Frugal Things I Did Last Week

16 Jan
The little man & I had a great time playing at our house this week.

The little man & I had a great time playing at our house this week.

I took a free Photoshop class from the local library.  My sister was kind enough to watch Eli since I had to work.  I learned so much!  Now I just need to find a good deal so I can buy Photoshop.  Any suggestions?

We went to Sam’s Club for their free health screenings which included BMI, glucose, cholesterol, and vision ($100 value each).  Brandon also received a free hearing test.  (When Eli had one done last year it cost well over $100 with insurance.)  We also received free samples of Pedia Sure, Children’s Advil, Vitamins, & Dog Treats not to mention all of the food samples Elijah ate.  😉

I had my aunt and cousin over for a play-date.  I served Tomato Bisque, sandwiches, and oranges.  We also made Snow Paint for a fun craft activity.  I used some of the hubby’s shaving cream and part of a bottle of glue purchased in August.  Eli ended up painting his arms with it so I’m not sure if we will make it for a while.  😉

I made a t-shirt necklace out of an old t-shirt my mom gave me.  I think the shirt belonged to my brother.  He was really thrilled when he saw the necklace.  🙂  I watched this video.

My favorite Valentine's Day Decor: A Simple Banner I handstitched.

My favorite Valentine’s Day Decor: A Simple Banner I hand stitched.

I sewed myself a sweater using knit remnant fabric and a pattern I bought on sale.  The entire project cost less than $5.

I spent some time doing research on my garden for this year.

The hubby and I had a nice at-home date.  We made Root Beer Floats and just sat and talked. (Every girl’s dream right?)  We also borrowed a friend’s Gotta Dance for the Wii and had a dance off.  😉  Brandon beat me bad.  🙂  I’m a firm believer in the fact that you don’t have to go out on a fancy date night every week to have a great marriage.

My Aunt’s birthday was last week so I baked her Chocolate Zucchini Bread (in a bundt pan so it looked fancy).  The zucchini was from our garden last year.  I also gave her a card purchased at the Dollar Store.

I purchased a replacement laptop cord from for $8 (including shipping).

I hung up Valentine Decor that I had made: a wreath, a LOVE garland, and a hand-stitched felt banner.

Our Valentine's Day Wreath

Our Valentine’s Day Wreath

I cleaned scrubbed our fridge from top to bottom.  I rearranged the shelves in an attempt for things not to get lost in the back.  I also purchased a $3 basket from Dollar General to store condiments and salad fixings.  That way we can just pull the basket out for lunch.  I am tempted to add these cute labels to the bins.

Eli wore free diaper samples overnight a couple of nights this week.  (He still sleeps in a diaper at night.)

I took a Water Aerobics class at our gym.  (My husband is a pastor and the gym gives us a great discount on a membership.)  Afterwards I ran all of my errands for the week.

I made dinner for a dozen youth & college students at our church for only $18.

I purchased 6 educational books for Elijah at the thrift store for $2.  Each book is about a different letter of the alphabet.  We save tons of money by not sending him to preschool or an expensive play group.

My mom gave us a ham which we froze.

I’m super impressed by my hubby’s frugal accomplishment this week.   He went to the Christian bookstore where they were having a fill a bag sale for $10.  He stuffed and stuffed and was able to buy 7 brand new books for $10!  Two of the books were on our wish list.  As I’ve mentioned before he is a pastor and we buy A LOT of books.

I received a free wipes container (& wipes) in the mail.  I also received baby coupons & a newborn diaper that I will be passing on to an expecting friend.


4 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Last Week”

  1. Heather January 16, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Yet again I am blown away. 🙂

    • emersonfamily January 16, 2013 at 3:55 am #

      You are too kind. Hoping you are having a blessed week!

      • dee January 19, 2013 at 3:26 am #

        thank you for the inspiration.

      • emersonfamily January 20, 2013 at 2:19 am #

        You are welcome.

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