1. Groceries: Last week was a no-spend week for groceries. I don't plan on spending much this week either, although we're running out of milk. I did pay $5.00 for a vegetable tray for a church potluck. Yes, I had every intention of bringing a homemade one! I even washed and cut the celery and cucumbers. Unfortunately we ate every last carrot and I didn't get a chance to buy more before Sunday morning. Maybe next time. :)
2. Cooking: I made larabars and broccoli soup in our Vitamix with some things I had on hand. I also tried chopping cheese in the Vitamix. It was nowhere near as pretty as shredded cheese, but I think it will work in a pinch.
3. Household: I serged half of the reusable tissues I made last week. I put them in a kitchen drawer and hung a small wet bag beneath the drawer. That way I have somewhere to put the dirty tissues right after I've used them. The wet bag system has worked great! In addition to nose-wiping, I've also used the flannel squares as paper towels. In addition to storing dirty washcloths, the wet bag also stores soiled cloth napkins and other kitchen laundry.
4. Sewing & laundry: I darned six socks, mended a cloth diaper and fixed a pair of baby pants.
5. Valentine's Day: We didn't have a particularly frugal Valentine's Day, but Hubs did give me a new houseplant (yay!!), and we used a coupon for lunch/dinner. We planned to go out to eat around 3:00 pm to beat the dinner rush but still avoid the lunch crowd. Our plan backfired when we showed up to our chosen restaurant, and they wouldn't take us because we didn't have a reservation. This was a little confusing because last year Hubs tried to make a reservation for Valentine's Day and the restaurant wouldn't make one for that day.
So, we ended up picking a different restaurant. That restaurant said they didn't take reservations (only "call-aheads") and they were full until 7:00 pm. It was about 3:30 now, mind you. When we told them we were ready to eat at 4:00 pm, they finally said they could take us. Yay! As it turns out, I ended up having a $5.00 off coupon that we were able to use. At least there was that! We also brought home some of the food for the next day. :)
So lesson learned; call your restaurant a WEEK beforehand to see what their Valentine's Day policy is and plan accordingly.
Til next time,