Friday, September 24, 2021

Frugal Friday


It is cold today, in fact we had frost overnight and of course I did not cover my eggplant or peppers. They don't look too bad, but I am really hoping there is no frost tonight or we can say good bye to any more harvesting.

Harvey decided that tonight we are ordering in. I plan on ordering from our favourite pizza place as we will get free dry ribs with our order. I have even found a coupon that we can use as well. Still have salad from last night so we will be eating very well tonight.

Now for the very few frugal moves this week.

1.  Harvested all tomatoes and will be processing them as they ripen (though I did find a recipe for green salsa to use up some of them). 

2.  Windows open most days to keep the house cool.

3.  Made some bread crumbs from leftover bread.

4.  Used up all leftovers in the fridge for lunches or other meals this week.

5.  Working on getting all my projects done and made a list of groceries using the fliers to get this week. Since I will not be shopping the week before Thanksgiving I will be purchasing all necessary for that meal and trying to stock up on sale items for baking. I think this could be a fairly high bill.

Now to explain why I am trying so hard to only go shopping twice a month. This is something that I used to do when we lived 30 miles from the nearest grocery and there has been a big uptick in cases of Covid in my little area of southeast Saskatchewan. The more I can stay away from places where crazy anti-maskers and anti-vaccine people could be going is really in my best interest. Really my only trips out are to the grocery store, church and bank. The only one I worry about is the grocery store as people refuse to follow the arrows on the floor and really press against the social distancing thing. 

I am also trying to stock up on items in case the worst happens and the shelves start to empty. I know the harvests have not been as good as usual so flour, canola oil, and such will not be as easily available. Also ranchers are selling off their stock which could be making buying beef a treat rather than a usual shopping item. 

I will let you know how everything goes this week. Lots to purchase, lots to wonder if it is a need or a want. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. Hope the eggplant and peppers are OK, it seems so early to be having frost overnight. There are so many issues with shortages and lack of drivers that I have stocked up too.

  2. It's the same here, many people act as if the virus has gone, I still wear my mask when shopping. Like you we are not going far and have a good store cupboard in for winter, we did it last year. The media has made a frenzy and our garages have loads of cars waiting to get to the pumps, one garage is sold out.

  3. I wonder if you could roast the green tomatoes like you would with tomatillos in a salsa verde recipe? I like this recipe. You can also use it to marinate chicken.

  4. It is hard to see people not being conscious of others.

  5. We're certainly in a precarious here in the province. Regina was doing relatively well, but all signs point to increased numbers again. It's worse in my daughter's town too, and she and my grandson are being tested today as he has brought something home from school it seems and she woke up not feeling well this morning. Fingers crossed, it's just a scare as he is too young to be vaccinated.

    I have noticed some items missing on the grocery shelves this week - things I wouldn't expect to see. But you're right about the harvest, some farmers are saying yields are 50% of expected. Best to be prepared.

    Have a good weekend!

  6. My tomatoes have been brought in now and the last green ones are on th kitchen windowsill.

  7. I'm certainly with you in not wanting to go out in public. Even the grocery store is off my radar since I've discovered the joys of online ordering/curbside pick up. Like you, I don't understand why people can't follow the arrows and abide by the best health practices for everyone (including themselves). In one of my extremely rare forays into a store a couple of weeks ago I saw one unmasked woman and people were bailing out of the aisles when they saw her coming. Surely she noticed but she seemed totally oblivious. To be fair, perhaps there was a medical reason why she was unmasked, but she also insisted on ignoring the arrows. Stay safe!