I feel like I haven’t been writing much lately, I guess I just need to shoot out a post! So how about a 5 Frugal Things post?

1. We bought school supplies and some clothes during our tax-free weekend! It was a super easy way to save some money.


2. You know how I’m trying to get practice canning? Now I’ve done pickles by myself twice and the other night I canned 7 jars (1/2 pint) of jalapenos. I have broken 2 jars in the 3 canning sessions I’ve done. :( I’m thinking I need to invest in some tongs, instead of my make-shift ladle/noodle spoon  I use to get the jars out, maybe that’s why my cans are breaking.

3. While I’m learning that canning is awesome, I know freezing can be a little quicker, so I froze some jalapenos and banana peppers. I’ve never frozen raw peppers, but I’m assuming they’ll taste best cooked in something. Any great recipes for cooked banana peppers?

4. I made a double batch of chocolate zucchini bread with a ginormous zucchini, and it didn’t even use up the whole thing! I ended up with 2 large loaves of luscious bread and 1 dozen muffins, which are now in the freezer waiting for school to start so they can go in lunch boxes.
5. I’m trying to grocery shop less often, so lately I’ve been having to use “leftover wizardry” as Amy Dacyczyn would say. For example, tonight we had chili made from:

  • Some chili Cameron made a long time ago that was SUPER SPICY! I put it in bags in the freezer so I could combine it with bigger pots of chili to make it a little more mild.
  • A bag of frozen pinto beans.
  • 1 lb. of hamburger meat
  • and my last (sniff, sniff) can of tomatoes. I gave them a whirl in the blender before adding them to the chili.

It actually turned out tasting like chili!!!

What are some things you’ve done recently to spend less money?





4 Responses to “5 Frugal Things”

  1. I live at 8000 ft so winters can sometimes be a little difficult, As it is over a hours drive for shopping I must buy enough to get us through the winter months so we have supplies if we are unable to get out. I always watch for coupons to use and use those to help stock my pantry for winter. Last week I was able to get coupons for the dog food for my sons service dog who happens to have allergies to grain so the food he is on can get pricey, my coupons were for ten dollars off per bag, sweet, I was able to get enough bags to get us through the winter with no worries, it is now stored in sealed cans for the winter. I’m filling my pantry, freezer and canning(I buy bulk through produce supply and farmers for canning), go out and pick mushrooms, berries from the forest and filling the wood supply with the free cords we are cutting that the forestry gives out free permits on. Now just waiting for fall, hunting season for filling freezer with meat, cool weather to arrive so I can start quilting, and getting Christmas gifts made. Got to love retirement, work harder now than before but so rewarding.

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  3. Susan, Did someone help you get started in canning or did you buy a book? I’ve always wanted to can but never have.

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