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Hey, Picky peeps! I was admittedly a bit of a blubberbutt this weekend, but we still managed to fit in a few money-saving (and money-spending) adventures. See how we tried to save money this weekend and add your own in the comments!
I totally forgot to mention the bikes in last weekend’s post!
Last Sunday we purchased two bikes for $75 on Craigslist. They just needed a bit of air in the tires and a rinse. Good as new!
We did buy two new bike helmets and two new seats. The original seat hurt my butt SO BADLY. The bike ride didn’t make me sore, but the seat definitely did.
Once I got my new seat, though, it was like sitting on a cushion of clouds. Ahhhhh.
It sucks to spend $150+ on this, but cycling has been a really fun evening activity for us. Some days we prefer to walk through our neighborhood and other days we prefer to bike. It’s a good way to get some exercise and bonding time. 🙂
I like to keep my ears low to the ground so I can sniff out free stuff. This week I caught a break! One of my sorority sisters is moving into a new apartment. She offered her stuff up for grabs on our sorority Facebook page or it was going to be donated to Goodwill.
I leapt at her offer for a pair of never-worn BRAND NEW white Converse sneakers and two t-shirts (I am woefully lacking in casual shirts).
I washed the shirts and spritzed the shoes with my vodka-tea tree mixture for good measure. The Converse were a particularly good find (they retail at $45) and they’ll be a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. These shoes are built pretty well, so they should last me a while. And they were fuh-reeeee.
I finally lost steam after a busy Saturday morning. It was three in the afternoon and Mr. Picky Pincher and I were sitting on the couch and staring at each other in boredom. We were sleepy, bored, and unmotivated. It was too late to take a nap, so we decided the best thing would be to leave the house and have a bit of fun.
I do enjoy doing frugal prep during the weekends, but sometimes you just need to have actual fun outside of the house.
I located a $9 Groupon for a rum distillery tour for two people (it also included two rocks glasses too!). I got the Groupon and away we went!
I had a few drinks and forgot to take pictures (sorry!) but we had a ball. I don’t know of any other local rum distillers in our area and their shiz was ON POINT. Best rum I’ve ever tasted. I considered buying a handle of rum, but at $40 apiece, that was quite the commitment for a casual drinker like myself.
We might be back later, though! Gotta love local producers. 🙂
Afterwards I was a little tipsy and demanded fried cheese, so Mr. Picky Pincher drove my drunk ass to Culver’s, where we got fried cheese curds. It was a dark day for my “I’m going to eat healthy and stop being a blerch!” goals, but it was oh-so worth it.
What’s a weekend at the Picky Palace without a bit of pre-cooking? I did most of my cooking on Saturday morning and straight-up lost motivation to cook any more after that.
I didn’t have any healthy snacks in the house last week, which meant I ate a lot of chips. Chips are good, but not by the fistful. So I decided to get some cheap produce and use it to make tasty smoothies.
I made two smoothies: carrot cake (recipe here) and spiced apple crumble (recipe here). I think I prefer the apple one, but they’re both good. I added some unflavored whey protein to both of these so I’m getting a li’l somethin’ from the smoothies at least.
I blended the smoothies in our Ninja blender and froze them in silicone mini cupcake forms. Once they froze, I put them in a Ziploc bag. This is a great thing to do if you like to buy pre-made frozen smoothies from the store. You get the same convenience and way less cost!
Goat cheese leek muffins
Mr. Picky Pincher prefers savory baked goods, so I whipped up some goat cheese leek muffins. I found this recipe in a cookbook from the library and was itching to do some hubby-approved baking this week. 😉
Like a dingus, I forgot to add the goat cheese before baking, so I cut the muffins in half and added the goat cheese afterwards. It’ll be nice ‘n’ melty when we eat these for breakfast, so I’m not too mad about it.
They kinda taste like Red Lobster rolls but with the fluffy texture of a muffin. Delish! Next I want to make some chorizo-cheddar muffins.
