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Continuation from the 2015 thread.
 

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Off work and haven't left the house. So no gas used.
Been baking cookies to mail to son in SC for his birthday. Still have to do Angel Food cake. Hope to mail tomorrow along with their Christmas stuff. Always late to the party.
Food ... meals from home. Using mostly what I already had.
Watching TV, computer and reading for entertainment.
Nothing new but everything counts.
 
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stayed home other than transporting DD to and from work. Stayed in the car-we have more groc. than we need now that Ds left.

No more shopping for anything online for awhile.
Worked at home cleaning out "corners".
 

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This afternoon we had our last Christmas exchange. Husband and I took my mom to a restaurant for chicken. Frugal because we had a coupon where your spend 30.00 and get 15.00 off the bill. Had a good meal and a nice visit.
 

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Today?

~ I walked to the store and the bank to pick up meds and deposit money. :)
~ Ate leftovers for lunch and snack.
~ Cooked supper from scratch in half an hour flat.
~ Other than that I stayed home and planned January, and entered it in our daytimer.
~ Also did a quick business income comparison between 2014 and 2015. Hmm...there will be adjustments this year.
 

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Made hot dogs for dinner I had in the freezer and used the .50 buns up. Pulled out Salsa and chips for a tv snack

Cleaned house all day and didnt leave except to drop DD at work. BF picked her up.
bought hanes underwear and JMS bras on sale w/ free shipping and coupon deals.
Yesterday I got 3 nightgowns from Kohls w/ Kohls cash and a few dollars. Free shipped of course.

Groomed the old cat
 

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~Hung out laundry (didn't have a choice really because the dryer died)
~Dinner in the crockpot
~Used leftovers for side dishes
 

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A trick we always use when dining out.....order water.....soft drinks and tea are usually at least $2 and if it's alcohol it's like $7....one or two of those and your bill is sky high.....
 

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We always drink water, too, unless pop is included with the meal.

I bought a suitable hunk of fabric yesterday 1/2 price for a dollar at GW to make up a top with a new pattern. That way, I'll know if the pattern fits right before I ruin a more expensive piece of fabric.
 

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making pitchers of plain tea again. Saves calories and sugar money. Sugar I shouldnt have anyway.

Free dental visit for DH. 100% coverage gotta love it for cleaning and exam.

Meal planning again. Came in way under budget from tapping the pantry. Going to lower the groc. budget again

Had a birthday party for the dog. Got a clearance cake,sales cookies,free busy bones for 4 w/ coupon,and toys 4/$1. and a $3.99 LN blanket at S,A. All in about $15. incl. dinner,cake and toys. So worth it.

Havent bought any clothes for myself in awhile. Just dont care to. Need to get my 1st haircut this year though.

Dh will be working from home again. We figure that saves us like $10,000 a year in gas,clothes,shoes,lunches,wear and tear on a vehicle.
 

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Bought cabbage to make another batch of sauerkraut.

Turned in Swag points for $25. Swagging while on FV.

Froze all the leftovers in the fridge.

Unfrugal or Frugal? Spent too much at Sam's Club!
90/10 burger was $2.99/lb - bought 2 packs

All meals at home
 
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Ya gotta eat.

Frugally, I put the kibosh on Husby's idea to go to another town to buy dirt. We've been working on the greenhouse all day and I want to get it done this weekend. Not only would we not be working on it (obviously) if we went out of town, but we'd be too tired to work on it tomorrow, too. So there. But if we get done, we might go tomorrow so maybe it's just temporary frugality.
 

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found pine horse bedding to use for litter $5.79/40# as opposed to $8.98 for 40# of lousy Sams Club clay. Cant wait to try it. Large savings potential.

Made pancakes w/ cherry pie filling and maple sausage. Fed 3 for a few dollars instead of $30.?

DH driving himself to the airport. Parking will be reimbursed and some of the gas. Less gas and hassle of driving him there and back 2x for me.
W/ him gone this week less food money esp. milk.
 

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Yea, we finished the greenhouse yesterday! I hope we can make it work well for us. We got the greenhouse, the big timbers it was sitting on, two tables, two steel shelving units, and a whole bunch of small accessories for $100 last year at a garage sale. I've always wanted a greenhouse but probably would have never bought one at full price ($700 or so, depending where it's sold.) But we couldn't resist it for so little money because we didn't see how we could ever try one out any cheaper. As a bonus, we didn't fully disassemble it when we brought it home, so it went together much more quickly and easily than it would have if we had bought a new one, so much less of a time investment.

In addition to the cost of the greenhouse, we've bought fifteen bags of manure/compost to do some soil improvement and will need to buy topsoil to go with it. This will be to improve soil in our existing small garden patch, and to mix with old dirt we have in containers, as well as fill up new containers. Getting set up to garden isn't cheap here so I hope it goes well for us.

 

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SD - looks fantastic and what a great deal. I'm sure you will love it. My sister in alaska has a greenhouse like yours and she loves it.

Cut up 2 cabbages, making sauerkraut today. We didn't cut it fine so it will take 3 weeks or longer to be ready.
 

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I sure hope so! We're not very good gardeners but we keep trying. If we can learn to do better, this greenhouse should extend our season by about two months, I think.

You made my mouth water just thinking about sauerkraut! :D
 

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I think it would extend your growing season at least 2 months. Walls of water extended my growing season in Idaho by two months in the spring. Gardening can be a lot of trial and error. Everywhere I move to is so different and I have to relearn all over again. Just stick with it and you will figure it out!

lol I just pulled the last of it out of the freezer and thought I better get another batch started.
 
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