bad, but this hurts. 

I have already taken steps today with not using the clothes dryer and hanging laundry instead on the dryer rack. I will be putting up more clothes line in the basement to hang more clothes. I also washed both loads in cold water to not use the water heater more than necessary. The little things add up so we will be doing as much as possible to bring that amount down. 

Since the last cold snap has ended, the furnace has been turned down to 66 degrees. When it gets really cold (think 10 degrees and colder), I turn the furnace up to 70 degrees because this old farmhouse turns into an icicle. We may have to suck it up though and keep the furnace turned down. 

We have also expanded our use of homemade cleaners in this house. Since we ran out of toliet bowl cleaner in the upstairs bathroom and only have a little bit left in the downstairs bathroom, we have started using vinegar and baking soda for toilet bowl cleaner. Works like a charm! 

We have also been using the same ingredients for drain cleaner/declogger in the upstairs shower. That drain clogs up once in a while despite the use a drain screen and because I have three girls with long, beautiful hair. We use 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar and let it do its magic. If the clog is really bad, we follow up with a pot of boiling water. Does the trick!

I did download some books for free for the Kindle and sold a few more books on Amazon. We got a few freebies in the mail. Other than that, it was a good week!

Thanks for reading!
Erica

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month

As crazy as it seems, some people make prepping harder than it has to be. Learning skills can be hard, but the end rewards are so worth it. The work can be hard, but the pay off is that jobs get done and you have accomplished something for the future. However...preppers still need stuff. We can produce a lot of our own things and survive just fine. We still need the items that will make survival easier now and, heaven forbid, if anything bad happens. We need things to keep our lifestyle simpler and easier if something happens. Over the eight years or so that I have been prepping, I have some things that I buy almost every month. Some months when the budget is tight, I might not purchase any of these. Then I appreciate having these things on hand! Below is my list of things I buy every month. I don't make one big trip and buy all these things in one trip. I add them to my cart at the grocery store, department store, online shopping, and whatnot. I spend a little bit every s

10 Non-Perishable Food Preps You Should Be Buying Every Month

New preppers wonder what they should be buying for their preps every month. More experienced preppers wonder what holes they should be plugging in their food storage to be better prepared. We all know we should be constantly adding and rotating our food storage every month in order to have a good supply. Since I have written the 10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month  and Top Ten Items You Need For Your Food Storage , I have found my preparedness mindset changing a little bit. I think they are things you should be buying every month that are perishable items and non-perishable items. This list will concentrate on the non-perishable items because those are the ones most important to your food storage. To explain what I have included on this list, I will give you the criteria. I am making this list as basic as possible. Meaning that you can go to the grocery store and buy these items right off the shelf which means the items are shelf-stable. They will not expire o

10 Totally Free Prepping Things To Do

This post is a part of the 30 Days of Preparedness Round Robin with Prepared Bloggers! Thank you for visiting! I love prepping lists! I have so many printed out and filed in a binder so I can look at them. I get motivated by them and finds all sorts of ideas to get things done! I am offering you today a list of 10 totally free prepping things to do. Some of the things will take only a few minutes to do, some will take a few hours, and some might take more time than that. You can do these things with your family or invite your friends over to do these things. The only thing that might not make this totally free is canning jars. However, I am assuming most of you have jars on hand! 10 Totally Free Prepping Items To Do 1. Learn to get around your house in the dark. Think about the days when you were a teenager and had to sneak in and out of your house without your parents hearing.  You didn't do that? Oh. Moving on... Learn your escape plan and be able to get aroun