A New “Frugal” Year

Good Morning Friends!

If you were to ask me where to begin on a frugal journey?  I would have to say one day at a time. All of us will have different ideas on “being Frugal” some ideas we love and some ideas we hate. Just use the ideas that work best for you and you will see savings in your life. Let’s let the Frugal journey begin!

These are upcoming topics we will be discussing:

1. Remember everything is the Lord’s – We are just the keeper!

2. Food is a big money concern –

  • Groceries
  • Cooking meals
  • Eating out

3. Money saving Recipes

4. Bathroom Savings

5. Dave Ramsey’s Debt snowball

God’s blessings on your day, Candy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/2 full or 1/2 empty bag of chips?

This week  while grocery shopping I noticed  the bags of chips and pretzels are smaller and less full. The bags are full of air to appear bigger and fuller. Tonight while out chips were $4.99 a bag…..I give up! My husband is always telling me I need to give them up well maybe today was the day. Tonight with our movie we are having popcorn!

 

While getting my popcorn out of the cupboard the lid popped off and spilled out…..Now my popcorn is 1/2 full!

God’s blessings, Candy

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Happy New year! Yesterday we were invited to a friend’s home. I usually like to stay home and watch the Twilight Zone on Hulu, but my friend was persistent and  we went. We were asked to make a dish to pass I made my taco dip and had all my ingredients but the taco seasoning. So we made our own. It tasted great and I am wondering why I haven’t kept up making my own like years passed. Here is the recipe .

Taco Seasoning

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder ( I had dried onions so I crushed them in a small dish and which the back of a spoon)
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (we had some dried ones from our garden and I crushed them with the back of a spoon)
1/8 tsp. ground ginger

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl

and mix well.

Store in an airtight container if not using right away. Makes enough seasoning for about 2 lbs. meat

I doubled the recipe and now I have more for when I need it again! Have a blessed day and New Year! Candy

New uses for old things

I am sure many of us have different things we use to make ours lives easier, save money and reuse.

Here are a few ideas and if you have any please add:

  • Canning jars

  1. They can be used as drinking glasses,
  2. Candles- you can make candles and fill the jar with the wax or put a votive in it and use it as little lantern to light a outdoor walk way.
  3. I have started using them for storage like my Parmesan cheese.
  4. Jars can also be used like the envelope system of sorts. label each one…. example: grocery,gas, entertainment and emergency and when you get paid put you set the amount in each jar. this is a way to use cash and Cash hurts when you spend it.
  5. Jars can also be a pencil holder, in the garage for odds and ends
  6. Flower vase jar is wonderful in the summertime!
  • Peanut butter jar lids– fit nicely on my canning jars for storage purposes.
  • Rubber bands– My grandma always did this and now I find myself doing the same. Wrap a rubber band around a chip bag to keep it fresh (Top to bottom instead of a clip). Rubber bands also  keep our electrical and cell phone cords nice and tidy.
  • Pizza cutter– I like to use my pizza cutter to cut homemade noodles they are thinner and straighter. I also use a pizza cutter to cut grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Toilet paper cardboard rolls– They can also be used to keep extension cords together and organized when they are not in use.
  • I love rubber spatulas to get every drop of batter. Like the spatula a baby spoon with the rubber coating works for small little containers.
  • Used fabric sheets– work great for dusting and polishing chrome.
  • Dental floss- When I was a kid my mom used a piece of thread to cut our brick cheese for grilled cheese. We have a cheese cutter, but couldn’t locate it this week and I found My husband mom always used thread too. I had heard dental floss it worked great and it did.

I would love to hear some of your new uses for old things. Have a great day, Candy

Gift wrapping on a budget

I don’t know why, but every year at this time I start to panic….what are we going to do about Christmas and I think this year it is going to be more stressful with a wedding the week before.

This is a re-post from last year and I have added some different ideas.

1. This is frugal tip I have done for years. Gift bags and the tissue paper I save over the year. I iron the tissue paper and put it in the bag and store until I am ready to use, easier storage and it looks like you went out and bought the bag and the tissue paper.

2. This year many are going green and many stores in the near future are not going to have plastic bags or they will charge you 5 cents for each bag. Why not buy some reusable shopping bags put your gift in it and attach a bow and they will have 2 gifts in one.

3. You can wrap in newspaper or how about a map you can receive free maps at AAA.

4. I don’t have the ambition this year but How about after Christmas pick up Christmas print fabric and make fabric bags. I know for little ones it is about the ripping of paper, but when they are older I think they would be happy with this idea.

4. Baby blankets for baby gifts

5. A scarf perhaps and it can be another two in one gift.

6. Colorful fabric which can be fabric, bandanna’s, or dish towel.

7. We have done this paper the kids decorate. You can use a paper bag cut open, the kids decorate then ready to use.

8. Boxes or tins you have received from years past

8. Wrapping paper is 1/2 off at the end of the season, so if you just can’t part with the tradition of  wrapping paper.

9. If you make a gift basket you can leave it unwrapped and present it that way. My dear friend Shelly made this one. Showing it doesn’t have to be a basket to be a gift basket…. anything you can use to present your gift. Thanks Shelly for the idea!

10. I save the bows from Christmas and reuse them. I bag them up and use them all year.

11. The gift tags….a sweet little lady at church collect Christmas cards after the holiday and then cuts the picture out along with an index card using pinking shears. These were in the office for all the busy teachers to use for Christmas. I just love the idea…

If you have some different ideas please add. Have a great day, Candy

Wedding shower on a budget……

I have been crazy busy with my daughter’s upcoming wedding…. This weekend is the shower. I am blessed with  great family and friends. Everyone has offered to help and bring something. So I thought I would post some of what I am learning.

  • potluck In our family we have always helped each other with Parties by bringing a dish.
  • Since we are going with a Fall theme I found a fall pin from Oriental Trading and we made them at the shower meeting.
  • The Prizes….. I found mums for $2 a piece.

  • I made little corsages for Kelsey and the bridesmaids.

  • The games we found online.
  1. Bridal Bingo – The guest pick what gifts they think Kelsey will receive and fill out their card and cover the answer when she opens that gift.
  2. How well do you know Kelsey game is just questions we asked Kelsey to answer and the guest with answer the same questions how they think Kelsey will answer….the closest wins!
  • We also will give out an index card and guest write how they know Kelsey or a funny story. We will add those to the pictures and have a great keepsake.

I do think it is possible to have wedding shower and budget in the same sentence! Have a blessed day, Candy

 

Homemade Carmel Corn

I don’t know I don’t make this more. It is cheap, easy and my kids love it!

3/4 C. popped popcorn (set aside)

 

3/4 C brown sugar

3T. light corn syrup

6 T. Butter or margarine

Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and shut the heat off. Then add

1t. baking Soda

1t. Vanilla

1/4 t. Salt

mix liquid with your popcorn.

I like to serve it like this and my husband Randy likes it baked a little to dry it out some.

Happy popping, Candy