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Hey Picky peeps! Phew, what a weekend. Mr. Picky Pincher had adventures of his own at home while I traveled. This weekend I spent time with my family for my Dad’s birthday, as well as attended a funeral in Oklahoma. Needless to say, I actually got zero cooking done (gasp!) but there were still enough frugal moments worth documenting. πŸ™‚

Add your own frugal moments in the comments!

Travel time!

I intentionally timed my weekend travel to coincide with work travel. I have to work in this area of the state on Monday and Tuesday, so it was the perfect time to visit my Dad on his birthday weekend!

The best part? My company is paying for my mileage to come to this area anyway. πŸ™‚ So I save in gas money as well as time.

Aw yeah.

Snacks

I like junk food and everything, but not all the time. When you’re on the road for several days, you get kinda tired of candy bars and chips. Instead of spending my money on travel snacks, I packed plenty ahead of time. I raided our pantry and packed items that needed to be eaten: Wheat Thins, grapes, and homemade trail mix.



In fact, I’m particularly proud of the trail mix because I made it from nuts, seeds, berries, and chocolate that was already in our pantry. It has cashews, pecans, walnuts, cranberries, and dark chocolate. Perfecto! And it didn’t cost me anything to put together. πŸ™‚

homemade trail mix

Hom nom nom

Baked goods

I like to brag to my Dad about my latest baking projects, but he doesn’t usually get to taste them since we live so far apart. I made up for lost time by bringing him loads of hot cross buns, eccles cakes, and Ploughman’s scones. I also shared them with family in Oklahoma who ate them up. I guess it means I’m an okay baker, eh? πŸ™‚

Hotel rewards

My Dad also pointed out something that I can do to capitalize on my work travel. I stay in hotels a few times a month for work. Apparently I can enroll in hotel rewards points and earn free nights! I mean, I’m gonna be at the hotel anyway–why not rack up some perks?

Funeral service

Unfortunately my trip home also included a family funeral. We drove from my Dad’s up to Oklahoma to attend the service and visit with family. I hadn’t been up to Oklahoma in several years, so it was nice to see family I usually never see.

The silver lining to the funeral was that the church very graciously provided a family meal for everyone. Oh y’all. It was Southern cooking at its finest. They must have assembled every grandma in the itty bitty town and they fed us like kings! It was very nice of them. πŸ™‚

funeral meal

Family time

We did our day trip to Oklahoma and returned to my Dad’s late Saturday. On Sunday my sister, Farming Phyllis, drove up with my three nieces. I haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving, so it was so much fun to be goofy and play with the kiddos. πŸ™‚

Sometimes the best things are chilling at the house with your family.



Insulation update part 2

I have an insulation update for y’all! We installed the insulation at the beginning of July and we did feel it made the house cooler, but we couldn’t really quantify it.

Well! We got the energy bill for July and we saw a definite improvement. June’s electric bill was about $200. July’s was $160, and it was a hotter month. So I’d say it’s a pretty big success to shave $40 off our bill with the insulation. πŸ™‚ Hopefully we’ll save even more over time!

Zap’s Adventures

I was taking a quick “cat nap” earlier this week thanks to Zap. He laid claim to my feets and wouldn’t let go. πŸ™‚

Zap looooves my suitcase. This time around I used a bigger one for my longer travels. Needless to say, it was a little hard to pack when he insisted on living in the suitcase. πŸ˜‰

Zap decided the best place to take a bath was with his legs on mommy’s head.

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