Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 15 Oct 2017

Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. There is so much inspiration and encouragement in her posts and the many comments from her readers. Here’s a little run down of our frugal happenings for the past week:

Did some shopping for groceries and hygiene items at Target instead of the commissary. Shopped from the list and also spotted some items on sale that I know we will need in the nearish future, and used a peelie coupon that was on an item for $1 off. Total savings $23.76, plus Continue reading

Menu Plans – 9 Oct 2017

One of the easiest ways to save some cash is to cook meals at home, especially if you plan things out in advance (particularly using items you already have on hand). I used to so enjoy reading others’ meal plans each week and sharing my own – it’s been too long, so I’m going to get back into it. I hope my menu gives you some inspiration. Some folks plan for three meals a day and even include snacks; we have pretty much the same thing daily for these things, so I only write up dinners. Here we go!

Monday: Waffles & fruit
Tuesday: Beef & bean tacos
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday: Baked ziti
Friday: Hot dogs & pasta salad
Saturday: Baked ziti leftovers
Sunday: Curried mutton & brown rice

If you’d like to get more meal planning ideas, hop on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie and read on!

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 8 Oct 2017

Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. There is so much inspiration and encouragement in her posts and the many comments from her readers. Here’s a little run down of our frugal happenings for the past week:

Shopped for meat (from a local ranch) and maple syrup at the food co-op on military discount day – 10% off outweighs our 5% member coupon that can be used once a month. Continue reading

October 2017 Goals

Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)

Handcrafts:
Finish knitting donation hat
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)

Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course

Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere

Genealogy:
Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by FamilySearch.org
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive

Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Mine will now be in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)

What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.