Five Random Frugal Things

  • Last week among the specials in the grocery store flyer were : Roast Beef at the Deli for 8.99 per lb.  Can you believe that? And it was advertised as a sale!

Meanwhile in the meat department, English cut shoulder roasts were on sale for 2.88 . I got this little roast for 5.85, and put it into the crockpot with vegetables layered on top and bottom, added my seasonings plus a can of Golden Mushroom Soup + 1/2 can of water, and there were several meals from that..and some to freeze.  If you have a large family to feed, the same scenario applies…just more roast and veggies.  There is so much good gravy from this that leftovers can be frozen and used for pot pies.

English Roast Collage

  • Tin foil has become quite expensive. I have learned to purchase the heavier foil since unless it’s been used to cover lasagna or something very messy, it can simply be rinsed and re-used, at least one more time.
  • I treat plastic storage bags the same way. If they were just holding lettuce or carrots or biscuits or anything that is basically clean and not very messy, they can be rinsed, turned inside out to dry and used again.
  • Here is one that I’ve been doing since raising my boys when they were young. Keep some graham crackers on hand, if you bake alot and use icing fairly often. Why? Leftover icing sandwiched between graham crackers, stored in a plastic container until they soften up a bit…results in a cookie far better than an Oreo sandwich cookie! :)  The same applies for Nilla wafers + leftover icing or anything similar to these examples, that you can use.  Buy them when they are on sale and store them away for the leftover icing day.
  • Then there is that old saying about the best things in life being free…for instance :


Jugsy Stretching


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Tuesday Treasures : “Jenny Wren”

wren another good closeup

I do not know why but my grandmother always referred to the little wrens as “Jenny Wren”.

Wren Collage End Dec

From my bird book, it appears as if my highly vocal wren visitors are Carolina Wrens…and I enjoy their various songs.  So much voice from such a tiny bird! :)

wren at finch sock suet on beak

I have so many brown sparrows at the feeders each day that were it not for the sweet song of the brown wren I’d not know to go and look for him, but when I do, he is such a special little sweetheart to behold.

wren with finch sock

WREN end Dec

We have all heard the saying “it it the little things in life” and this little bird is an example of the simple gifts each day that can bring us joy, if only for a moment or two.

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