Somehow we acquired two gigantinormous boxes of oatmeal again. How does this keep happening?!?! We don’t even like oatmeal!!
At any rate, I had a lot of oats to use up in a house that hates oatmeal. We do, however, love granola, so I used the oats to make this granola recipe. I was out of quinoa, so I added extra ground flax to make up for it. Here’s the recipe I use. I put raisins in mine because I don’t have the budget for dried cherries. And no one knows the difference. 😉
I store my granola in either the fridge or freezer, depending on how soon we’ll eat it. If you leave homemade granola at room temp, it’ll go bad pretty quickly because of the oils on the nuts.
Mr. Picky Pincher made a pot of beans this weekend. We like to cook these all at once, cool them, and freeze them for later. No canned beans for us! 🙂
Mr. Picky Pincher also made his signature grilled chickens (I’m still on him about making a blog on this, y’all!). We like to pick the meat off the chickens, portion it, and freeze it for easy dinners. It’s like getting a rotisserie chicken from the store, but without the ridiculous markup.
Cookie dough yogurt
In my quest to make not-horrible-for-you snacks, I found a recipe for cookie dough flavored yogurt. I eat cookie dough by the spoonful, so this sounded uh-mazing. Here’s the recipe I used.
I didn’t quite follow the recipe, but it tastes good! It still tastes tangy because it’s yogurt, but it’s nice to have a change. If anything, it tastes like chocolate peanut butter yogurt. Yum!
I made three containers of this stuff and labeled them. Now I have the same convenience of storebought yogurt cups without the waste, cost, preservatives, or unnecessary sugar.
Here’s my thirty-minute yogurt recipe if you want to make your own yogurt too!
I was smugly joyful about my winter electric bills thanks to the mild Texas winters.
But now it’s the time of year that everyone in Texas dreads: summer. It’s not uncommon to have a $150+ electricity bill. We haven’t been through a full summer in our house yet, and we’re pretty anxious about the energy bills.
To make things a little less awful, Mr. Picky Pincher tinted a few windows in our house. It’s not an ideal solution, since tint doesn’t last forever, but it’s a good Band Aid to get us through the hottest parts of summer. We’ll add the tint to our bedroom, future-baby-room, and living room. It’s already up in the living room and it’s making a big difference!
Hopefully the tint will prevent some heat from entering the house. Fingers crossed!
I totally forgot to show y’all this! At the height of my baking obsession, we went through a sack of flour every two weeks. This was annoying and a little expensive.
Mr. Picky Pincher got some buckets and Mylar bags so we could store bulk quantities of flour. We also store bulk flour and rice in these giant bins. It’s been awesome! We can take advantage of bulk prices and store the foods safely for a long time.
The garden is producing like crazy! We actually got a lot more tomatoes than pictured here, but it’s been awesome! Mr. Picky Pincher made a tasty salsa from our garden tomatoes and it was divine. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this many tomatoes in my life! We’ll probably start using them to make our homemade marinara sauce.
We’re slowly but surely collecting purple hull peas as they ripen, too. I’m freezing them and waiting until we have enough to do a pot of peas. 🙂
As my fellow ladies will attest, it’s only polite to offer sanitary products in your guest bathroom. I was looking for a basket at the thrift store to hold said sanitary products in my guest bathroom, but couldn’t find anything that worked.
I found a TAMPON CORNUCOPIA.
Why not have a little humor, eh? 😉 This puppy was $1 and still makes me giggle, so it’s worth it.
Zap’s made a habit of hanging out of my office window. I’m greeted by this cute little heart-shaped heinie every morning.
He’s also taken to bringing sticks in through the window. He was particularly proud of this stick, which was so big that he snapped it in half to bring it inside. Goob!
“Mahm, why you no pay attention to me??”
Sun’s out, buns out.
Look at this li’l grumpypuss. 🙂
We want to know: How did you spend or save money this weekend?