If you have a Kroger in your area, this week is a great time to stock up on a few staples! Check out our Kroger Mega Event tips! page and get your savings on! I saved 55% on this shopping trip! We would love to hear about your savings too!
10 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
02 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Can you believe it’s already November? CRAZY!! During this month, Two Frugal Gals will be featuring some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and crafty, creative do-it-yourself Thanksgiving decorations to help make this time of year fun for your family. Who knew creating your own Thanksgiving décor could be so simple and fun? The greatest thing about these fall decorating ideas… they are simple and easy enough for your whole family to join in. Totally upcycled and frugal!!! And decorations you can go back to year after year. So sit back and give thanks my friends to a wonderful time of year! Thanksgiving Tree Centerpiece. This is a fun custom holiday décor. This tree was put together gathering fallen branches with the kiddos near our house. We placed them in a beautiful clear vase wrapped and tied a beautiful ribbon and added a few fall flowers found at our local craft store. We cut out paper circles and punched holes in each of them for the family to write their thanksgiving blessings to hang from the branches. It’s a beautiful handcrafted look, making a perfect addition for your own seasonal decoration piece. Why buy a new vase for your fall bouquet when nature provides the perfect one this time of year? We filled a pumpkin with a full bouquet of fall flowers in our medium pumpkin for a beautiful centerpiece. The pumpkin should last two or three weeks, and the fresh flowers and other items up to two weeks. For maximum use, pull out any wilting flowers and add fresh ones. Since it likely is a large bouquet and the container is small, remember to add water often.
Wine cork Pumpkins. I love they way they turned out! My sister in law found this on idea on pinterest. What a great way up-cycle my wine corks. Just paint the ends of your wine corks, hot glue them together and add pretty leaves and viola!
Make this framed Thanksgiving Menu using an old frame. All you need to do is remove any glass in your frame, hot glue your ribbon/twine to the back or front of the frame at the appropriate height to center your menu. Use mini clothespins to hang your menu from the ribbon. You can find a free printed menu by going to bystephanielynn.com and selecting your size. That’s all! Hang it! Lean it against a wall.
Happy frugal planning ya’ll!
18 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
Two frugal Gals thought it would be nice to put together a little rock bottom price list that you can print out and keep on hand as a reference when you’re shopping. Keep in mind that this list is based on our experience, so your personal rock bottom prices may very. If you’re just starting, every item you purchase has a retail price, a sale price and a rock bottom price. A price log is a simple way to keep note of what you’re paying for an item. Just take a sheet of paper and write out 10 or 20 items that you buy every week, then, every single time you walk into the grocery store, write the price of that item down on the paper. You’ll need to do this for 6 to 8 weeks. Yes, it’s tedious but you’ll suddenly notice the price changes of your items and this will determine how low your prices can go and how ling you need to stock up. Once you find that rock bottom price, that is when you use your coupon then you stock up!
Two Frugal Gals Grocery Price List
|Canned Tomatoes||Free – .50||per 16 oz. can||Baking Powder||Free-.50||per can|
|Cereal||1.00-1.75||per 8 oz. box||Baking Soda||Free .50||per box|
|Dressing (Salad)||.30-.80||per 12 oz. bottle||Brownie Mixes||.50-1.00||per box|
|Ketchup||.50-1.00||per 12 oz. bottle||Cake Mixes||.50-1.00||per box|
|Mayonnaise||1.00-1.75||per 24 oz. container||Corn Starch||Free .50||per container|
|Mustard||Free – .50||per 8 oz. box||Flour||1.99||per 5 lb. bag|
|Pasta||Free – .50||per 14 oz. box||Frosting||.50-1.00||per container|
|Sauce (spaghetti)||1.00-1.25||per 45 oz. jar||Salt||.20-.50||per container|
|Sauce (Steak)||Free – .50||per 15 oz. jar||Sugar||1.49-1.99||per 4 lb.bag|
|Syrup||1.00-2.00||per 24 oz. bottle||Yeast||.50-1.00||per 3 pack strip|
|Tomato Paste||Free – .50||per 6 oz. can|
|Vegetables (Frozen)||.50-1.00||per 11 oz. bag||Meat||$|
|Waffles (frozen)||1.00-1.50||per 12 oz. box||Beef (ground)||1.99-2.99||per lb.|
|Beef Roast||2.49-3.49||per lb.|
|Dairy||$||Beef Stew||1.99-2.49||per lb.|
|Chicken (boneless skinless breast)|
|Butter||1.50-2.00||per lb.||tenderloins||1.99||per lb.|
|Cheese (cream)||.50-.99||per 8 oz.||Chicken (split breast)||1.19||per lb.|
