Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

November 25, 2019

Sunset on a cold Texas afternoon

Hey y'all, it's me!

As I sit here at my dining room table on the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2018, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for all the blessings in my life, courtesy of my Heavenly Father. The Bible says that God will take care of me:

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19

I can look back on the past year and see massive evidence of the truth in this verse. The Lord has provided more for me and my family than I can ever be able to describe. As an extension of my being blessed, He has also blessed beyond measure my church family, my friends, and strangers whom I may never meet. I hope that by my little posts that I write here in the blog that I am able to bless, inspire and encourage those of you who read them. 

Okay, now that I have said what's on my heart today, let's get started on my adventures for last week.

Down the road from us, a family was moving out of their house, and they put several goodies out by the road. I picked up a small rustic table and a good stroller to take to the consignment shop. I should get a few dollars from their being sold.

I was finally able to load up that old washing machine that stopped working back in the summer and take it to the scrap metal yard. I got $7.50 for that, which in turn helped to by a few extras at the grocery store.

We ate lots of leftovers from the church Thanksgiving lunch, and I made stock in my crock pot with the carcass of a deep fried turkey. I ended up with a gallon and a half of stock for the freezer. The meat and bones left from the cooking were enjoyed by the feral cats out in the back pasture. I still have turkey meat left, and I am planning on making turkey and dumplings for Obie and I tomorrow.

While this wasn't a money saving adventure, I wanted to brag on the folks of my church for a moment. They have donated even more coats, blankets, socks and sleeping bags for the homeless shelter this morning at church. I will be dropping it all off at the church here in town that takes it all to the shelter.

I was given a big box of cloth, which I sorted through for a few things I could use, then I donated the rest.

I got 2 gallons of milk on clearance for $1.50 each. I froze one for later. I am using the milk for drinking baking, and in my daily 2 cups of tea. I ran out of the creamer I like, but decided to just use milk for now. I also ran out of my stevia powder, and I am now using molasses to sweeten my tea, and it also gives me a little extra nutritional boost. 

Speaking of tea, I like to make a big mug of tea each morning, using one bag of green tea and one bag of dandelion root tea. I save the bags after the first mug is ready, then I make a second mug using the bags again. I was making sweet tea for the guys, and got to wondering if I could reuse the big gallon tea bag for a second pitcher. I tried it, and it worked! I make a pitcher of sweet tea for the Redneck, and then I add more water to the pan and brew a second pitcher of tea that is unsweetened for Obie. 

I found that Dollar General is now selling essential oils for $5.00 a bottle. While the lavender is pretty decent to add to my bath water, I was really disappointed in the peppermint. It's weak, and when I put into my diffuser, there was hardly any scent at all. I haven't tried the tea tree yet, but I'm not optimistic.

On the clearance at Brookshire's Grocery store, I found 5 pound bags of organic flout for $1.50 each. I bought 5 bags for the freezer. I also found cans of diced organic green chilies for 75 cents each, so I got all three for the pantry.

Now, I know that last week I said that we don't do Black Friday, and usually that is true. However, our Blu Ray player had died recently, and Walmart had them on sale for a ridiculously low price. Since we watch a lot of movies and television shows on DVD and Blu Ray, we decided to risk the crowds on Thanksgiving night. 

Oh, gosh, never again. It was a madhouse, and it took us about an hour to get a player and a small television (our old one won't work with the new players). The people were all polite and everyone was nice, but it was way too crowded for my family, and I was so proud of Obie, because there were a few times when he could have thrown a major hissy fit, and that would NOT have been good. 

But we got a good deal, and it wasn't as bad as I have seen it get. We did make a vow to go ahead and just look for good sales at any other time of the year, so we can avoid the insanity again.

You know how people say that if you need incentive to really clean your house, invite folks over? Well, the Redneck had found a whole bunch of beautiful beef steaks on the clearance bin at Brookshire's so he invited our friends Kenny and Barbara over for supper Saturday night.

I hadn't deep cleaned in a while, because of all the crazy stuff the past three months. So Friday morning I rolled up my sleeves and tore through the house. I decluttered, dusted, mopped, did laundry and rearranged some things. I finished around 10 p.m.. Saturday morning we ran errands and got the rest of the preparations ready. Our guests arrived about 4 in the afternoon, and we had a wonderful evening. Barbara and I finished the side dishes, while the Redneck and Kenny took care of the grilling of steaks. Barbara brought a dessert, and it was amazing, a big pan of some sort of parfait lemony deliciousness. We sat around the table and talked and laughed, then Barbara helped me clean up. It was such a nice night, and it was done on a budget, with everyone being full and content.

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


  1. You are blessed my friend because you are always. always blessing others. You are special. The Lord blessed fools (me) and the special (you). Love you

  2. We don't do Black Friday norm
    ally either, but our dishwasher stopped draining on Thanksgiving Day! We knew it was coming but we were hanging on for a good deal. So we got the local appliance store to match Home Depot's Black Friday price on a very quiet Kitchenmaid. It was supposed to be installed yesterday, but apparently in the last 16 years they started making dishwashers a little deeper, so we have to move the lines so the washer can scoot back better. So I am hand washing until Saturday when the plumber could get here!

    1. Ah yes, but soon you will be merrily scraping the turkey carcass off the platter and letting the dishwasher do all the work! Congratulations on the new one at a great price.


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