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What A Frugal Weekend! May 21

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Pheeee-ew! It was another busy and fulfilling weekend at the Picky Palace, y’all. I got back home late Friday night, so I’m sorry about the lack of What’s for Dinner? posts! We’ll have one next week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyhoo, we were busy both in the kitchen and in the yard this weekend, but we got so much done! See how we saved money this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Free things!

I was traveling for work most of this week. I won’t lie–it was a total ass-kicker. Hopefully the travel schedule for work will calm down and I can relax at home a little more. ๐Ÿ™‚

The upside to traveling is getting freebies!

My freebies included:

    • Hotel pens and notepads
    • A plethora of crappy free hotel room coffee.
    • Some niceish hotel room tea. I snagged an Earl Grey and I was most excited about that. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Free meals on the company dime. I was on the road but wanted something that wasn’t fried. I ended up eating at Panera Bread twice. My conclusion is that their sandwiches are disgusting but their soups are divine. Anyhoo, it was free for me and better than fried chicken on the road.

  • Hotel soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • A t-shirt, leather-bound journal, cupcake, and cake pop! Oh, y’all. On day one of the conference we went to Big Tech Company A. They were very gracious and gave us all kinds of goodies, including a Big Tech Company A t-shirt, which I appreciated. Day two was at Big Tech Company B, which provided us with unlimited snacks (like, nice snacks, y’all), espresso, and Atari games. Ahhh.
  • This isn’t “free,” but I’ll also get mileage reimbursement. I did two five-hour drives, so that should add up nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not gonna lie–I hate driving and traveling. But it’s nice to score something for my troubles. ๐Ÿ™‚


I had the opportunity to do a bit of sewing on Sunday.

Altered socks


Mr. Picky Pincher informed me that he no longer wanted his (really nice) socks and would be donating them. Horrified, I took the socks and claimed them as my own.

The socks are really well-made, but I’m not a fan of how high they are.

Instead of giving up or putting up with high socks, I altered them. I cut off the tops and created a new hem at the ankle instead. Woohoo!

altered socks

Nothing went to waste, of course. I was kinda scratching my head about what to do with the sock scraps. Mr. Picky Pincher had an ingenious idea–turn them into scrunchies!

weird scrunchies

They’re not the fanciest things in the world, but they keep my hair out of my face, so mission accomplished.

Jersey sheet cardigan

I’m lazy. So since I had my sewing machine out, I decided to make a party of it and sew a cardigan. This has been on my to-do list for months, so it felt good to make some headway on this.

I bought a soft, pink jersey sheet from the thrift store months ago. I stopped paying more-than-full-price for fabric at Joann’s and get it exclusively from the thrift store. It takes more work to find good fabric, but it’s there. :)I paired the cheap fabric with an old cardigan pattern I got for $2 at Wal-Mart and made a very soft, cozy cardigan.


Y’all, I’m not all that great of a sewer, so this was a great accomplishment. I still need to finish a few seams, but it’ll be ready to wear after that! It’s good to see that I’m slowly improving. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I mean, it’s not Picky Pinchers without food, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are the things we cooked this weekend.

Coconut dream cake

coconut cake

I found this recipe in a library cookbook a few months ago. I haven’t been able to make it because the damn recipe called for eight (!) eggs. Well! I’m glad I hung on to the recipe because I happened to have eight eggs to use up this weekend.

I also had an entire bag of opened coconut that needed some love, so it was meant to be.

I made a two-layer cake with a homemade cream cheese coconut-flavored frosting. I coated the frosting with more coconut and it looks gaw-geous.

I sliced the cake into nine pieces and froze them. Mr. Picky Pincher was kind enough to help me. I said, “Look honey! More cake!”

“Oh! Thank God!” He said sarcastically. I might have a baking problem, y’all. Our freezer is a little full right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Peach coffee cake muffins

coffee cake muffins

They’re ugly but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

I needed to use up the last of the fresh peaches we bought a few weeks ago. I found a recipe for a plum coffee cake, so I just turned it into a peach coffee cake. I froze these for easy weekday breakfasts. Yeehaw!

Fun fact: I didn’t have cupcake wrappers. After panicking for a sec, I made my own from parchment paper. I might even do this from now on, actually, since it’s way cheaper than cupcake wrappers.

