Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Frugal Accomplishments...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Frugal Accomplishments...

Frugal Accomplishments...

I was able to wash, cut, and freeze a gallon size bag of strawberries. These will be great in smoothies or I will use them in the summer when I make mixed berry jam.

Frugal Accomplishments...


I made three loaves of lemon poppy seed bread.

I requested a bunch of cookbooks from the library. I always get cookbooks from the library first. If I find that I am constantly rechecking out a book, then I search for it on Ebay. This month I purchased three cookbooks Don't Panic--Dinner's in the FreezerDon't Panic: More Dinner's in the FreezerThe Girl Who Ate Everything. They are all ones I have been eyeing for a while. I am really excited I was able to add them to my collection of books. I was able to snag them each for under $10.

Frugal Accomplishments...

I cleaned some old artificial flowers in the sink, instead of buying new ones this season.

I resisted the urge to buy some cute home decor stuff at Target. I consider that one of the biggest accomplishments this week! Haha! It was hard though...like really hard. They have metal bins, chalkboard signs, and cute clipboards right now. I filled my cart, walked around the store and got what I actually came for, and then I put the home decor stuff back on it's shelf. Anyone else do this? Sometimes it is hard to resist all the cuteness and Target knows my weakness for Chevron and burlap people! I swear they do. This week I won though! I got your number Target!

I rearranged some things in my home, instead of buying new decor:)

Frugal Accomplishments...

Frugal Accomplishments...

Frugal Accomplishments...

I made lunch for Hubby each day this week. Buying deli meat and drinks is much cheaper than if he ate out each day...and healthier too!

I worked out at home. I don't have a gym membership, so I borrow DVDs from the library and get my work out on. Right now I am loving Denise Austin's Boot Camp. It is kicking my butt!

When I got a cold I used toilet paper, instead of running to the store for tissues.

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I scored a bunch of summer clothes at Savers. Miss Priss is all set for the new warmer season. I also snagged a few work polos for Jason, all for under $8. I was able to donate a few things and get a 30% off coupon too!

Frugal Accomplishments...

We got Bountiful Baskets and made it a goal to eat as many fruits and veggies throughout the week. I have switched to a more plant based diet, due to health reasons (I'll chat about some other time), so Bountiful Baskets has been helping even more than usual!

Frugal Accomplishments...

I also made our meals at home this week, except on Libby's baptism day.

Frugal Accomplishments...

We used a coupon to cut the cost of eating out at Sweet Tomatoes, after Libby's baptism.



What frugal things have you all been up to this week?

XO Danielle

12 comments:

  1. I made a big batch of mini frittatas for dinner (brinner!) and then froze the rest for quick breakfasts this week. We've also been going to the library once a week (weather permitting) for some free fun activities instead of paying to do something (and checking out books for more free fun at home!)

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  2. Those are great accomplishments!

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  3. Last night I was able to cut up peppers & onions and froze them for later use. I scored a package of 12 rolls from bakery's reduced rack for $.99 so I prepared and froze 6 bags of garlic bread for use during the month. I made them mixing butter, minced garlic (Dollar Store purchase - score) and parsley....yummy. I fried up 4 lbs of hamburger and will use 1 lb for tonight's spaghetti and froze the other into 3 lb bags for later use. Any spaghetti will be frozen for hubby's lunches during the month (we are attempting to stop buying cans of Chef Boyardee at $1/can. Too much sodium and getting to expensive.) Meals getting planned around a vegetarian diet (me) and figuring out where I can add meat for hubby. Feeling pretty accomplished today. Saturday will be spent making chicken soup for hubby so it can be frozen for lunches to. Canned soup is convenient but also attempting to trim from our grocery budget.

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  4. I work from home and my office has a beachy theme. I made curtains from a repurposed shower curtain (used a tension rod to hang) with a cute light/medium blue wave pattern and made a valance of sorts from some old cotton fishing net, a beach postcard banner (the postcards are threaded onto a ribbon and then draped) and I used two starfish to cover the hooks I used to hang the netting. I spent a total of $4 for the tension rod, and the other stuff are things I've gathered in the last year. The whole shebang cost about $20.00.

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  5. I love seeing these frugal accomplishments. You should start a link up with this. Also, congratulations on Libby's baptism.

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  6. awesome job Danielle! and yes I do that at EVERY store. I want to try a Thrift Village - people around here say they're awesome but I've never been. we've eaten out more this week then we planned to but we've made really good decisions since they were last minute pop ups. I want to try the freezer thing again to not have to worry about pop ups. I've been doing sweating to the oldies lately and that is kicking my butt! I need the dvd's but only have one VHS, my tape player tries to eat the tape. I'm gonna check the library and see if they have them, thanks for the reminder!

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  7. I love reading your accomplishments! It always inspires me and helps me to remember that all of the accomplishments are worthwhile, even my lititle ones. This week I made some pretty successful sourdough bread, hung at least one load a day to dry rather than use the dryer, ate at home (yay for Lent!) and I snagged some marked down milk and hubby's favorite chocolates for his Easter baskets. Plus, the shots of your cozy work area completely inspired to tweak the arrangement of the school/craft room. I'm so excited to dig in and move furniture!

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  8. Hurray for frugal accomplishments! I don't have a gym membership either and I've been doing workouts from YouTube for free!! Denise Austin has lots of workouts on the BeFit YouTube channel, along with Jillian Michaels and lots of others. Fitness Blender is another YouTube workout channel that I love!

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  9. what a great week....i really love that you washed your artificial flowers and reused and rearranged your existing decor to change things up!
    this was our week http://mjscomingundone.blogspot.com/2015/03/sharing-ways-we-save.html


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  10. I made a batch of homemade falafels and froze them.

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  11. Love your home decor and new healthy eating! Fresh fruit and vegetables are sometimes the more pricey options, but I try to think about them as investments in my family's health and well-being. Too many processed foods cost us a lot in the long run -- poor health, unhealthy appearance, decreased longevity, and rising medical bills. I hope you can find a place in your book to help us embrace fresh, natural foods while still saving money. Thanks your continued inspiration!

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  12. Ground beef was on sale here so I bought a few pounds, made hamburgers one night, cooked some as hot dog chili to save for when hot dogs go on sale, and made two batches of meatballs that are in the freezer and ready to go. Frugal and a time saver!

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