Saving and Homemaking 5/29

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US — a time to remember those who gave everything for our country.  Memorial Day is also the “unofficial” start of summer, when it just seems right to be planting some annuals, cooking out, and maybe taking advantage of the low prices on hot dogs and ketchup!  We did a little of all of those things this weekend.


Memorial Day weekend has some of the best prices all year on charcoal, hot dogs, condiments, chips, and some types of alcohol.  This week I found:

  • Oscar Meyer turkey select hot dogs for .99 and used a .55 off coupon
  • Dunkin Donuts coffee (my preferred) 5.99 at CVS plus a loadable coupon for 2.00 off a coffee or tea purchase
  • Canned pineapple 1.00 at CVS, plus a loadable coupon for 1.25 off canned fruit plus a .75/2 Dole coupon = 2 for free
  • Received eggs, cheese, Prosecco and summer Shandy from a friend headed out of town.
  • Gratefully took advantage of free babysitting when our daughter was at a friends’s house and went to a fancy dinner with a $25.00 coupon my husband received for his birthday.


The week ahead is jam packed with recital rehearsal, a party (my women’s Bible study finished our Beth Moore “Entrusted” study of 2 Timothy!), and a few appointments.  I have really been trying to figure out a meal plan that would work.  I came up with Crock pot sweet and sour meatballs from Six Sisters Stuff, which is a tried and true recipe.  I’m concocting a pasta bake using up some pesto, some spaghetti sauce in the freezer, the free cheese, and a lone chicken patty that is taking up too much room in my freezer.  Another choice is eggs or a quiche (eggs, free cheese, and some bacon in freezer).


  • cleaned the refrigerator
  • cleaned the basement bathroom – I love to clean the granite sink with a microfiber damp with a touch of Dr Bronner’s castile soap
  • enlisted daughter to go through some of last years school stuff.  Found colored pencils that can be used next year.  I’ll have her sharpen them and bag them up…good to go.

My little garden frog.


One of the best things in summer is laying in our sunroom on the love seat, gentle breezes coming through the windows, napping or just watching the leaves blowing in the massive oak tree.

My other indulgence for relaxation is the “fireplace channel” on Amazon (free with Prime).  DH turns my digital fireplace on every night before bed.

How was your Memorial Day or bank holiday (UK) weekend?


8 thoughts on “Saving and Homemaking 5/29

    1. Jen Post author

      It’s just good for everything! I love the gentle shine it gives when I need to damp wipe woodwork. Good for cleaning off dirty kid feet in the driveway too!

  1. Rob and Becky

    We just spent the day coming home from camping, cleaning up from camping, and then I helped one of my daughters cook up a bunch of food for the upcoming 2 weeks. She works away from home several days per week, and likes to take her own food with her. Then, she is going on a mission trip for 1 week, and wants to take food with her for that, too. So, some was frozen, and some was taken to use right away.

    I was able to use my Instant Pot for some of the items we made, which is something I’ve been wanting to experiment with more. I was given the pot for Christmas, and still have much to learn. It is sure versatile, and quick! We made a soup and some seasoned beans.

    1. Jen Post author

      I’ve been interested in the Instant Pot myself. I need to do some more research before I think about bringing another appliance in (space issues), but I like the idea that I could get food done faster and with less observation. Lots of times afterschool I help DD with math and then suddenly it’s 5:00!

      Will your daughter’s mission trip be far?

      1. Rob and Becky

        The one Lovana is going on is to Dinuba, California. It is with a YWAM mission and is called Gleanings for the Hungry. They process excess peaches and nectarines and dry them. They are then sent to hungry people around the world. During the winter, they make soup mix. The family went on that trip a couple of summers ago. We loved it! It was sure hot, but worth it.

    1. Jen Post author

      Absolutely! I’m looking forward to reading some of your other posts too, as soon as we get through ballet recital weekend!


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