|Cheese (shredded)||1.19-1.69||per 8 oz.||Chicken (whole)||.69-.99||per lb.|
|Eggs||.69-.89||per dozen||Fish (fresh)||3.99||per lb.|
|Margarine||free-.50||per 15 oz.||Fish (frozen)||2.99||per lb.|
|Milk||2.59-2.99||per gallon||Pork Chops (bone-in)||1.49-1.99||per lb.|
|Sour Cream||.50-.99||per 8 oz.||Pork Chops (boneless)||1.79-1.99||per lb.|
|Pork Roast||1.99-2.99||per lb.|
|Buns (hamburger)||0.99||per 8 ct. pkg||Chips (Doritos)||1.99||per oz. bag|
|Buns (hot dog)||0.99||per 8 ct. pkg||Chex Mix||.25-.50||per 12 oz. bag|
|In Season||Popcorn||1.00-1.25||per box of 3|
|Apples||.99-1.99||per lb.||Chips (Fritos)||1.50-1.99||per 10.25 oz.|
|Grapes||.89-1.19||per lb.||Toilet Paper||.19-.25||per sq ft.|
|Green Peppers||.25-.50||per lb.||Paper Plates||1.00-2.00||per 45 ct.|
|Lettuce||.99-1.29||per lb.||Paper Towels||Free-1.00||per roll|
|Watermelon||2.99-3.99||per lb.||Baby food||.30-.35||per jar|
|Baby wash or Shampoo||0.99||per 16 oz. bottle|
|Dental floss||Free-.50||per container|
|Deodorant||free – .50||per stick||Dish Detergent||2.00-3.00||per 30 loads|
|Shampoo, Conditioner||Dishwashing Soap||.50-1.00||per 12 oz. bottle|
|Hair Spray||.50-1.50||per bottle||Laundry Detergent||2.00-3.00||per 30 loads|
|Bar soap||free-.50||per 3 pack||Liquid Fabric Softener||1.00-2.00||per 40 loads|
|Hand soap||.30-1.00||per 12oz. Bottle||Bottled Cleaners||.50-1.00||per 24 oz. bottle|
|Toothpaste||free-.50||per 4 oz. tube||Toilet Bowl Cleaner||1.00-1.50||per 24 oz. container|
Click below to download price list!
04 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
Frugal living doesn’t mean having a life without fun. In fact, you might be surprised how easy it is to trim your expenses with a little patience and planning. My family has made a tradition of going to the Texas State fair every year since we moved to the Big D. This year was especially important because we wanted to see the new Big Tex. Depending on the day, you can save some serious cash if you plan it just right. General admission is $17 and paying for parking costs another $15…this doesn’t include the yummy food and fun games/rides. For a family of 5, you’re looking at a pretty expensive outing. Instead of letting go of one of our favorite family traditions, I did a little research and came across some great savings. Kroger had a can food drive on Wednesday which made admission only $3 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food for area food banks. We ended up paying only $9 total for our whole family while also helping out a great cause. We also saved a few bucks in parking and found some great free activities and shows the kiddos loved. Being frugal does not mean that you can never spend money; it just means that you spend your money wisely instead of blindly.
23 Sep 2013 2 Comments
Seriously… I would have 0 problems with eating this cake all day, every day. It’s that good!!! Considering this was my first attempt at making an ice cream cake, It turned out better than I thought. With a few YouTube videos and my own final touches, Russell’s birthday cake was a winner. This is just a basic recipe for ice cream cake. You can use any flavor of ice cream or cake mix you like. Russell wanted chocolate cake with cookies and cream ice cream (Bluebell of course!). Also, If you’re looking for a good frosting to decorate your cake, check out two frugal gals buttercream icing You won’t go wrong. Enjoy my friends!
Trust me…it tastes better than it looks…my decorating is still a work in progress
17 Sep 2013 Leave a Comment
One main lesson I’m learning in my frugal adventure… the better I stock my pantry the quicker I can make a delicious and wholesome meal. I typically try to stock my pantry with a variety of convenient foods and pantry staples that I can grab quickly when I’m planning for the week. Depending on what’s on sale, I try to purchase more of these staple items to save money. Pasta, rice, marinara, broth, and salad dressing are all must-haves in my pantry. Basil pesto is also a good item to have. It’s a simple delicious stir-in for pasta, salads, and sauces. Check out how to make and freeze your own Basil Pesto for a quick fix in a meal.
This casserole is a tasty one I found in Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals recipe book. It turned out really good and makes a quick freezer friendly go to meal as well.
8 ounces rotini pasta
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen Italian-blend vegetables
1 jar (16-ounce) Alfredo sauce
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound chicken breast or rotisserie chicken cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta for 7 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, cook and cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. In a covered, microwave-safe dish, microwave vegetables on high setting for 6 minutes.
