It's been a long week at Harvest Lane Cottage. Various forms of cold and flu have been circulating. I've not been very productive. I've had a cold— not a bad one, but it was enough to slow me down. I didn't do my regular grocery shopping. A company I'd never used put through fraudulent charges on my bank account and took over a hundred dollars. That was my grocery money. In fact, my husband had to put extra money in the account to cover the charges. I'm still trying to get it back. Prayer appreciated— for the money to be returned and my attitude to be right. *Update, I have now received full repayment from the company that charged me. I also have a new debit card with a new number. Evidently the number was stolen during my on-line Christmas shopping. Thank you to everyone who prayed!
I did pick up a few items with money on hand, but I cooked out of the pantry. I'm so glad I could do that. This week in my little home I...
~ made a nice taco salad out of ground beef Dad gave me
~ bought little tomatoes on sale at Aldi $.99 box
~ used lettuce given to me
~ bought hams 7.38 lbs for $1.57, 8.29 lbs for $2.38, and 8.26 lbs for $2.35. That's over 18 pounds for just $6.30! Just $.35 a pound! God is so good to me!
~ made french toast with leftover buns and four slices of stale bread
~ put maple flavoring in Karo syrup left over from the cafe
~ returned my daughter's college textbook to college so that she wouldn't be charged
~ took kids to the library
~ bought my eldest son lunch for $1 at McDonalds
~ cooked from freezer and on-hand food
~ didn't go or do anything extra
~ I followed up with Amazon about a refund I was supposed to receive last week. As it turns out, they hadn't processed it. I had the money in my account by the end of the day. I think Amazon customer service has been pretty good to work with this Christmas season.
~ used leftover Christmas money, along with a bit from hubby, to buy two large totes to store the Christmas tree in. The previous box was destroyed when my basement flooded a couple of weeks ago. This is thrifty because our tree is big and beautiful. My husband bought it sight unseen from a friend moving out of state a couple of years ago for a thrifty $25. It fills a big part of our little living room!
~ sorted through Christmas decorations etc and gave away 3 bags of misc. You might wonder why decluttering is thrifty. Simply put, every bag of items given away clears about a cubic foot in my house. That's real estate investment! That's thrifty!
Well, that's about it. It's time to help my daughter with history.
What have you done this week in your home to be thrifty?
God bless you!
Blessed to be a Blessing
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