Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

September 30, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I can tell it's fall--not only are the temperatures cooler, but my days are getting busier as we prepare for all the activities that come around this time each year. Our schedule includes trail rides, birthdays, anniversaries and more.

Two unexpected activities this last week were the two funerals we attended yesterday, in two different towns. Our preacher's sister had passed away, so while the Redneck and Obie sat in on her funeral, I helped to set up the food for the luncheon for the family afterward. At 12:00, the Redneck came to the fellowship hall, and we all hopped to the truck to drive about two hours to Dublin for the funeral for his great aunt. We made it back home after 6 that night, and we all slept quite well.



After his aunt's funeral, the family gave several of us flowers from the arrangements. I received these four beautiful roses. I recalled that I could stick rose cuttings into the soil and they will often take root and grow into nice bushes. I looked up several articles on how to maybe get these to take root. I found a couple of videos that convinced me it was worth a try. The Redneck bought me a jar of rooting hormone, and I will set up a big planter to put the cuttings in once I have prepped them. They won't be ready to plant outdoors until spring, since it takes so long to develop roots, so I will be babysitting them in the house until then. I hope it works, since this would be a nice way to remember a sweet lady.

With the cooler weather, we have been leaving the AC off and the windows open more often, cutting down on electric use. I love to sleep with fresh air blowing in my bedroom windows.

I saved the cost of a repairman by researching how to reset the control panel on my dishwasher on YouTube.

I wanted something sweet and creamy for a snack one afternoon, so I scavenged through my pantry. I had some chocolate pudding mix, graham crackers, sugar, butter and milk, so I made a chocolate  cream pie. Making a graham cracker crumb crust is ridiculously easy, and a LOT cheaper than buying a premade one at the store. Plus, I didn't have to go anywhere for ingredients.

I found a website, www.recyclebank.com. You can earn points by reading articles, watching videos, and taking quizzes about recycling. These points can be used for free magazines, or for discounts at local businesses in your area. I made 1000 points in a short time. I ordered a year of YOGA JOURNAL. I still have a lot of points, so I will order a few more magazines, giving our local library's address. That will help them stretch their media budget.

I cleaned out the fridge in the kitchen (I have two fridges, one in the laundry room, one in the kitchen) and found a giant jar of peach/mango/orange preserves a friend gave me when she moved. I hadn't known what to do with it, but then I remembered my Banana Bread Recipe. I have made it with bananas, but also found it works great with any canned fruit (someone had given me a box filled with canned fruit, mostly fruit cocktail--I had to use it up). I tried it with the preserves, and wow, it turned out wonderful. I made a couple of loaves to take for the funeral luncheon, and there were no leftovers. I still have half a jar of preserves, so I will make up some more to freeze for later.

If you would like to give the recipe a try, here it is:

Banana Bread (adaptable to other fruits)

Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar (regular, or turbinado works fine, too)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup nut meats, coarsely chopped (I prefer walnuts)

  • Mix in a bowl 3 ripe bananas, well mashed, and 2 eggs, beaten until light.
  • Sift together 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • Add to the first mixture.
  • Add 1/2 cup nut meats, chopped.
  • Stir well.
  • Put in a buttered loaf pan 9 by 5 inches.
  • Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 Celsius).
  • The bread is delicious served warm, with a butter dish nearby. It makes a nice breakfast quick bread or snack. It keeps well for 2-3 days
I received another bag of clothes at church this morning, with two pairs of Wrangler jeans that should fit Obie. The rest will go to the homeless shelter.

I finished the first month of using the envelope system. So far, I like it a lot. The few glitches that occurred were due to my own goofs--I forgot to keep a receipt or write down a total. Other than that, it worked great, and I have a little over $30.00 in my savings envelope--only $970.00 to go to have my $1,000 emergency fund!

Over at Little Penpen's blog, http://littlepenpen.blogspot.com/2018/09/i-did-this-new-thing.html, I read how she has learned to crochet dishcloths. I watched the video she linked to, and it seems easy enough. I already crochet with the biggest hook and strips of old sheets to make rugs, so I think I can learn to use a smaller hook and make dishcloths. I could have a project in a bag to work on whenever I have downtime (wait, what's that?) I'll let you know how it goes.

I still need to get the Redneck ready for his trip up north for an in person interview for this job offer. I don't know if we are supposed to take the job or not, but we are following this path until God shut the door or we walk through. He flies out Tuesday morning, and comes home Wednesday evening. I will ask that you pray for his safe travel, and for wisdom as we figure out what God wants us to do. In the meantime, after we drop him off at the house of the friend who is taking him to the airport, Obie and I are heading to the Azle library to stock up on books and videos, then go do laundry at the big laundromat there. When we get home we will load up scrap metal to sell. We have such a glamorous life, dontcha know!

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

Comments

  1. Looks like a good week for you. I love not having to run to the store for something when I am craving something. I needed red beans last week for chili and remembered I had a bag of dried beans. I cooked them up, used what I needed, and froze the rest for later. I was so proud of myself. :-)) The youtube video was very simple and it only took me 2-3 tries to get it going. I'm hoping to try a different pattern this week.

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    1. I'm planning on buying the hook and yarn this week. Good job with the beans! I need to cook up a bunch of plain black beans and freeze batches so I can have them for black bean brownies.

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  2. Good luck with the washcloths. They make great gifts. I have a friend who counts on getting them. I get most of my yarn from thrift stores. The very fine cotton o spools can be crippled up to make washcloths, if need be.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Sandy. I can use all the help I can get! Wait--what's 'crippled up'?

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