In a large bowl, stir together Alfredo sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt.
Add pasta, vegetables, chicken and mozzarella cheese, fold to combine.
Transfer to a 3-quart casserole dish; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake in a preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.
16 Sep 2013 1 Comment
Every year, my daughter Kinley has college week at her school. Each day involves a theme and one of the days she needed to wear her favorite college shirt. Unfortunately we didn’t have one in her size but no worries… we found a way! My sister-in-law and I began researching “no-sew” fitted t-shirts and found this DIY project. We took one of my husbands old college shirts (out of about 1,000) and found a simple and cute way to dress it up. This project took about an hour total and cost me an old t-shirt = FREE.
We went through Russell’s closet and selected this one for our Project. We cut off the bottom so the edges would roll up. Then we cut the sides of the shirt all the way up the side and even the sleeve. Note: Make sure the cut is as straight as it can be, the only thing that should be still stuck together after this step is the neck of the shirt.
01 Sep 2013 Leave a Comment
My favorite store had their whole chickens on sale last week for $.67 per lb. I had to stock up! The great thing about boiled chicken meat is it’s called for in many other recipes, and is a wonderful basic recipe to have for many uses. You can make casseroles, wraps, chicken salad, etc… I did some research on the best ways to cook up this gregarious bird and this is what I came up with. Also, if your looking for tasty ways to use some of this chicken, check out a few of Two Frugal Gals favorite recipes!
What you need:
1 whole chicken
1 celery rib
4 garlic cloves
If your not sure if your getting a good deal on meat, use the unit price to see what the price is per pound.
Bring 1 whole chicken and enough water to cover to a boil in a large pot. Add celery, carrots, onion and garlic cloves. Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 40 minutes.
Remove chicken, and discard vegetables, reserving broth. Remove chicken from bones, and shred. Place 2 cups shredded chicken in labeled quart-size freezer bags. Seal and freeze.
Strain broth, cool, and refrigerate. Freeze broth in airtight containers or freezer bags for soups and other yummy recipes.
28 Aug 2013 Leave a Comment
I have recently started remodeling and trying to decorate. Frugal fashion has been my motto. I want things to look really good and put the smallest dent possible in my pocketbook.
This time around I decided to refinish a dresser that my brother-in-law gave me. This dresser is over 20 years old and had some wear. The good thing is that it is solid wood. It is hard to find furniture that is made like that today. So I did a Google search and watched some YouTube videos and learned how to white wash. It was incredibly easy and turned out great!
Here is the before picture:
As you can see, there are some water spots on the top. You have to make sure you sand them completely down. Use a wood grade stand paper. I am not going to whitewash this part so it needs an even sanding.
Once the sanding is done, use a damp cloth to clean off any dust. I used this Minwax Polyshades to refinish the tops. I have used this before on my bathroom cabinets and it works great! It has the stain and polyurethane in one easy step.
Brush it on evenly and let dry completely. Put on a second coat if necessary. Doesn’t this look amazing?
Now for the fun part…..whitewashing! You need 2 parts paint to 1 part water. For this I used 2 cups of paint and 1 cup of water. I dumped it straight in the jar and shook it until it was well mixed.
Before you start, do a very light sand on the surface you will paint. You don’t need to sand it deep, use a fine grain paper and just brush it across the entire surface. You are simply helping the surface accept the paint.
Put a very small amount of paint on the brush. You can always add more, but it is hard to get it off if you use too much!
Brush the paint on to the surface and swipe it until it is a light coat across the surface.
That little amount of paint did this entire bottom part of the mirror. Just keep brushing until you get the look you want. Continue until the entire piece of furniture is complete.
23 Aug 2013 Leave a Comment
I have posted about Amazon in the past. It is one of my favorite ways to shop….I don’t even have to leave the house!
My babies are no longer in diapers…….YEEEEE HAW!! About a year before the last time I had to change one, I learned about Amazon Mom. It is free to join and it saves you 20% on diapers when you “subscribe and save.” You simply sign up for them to send you a shipment on a regular basis. (every two weeks, monthly, bi-montly, etc…) The best part is that before a shipment goes out, they send you a confirmation email letting you know. If you don’t want the shipment you can just skip it and it doesn’t cost you anything. You are never obligated to buy any of the diapers. And the best part……you get free 2 day shipping on diapers and wipes. No more Wal-Mart runs for diapers
I found that this was the cheapest way to buy diapers.
This gets even sweeter! Right now they have a promotion going where you get an extra $25 credit when you purchase certain diapers. This could mean some FREE diapers for you. And……if you are going to have to change stinky diapers, free ones are always better!
Here is the link for the promotion: