What I Did This Week to Save Money – 5/22

IMG_7284Ah, 12 days until school is out!  All things ‘summer’ are on our horizon, like vacation reading programs at the library, free concerts in the park, and no 7:00 AM school bus!  On the flip side, I do not get paid in summer, so this is a good time to get the money-saving muscles back into form.

This week:

  • DD won her teacher free subs for a YEAR, free catered lunch for her advisor class, and a free sub coupon for herself because she entered her favorite teacher in a teacher appreciation contest!
  • Ebates check!
  • Dried towels and sheets in the back yard
  • Had a strong meal plan…  bought ground chuck for 2.99 a pound and had both tacos and taco salad from the pound of meat
  • Downloaded free e-books from the library.  No gas, no clutter.. just have to read quickly!
  • Spent the weekend taking lots of bike rides.  The crabapple blossoms are so beautiful and fragrant!
  • Made rhubarb crisp using our abundant rhubarb
  • Made oatmeal cookies and added some chocolate covered sunflower seeds I received as a gift months ago.  It was a good match!
  • Closed out our week with a quick budget meeting.  Unspent money at the end of the week is being saved for a renovation project and for vacation in 2017… England, hopefully!

How was your week?

Beauty bike riding

Beauty bike riding



7 thoughts on “What I Did This Week to Save Money – 5/22

  1. Flo

    I did a massive grocery shop this week. I’ve found just not setting foot in the store too often helps save money, no impulse buying. Plus I have to get creative with what is on hand. My goal is to not grocery shop (except milk, bread, fresh veggies) for at least 3 weeks, or until the freezer is near empty, whichever comes first. I also did my meal planning for the week around the upcoming heat spell, trying to save electricity by not having to run the AC as much. Hubby brought up my giant toaster oven for times when I need to bake, but don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

    Last week at the thrift store I found 4 bowls in a pattern I’d been searching for, 49 cents each. I was thrilled!

    England, love it! I want to come too!!! If you need any info, let me know. We’ve been there multiple times, but it’s been 10 years since our last trip. I can give you lots of good suggestions though.

    1. Jen Post author

      I can scarcely believe it’s almost 80 here today. Like you, the summer meals are coming out… Tuna salad, taco salad, etc. I love that you work through almost everything before shopping again. It’s a bummer to toss freezer burnt food!
      England… Right now we are aiming for London + one other city. York? Cotswolds? A friend mentioned Scotland since you can hop on the train. Open to suggestions. I don’t want to move around too much with kid.

      1. Flo

        I try to do an eat down from what is in the freezer a couple of times a year. My mom was terrible about that and I can’t tell you how much stuff was tossed because it was inedible. 😦

        I HIGHLY recommend York!!! That is probably one of my favorite places we’ve been to EVER. There is a lot to do in a close area too, you can catch a train from London to York easily. The Cotswolds is pretty, but you have to drive from place to place. York itself has a lot to see and there are some really pretty places in the surrounding area if you are going to rent a car. I think for traveling with a kid, it would be a much better choice as there are some really good museums within walking distance of most B&B’s/hotels. The hop on/hop off tour is great too. We spent almost a whole week in York, we loved it. Feel free to e-mail me if you want greater details!

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