My Fantastically Frugal Weekend

This past weekend was exactly what I needed. It was like a spa getaway weekend for my soul. I didn’t realize how badly I needed this weekend until I sat down to write this post. I just feel so good. Inspired, rested and ready to take on December. We didn’t do anything big this weekend and hardly spent any money. Rather, we did a lot of little things. It was all good frugal fun. Here’s a peak into my frugal weekend activities:


This isn’t an activity but time was a wonderful highlight of this weekend. One of the perks of working for an employer is paid holidays. Hubby and I were both off Thursday and Friday. I was grateful for every minute of this long weekend.  For the last three weeks or so my husband has been extremely busy at work. He hasn’t been getting home until 8 PM or later and going into the office on Saturdays. It was so nice having him home and around this weekend.


I’m proud to say that we did very little shopping. In fact, we did ZERO shopping on Black Friday. I saw several Facebook posts with people  talking (bragging?) about all the stuff they purchased on Black Friday. Recently it seems like many of my friends have loosened up their wallets. I can’t decide if the increased spending is a result of them getting better paying jobs or simply feeling more comfortable spending. I’m slightly afraid that consumers are quickly forgetting all of the painful lessons we learned during the last recession.



I made this table runner. I was feeling the need to get crafty/creative and my mom offered to help me sew something for the holidays. Let me tell you something- making that little table runner was a lot of work! I really enjoyed creating it but wow, there is a lot of skill and time that goes into making these types of things. I should mention that sewing is not typically a ” frugal ” hobby. A quality sewing machine, supplies and fabric is actually rather expensive. Luckily for me, this project was made entirely from fabric my mom already had and I used her sewing machine. She didn’t charge me for the fabric. I love the way the runner turned out. I had fun getting creative and working with my mom to sew it. New skills were learned and many good laughs were had.


IMG_0080Games are one of my favorite frugal things. Hubby and I put together this 1000 piece puzzle. We actually started it two weeks ago but didn’t make a ton of progress. We swore that it would get done this weekend and it did!

IMG_0070We played Settlers of Catan with my family after Thanksgiving lunch. I think many families play games over Thanksgiving. We usually play after lunch and before dessert. