Sunday, June 10, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

June 10, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

It has been a busy, and tiring week, but still a good one. As you know, my camera is not functioning correctly, so there won't be photos for a while in my posts. But I know my readers are smart and have good imaginations, so it's all good. Okay, let's see what we have for last week.

I received coupons in the mail from Retail Me Not, use a few this weekend while grocery shopping. I got the Redneck a new toothbrush free with one of the coupons.

I was driving this week and saw a man stop, toss stuff into a church dumpster, and take off. I find that so rude. I stopped and looked in, finding a glass based lamp on the top of the trash. I grabbed it, then brought it home and dismantled it for a project.

Of course I used my Brookshires senior discount on Tuesday--5% off!

I put glass candle holders in the freezer overnight, then gently tapped them to remove the rest of the wax. I replaced the old candles with some of the free candles I got at a sale last summer, then put the used wax into a bag with other salvaged wax. Later I'll use new wicks and make new candles.

I made a batch of powdered laundry detergent--should be about a year's worth.

I needed a low storage unit under the front room window. I happened to notice that a shelf I had been using in the kitchen was the perfect dimensions if turned on its side. I switched a few things around, and now I have cubby holes for boots, my bags, and totes with books for the library, donations, etc. I am still looking for another storage unit, but for now this works fine.


Y'all know that I am not vegan, but I like to try vegan recipes to save money. This week I made my first batch of vegan cheese--and it's good! I had the ingredients already, and it only took a few minutes to make, then cool in the fridge. And no, I am not going to tell you it tastes exactly like cheese. However it does have a cheesy taste. It is pretty good on a cracker. The video above is really easy to follow.

I needed some annatto oil for the cheese recipe, plus I use it for other recipes. I simply put 1/2 cup of the seeds into my crock pot, added two cups of vegetable oil, and turned it onto low. I left it overnight, allowed it to cool, then poured it into a jar to store in the fridge.

We had Grub Sunday at church today instead on the third Sunday this month since Father's Day is next week. After lunch I was able to bring home plenty of leftover goodies. Also, someone had brought up a bunch of those little frozen meal containers and left them. The lady who runs the kitchen said I could have them. I have been looking into simple meal prep for Obie and I through the week, and these containers saved me a trip to Dollar Tree! A little plastic wrap or foil will seal the containers, and I will have meals portioned out to save time.

After lunch we went to a lady's house to get a nice leather chair. It will need to be reupholstered eventually, but just like the couch and love seat I got a few weeks ago, it has 'good bones' and is actually worth the cost of recovering. For now a cloth over the cracks in the seat will work great. As I collect good used furniture, I will eventually have a living room that will be worth a lot, without spending a lot.

She also gave me two bags of clothes, and after going through them I have a couple of pairs of jeans for myself, and a lot of clothes to donate to the homeless shelter.

We got a $20.00 gift card from one of the western stores we sometimes shop at--that will pay for a new pair of boot socks for the Redneck.

In about two weeks, I will be helping a friend move, and there's no telling what all I will bring home as she purges. I can't wait to see!

Oh, by the way...iced tea made with powdered sugar? Not a winner at my house!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

4 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a great week, with lots of goodies to make your life better!

    My week was pretty tiring as well. I think this week will still be busy, but since my daughter's graduation and party are both over, these busy days will be a different kind of busy--should be easier.

    My husband is officially out of work, again, after this week, but we have the summer to figure things out, as we have him on the 12-month paycheck payment plan. He had a 1-year contract with the school that was not renewed. He's already had 1 interview, and has another one next week. However, it took 10 interviews and 80 applications last time, 2 years ago, so I'm glad we have the time.

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    1. Praying for a new job for your hubby.

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  2. I never knew vegan cheese existed.

    haha. Same here not a fan of iced tea with powder sugar :D

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    1. I think there's a vegan alternative for just about everything. Like I said, I'm a meat eater, but I also enjoy trying new things and saving money.

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