After a year of being on a Medicare Advantage plan, I've jumped back into my retiree plan. I'll talk more about it later but my retiree plan means no out of pocket costs with Medicare, medicare off set fees of $800 and an extremely low cost brand name prescription plan. Unfortunately I lose two current bennies. The first is the ability to order 70 dollars of over the counter items for free very quarter (a minor inconvenience) and the second is a loss of silver sneakers. This probably counts as non frugal on Frugal Friday, but I have at least 25 workouts on U-tube to use. and $3.50 a visit to my rec center three times a week is a small price to pay for my health.
Fortunately this has been pretty low spend weekend around here, and here are a few of the frugal/non spend things happening this week:
1. I did a two weeks worth (mainly) grocery order and had it delivered. On the surface this may not seem frugal because I need to pay a tip, but I only got things on my list this way, and the guy brought it all the way into the house. Unfortunately this particular order was from Walmart who uses plastic bags and so I ruined my sustainability goal of the week. I will return them for recycling.
2. I've been really conservative on the entertainment front this week. On Tuesday I met friends for craft and chat at Whole Foods and had nothing but tea, I bought a single hot chocolate for knitting on Wednesday and last night at happy hour (which we do from three to five these days because of the darkness) I had a drink but no food or bar snacks since I knew I was having shepherd's pie for dinner at home. Good for my budget and my health I suppose. Tonight I have a once a month happy hour where I will spend ten dollars to get lobster stuff deviled eggs. Because lobster. And deviled eggs. Next week I have a lunch which will up the entertainment quotient a bit in terms of the budget, along with a possible $5 Tuesday movie date to see 1915.
3. I did not hit a single thrift shop, either on the weekly fifty percent off day or the weekly senior fifty percent off day. I wanted to but I held firm, firm I say
4. I made a master list of both yarn and fabric and supplies I want to use up, as well as those to buy on sale. This is prime sitting in front of the TV or in the chair and crafting weather, and although I need supplies to do that I want to limit what I buy and keep and eye on the cost of said items.
5. We've eaten frugally at home this week: Oven baked ranch chicken pork chops, an oven casserole version of chicken Caccciatori with tomatoes/mushrooms/olives/peppers, homemade minestrone with small meatballs and the afore mentioned shepherd's pie. All mainly from stuff I purchased on sale or clearance at the grocer's (the pork chops were marked down to a dollar for four each).
This is the pork chop recipe I use. It's actually a slow cooker recipe but I used it to cover the chops in the oven and used two cans of soup and two packets of ranch. Not to be a judgemental type, but yes, it needs to be the Progresso soup, so you don't have to add liqued and the Progresso soup has seasonings added.
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