I'm joining in with Frugal Accomplishments today. Last week, I ran all my errands while in town. Brought my reusable water bottle with me. Bought canned organic beans at Aldi's for .79. I went by Marshall's in search of a birthday present for my sister. While I didn't have any luck with that, I did spy a 5 qt. red Cuisinart cast iron dutch oven on the clearance aisle. The Cuisinart site lists it as $99.95, and I got it for $39. While not entirely necessary, as I do have a vintage cast iron dutch oven I bought used years ago, I decided a second one in such a cheerful color was almost a necessity in these short days of winter :o).
Received a $4 check for a product I didn't care for and gave feedback on. Redeemed $10 in points at Walgreens, for a couple of sale items and greeting cards. Used a $25 gift card towards an Amazon purchase. J decided to try the 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime, and stocked up on some food items while shipping was free. When the powdered milk arrived, 2 of the bags had "exploded", and another had cracks in the corners. That was rather a mess to clean up, but Amazon responded immediately, crediting him for the open bags. When I cleaned up the spilled milk powder, I put it in canning jars, and will use it for the animals. With the very cold weather (some mid teens at night), I've been giving the dogs, cats and chickens yogurt with a good amount of crumbled dried nettles in it. I warm up just a touch of milk to add to it, to take the chill off, requiring less of their bodies heat to digest. The chickens have also been getting extra corn and oats to help them stay warm, plus an extra thick layer of straw in their coop, which makes a noticeable difference. I have an old wool rug in the shed, and fixed it to make a cozy sleeping spot for the farm kitties.
|one brave soul
|we'll just stay right here, thanks
|morning light & muffins beneath the cloth