Sourdough loaf

sourdough loaf

Mr. Picky Pincher surprised me Friday night with two fresh-baked loaves of sourdough bread. Awwwww yeah.

He used his sourdough starter, Pappagiorgio, to bake the crusty, warm bread. Mmmm.


I’m lovin’ me some macarons! This week I baked a vanilla cookie with a vanilla cream cheese filling and a raspberry jam/cream cheese filling. They taste divine, but uh, they’re kinda ugly.

bag 'o macarons

I’m 90% sure the issue was that I didn’t mix the batter enough. Oh well! It’s about learning. ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Oil Change

Mr. Picky Pincher was a straight-up boss this weekend. His truck needed an oil change, so he did it himself. That alone saved us $20 – $30 after supplies.

The Yard

Mr. Picky Pincher was also a badass with his lawn work this weekend!


    • Mowed the lawn.
    • Created plans for a trellis and planted our raspberry and blackberry plants there.

  • Planted seedlings. He grew seedlings for gourds and loofahs and planted them on the trellises around our porch. The loofah seeds came from Farming Phyllis and I’m excited for them to grow!! The loofahs grow a vegetable that, when dried, become the bath loofahs that we all know and love. You can also eat the un-dried vegetable, but I’m not sure what that tastes like. I guess we’ll find out!


  • Fed the hummingbirds. Mr. Picky Pincher put in a hummingbird feeder a while back and refilled it today. We like to sit on the porch and watch the little dudes flutter around. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Turned the compost. It’s turning into dirt, all right! We put all of our veggie scraps in here that we can’t save for stock. Waste not!


  • Removed a holly and rose stump. I can’t believe he had time, but Mr. Picky Pincher removed like, two bushes from the back yard. I can barely dig a one-foot hole in wet ground, so that’s impressive to me.
  • Barbecued chicken. Mr. Picky Pincher is making chicken gumbo as a freezer meal, so he barbecued two chickens for the occasion. He does a dry brine overnight before grilling them. He saves the white meat, dark meat, and bones for making stock.

Oh, and he grilled andouille, too.

Mr. Picky Pincher also caught a salamander. He was so proud of it that I took a picture before he released it back to our garden. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Zap’s Adventures

Zap was impatiently waiting for me to get home on Friday night. ๐Ÿ™‚ Naturally he ignored me for the rest of the weekend as punishment. I deserve it.ย 
We’re still working on “personal space.” He loves to sit under my standing desk and slap me. It’s cute until I’m on a video call and have to act normal!

I got me a li’l cat loaf. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

16 comments on “What A Frugal Weekend! May 21

  1. Oh, I so want to take a sewing class and learn to sew on button and such. But YouTube is free, haha. ; P Speaking of sewing, I have to sew some of my stuffed animals I still sleep with. They are my childhood friends and they need to be kept up. <3

    You did a lot of stuff this weekend! I love the salamander. <3 It appears your household will never go hungry because you bake so many wonderful things! I baked this weekend as well and I made enchiladas and cheesecake! However, I will be freezing the cheesecake though. <3

    I also ordered supplies with my savings to do basic nail care on myself! Watched some how-to videos on YouTube on how to do manicures and pedicures and now I am all psyched up to take care of my nails! I keep my finger nails short because I bite them too much, but I will let them grow out a little so I can start filing them from now on! : )

    I also found a French made pepper mill at Goodwill for $3.19! Usually our Goodwill puts their good stuff online or behind glass, but they missed this gem! It is my precious now, haha. : P

    Have a wonderful week! ^ o^

    1. You know, there’s something different about taking a class in person versus on YouTube. If you’re into some free sewing lessons, you could always try volunteering at the senior center. You can make a new friend and learn how to sew little bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job figuring out how to do your own nails! It’s fun and it saves a ton of money. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Just sewed up my stuffed animals last night! ๐Ÿ˜€ My mom and YouTube helped me, haha. I’m more into “life skills sewing” than making jeans for myself, haha. Next, I will try to reinforce buttons on my peacoat since the buttons aren’t sewed on very good. : x I already volunteer at a Veteran’s Home where older residents live and I have yet to receive any sewing lessons from there, haha. ๐Ÿ˜› It doesn’t bother me though because I love my volunteer job. <3

        Yes! I cannot wait until my nail supplies ship to me! I want to get started on my nails right away! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I predict that Zap will commandeer those scrunchies before too long!

