Frugal Things I Did Last Week

5 Dec

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Wow.  This has been a crazy busy week.  I had a surprise birthday party for the hubby that took up the majority of my week.  That was probably my top “frugal accomplishment” for the week as almost everything was made from scratch! 

Frugal Activities from Last Week:

We borrowed movies (and books) from the library for entertainment this week.  Brandon also enjoyed watching a couple of football games.  We don’t have cable but usually do get a nice selection of football games on the weekend.

I cooked THREE turkeys this week.  I also picked them all off the bone and froze the carcasses.  (I will use them to make broth over the next month or two.)  I used the meat from these turkeys as the main course for Brandon’s surprise birthday party.  We had turkey BBQ using Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce I purchased at Sam’s.  I threw a surprise party for my husband’s 30th birthday (pictures coming soon) and cooked almost all of the food.  (My mom helped a lot!)  I didn’t count how many people came but I would say between 40-50.  I served: Turkey BBQ Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Baked Beans, Green Beans, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn Pudding, and a Veggie Tray.  For Dessert we had: brownies, white cake, chocolate cake, chocolate pie, banana pudding, and ice cream.  For drinks I served: water, soda, and punch.  It was a lot of work but lots of fun.  I probably saved $500 by cooking the food myself rather than having it catered.

Instead of purchasing a fancy cake board I covered a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil.  (This also saved me a trip to the store.)

I purchased decorations and party supplies at the Dollar Tree for Brandon’s birthday.  My mother-in-law was kind enough to design the invitation for Brandon’s party by copying an expensive design I found online.

Elijah decided that he wanted a steering wheel so that he could pretend to drive while we were in the car.  Instead of purchasing a toy steering wheel I made one out of a piece of cardboard.

I wanted to send flowers for a funeral this week but we really didn’t have the money to spend on them.  Sending flowers is pretty pricey-even a tiny bouquet is usually around $30.  Instead I purchased a $4 bouquet of flowers at Aldi (the grocery store) and put them in a vase I already had.  (If you ever need to buy fresh flowers Aldi is the place to buy them as they are always $4.)  I found some ribbon from my stash.  Then I realized I didn’t have a little florist card to write a message on -I made one with my Cricut and just attached it to the ribbon.  My husband dropped the flowers off when he was running an errand.

I froze all of the leftover turkey BBQ that we had leftover from Brandon’s birthday party after we had eaten leftovers twice.

I made an inexpensive Christmas plaque that says Joy using materials I had on hand.

My grandparents gave us their old entertainment center which was a big improvement from our dorm days tv stand.  😉  Little by little we have been trying to focus on decorating our living room like real adults.  We’re hoping to shed our “just married” look in a couple of years.  🙂  We purchased a new couch and chair this fall (we paid cash!) and are saving up for a rug.

I had Elijah’s Christmas pictures made at JCPennys and spent only $2!  (This is a record.)  I had a great coupon and a gift certificate.  I don’t own a decent camera so we try to have professional photographs taken a couple times a year.

I bought a nice Christmas red bolero at the thrift store that will be perfect to wear to a Christmas dinner tomorrow night.  I don’t look that good in red so I don’t wear it very often but I do like to wear it in December.  🙂  I also bought a pair of dress pants for Elijah.

My aunt gave me a box of hand-me-downs.  There were pajamas and house shoes that Elijah really needed (even Thomas ones) that will fit right away.  A number of the clothes will fit next year which is great!

2 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Last Week”

  1. Allie December 10, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Wow! I really like the flower idea………I had no idea Aldi had such great prices on flowers, and they look pretty too! Now if we could just get an Aldi in this area………..’course I’ll be moving soon but I know they have Aldi up there too, so that makes me happy. 🙂

    • Amanda emerson December 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      I will have to let Josh know Aldi has such beautiful inexpensive flowers. :).

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