Friday, January 21, 2022

Frugal Friday


Another work week has passed us by (well that if either of us worked). It is so nice not to have to drive on terrible roads most days during the winter. Not driving saves us money on fuel as a tank usually lasts us a month or longer. However as I have appointments in the city the end of this month and next we will be using just a tad more. 

I am definitely going to find ways to save a bit over the next while as Harvey's truck cost just over $2k to service and replace a few things like brake pads, a wiper, and a couple of sensors. Add in to that the radiator flush and oil change and costs mount up. However now he has a vehicle that will last much longer.

So in what ways have I been frugal this past week.

1.  All the usual ways with laundry, and making sure lights are turned off in rooms not in use.

2.  Mending clothing, though this time around it was just a glove that needed a hole darned in it.

3.  I made 3 new draft dodgers using up fabric remnants and an old bag of. That really cut down on the drafts coming under our doors when the wind blows a certain way.

4.  Making sure all leftovers are either made into a new meal or eaten for lunch.

5.  Walking outside when nice and using the treadmill when it isn't. 

6.  Tidying and organizing the house and recycling items for storage use. 

7.  Baked two loaves of bread this week and will be baking another tomorrow.

So that has been my frugal week so far. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. I'm envious of your treadmill! Maybe one day, when my daughter's toys aren't taking up two-thirds of the basement... I have an exercise bike in my bedroom, though, so that helps, and I resorted to walking laps around the house last week! It got the job done! :)

    Nice work on the draft dodgers! I need to figure something out for my back door. It's an older door, and the wind and cold comes in terribly by the window on it, which is, of course, at about shoulder height. I don't want to cover it up, since it lets in so much light. Maybe I'll have my husband look into that kind of plastic wrap that you put on windows with a hair dryer. I wonder if it would stick there. Something needs to work for that, it was brutally cold near that door the other day, and that can't be good for our heating bill!

    Stay warm!!! :)

  2. Yikes, that repair bill would hurt. But on the other hand, it wouldn't be possible to find another vehicle for that price so in the end, it is worth it.

  3. Cars can cost a fortune to repair, can't they. At least you know you are really for any eventuality now Jackie x

  4. Sounds like a good, frugal week, Jackie. Yes, I love not having to get out on bad roads.

  5. A draft dodger is on my list to do too. Finally got around to 'googling' to see what to put inside and the consensus seems to be unscented cat litter. Rice was a close second but it would take an awful lot of it to fill one. Now to make a trip to the dollar store in quest of cat litter!

  6. I'm no good at mending clothes, but we do wear them til forever; then repurpose them as rags often. I haven't found a means after that though hubby remembers there being a rag man when he was a kid; they don't exist anylonger. We're getting better about left overs also. Think the pandemic and being forced to plan ahead a bit more has helped in that regard. Lights we've switched to those saver type of bulbs, and many are on an app that can be turned on or off using our phone so things don't stay on. Every little bit helps. Keep up the good work.

  7. Nice job with your frugal wins. We've been doing the basics - eating from the freezer, line drying our clothes, & using a few coupons & gift cards. Nothing too exciting!