Frugal Endeavors – April – off to a crappy start



The month started with the realization that our upstairs toilet was leaking causing the floor beneath it to rot, badly. The Man replaced the 40+ year old toilet and the bathroom floor before things got worse. I am so grateful that The Man is a good handy man.  I can only imagine what it would have cost us to hire a plumber! I am hoping that my new water saving toilet will decrease our water usage. Silver linings and all that.

In happier news, I helped my youngest move to more suitable accommodations. I made a batch of pumpkin gingerbread as a house warming gift for him using some of the pumpkin from my freezer. He bought me lunch at the local pub as a thank you.

I also cut The Man’s hair again.  We spent about $20 on hair clippers about  four years ago.  They have certainly paid for themselves.

Stocking the Pantry

This week, my Mom sent me home with a box of chicken breasts and some canned goods she didn’t want, including three cans of crushed pineapple. I made Pineapple Dream for dessert one night using some cream cheese that needed to be used up. This is a favorite recipe.

Yum! Sooo good.

Stash Busting

I’ve been hanging out with my sewing machine a lot these last couple of weeks. I worked on some quilts, sewed on couple of patches, and mended a shirt for my boss. I made another garment bag from an old sheet and I made a couple of reusable shopping bags using an online pattern and fabric from my stash. I have plans for these bags as part of our Striving for Victory challenge this month.

That is how we pinched our pennies this week – leave a comment and tell me about your week.