    I love reading about your baking adventures. We’ve given up sugar and carbs but looking at your treats *almost* as good as being able to eat them!

    This weekend was full of a lot of necessary spending. But I did get a deal on wet cat food that will last us about 6 months. I also ate peanuts and cheese for dinner last night because I did not feel like cooking. Not the healthiest way to save money but it beats going out to eat!

    1. That is an accurate prediction! I have to keep all of my scrunchies sequestered out of his little paws’ reach. Bahaha, I think I would plunge into a deep depression if I gave up carbs. I know they aren’t good for me, but … they’re tasty lol. Hey, I’ve had a few peanuts-and-cheese nights myself, so I don’t judge at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do hate necessary spending (“my money is going to non-fun things??”), but hey, you gotta do what’cha gotta do.

  3. Yay for free stuff! I’m like the King of free stuff!

    Nice job on the cardigan! Mrs. Tako is the sewer in our house. She makes all kinds of cute stuff for the kids…mostly using fabric from the thrift store too!

    Oh, and yes, I think you might have a baking problem! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hee hee hee, I’ll have to go to baker’s anonymous. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My hope is that I can sew cute little clothes for our future kiddos, just like my mom and grandma did for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I did a little sewing but my sewing machine keeps messing up the thread — the bobbin thread is snarling and making a huge mess. I’ve pulled the bobbin/holder parts all out and checked for pieces of fabric or thread stuck in there, but I can’t find anything. It’s so frustrating — one seam is good, the next is a snarled mess. I may have to find someone to look at it, which isn’t easy to find these days. Good for you making that cardigan! Keep sewing — you may be surprised at what you are making in a very few years.
    Years ago our cat shredded the fabric on the corners of an expensive upholstered chair. I lucked into the exact fabric that was on the chair and carefully patched the worst shredded parts, but it still needed recovering. After that cat passed on (of natural causes, nothing to do with that chair!), I bought fitted slipcovers for the chair, as I was moving the chair to another room with a different color scheme and the slipcovers would solve the picked fabric issue, too. This weekend, I thanked myself for insisting on washable fabric, as my husband had sat in the chair without realizing he was dripping blood from the back of his arm. I washed the slipcovers, hung them to dry, and put them back on, good as new.
    I mixed up another five-gallon bucket of laundry detergent.
    I signed up to watch another free video on herbs and essential oils, and got two free recipes from it.
    I brewed another batch of stevia iced tea.
    I spent very little money at the grocery store this weekend.

    1. Ugh, I had that problem with my machine, too! It’s an older machine from the 70s and it acts up a bit. In my case, I think there was something wrong with the bobbin. I switched to a different bobbin and then it worked just fine. It was so bizarre. And great job saving moolah this week with insourcing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Using parchment paper for muffin-tin liners is a great idea! Saves space, also, since the paper has several uses, as opposed to the single-purpose wrappers.

    I went to a fiber festival this weekend, and bought only a few things, one of which I knew I had a use for soon, and the others were pre-bought for a group project likely happening within the year. This may not sound particularly frugal, but, compared to the past, buying only items for specific purposes is quite a change. I am seriously going through my “stash”, and don’t want to spend either the money or space on accumulating more.

    1. That’s very true! And I always have parchment paper, anyway, so no special items are needed from the store. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hahaha, I still have a stash that I need to go through (ugh). I don’t see anything wrong with buying items ahead of time that you’ll use. I like to buy Christmas presents year-round as I find things, for example. It helps if stuff is on sale, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! Once I finished the cardigan, Mr. Picky Pincher mocked my skillz! I’ll have to up my game to impress my toughest critic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oooh, I’d love to read about it if you do a sourdough! They can be so temperamental, but it’s amazing how many things you can make with the starter.

    1. Thank you! The hair ties in particular were mind-blowing to me! They do unravel a bit at first, but afterwards they work just as well as any other hair elastic, weirdly enough.

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