*We purchased a secondhand TV for a very good deal--it's something we'd been thinking about for a long time, the price was right.
*I gave haircuts to Eric and Nathan
*Grocery deals: cheese, lemonade mix, and salad dressing for about $1 each after stacking store and manufacturer cpns; snack mix for 74 cents/bag (sale and cpn, reg. $2.99 each); purchased an 8-pack of hamburgers for a reasonable price and the store was running a great deal where you got an 8-pack of brats for free
*Harvested plenty of garden goodies, though tomatoes and green beans are slowing way down
*Made bran muffins, better than Pam, granola bites, apple pie filling, and apple cider (Look at my Monica-style photo!)
*Scored vitamins on an amazing deal--thought they would be 50% off, and they rang up even lower, so I bought two bottles instead of one
*Hosted a home party, and used those discounts to buy some items I've been wanting, as well as a couple gifts; also, it was a fun surprise that I got to keep the leftovers of the food that was served
*Stopped by a store that was having clearance and bought a few food items at really great discounts (cake mix for 45 cents, for example)
*Checked out a nearby thrift store, and found a couple items I was looking for. I had a $1 off coupon to sweeten the deal.
*Cooked a pound of pinto beans
*The older kids are participating in a free trial hockey program--will post a pic next time. They look so cute in all the gear!
*Made the most delicious apple crisp, and I promised Monica I would post the recipe. This is courtesy of my dear friend, Patricia, and this recipe* was instrumental in her wooing her husband, so they handed it out at their reception a couple years ago! Enjoy. It will now be my go-to apple crisp, replacing the previous version I'd been making for years.
4 c. diced apples
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. softened butter
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
Preheat oven to 375. Placed apples in buttered 8x8 dish, and sprinkle with some of the cinnamon. Drizzle water over apples. Cream butter, sugar and flour together and sprinkle mixture over apples. Sprinkle more cinnamon on top. Bake for 40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream.
I'd love to hear about your frugal activities!
*As with all recipes, I made a couple minor changes to the original, but I've printed it here as I made and loved it. =)