A frugal weekend

We are finally getting some sun here in Connecticut after a cold, rainy spring. This weekend, I had a lot to do. Now that tax season and the spring semester are over and my summer class is running, I’ve got some time to get some things done around the house.

Homemade pastaFriday and Saturday, I did some cooking and prep for the week. I made a double batch of enchiladas. We had some for dinner on Friday night and I’ve got another pan for dinner tonight or tomorrow night. I also made some spaghetti, with my KitchenAid Mixer and pasta attachment. This pasta is half whole wheat. My husband is not a fan of whole wheat pasta but when I make pasta with whole wheat flour in it, he will eat it. I also made fresh tomato sauce, which I’ve found my husband will eat pretty much anything if I cover it in tomato sauce. salad

I also had a ton of lettuce in the fridge so I decided to make a big salad for the week. If I have salad in the fridge, I’ll eat it for lunch and with dinner but if I don’t prep it, my lettuce will go bad before I find time to eat it. I add shredded carrot and celery to the salad plus I cut up a red pepper so I can have salad very quickly. Salad makes me happy. I even made Russian dressing. Making the salad and pasta took about 2 hours on Saturday. I made the pasta first and while it was drying, I made the salad, the tomato sauce and cleaned up the kitchen a bit.

Saturday, I also planted my garden. I plant a tomato sauce garden (I’m a bit focused on Italian food). We planted four types of tomatoes, two types of peppers, four types of herbs and cucumbers. I promised my husband that I would not put cucumbers in the sauce. The cucumbers are for my salads which make me feel better about all the Italian food we eat. garden

I’m not the greatest gardener in the world but I do okay. We should have enough tomatoes to make sauce that will last about a year. We paid $24 for the plants which should save us a few hundred dollars that we would have spent on produce and sauce. With the rising price of groceries, I think it’s a decent investment and it gives me something to do outside in the summer to get me away from the computer.


Speaking of outside, am I the only one who goes insane when the helicopter seeds start falling from the trees? They are everywhere! On the ground, on the deck, the lawn and all over my floors in the house. Sunday, I decided I should probably vacuum the hundreds of helicopters that have infiltrated my house.

I HATE cleaning. It is probably my least favorite thing in the entire world. To keep myself going, I decided to see if Pandora had some music to keep me distracted. I found an awesome channel called 80’s Cardio in the workout section. That channel got me through four hours of cleaning and laundry. FOUR HOURS! I don’t know that I’ve ever spent four hours cleaning in a single day. I must say that cleaning is much more fun dancing out to Young MC.

My husband let me know that while I was jamming out with my headphones on, two of our neighbors were talking to him in the driveway and heard me singing Bon Jovi while dancing like a crazy crazy. Hey, at least I was productive even if the neighbors do think I’m nuts.

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I did so much laundry yesterday that I had to make more laundry detergent. Yeah, I make that, too. I told you it was a frugal weekend. I love how the soap curls when you shred it. Hey, after cleaning for four hours, soap curls would amuse you too!

By Sunday night, I was sore from all the dancing, gardening and cleaning. I was pretty pleased with all the progress I had made. The house was relatively clean, a lot of the laundry was done, food was prepped for the week and I even had a few dinners in the fridge for the week. I went to bed feeling very pleased.

I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw when I entered the kitchen: more helicopters.

more vacuuming in my future!

I see a lot more vacuuming in my future!

Did you do anything frugal this weekend? Do you listen to music when you clean? What keeps you going when working on a task you hate?

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  • Liz

    Homemade pasta! I’ve never made before I imagine it tastes delicious! Is it hard to make?

  • Wow! I’m feeling super lazy now. Home made pasta and laundry detergent? I’m impressed! I try to grow my own tomatoes but last year two plants yielded 3 tomatoes. At the cost of 6 dollars for the plants they were some expensive tomatoes. This year I’m hitting the farmer’s market instead.

    • Kristin Ingram

      We went to a local garden center and paid 99 cents per plant. The herbs were $2.99 per plant. The entire garden was less than $25 (there is another box that I didn’t show in the pictures with 10 more plants).

      The homemade pasta took about an hour to make and other hour to dry. The laundry detergent takes about 5 minutes to make. I love it because my husband has sensitive skin and he’s had no reactions since I started making it. Plus, it’s super cheap!

    • Kristin Ingram

      The laundry detergent is super easy. It only takes about 5 minutes and lasts a long time in our house. My husband has sensitive skin but hasn’t had any reactions since I started making my own detergent. Plus, it’s a lot less expensive!

      We went to a local garden center for the plants. We paid 99 cents or less for the vegetable plants and $2.99 for the herbs. The total garden was less than $25. If you know any farmers in your area, trying calling them direct. You can usually get a deal if you want a large quantity of tomatoes. A few years ago, I bought tomatoes from a local farmer to make sauce. I got a great deal because I purchased her cast offs (the tomatoes that weren’t pretty). I didn’t care what they looked like since I was making sauce with them.

  • Amazing. I’m going to have to try the laundry detergent!

    • Kristin Ingram

      It works really well and is so inexpensive.