Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday, Monday's weekly What?

     I am going to try and start having regular weekly posts on What are you going to do this week to try and save money?
(while you accomplish something.)

     You know you have to plan, you can't just wing it and expect to save money. Well you can but it is harder.  I really think it takes a little planning.  You know how Sluggy plans her meals, and other also do this.  Now they don't always stick to the plan but it does help. Do you have a budget of how much you get to spend for the week? Do you know or have on hand what you will cook? Do you have any idea of what you will have to spend for the week and where you can shave off a few dollars?

     So these are some of the things that I plan to do this week to try and save money.

1. Cook all meals at home.

2. Use food from freezers and pantries to feed us and use up surplus.

3. Keep thermostat down a few degrees and wear sweaters and use blankets when we watch TV.  (It has been an unusually warm winter so far)

4. Have carpet laid in mom's room.  Save money, by removing the molding, painting and touching up the paint, painting and replacing new molding.Try and find molding scraps in garage so we don't have to buy any and if we do use a gift card for the purchase.

5. Sew, sew, sew.  I have been very lazy, yes lazy, I think paying off the house ruined my work ethic.  Like I need to have a fire under my feet to produce.

6. Only go to store for fresh food and milk.

     I am pulling Swedish meat balls from the freezer and scrubbing up some garden potatoes,also will pull frozen corn from freezer.  This should feed us for at least two meals.  Then I will scrounge something else.  We have plenty of cheese and boxes of crackers in the storage for snacks.

     By the end of the week I hope to return and report what I have accomplished and how it has saved us money.

     What things are you going to do?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.



  1. Hi Kim!
    You know, I was just telling the kids that I wanted to try to use up what we have in the house before making another grocery trip!
    I am guilty of planning meals and then buying what we need, rather than planning based on what we have.
    And honestly, I am tired of lugging food into this place! LOL
    Happy Monday!

    1. Isn't it amazing that we will grocery shop out of habit and not use what we have on hand. We are American consumers and we have to shop.

  2. I never meal plan in the sense most people think. I cooked pork loin on Friday, and baked sweet potatoes or ate baked potatoes. That was a long time On Sat. we had the last of the turkey with vegetables. On Sunday, we had pork loin to finish it plus sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Today, I am having Tommy slice off some of the turkey I froze, just enough for one meal. In the meantime, on Sunday I took pork out of the freezer to thaw and we will have that tomorrow night. We have had tomatoes and leaf lettuce on turkey sandwiches. That is how it goes--I have food frozen and eat it with fresh vegetables and fruits and a little canned. That is how we eat. I never go out to get an ingredient to finish off the meal. We just do without or change the whole meal. It works; it is frugal.

    1. I really just do it in the morning sometimes an few days a head. I just see what is available.

  3. I completely agree that reaching goals takes planning. I shopped today (hadn't gone in 8 days) and don't plan on spending anything else for the rest of the week. Staying out of stores saves money!

    1. You are so right. Shopping is my downfall as I am a sucker for a bargain.,

  4. I like your list! My goals for the week are:
    1) survive the first week back to work
    2) Run 3x
    3) Get all ski stuff put away
    4) Sell a bike & bike rack
    5) Avoid dining out
    6) Start planning our 15th anniversary trip

  5. I am using the remaining Christmas ham to make a pot of beans. I'm not very thrifty, but I do make a list for what I plan to cook during the week, and get three to four meals out of a dish. Then freeze anything left.

  6. 1. Cook! I dislike it, but it certainly saves $$
    2. Use the library.
    3. Drink water, not wine or soda.

  7. We wrote 31 meals for this month with at least 80% of it being from what we have in home.

    I just checked our net worth and moved a couple accounts to get more savings.

    Checked for the electric bill, still not in, once it's in I can average what it cost and adjust this year's budget. I think we lowered it by $10 a month with just how we use the electric (everything is LED and has been from day 1)

    We are in a no spend at least this month and possible next month. We might go to no spend weeks LOL. But it's eat from the pantry until at least summer.

    I let the Sam's club membership expire. I don't think we will need it even though I use bulk flour,sugar and rice.

    1. When I need to go to Sam's I just ask my sister or one of the kids.

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