Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #145

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Hello dear reader,
  Contrary to last week, it does not feel like fall this past week. We've had a couple of nice days, but we can't turn off the ac for any length of time. It's supposed to be in the high eighties again this week. But, before we know it, we will miss warm days, so I'd better enjoy it while I can. Here are some of my thrifty acts lately.

  • Ham and beans and cornbread from scratch is always a money saver. I bought one pack of ham hocks for about $5, and I put two of the four into the freezer for another meal. I figure the whole meal for six cost less than $5. That's pretty thrifty.
  • Shopped at Aldi. That's the best way I know to save on groceries.
  • A kind young barista at Starbucks gave a free cup of tea. Why? I don't know. I just accepted the blessing with a thank you.
  • I used a $2 coupon on my salad at Moe's on knit night.
  • I've decided that I will wait a bit longer to shop, because I've been losing weight with Trim Healthy Mama. I might as well buy a smaller size next time! So, maybe that's thrifty, too. I'm doing what I can with what I've got where I am. ~smile~  
  • I received a free refill on my iced tea.
  • The big deal this week is that I have cleared, with the help of my husband, a lot of real estate in the garage. I finally felt well enough and it cooled off enough to tackle it. We still have lots of boxes that I haven't unpacked and a lot of miscellaneous junk that shouldn't have been moved in the first place. So over the last two Mondays, we've filled our large trash can twice and now have a trunkful of things to deliver to the rescue mission. I estimate that we have cleared about fifteen square foot of clutter so far. You know how I count that. Yes! Real Estate Investment!
  • My Lowell bought 80/20 ground beef at $1.99/lb from the butcher. Terrific sale. He bought ten pounds. They were frozen in one-pound packages. We also bought 2 pounds of sausage from the same butcher.
  • I used one pound of beef to make spaghetti using a can of crushed tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, mad hatter peppers, fresh basil and oregano from the garden, some dried herbs, and jarred garlic. The family used the last of our spaghetti noodles, and I ate mine over some riced cauliflower to keep it Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
  • I fried a sliced banana pepper from the garden, scrambled some eggs, and added the leftover spaghetti sauce on top. Sounds crazy I know, but it was delicious!
  • Eggs and oatmeal stretched our budget.
  • Someone gave my daughter a scholarship to the Christian college student retreat this weekend.
  • Eating at home saves money. 
  Well this weekend, I'm going to get my husband to pull out my Fall tote. Maybe if I decorate, Fall will come. ~smile~ I'm hoping to try some new recipes this week. If I find some we really like, I'll share them. In the meantime, check out my Home Cooking. You'll find recipes for some of our favorite soups and other delicious dishes. 

  Be blessed and focus on the good God's put in your life.

  "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

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    1. Here in SC we are in for another week of record breaking heat. The trees are saying fall but it is hard to believe it!

    2. Lots of good thrifty ideas. I have been mending too. Also, found a skirt at the thrift store, I just had to have but it was too tight around the waist. I bought it and figured out a way to make it larger. I am terrible at altering clothes, but this turned out okay.

    3. Hi Laura, I'll try and remember to click on your amazon link, as I often buy things off amazon :) It's exciting about your THM journey :) I know how good it felt when I lost a few pounds. Right now I'm doing some THM and also intermittent fasting. No eating from 8pm at night until 12 noon. It works good for me and so far so good. Lovely to read your post. Blessings to you ~ Linda

      1. Thank you Linda. I'm so glad you found something that works for you. Here in SW Missouri USA nerly everyone overweight. I think it's dependence on high carb diets.

        Have a wonderful week.

    4. Hello There, I thought I would come say hello seeing your comment on Home Living.

      Enjoyed your thrifty tips, I'm half Italian and love the pasta gravy over egg idea, I sometimes bake eggs in pasta gravy simmering gently in oven.

      The Ozarks in Missouri are so beautiful, our family used to vacation there when our girls were young. A wonderful place!

      Take care now and God bless! ~Amelia

    5. Laura, my grandma would have loved reading about your thrifty ways! Every once in a while when I do something especially practical and frugal, I think "Grandma would be so proud of me!" :D I actually have a note on my calendar that I move around to remind me to do my Amazon orders through your link; probably will be doing another one before the end of the month.


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