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Friday, February 22, 2013

Frugal Doings

We have been clearing the trees of oranges. We get critters in the yard so I don't want to attract them. This weekend I will make lots of orange juice and freeze the extras.


I am trying to not drive anywhere I don't need to. Will get an oil change on the way home from dropping off the kids at school. 
Organized and cleared an extra shelf in the service porch for more pantry storage.


This is the only pantry I started out with. Pathetic. I now have food in lots of cupboards in the service porch. Moving things out and making it more for food storage.


Tuna Mac made entirely from garden and pantry. The celery and chives and eggs are from the garden. All other ingredients from the pantry.


Keeping large amounts of my cleaning supplies making my own concoctions and always making sure I am stocked up means I don't have to drive out to pick up things I am out of. $83 spent at the market this week so far but I will have to head to Target to stock up on pet foods. We are about out.


23 comments:

Lisa Tucker said...

I love hearing about your frugal ways....it is inspiring! Gas prices...:(...trying to stay home more also. Thanks for the ideas..:)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have one closet area in the kitchen and it is all the pantry I have. I try to keep just food in it and then other things in the laundry room. Seems storage is always a problem. I spent $133 this week on groceries, but that did include a lot of paper products on sale and coupons, so time to stock up. Love the Tuna Mac, sounds good. Hugs, Marty

deb said...

I love that idea from Pinterest!!!!! sure would save a lot of space!!!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I didn't know you can freeze freshly squeezed orange juice. Do you thaw it and drink it or use it for smoothies?

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your frugal ways are inspiring! I am going to clean my pantry and start making an effort to stock up on sale items!
hugs, Linda

Cindy said...

I am also trying to cook more frugally and clean more inexpensively, too. I appreciate all of your great frugal ideas.
Hugs, Cindy

Cheapchick said...

The less I go to the store the less I spend too. The tuna casserole looks yummy! That's one of my favorite cheap go to dishes.

Kris said...

You are very organized!!!
: ) Have a wonderful day and weekend!!
xo Kris

Barbara F. said...

I need to do a post about my skinny skinny pantry, (doesn't explain my chubby chub body though) but first it needs some TLC. Love the idea of freezing oj, what containers do you use? xo

20 North Ora said...

Isn't the gas outrageous? Sounds like you are combining your trips and making them count. I haven't been out of the house for two weeks and I'm sure that will affect my gas tank drastically!

Judy

Sam I Am...... said...

Great tips! I love your tuna mac recipe...so tasty! But it's too cold here for that now,LOL! Great minds think alike, I just got done clearing and cleaning my kitchen bookcases and getting more picky about what takes up my shelf real estate in my kitchen. Like you, I need practical usable items at the ready. I have a shelf unit on my porch too with "backup" supplies so I never run out of certain things.
Love the can box idea! Except I don't drink anything that uses cans like that. Hmm....maybe I will though...just to get the boxes!

Linda said...

I love reading about all your ideas too;0)...we got a closed cupboard from Target a few years back to hold all of our extra pantry items...it works great...our house is small...my husband also got a whole set of shelves from an old pharmacy that was closing down...for free for the garage...they organized to the rest...they are real wood and that old aqua color that was popular in the 50's...amazing how much you can save by researching things and reading how others do it! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great weekend!!

Wendi said...

We use our third bedroom as an office/craft room and converted the closet to a pantry. Hubby built shelves and it holds my home canned goods and stockpile food. I am trying hard to watch sales and keep those shelves full!

acorn hollow said...

I have one pretty good size pantry in my kitchen I have tried to keep it stocked. we have been on the road a lot and the pocket shows it.
Cathy

Cozy Little House said...

You are one thrifty girl! I bet those eggs are good.
Brenda

nancy said...

Good for you carving out more space for your pantry! We all gotta start somewhere...

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

The soda can box -- what a great idea! When I'm finished with my Sprites, I'm going to cover that box! It must be wonderful to have fresh from the tree orange juice!

Claudia said...

Love the soda can box idea - but we don't drink soda! I, too, try to limit my trips in the car and usually schedule my errands on the same day.

Thanks so much for joining in this week, Elaine!

xo
Claudia

Diane said...

"Pantry--" what a beautiful word. Maybe some day I'll be able to use it!

ImSoVintage said...

Gas prices are terrible, so we really combine our trips, too.
Hugs,
Laura

Louises Country Closet said...

I'm so jealous about those oranges!! Gorgeous!

Balisha said...

I love to read about organizational ideas for food storage. We buy soup when it's on sale...what a clever way to store it.

Balisha

Chenille Cottage said...

Such great ideas, Elaine! My pantry could sure use so organizing. I love the recycle of your soda container. Clever and so little money...Thank you for so many great ideas.
Smiles,
Carolynn xo