The Christmas celebrations are over and we are looking forward to a quiet week at home this week. I had a very busy week last week finishing up last minute Christmas preparations and spending time with both sides of our family. It didn't turn out to be a very frugal week overall, but we did save in small ways.
I made granola and peanut butter truffles for food gifts. I cut the egg cartons that I saved in half, put mini cupcake liners in the individual sections and put the peanut butter truffles in the liners. I put them in small, clear gift bags and closed them with ribbons I had saved from past Christmas celebrations (see picture above).
These free labels were perfect for the food gifts that I gave this year. I saved them to my computer and opened them into a photo editor in order to type onto the label, and then printed them.
I printed these free gift tags onto the cardstock that I bought with a coupon a couple of weeks ago. I love how simple and clean looking they are. I was looking specifically for gift tags that didn't have background color that would use a lot of ink.
The boys colored free hand drawn gift tags that I printed out and attached to gifts for their teachers.
I made a little sweater for a baby shower gift using this free pattern. I also gave a framed copy of this free scripture printable. I saved it as a .jpg file on my computer and opened it in OpenOffice to change the size to fit a 5 x 7 frame. If you're not familiar with OpenOffice, it is a free alternative to Microsoft Office that can be downloaded from their site.
I cooked a turkey that we were given in November for Christmas dinner and used some of the leftovers to make turkey pot pie.
We had some very ripe bananas that I put in the freezer.
I turned an almost-empty bottle of conditioner upside down in a cup in order to use as much as possible.
My husband used his Irving Rewards points and paid just $1.97 a gallon for gas for one of his fill-ups.
We were very happy to learn that starting in February we no longer need to have mortgage insurance for our home loan; a savings of about $32 a month.
How did you save last week?