Just so you don't think I spend all my time shopping at Goodwill -- Here are some frugal things I did this week.
A friend gave us a pair of velveteen green drapes that she had made about 6 years ago (remember when velvet drapes were all the rage) and I hung one panel in the opening between our family room and the stairs leading up to the foyer in an effort to keep the cold air downstairs. The dog is usually down there and he goes in and out all the time plus we use the door to the garage to get in and out of the house so it's always colder on that level than it is upstairs.
I blanchedthe green beans to prepare them for freezing. Ideally I think you should preserve food in various ways in case one fails. Like if your freezer dies, you would still have canned or dried foods available. I don't know how to can. I can't really say why I haven't tackled learning how to do it? When I see people do it on their blogs it doesn't really seem that hard. So I don't know what it is. Anyway, I freeze everything or else I dry it.
We had fresh beans for a couple of nights and I froze the rest for later use. I do have one of those vacuum sealers but I couldn't be bothered with getting it out so I sucked the air out of the bags with a straw (made myself quite dizzy - it might have been better to make the effort to get the vacuum sealer)!
Most of the onions I chopped up and put in a freezer bag. This is a time saver also. It's so much easier to get some chopped up onion out of the freezer when you need it than to spend time chopping it as you need it.
I got a few free samples from Walmart this week. Go here Walmart Free Samples. They ask for your email but it's optional. I've never filled that part in and I've still gotten all of the samples I've asked for.
Even though it was freezing cold here this week (it was 19 this a.m.!) I still hung some laundry out to dry (freeze) since it was sunny in the afternoons. I used a coupon to buy some new sneakers at Sports Authority and of course when I went grocery shopping. I sold a few things on ebay for some Christmas shopping money. I've tried not to have the heat on higher than 72 when I'm home and 69 at night (we all have electric blankets). Stuck to my menu plan even though we've had Taco Soup three times this week (I made a lot and I've been busy). Those are the major frugal things I've done this week.
What frugal things have you done this week?