You know what’s not so frugal?

Moving. Moving sucks. Moving is expensive. I find that no matter how well I plan, I can’t seem to make moving frugal. Just when I think I have it all figured out, there are always hidden expenses that pop up unexpectedly. Grumble grumble.

Holden is torn between being excited to have another dog friend around all the time (seen here with Reddington) and struggling with feeling like he gets less attention. He obviously isn’t getting less attention, but every time I pet Reddington he gives me the look. Silly boy. George is also less than thrilled about being closed in my bedroom for a few days. I want to let him adjust before I have him out with the rambunctious pups. He has taken to peeing in Holden’s bed as a protest. Thanks George.

So back to those not so frugal aspects of moving. I was lucky enough to be able to snag a few bags of pantry supplies from my mom’s basement. Pasta, canned tomatoes, spices, oils and vinegars, a few other odds and ends. It’s very helpful to not need to stock up on EVERYTHING from scratch. But when I went to the store I still needed to buy: butter, milk, frozen veggies, rice, more pasta, flour, sugar, tea, produce, cheese, olives, and a few treats. Add to that the groceries I needed to make dinner and yikes! My bill was easily almost $100. Sad face. I came home, put everything away, prepped the veggies, and felt a little better as I got to cooking dinner. But I know I have to go back to the store today to get a few more things for the week, so I’m preparing myself.

Another frugal fail: I keep a bag in the freezer full of produce bits and chicken bones, when it gets full I pop it all in the slow cooker to make chicken stock. I roasted a whole chicken on Friday and saved the bones from what I ate and told myself to put the extra bones in the freezer. So last night I took the extra chicken out, but the meat off the bone and then threw the bones away……oops. And I didn’t even realize until this morning! Gah! I was going to make stock today, but I don’t have enough bones now. So I’m pissed with myself! And annoyed. Oh well. Another day this week I will make stock and it will be fine. But I’m still annoyed with myself.

I also had to make a Target run yesterday to get a few of the random things I didn’t think about. Lightbulbs, a shower head, broom, cheese grater etc. Bleh. I don’t like spending money that I don’t anticipate. Tough weekend for my wallet guys! And it’s not finished yet! I know that as soon as I’m all settled in it won’t be such a burden.

So what am I making for dinners this week? I’ll post my weekly meals tomorrow!

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