Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #33

It's been a beautiful week here at Harvest Lane Cottage. The sun's shining brightly, and it's warming up. That's a happy happy for my son Michael, 15, because he's been working with a local rancher working cattle this week. He was also out there last week, when the temperatures were in the teens, breaking ice in the troughs and the pond for the cattle. It's a great opportunity for him to learn about the cattle industry and do some career exploration. He sees it as a way to make money doing something he enjoys. Isn't that what we all wish for?

Well, I'm still getting over my cold, so I haven't done much this week to be thrifty. Of course, I've stayed home, and that's very thrifty!
~ I received a free copy of Ruth Soukup's book, Living Well Spending Less, for review.
~ I signed up for the Nourished blog tour.
~ I've been creative in making soups with things I had on hand. I made a delicious chicken broccoli cheese soup and a very good mushroom soup, too.
~ We have lots of bread on hand, so grilled cheese sandwiches showed up on the menu a couple of times.
~ I used beans that I made and froze a couple of weeks ago to make burritos.
~ We split the package of pork chops we had into two meals instead of one. Pork chops for the first meal and stir-fried pork with pineapple the second meal.
~ Today we're having a fend for yourself lunch with leftovers and what you may find. My daughter took a frozen pita and topped it with pizza toppings minus the sauce.

Well, that's about it for this week. We're redoing a room in the basement for my son this week. First a good cleaning then a gallon or two of paint. He's thrilled to have more space.

So then, what are your frugal accomplishments this week?

Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage




26 comments:

  1. Hmm..frugal..I have to think..oh wait,instead of paying a quarter each at the post office to make 4 copies, my husbands uncle made copies for us at his shop (he has a dry cleaning business). I offered to pay him he turned me down. We do things & help each other all the time. Great post, thanks for sharing. Blessings

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  2. Hello Laura, I don't think we had a particularly frugal week as we traveled but the low gas price is sure nice at fill up times. I always like reading thrifty things that others do and it keeps me motivated.

    I am honored you like my blog enough to nominate me for the Leibster award, thank you!

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  3. I look forward to this post to see how you save. I painted the hall bathroom with the left over paint that we use for the laundry room. We save all of our dinner leftovers for our lunches. We stay home a lot to save gas..and from shopping.

    Have a blessed week.

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  4. Have a blessed week and hoping you are well soon! I know your son is happy about this warmer weather working outside!

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  5. Hi Teresa,
    My husband bought a gallon of paint to makeover a room in the basement for my son this weekend. He took a gallon of paint in to get it remixed while he was at Lowe's. He planned on painting the bathroom with it. Unfortunately, it was too old; they couldn't even get the lid off. ~grin~ So that's a project that will have to wait.

    We're at a point that we don't have very many leftovers. Three teenagers usually lick the platter clean so to speak. ~smile~ I do save the leftovers we do have and try to give them makeovers.

    Blessings to you and thanks for talking back at Harvest Lane Cottage!

    Laura

    P.S. I'm commenting at your blog in response to your comment at my blog because you're set up as a "no reply blogger". It can be changed in the settings on your blog if you wish.

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  6. I'm feeling much better Michelle. Thanks!
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  8. Glad your feeling better -the Pork chops with pineapple sounds delicious! (recipe please) My brother always used to sleep in the basement and loved it.

    Have a great day!

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  9. If it's the same upper respiratory that I had, you will continue with a tickle/scratch in your throat and keep coughing for 6-8 weeks afterwards. A friend told me that she started sucking on a few lemon drops (candy), but you can't suck on too many as they'll make your tongue raw. My cough has subsided after using that for only a few days.

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  10. I've never been a very frugal person! But at 72, I've got to start watching I guess or I'll outlive my money!
    You ways of saving with cooking has inspired me. Especially you simple soups. I love all soups! My last week I have shopped in my pantry and freezer and did really well! There's parts of my life that are expensive and I am unwilling to change, (like boarding my two horses, and rescuing pointers) but I can start with the cooking I guess! Reading your posts everyday now.
    Thanks.

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  11. HI Shirley,
    Cooking is always a good way to start. Shopping from your pantry and using up all your leftovers is a great way to save. I'll pop over for a visit in a few minutes.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  12. Hi Dee,
    I'm feeling so much better. I thank you so very much for the advice. Hopefully mine won't linger on so.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  13. I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I hope you're back to your usual self soon.

    Of course, staying home is very thrifty, indeed. :)

    Blessings to you and yours.

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  14. Thanks Heather. I am feeling much better now.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  15. We just shop when we need to, not on a regular basis but then there are only 2 of us at home so it's easier. I usually just shop my cupboards and fridge and make use of left-overs. And have a treat if we feel like it!

    Diana

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  16. Great inspiration here. Thanks for sharing your frugality this week. I always enjoy reading what others are doing to be frugal.

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  17. Good morning, dear Laura! Your posts always bless my heart and I appreciate the thoughts you share :)

    As for being frugal let me think... my family and I were supposed to go to my parents for supper one evening, but my husband was going to be late from work so we decided to go to my parents home another night. My first thought was to simply go out to a restaurant for supper since I didn't have meat or anything set out, but the Lord showed me we didn't need to spend the extra money so I whipped up pancakes, sausage, and eggs. Being frugal tasted good :)

    Hugs to you! Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration.

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  18. I've saved so much money by being willing to eat unusual things for supper sometimes.
    Too often I just want to order pizza!

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  19. Days of being just the two of us again are closer than I'd like to think, Diana. Thanks so much for visiting and talking back! I'll be by for a visit soon.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  20. This is my first visit to your site. Can't say I have any frugal tips to share but I love warm, cozy homes and nurturing food, which you seem to share through your blog. Be blessed, Mary

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  21. Blessings to you Mary! I just visited your blog and left you a message. Have a good week.

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  22. Another excellent thrifty list! :) Let's see... as for us, my daughter and I chopped up a lot of veggies (before they went bad) and flash freezes them for soups and sauces in a hurry...

    Thanks for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  23. Thanks for sharing your frugal week at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  24. Pretty productive week! Not bad for getting over a cold!

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  25. Hi Christine,
    It's coming and going. I declare myself well in Jesus' Name!

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