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What A Frugal Weekend! June 18

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Ugh, what a weekend. There was a lot of sickness at the Picky Palace, so we didn’t get too many money-saving activities done. But hey, we made the best of it. πŸ™‚ See what we did this weekend and add yours in the comments!


All of our food adventures were had on Saturday. I feel like we did more than this, but this is what I remember.


After this week’s disappointing garlic bread, I realized we needed to replenish our ciabatta stock in the freezer.

This time I kept a tray of water in the oven the entire time to get a crunchier crust. And it worked! I still need to improve the size of the air holes in the loaves, but they still taste amazing. πŸ™‚


chickpea curry

We bought a mega-pack of dried chickpeas at the store a few weeks ago. I soaked all five pounds of chickpeas and reserved half for later. The other half was turned into our Friday dinner, chickpea curry. It made six extra portions, which I froze for later.

chickpea curry

Old apple

I had an old apple in the fruit bowl that was almost on its last leg. Instead of tossing it or composting it, I peeled the apple and turned it into cinnamon apple slices. It’s just a mixture of butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. And it’s delish! I plan on topping my oatmeal with this stuff.

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Candy festival

On Saturday we met up with Picky Nikki and Picky toddler for an event downtown. Several candy and dessert food trucks organized a “food fight” event for people to taste their wares.

I was particularly interested in a gourmet milkshake truck that I’ve been lowkey stalking for a few months. They’re famous for making cutesy milkshakes and I’ve always wanted to try them. This was my chance to pounce and try their wares!

Caramel chai

Caramel chai

We got two mini milkshakes: one was caramel chai and the other was orange Dreamsicle. The Dreamsicle was horrible (it tasted how sunscreen smells), but the caramel chai was pretty tasteh!

Orange Dreamsicle

Orange Dreamsicle

Free cat tree!

We’re signed up on the site Nextdoor, which we usually monitor to know about traffic or crime in our neighborhood. However! On Sunday evening one neighbor posted that she had a nearly brand-new cat tree that she was giving away.

I pounced on this and within two minutes of the posting, I set up a meeting to get the cat tree. Zap is so rambunctious and it’s been on my list to get him a cat tree, but it was never really in the budget.

But “free” is totally in the budget. πŸ™‚ Cute pics hopefully to come!

Oh hey there, food poisoning!

Ayuuuuup. On Sunday Mr. Picky Pincher and I suffered from a horrific bout of food poisoning. We’re not quite sure what the cause was, but per our Should I Eat That? rules, we plan on tossing anything new we ate in our diet on Saturday. And that includes gourmet milkshakes. Sigh.

We downed Gatorade like there was no tomorrow and ate through our stash of Ritz crackers. We did spend $25 to have pho delivered to our door, since we didn’t have any broth-heavy soups in the house. It sucks to spend the money on delivery fees, but we were in no shape to drive and needed sustenance.

It’s Sunday evening now and we’ve mostly recovered, so I’m thankful this was just a twelve-hour sort of thing. Phew.

Zap’s Adventures

Zap cuddled with us after we were all-clear from food poisoning. How supportive of him. He can be a snugglepuss when he wants to.

Somebody got a new box! It’s a collapsible one and Zap goes bananas over it. Once I accidentally stood on his box and he swatted at my feet until I moved. How possessive.

At the height of my food poisoning despair, Zap decided to attack my collection of baby pictures. Oh, and he also ripped new holes in our cloth blinds. Ugh. I think I may get him some of these kitty claw guards to save our blinds for a while. (P.S. This is the humane alternative to declawing your cat! Please learn more here if you’re considering declawing, which has been declared inhumane.)

I also realized that Zap must have eaten whatever contaminated food we ate (something probably fell on the floor and we didn’t see), so he ALSO had mild food poisoning. There’s nothing like cleaning up kitty shiz when you’re nauseous, y’all.

We want to know: How did you spend or save money this weekend?

22 comments on “What A Frugal Weekend! June 18

  1. Hope you guys quickly recover from the food poisoning! Weekends don’t have to be expense. I love the curry idea. Mrs. Hammocker and I often make curry chicken with rice. Great article.

    1. Thank you! I’ve been subsisting on bananas and crackers today, so hopefully I can expand my food repertoire soon. I really recommend the chickpea curry! One reader added lentils to the dish to make it even more filling, and I plan on doing that the next time I make it.

