Frugal Living

Frugal Friday

What a week! I dropped my youngest off at college last weekend. No matter how many times I do that, it never gets easier. I miss her so much when she is gone. I don’t like to let her see me sad when I leave, so I have a tendency to save those tears until I am safely in the car.

We had a wonderful time together though. We went to the city her school is in a day early. We stayed in a hotel (a first in a year). I found it to be safe, as no one was really around and we just went from our car to our room. We were able to visit my parents for dinner for the first time in a year. We spent the day shopping, having lunch, talking and laughing. It was such a nice way to spend our weekend together.

I certainly did not save a lot of money because of this, but pennies were saved elsewhere:

  1. We are going through the freezer vegetables from our summer garden and the canned goods. I made a delicious zucchini bread using apple butter I made with local apples.
  2. We had some milk way passed it’s peak. Eric used it in two loaves of bread and a batch of yogurt.
  3. We managed to shave $90 off of our energy bill this month. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that our dryer belt broke and we are still waiting for the part. All laundry is being air dried right now.
  4. I remembered to take my daughter off our auto insurance, which in turn takes her off our umbrella policy, saving us about $200. Remembering to review insurance is always an easy to save money.
  5. Utilized several rewards dollars again this week from Walgreens, Kohl’s and our local food co-op.

I am so excited that I write this as we enter the month of February. Proper spring weather is still several weeks, if not a couple months away. But, I look forward to being able to be outside again, so my son can start coming home again. During COVID, he hasn’t been home. Since we live in a cold climate, we are required to be indoors most of the time. Making it tough to have the family dinners we are so used to having together.

What did you do this week to save money?


Book Review – The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue might be the most appropriate book for 2020-21. Set in Dublin, during, wait for it, the Spanish flu. A book that mirrors the life we are living now. More than once the characters were told”wear your mask” or “stay home”. The same rules apply today.

This book focuses on three women working in the maternity ward of a hospital in Dublin Ireland. The patients are both in labor and have the flu. In three short days, those working in the ward lose patients and save patients. No happy ending to be found here. But so good and so relevant to the world we are living in.

My favorite part though, was the prescription of whiskey for all the women. Honestly, if I would have been given a shot while in labor, it might have been easier to get through. I highly suggest putting this one on your TBR list.


Book Review – Untamed

One of the first books that I read in 2021 was Untamed by Glennon Doyle. This book felt like the perfect to companion to the resolutions we should be making. Being true to ourselves, investing in our marriages and family, doing what we love for a living and accepting our flaws. It is a must read for any woman who has questioned their decisions, faith, marriage, sexuality, family, career and all other things pertaining to life.

This book has a quote in it that has stuck with me since I read it. “Maybe Eve was never meant to be our warning. Maybe she was meant to be our model. Own your wanting.” Is that not the perfect quote for every single woman who questions their own needs and wants?

Glennon Doyle is a flawed woman who came into her own in her 40’s. A decade when we women believe that those in their 20’s and 30’s have so much more to offer. What a wonderful surprise to start the new year.