Frugal Entertainment

I am making good use of one of my Birthday Presents to my self
When I first saw the ad, I went over to the site just to browse what was available. Before I pay for a subscription, I want to make sure I will get my monies worth. One of the programs they have is DR WHO!! So, I am binge watching!! At $6.99/month, it’s a great deal.

The other shows I couldn’t find anywhere else are: Campion; Mapp & Lucia (the original version); Cranford; Cadfael; Lark Rise to Candleford. Some of these are on YouTube, if you can get beyond the poor quality of uploads.

I also have subscriptions to:

Acorn (more British) – $4.99 –

Netflix – $7.99 –

Hulu (no commercials) – $11.99 –

Amazon Prime Video – $10.99 –

America’s Test Kitchen – $3.99 –

Amazon Prime (which includes everything) – $10.99 –

Pandora – $4.99 –

PBS – which is FREE!

That is a total of $51.93 per month to watch, and listen to, just what I want. Commercial free! I also watch YouTube, but it is not always the best experience. I pay $57.00 per month for internet as well. So, my package, my way, costs me $108.93 per month. I am not locked into anything other than the internet, which means if I am coming  up on a short month, I can put my subscriptions on hold. That’s a really nice benefit.

I can put together a viewing program that is just right for me. And my music is set to what I like, and commercial free. I know there is not another cable package out there (I’ve checked), that I can tailor to my tastes, that would be this inexpensive. It makes for Happy Frugaling!

So, to get back to the moment – Happy Birthday to ME!!

I have to get back to the TARDIS!!

Birthday Supper

I would admit that this is the most expensive meat I have ever purchased. I did get an additional 5% off (.49) but it was still expensive. To justify a little bit, there are 2 meals represented in this one package. But, the rest of the meal had to be Frugal!


These went into the toaster over (which was a gift 5 years ago). The sweet potatoes were in my June food pantry package.


The finished meal. The beets were already in my pantry.

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The above picture is the dessert. The gluten free cupcake came from my June food pantry package, and the ice cream (gelato) was purchased.

Okay, I am not an ice cream eater, but June 7th (my birthday) also happens to be National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Well, why not?! I will get at least 4 servings out of this because I am not necessarily an ice cream eater. This also came from Target.


Birthday Lunch

Seeing a pizza box is an unusual sight for someone who is a celiac. Pizza becomes a luxury, and unfortunately an expensive luxury. Where I work, there is a locally owned restaurant right next door and most of my co-workers patronize it at least once a week (was it planned?!!). I had visited them on one of my first days on the new job just to see what they did have for gluten free options. Well, low and behold, they have a gluten free pizza crust. And they will work with the customer to make them a perfect meal. Okay, so a month later, I decided to take the plunge.



I had no clue what I would find inside the box, but I ordered a gluten free crust with pesto as the base. On top I wanted chicken, mozzerella and pineapple. I ordered the pizza on Monday (the 5th) which is my Friday. The last 2 pieces were eaten on Wednesday (the 7th) and it was still just as yummy. And the total bill was not as much of a sticker shock – $12.72, which included tax. That’s $3.18 a meal.

Could I have made this cheaper? Absolutely. Would it have been just as good? Probably. But, I don’t go out – ever. So for me, this was a treat, and one that I was willing to foot the bill for. And I enjoyed every bite of it!

Burnzies Kitchen – 3097 30th St SW, Grandville, MI 49418


Frugal Birthday Breakfast

I am a breakfast eater, and by far my favorite breakfast is pancakes. It used to be pancakes, bacon/sausage, orange juice and other assorted and sundry food items. But with the current gut condition (celiac, IBS, gastritis, hiatal hernia) I have had to dramatically change that. I eat cleaner, which in the end is much more Frugal. And I eat healthier. So, let’s get cooking.

Picture # 1 – The ingredients are a bit on the cheat side, but still Frugal. The blueberries and strawberries were in my food pantry package for June. I already had the syrup. The pancake mix (one of my favorites) was purchased, on sale, at Target.

Picture # 2 – I decided that I wanted as many smiles for my Birthday Month as possible, so let’s use the blueberries for affect. And not bad for flavor either!

Picture # 3 – The completed meal is pictured below. But, there is a story involved. The 2 cards are from my 2 besties – my lifelong bestie (on the right) and my Michigan bestie (on the left). The flowers (barely seen) in the vase were also from the food pantry package. The orange drink is actually carrot juice. Again, from my food pantry package. The tea cup and saucer were part of my Birthday gift from my lifelong bestie. Oh, to finish it out: the vase for the flowers was purchased from a silent auction many years ago; the crock that the spider is in came from a local thrift store, as did the place mat and napkin – rockin’ the Frugal!

Picture # 4 – The devotion for my birthday was titled ‘Be Satisfied’. I am!

PS – my apologies for the pictures being stuck together. I am still trying to figure out this website!!

Happy Frugaling