Around here, the thrift shops have finally started to open and in some cases pick up as well as dropping off. I've spent part of my at home time going through things and am sure I'm not the only one with bags to say good bye to-especially since I'm looking ahead to things that won't move and so on. I plan to go through each bag a second time to see if there are things that I can craft with, or regret letting go, or that maybe a family member would want, and then call the DAV and schedule a pickup of all the bags that have made a home in the corner of my bedroom.
Let's see if I can come up with the frugal (and spendy) things happening lately around Casa Barb:
- The grocery budget has come mainly under control. While we haven't quite met our hundred buck maximum a week (I suspect the seventy-five dollar goal may be on hold for more than awhile), we've come very close the last couple weeks. With the understanding that if we have to pay more for meat or go to non-traditional sources we are fine with that. I've just done my freezer pantry inventory (updated above with the planned meals) and so we are moving along. I'm going to start posting a "what we ate" menu as part of Friday's post. I won't have a "plan" post because we don't plan a week in advance round here. We shop for the freezer and pantry and pull out a day in advance or two.
- I have a windshield crack all along the bottom of my windshield. It was a ding that I didn't fix in time (there is lots of construction between here and Dallas and I tend to be of the "It's just gonna happen again next time", philosophy) which turned into a windshield wide cracked condition. I finally called Safelite and was thrilled to find that the total cost of said repair will be covered by my car insurance. A nice surprise since I was unaware I had windshield coverage.
- On the spending side, I've had the shipping from those clothing boxes, and purchases of two items so far. I also purchased a pile of fabrics to make two sets of mix and match napkins and placemats (and perhaps potholders or other things as well). I won't know how the cost of these will compare to store purchased until completed (not thrift shopping at the moment), but I do know they will be the exact color, style and thickness and will match the dishes where ever I go.
- As part of my saving goals, I made a master list of wants and needs, which is fairly short, really, and again posted in the tabs above for accountability. With moving being four to six months out ( and a small possibility of earlier), I am loath to purchace too many things for the house, although throw pillows and a proper stand for my patio umbrella probably fall into that category. As does some kind of new vacuum before the current one explodes into oblivion.
- Also as part of said saving goals, I went through the monthly expenses. While there were a couple eliminations, I'm not feeling too guilty about my subscription status. Paying for Hulu, Netflix, Prime and an online course doesn't seem too terrible when I'm not spending money on gas, movies, dining out, happy hours and my normal entertainment quota! To date other than those clothing purchases, spending beyond food has mainly included craft and sewing items needed to finish current working projects and the rare treat like my Godiva box, so I feel on the right track.
Today I am working on cards for the elderly, some sewing, and starting a new book, as well as enjoying the outdoors. Someone else is again planting and watering, after making her fifth trip of the week to get more plants and/or dirt and even some small yard art, bless her energetic heart. Happy Weekend all!
Meals we've had this week (only six because of multiple leftovers), which we also had for lunch, except when I had a sandwich. While we don't necessarily eat alot f meat, we do plan menus round it even if we only have one chicken thigh or part of a breast:
Oven barbecued chicken thighs with biscuits (the only way to do this is to cook them at at least four hundred degrees. Then they get the "barbecue" finish without all the liquid at the bottom. Salad, fruit, vegetables
Spaghetti with sausage and sauce, salad and bread
Hamburgers with buns and all the fixings, including avocado.
Ham and potato casserole-its actually called loaded baked potato casserole and I found it on the $100 a month website and will try to link it later. Vegetables and fruit
Stacked Buritto Casserole (purchased). Sides of choice from leftovers
Top Sirloin Steak with mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli and fresh fruit.