Saving and Homemaking 4/29

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Planting

Last week I planted dill and basil in pots inside and the seedlings are up!  Fingers crossed they get enough sun to grow into sturdy plants.  It’s under 40 degrees F here, so no planting outside yet.  I have pea seeds ready to go.

Saving

A good week!  I found eggs on sale for .39 cents/dozen and purchased two dozen.  That same store had their deli meat on sale for 50% off, which may sound scary but both were loss-leaders to celebrate the opening of a new store location.

At another store I found a “save $4.00 when you purchase 4 items” promotion.  Did the $4.00 come off my receipt?  No, of course not.  I went to the service desk and they gave me me the 4.00 in cash.  I noticed when I signed for the refund the person on the form ahead of me had also sought a refund for the same promotion.  Must watch receipts.

DH is tracking the cost of flights to England so we will have a better idea of the price of flights if we are able to afford a trip next year.  He is using a simple notebook for this, going back to our roots when we were first married and our weekly budget was in a spiral notebook!

At the end of the week we had cash left over which we put towards upcoming birthday and Mother’s Day expenses, and also vacation this summer.

Watching

90DD and I are enthralled with the show “When Calls the Heart” on Netflix.  We are only at the beginning of the first season so don’t spoil it for us!  We are scheming to watch episodes whenever we can.  If you are a fan of Little House, Dear America/Dear Canada books, or historical fiction, you must check into it.

Cooking

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We ate at home this week, and rather frugally.  I made a quiche with the .39 cent eggs.  I had bacon in the freezer, leftover cooked mini yukon potatoes and also chives from my garden to add to it.  Today we had “make your own taco salad” for lunch, which was an opportunity to use up ingredients from when we had tacos earlier in the week.

We used the deli meat for a quick sandwich dinner on ballet night, saving the cost of a take-out meal.

Cleaning

I didn’t accomplish anything too far outside of routine cleaning.  I was too busy watching “When Calls the Heart.”  I did get some wet cloth dusting done, which I do with Dr. Bronner’s soap mixed with water and a microfiber cloth.

Reading

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“Lucky Broken Girl” by Ruth Behar, a middle–grade novel about the author’s experience as a Cuban-Jewish girl whose family flees Castro’s Cuba for New York City in the 1960s.  I am trying to read kid lit this year about kids and young adults who come from racial/gender/disability/cultural/religious backgrounds other than my own.  DD said this book should be moved to the top of my to be read list.

How was your week?  Any great grocery finds?  What are you reading and watching?

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Saving and Homemaking 4/29

  1. Journeys of The Zoo

    I’m in Canada so (until very recently), eggs never went on sale. If they did/when they do, I buy the limit (6-8) dozen and we make sure to eat 4 eggs a day (there are 4 of us) and I’ll do some baking. Eggs last a long time and we’ll eat them way after the best before date (they never last that long in our fridge) and, did you know that they’re really easy to freeze!? Even with the exchange rate, at .39 a dozen, I would buy at least 10 dozen for sure!

    Besos Sarah.

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    1. Jen Post author

      My biggest impediment is space. A few months of the year a friend goes south, and I gleefully use her fridge and freezer too. I do love to have slightly old eggs because they peel so nicely as hard boiled eggs!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Mrs. Kate Singh

    When Calls the Heart is on my Hallmark and I never tried it out. I should. I love this stuff. For two years I was addicted to Amish fiction. Thanks for the reminder on quiche. What a great food that is and a penny saver. You are finding some fabulous deals. I don’t get that lucky but I also choose all organic and free range. I did find organic and free range eggs for .97 cents and almost passed out with shock.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Yes, you’ll have to look into When Calls, and you can have it on if your boys are around with no worries. My daughter and I love Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and historical everything, so this show is right in our wheel-house. The clothes! It’s also God-centered.
      I had an Amish fiction phase too, LOL.

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