Frugal Things I Did Last Week

16 Oct

Just some of the applesauce I made the last week. Once you start making your own applesauce it is nearly impossible to eat store applesauce again!

I made homemade Meatball Subs for dinner (Brandon’s favorite) instead of going out to Subway for dinner.  They were so easy and delicious!  I used meatballs from the freezer that I had made earlier in the month when we had the young adults over for dinner.  This meal literally just took minutes to make.  I placed hoagie buns in the oven with provolone cheese on broil for a couple of minutes.  Then we added meatballs and marinara sauce.  🙂

I ordered a free personalized Get Well Soon photo card from for Meme who broke her arm.  (They also mailed it for free!)

I had a friend over to visit at my house rather than going out to eat or doing an activity together that cost lots of money.  We had a WONDERFUL time swapping and sharing piano music.  She also stayed for dinner where we had breakfast for dinner.  🙂

I negotiated and got free shipping on a piano book that was out of stock at my local piano music store.

I sewed over 2 dozen cloth wipes and 11 sets of nursing pads for a dear friend who is about to have a baby.  I save all of my flannel scraps to use for making nursing pads for baby gifts and usually only have to purchase a yard of new flannel fabric.  🙂  This makes a thoughtful and practical gift which will save my friend lots of money.  Eli just started using scissors in the past week or two.  He sat next to me at the table happily cutting away on his paper while I cut out lots and lots of circles!  He looked at me and said Mom you’re cutting too!  🙂  Sweet memory.

We used a free Redbox code to rent a movie for free.  Brandon & I watched October Baby which was excellent AND clean.  🙂  I’d highly recommend it.  One of the best movies I have seen in a long time.

Brandon used a buy one get one free Whopper coupon at Burger King.  I was so proud of him!  My husband isn’t really a coupon man so this is pretty exciting.  He’s fine to use a coupon if I’m with him but thinks it isn’t very cool for himself.  I’m confident he will change his mind. 😉

I re-used a bunch of paper by using the other side for various Art projects for Eli and scratch paper to use for tutoring.

Brandon accepted two hand-me up dress shirts from my brother that fit him great!

I harvested tons of produce from the garden before the frost came.  Yes it really came this week.  😦  Along with our usual picking we harvested 8 butternut squash.  These should keep for weeks and allow us to enjoy homemade Butternut Squash Soup all winter.  I also made a bouquet of zinnias for the table and a small arrangement of marigolds.  (I just hated to not enjoy their beauty before the frost got to them.)

I received a free copy of Rachel Ray magazine and Martha Stewart Living in the mail.

I made vegetarian lasagna.  It was okay but I don’t think we will be making it again.  I couldn’t get Brandon to eat it as leftovers so that’s a sign that he didn’t really care for it.  It could have been the fact that I added an entire package of frozen spinach!  😮  Oops!

Baked homemade apple crisp using “seconds” apples.  An easy, inexpensive treat for the family.

Used a coupon to buy free lip gloss.

I hung all of my laundry this week.  Not to save money but our dryer broke.  😦  I’ve been shopping but I just can’t find a deal I am thrilled with yet.  I found a great coupon but then got my days mixed up and it was expired.  We’ll see.  We have been busy saving up enough money to pay cash.

What frugal activities have you been up to?  Anyone have any great ideas for saving money during the Holidays? 



3 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Last Week”

  1. MamaHen October 16, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Great job! I make homemade applesauce too and it is so good! I checked the prices at ALDI yesterday and their small jars of applesauce was $1.79. I have four children and that jar would not even feed them for one meal. I couldn’t believe how pricey it was.

    • emersonfamily October 18, 2012 at 12:53 am #

      Thank you. I have a small family just three of us and we easily eat a pint or quart a week!

  2. Susie October 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Hey Amanda! I nominated your blog for the Leibster award.

    Feel free to answer the questions and pass the award along or just know that I love to read your blog. Hope you are doing well. : )

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