Saturday, March 14, 2015

Steps Toward Financial Fitness (Last Weeks Frugal Accomplishments) Volume Eight

March 8 - 14

-I got some seeds started indoors.  These are seeds that I have had sitting in the mudroom for quite some time.  My intent is to get them all planted this year because there is a chance that we will not have much in the way of property for gardening next year.  I am hoping to do some of my planting in containers as a way to practice for the possibility of container gardening on a balcony or something similar.  Check out this blog, I find it very inspiring.

-One of my goals for the last year has been to make some toys for the grandnieces and nephews to play with when they come to visit.  This week I furthered that goal just a teeny bit.  I found two little pieces of wood by a dumpster at a work site.  I nabbed them and used my wood-burning tool and watercolors to make these cute (if I do say so myself) little houses.  I will be looking out for more little bits of wood.

-I baked more bread.  I am doing it... I am baking bread!!!! (Yup, making progress on yet another goal).
-We took advantage of free community programs.  Bishop attended a Super Smash Bros. Tournament at our library. (He is now the tournament champion).  He and I also went to a free program at the nature center - Discover Bluebirds!

-We had more free entertainment by just getting outside (twice!) with friends while the weather was so nice.  We visited two different city parks.
-I was invited to my niece's for dinner (a ladies night, woot! woot!) so I ordered pizza for the boy's dinner.  Last time we ordered pizza I was given the opportunity to earn a $10 coupon by taking a survey.  I did, in fact, earn the coupon and I used it with this order.
-I was blessed to be the recipient of cupcakes from my dear friend Mandi (check out The Cake Truffle Store, the Tres Leches cupcakes are amazing!) and blessed with leftovers from my dinner with Sarah.  Friday evening the boys were out of the house and I had just myself to feed for dinner.  I reheated those leftovers and enjoyed two fajitas (with enough leftover for yet one more fajita) and a yummy dessert.

-Before Bishop went out of the house Friday evening for his campout I needed to feed him dinner.  I offered him a trip through a drive thru or meatball sandwiches using the sandwich filling that I had removed earlier from the refrigerator.  He opted for the meatball sandwich.  God bless, his frugal soul.  He really does help keep me on track.  For his Saturday lunch I served up the rest of the meatball sandwiches to Maceo along with one of Mandi's cupcakes while I went out to lunch with the ladies.
-I finished another lecture that I borrowed from the library.  It was a really delightful lecture and I intend on borrowing it again so that Maceo can listen to it.  He will earn some high school credit for it accompanied with some supplemental resources.  This lecture is entitled 'All the World a Stage: The Theater in History' by Megan Lewis as produced by The Modern Scholar.  Fantastically fun!
-I made a trip to Aldi and was able to stock up on butter and onion.  I bought 16 pounds of butter for $1.89/lb. and 9 pounds of onions for about .23/pound.
-I took two surveys one for a free cookie from Jason's and another $10 off of a Pizza Hut order.
-The temperature became warmer this week so we were able to turn down the thermostat.  One day we even turned the heater off.  By the end of this day the boys were actually begging me to turn the a/c on.  I kept the heater and a/c off and had them open windows to get the air to circulating.
-I completed Bishop's service based scholarship nomination form.  Meeting deadlines is not my forte so, yes, I am proud of myself.  The national winners receive a $10,000 scholarship, the regional winners receive a $1000 scholarship, and local winners receive a $50 gift card to Kohl's.  I do not anticipate him winning the scholarships (yet!) but considering he co-founded a small service group and completed more than 50 hours of service I think he might earn a gift card.  How cool would that be?  But, shhhh, don't say anything to him I haven't told him about my nomination of him.
-Through no effort of my own I had an extremely frugal lunch at Jason's Deli.  After Bishop and I and another family completed the Discover Bluebirds program we went to Jason's Deli to get a carryout order to take to the park.  My friend ordered her food first and received it with no problems.  Twenty-five minutes later my order had not been completed.  I simply asked about it, they jumped into action to rectify the situation.  The manager assured me that "this is not how we do business" and refunded the entire amount of the meal.  He then refunded the entire amount of my friends meals because her food had started to get cold while waiting for me.  Also, none of us had ordered beverages and he told us all to get free beverages as well.  Also, the boys had eaten free ice cream while waiting for the order.  Although I greatly enjoy the fact that I did not have to pay for my fabulously yummy lunch, I found the attitude of the manager most refreshing.  There were no excuses just a simple statement that this is not how business is done at this establishment and action that supported that statement. Jason's Deli has earned my continued patronage and I would recommend them highly to everyone out there - tasty food, healthy choices, large portions and amazing service!

This next week I need to clean out the refrigerator, finish the upstairs closets, research washer/dryers and garage doors, get more seeds started, plant potatoes in buckets, do some cleaning and reorganizing in the basement, and I need to make some progress in the stairwell (I have totally lost traction on this project).  I also need to mail Keegan's and Herb's birthday packages and get photos organized for scout projects and school yearbooks.  I will be going to Kohl's as I have $40 in Kohl's cash and a 20% off coupon.  I want to bring forsythia branches in to force.  I need to make menus.  I know that I need to use the spicy taco meat and roast that are in the fridge.  And I know that I will make corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day.  I also know that I need to get some homemade sauerkraut started with the extra cabbage that I purchased.  I may need to buy more cabbage to enable me to get a variety of sauerkrauts made.  I also need to make more bread this week.  (I am so excited that I could state that so matter-of-factly)!  I really, really, really need to get the tax information organized and to Herb (I am such a slacker) and I need to get the bills paid.  Oh, and I have to keep up with the NCAA men's basketball tournament while keeping up with those boys.  I think I have a full week ahead of me!!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you were able to come over the other day. I had a great time and loved being able to bless you, even if it was in just a tiny way!