Friday, April 27, 2018

Frugal Friday....the April 27th Edition

Let's see what frugal wins we had here at Chez Sluggy this past week.......

*  Assorted Deals and discounted meats at Weis(PMITA)Markets this week.....

I spent $87.28 at Weis this week and earned back $3.15 in cash rebates this week.

*   4 transactions at Rite-Aid bringing home items we can use(and/or can be put into the giveaway boxes).

 Spending down Plenti Points, earning Bonus Cash..............

All the while trying to make heads or tails of the transition from the old reward system to the new one.

*  I found more money laying on the ground again...........

A lowly Tom Jefferson coin but hey!.....found money adds up!

*  I used up leftovers from last week, incorporating them into new dishes this week.........
--The leftover rigatoni I cooked up for a pasta and fresh sauce dinner a week ago Sunday got baked with cheese and sauce and served on Tuesday with a Caesar Salad. I also put about 4 Tablespoons of pizza sauce leftover from when I made pizzas into the sauce I made for the baked pasta dish.
--This past Sunday I took some leftover pork 'cue, 2 tubes of crescent rolls dough, some cheddar and a bit of bbq sauce and made a BBQ ring(like a taco ring).  Used up a leftover and some rolls tubes that needed to get used.
--On Thursday, Hubs took most of the extra meatloaf I made last week and turned it into taco filling.

*  I got this flyer in the mail from an online store I buy clothing from on occasion........
I have a $10 reward for them I earned this past Winter that expires in May.  I'll make up a list of items worth picking up/that are needed and be sure to use my reward and do some shopping during this sale.  Maybe I'll get lucky and find a free shipping code to boot!  And I'll be sure to go to the site via a cash back savings portal too.  8-))

*  On Monday we had a hankering for Chinese Take-Out so I got everyone's order that morning and I went to the restaurant before 3 pm and got 3 dinners for us.  Before 3 pm you can get the Lunch prices/amounts which cost $2 less per entreé.  Hubs went ahead and ate his early but the rest of us heated up our entreés at dinner time.  I find that the reg. dinner time quantities are too much(I can generally get 3 meals out of my single entreé).  Nobody here likes the same thing so sharing an entreé between us isn't going to happen.

*  I am so glad I picked up a 5 lb. log of Cooper sharp cheese a couple of weeks ago.  It is saving me scads of money buying it this way!

This product runs $7.99-$8.99 per lb. at deli counters in the grocery stores here and sometimes I can find it on sale for $5.99-$6.99 per lb.
The restaurant supply store has it sliced, prepackaged(in plastic wrap on a styrofoam tray)for $4.99 sometimes but I hate buying that because of all the packaging waste and because they wrap it so tightly that the slices get stuck together and you can't get them out singly for a sandwich.

So I invested in a good cheese slicer awhile back and now I slice about a lb. at a time and store the slices in a ziploc bag(which is washed and reused).  I just have to make sure to wrap whatever is left of the cheese log well so it doesn't dry out.  Buying a block of cheese costs me $17.99 for 5 lbs.(unless I find it on sale for $15.99)so it's costing me $3.60 lb. when I do the slicing myself(or $3.20 lb. if I find it on sale).

And those pesky bits and pieces of slices that come off the bottom end of the log when slicing?

I use them along with a heel of a loaf of bread(which nobody eats)and make myself a cheese toast breakfast after slicing!  Add in the turkey sausage patty I cooked up and you have a filling meal.

Or if I slice cheese and it's not meal time, I put the bits in a baggie because someone around here is likely to have nachos, tacos, a salad, etc. where they want shreds/bits of cheese on/with it. ;-)

*  I didn't get the Weis Friday Freebie last week because it wasn't something we'd eat/use.  It was a reusable grocery bag in homage to Earth Day rolling around this year.  I really don't need MORE reusable grocery bags so I didn't get one.  Just because something is free, if you can't/won't use it/have enough, you don't have to take it.

*  Monday saw me back at the dentist's for a filling replacement................

I got a few toothpaste Qs($1/1 Colgate)and asked for more sample size freebies.  Two more tubes of Sensodyne for Hubs and 2 bottles of Listerine.  Always ask for dental freebies because you never know if they have them if you don't ask!

*  But the best frugal buy this week was this.........

5 lbs. of matzoh for a quarter.

A good week of frugal wins about you!
How has frugality helped your personal economy this week?



  1. Sounds like a good and frugal week, Sluggy.

  2. So you eat the matzos as crackers or use for something? I need a couple new shopping bags-some have worn thin.

  3. My dad found a brand new, tags still on, patio umbrella while cleaning the garage and gave it to us, as my old one was recently junked. Aroma Joe's coffee shop had a grand opening and gave away free cups of coffee. Found a brand new Food Network Acacia cutting board from Kohl's at Goodwill for 3.99, originally 29.99. I have been upgrading my kitchen wares lately-ditching plastics and teflons for more glass, cast iron, wood, enamel quality pieces and that cutting board was a score for me. I might have hugged it when I grabbed it off the shelf. Lol!

  4. Best bargain for me and killing three birds with one stone was offering to pick up a meal for Mom one night when TheHub had a dinner meeting. She asked me to eat with her and pick up a meal for me too, both on her credit card. I didn't have to cook. Mom and I ate together. We ate at her house so I didn't have to pick her up and take her home! Win!

  5. I never turn down a free bag. Things happen to them! Plus, when I give exbf something in a reusable bag, he keeps them instead of bringing them back. I get them back eventually, but in the meantime... Finally, he has been bringing back two bags lately because it is easy to use them since he has to push things on his walker. Some of the free bags are not washable.

    I love the price on the cheese. My closest restaurant supply is in Birmingham, at least an hour away on a good day.

  6. I love to put cheese and tomato on matzo, place it on a cookie sheet, and bake it in the oven.

  7. Wow, I thought I did great with 5 lbs and prayer book for 1.79. .25 for Matzo! I have Matzo envy!

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