*Made 3 apple pies--one to enjoy, one to sell at a bake sale, and one to freeze for later--I also made homemade crust for the second time ever. (I usually use Pillsbury!)
*Made apple pie filling to make 3 quick pies later. The result seemed light on apples, so I saved about a cup of the syrup to use on waffles. It was delicious!
*Diced 46 cups of apples and froze them in 2-cup portions for muffins
*Made a double batch of pumpkin apple muffins
My bake sale goodies*Tried making applesauce with the peels still on via the recipe in this book. We prefer the taste of our usual method, but this was so quick and easy!
*Made a batch of fajita seasoning mix. I've been making this same version for years, but now I use just a tablespoon and find we like it that way. It lasts way longer, too!
*Cooked a pound of dry black beans and packaged them in 2-cup bags for the freezer.
*Scored at a local thrift store's $3 bag sale--my finds including 4 gift items and 3 pairs boots/shoes for the kids!
Some of my thrifted/garage sale finds*Used a coupon for a free dish of ice cream.
*A friend gave me some Pampers codes she wasn't going to use.
*Bought a pair of football cleats for Nathan for just $3. I was pretty pumped about these--he just started a 6-week flag football program, and they recommended the boys wear cleats. I found a pair in his size at a garage sale last week!
*Eric and I had a great date night that cost no money--we sat at the Compassion booth at a recent local concert and had the privilege of signing several people up to become sponsors. We also were blessed to watch most of the amazing show!
*Purchased a football Halloween costume for Nathan for $1.50.
*Eric took the older kids to a huge county fair that had free admission for children.
*Used a gift card to pay for part of a supper out.
*After donating blood recently, Eric received a generous pizza coupon as a thanks, so he and the kids had an inexpensive meal out while I was gone.
*We continue to get lots of goodies from the garden. The beans are done, but we're getting peppers, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes.
*My mom and I went to a stationery outlet store in CO and I bought several things--wrapping paper, notepads and notecards--for a total of $2.78!
*We also went to our favorite discount grocery store and I found a few bargains like a package of 12 tortillas for 99 cents.
*I ordered a free magazine for Eric for his upcoming birthday. I was going to set them aside for a surprise, but one came while I was gone and he saw it. Oh, well!
*We sold several items on a local swap site.
*Our community garden has several trees/plants/bushes with fruit that is free for members to take. Eric brought home more than a dozen small white peaches, a beautiful pear, and some raspberries.
*I ordered two free personalized birthday cards for friends, paying for only shipping.
*Using a rebate form, I got a 4-pack of smoothie drinks for free.
*With coupons, I got two free fruit pouches for traveling, as well as a free razor.
*I take advantage of price matching every time I go to the store, but wanted to mention again how much I find it to be worth the effort of looking through different ads! I make a notation on my list and have the ads ready to go for showing the cashier. I also put all price match items in the front of my cart, so we can plow through those immediately and together.
*Eric and the older kids went to the college stadium after a football game and picked up pop cans/bottles. Good for the earth, nice for the kids to have a job they like doing, and they earn 5 cents apiece when we bring them in for recycling. (And of course they wash their hands really well when they get home!)
*A friend gave me a bag of little girl clothes. I had to smile because I had just given a bag of clothes that Naomi had outgrown to another friend last week. Love that we can help each other in this way!
*Took my wedding ring in to the jewelry store for a free cleaning. I like to do this every year around the time of our engagement (Oct. 7) for an annual tune-up. Love how it sparkles! I also redeemed the store's once-a-year offer for a free watch battery replacement.
*Bought a book at the thrift store for a quarter, and just a few minutes later, I found 25 cents at the park. Woo-hoo--a free book!
I'd love to hear about some of your recent frugal accomplishments.
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