  2. Ooooh… that cinnamen apple mixture would be wonderful on oatmeal, I bet! I will have to try it out someday! πŸ™‚ So sorry you guys had food poisoning. πŸ™ I thought you guys caught that flu/cold bug that has been going around in my area. D: I like the idea of food trucks, but after a meh food experience with one and shelling out $7 for the food itself (hamburger food truck), I’m wary of them now unless they are a taco truck. :/ In my experience with taco trucks, they are all usually good. πŸ™‚

    I saved money this weekend by staying indoors, haha. Baaaaad heat wave is upon us finally. πŸ™ But since I went into the grocery store for my mom, she let me keep the extra money I got from buying the groceries for her, so that is $4.00’s more in my wallet! πŸ˜€

    Also, about the SSI/SSDI thing… I know I have one or the other, haha. D: It just confuses me. Dx;;;

    1. I can’t eat normal food yet (currently living on crackers and bananas), but I keep staring at the cinnamon apples like “You will be mine, dammit.” Sorry about the food trucks! They really can be hit or miss.

  3. Let’s see. I did pretty well this weekend. Got my oil changed for 30.00 and they didn’t charge me for installing my windshield wipers, ( I provided them). I got free Meyers lemons off the neighbors tree. Wanted to buy a toaster but found one new at Goodwill for $7.00, and two brand new Gap Men’s shirts for my Dad for Father’s Day….the shirts had a yellow tag which means on Sunday they are 99 cents. Score! Also my boss had given me 4 free movie tickets last week so I took my sister to see Wonder Woman.

    1. Hooooly cow! You did an AMAZING job this weekend!!! πŸ˜€ P.S. How was Wonder Woman? I haven’t seen it yet πŸ™‚

  4. Oh no I’m so sorry about food poisoning. I hate it when I have to rush to the bathroom the whole day without knowing what the cause was. It’s always a game of elimination in my head trying to figure out what was ok and what was not.

    I’m glad you had some great frugal wins over the week though! πŸ™‚

    1. I know right?! We’re pretty much gutting the fridge and starting clean to avoid getting sick again. Urf.

  5. 2 food poisoning pallatives.

    1. Boil 3-5 bay leaves in water. Cool and add enough sugar to make it taste ok.

    2. I always keep dole pineapple juice in the 6 oz cans. I have had food poisoning enough to recognize the symptoms. If you catch it early enough, you can guzzle the juice and (for me) they will completely subside. Sometimes I have to drink 2. If you are past the early stages and it doesn’t sit well, mix with water. I use this for stomach flu as well.

    I recommend that you boil all water with both food poisoning and stomach flu or drink distilled water.

    1. Thanks for the tips! Gatorade was pretty good for combating the dehydration, but I’ll try these the next time something happens (which is hopefully never!)

  6. Yikes. Getting sick is a good reminder that good health is almost priceless. Glad you guys are on the mend.

    We had a remarkably inexpensive Father’s Day – I had to grill, but my wife was sous chef and made one of her signature desserts. Ate like kings (if kings shopped at Costco…) but kept things well under control!

    1. Isn’t it funny how being sick makes you appreciate your health so much more? I can’t wait until I can eat something other than bananas and crackers. Great job with a fun and affordable Father’s Day!

  7. Food poisoning is the worst! It’s the reason I can no longer eat cauliflower-it was a cheesy cauliflower dish that did it! πŸ˜‘ I’ve never seen the cat nail guards before-it’s an excellent idea! Our neighbor’s cat used to hang around our house before we moved for the canned cat food and adventures with my sons. He was declawed but loved to fake scratch our sisal rug. He loved to kill mice and lizards and would use his back claws. I don’t even want to know how painful they declawing must have been for him. Take care!

    1. Oh gosh, just thinking about cheesy cauliflower right now makes me turn a little green, hahaha. I don’t blame ya! I think our cause was pulled pork tacos. I already don’t like pork, so now I have an extra reason not to like it. πŸ˜‰ Aww, I’m sorry to hear about your neighbor’s cat! I think it’s only a recent thing that people are realizing declawing is inhumane. But I’m glad less people are doing it. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear you were both sick over the weekend. And I totally agree that there’s nothing worse that cleaning up after your cat when you don’t feel well. Hopefully everyone is on the mend and the week only gets better from here on out πŸ™‚

    1. I was so thankful that Zap’s illness passed by pretty quickly. But I definitely gagged a bit cleaning up after him. Yuck!

  9. Food poisoning. What a horrible experience. I used to kinda “not believe” in it. Even though that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I have a pretty iron-clad stomach. But yeah, it happened to me finally a few years back and it was just the worst. Couldn’t do anything the whole day. Probably one of the worst experiences ever. Hope you guys are feeling better about now.

    1. Oh nooooo hahaha. That’s the worst way to “discover” food poisoning. Isn’t it crazy how we think we’re invincible and can get taken down by an ill-prepared piece of meat? I’m still quite queasy and it sucks, but I can eat, so that’s a win. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m curious if your frozen chickpea curry is going to stain the container. I usually put mine in a glass snap-tite type container, but last time I neglected to do so….

    and the curry powder ended up staining my plastic container! πŸ™

    1. Oh nooo! It’s weird but for some reason ours doesn’t stain the containers. Maybe it depends on the type of plastic and how much curry is in it? I’ve only had staining happen to our frozen marinara.

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