My sweet girl is 7 weeks old already! I can hardly believe it. My body feels like it has healed and I am no longer experiencing pain. Hooray! We are slowly adjusting to our new normal around here. Our frugal ways have not kicked back in completely but we are making a little progress so I thought I would share what we were up to last week.
Frugal Things I Did Last Week:
We hosted a birthday lunch for my Dad at our house on Sunday after church. I made a simple BBQ from a pork loin and served it along with: Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, Vegetarian Baked Beans, Pumpkin Cake/Cobbler, and Chocolate Cake.
Despite hosting Thanksgiving for 26 people I did not go to the grocery at all last week. I knew the stores would be absolutely crazy and I wanted to avoid taking two young children out in the craziness. This allowed me to avoid lots of extra impulse purchases that are much harder for me to resist around the holidays.
I baked a ham (along with the turkey) that I had to cook myself and saved about a dollar per pound. This was actually my first time baking a full ham. I mixed up a glaze of honey, apple juice, and honey mustard. I basted the ham about every 15 minutes and it tasted great! It was so easy that I will probably try to bake one a couple of times a year.
I sewed curtains for one of the windows in the kitchen. The week before I sewed curtains for the bathroom. Now I am just trying to decide what style curtains to sew for the Family Room and Kitchen.
I went Black Friday shopping at Hancock Fabrics and Michaels. I didn’t go crazy and compared to most years bought a small amount of fabric and notions. Hancock Fabrics matched JoAnn’s 25% off your total purchase saving me extra money.
We had a bunch of bananas that were going bad so I baked banana nut bread for our Thanksgiving Dessert Social at church.
I sewed a Christmas gift for one of my nieces. No picture since her mama reads my blog!
I gave my cousin her birthday gift. I made her doll a Christmas Dress, headband, and two tiny school binders. I used this tutorial for the headband and Simplicity 4786 for the doll dress. I had the pattern on hand and have made it many times. Everything I used to make her gift I had on hand.
I breastfed and cloth-diapered my daughter all week. This is a substantial savings in our life every week!
What frugal things did you do last week?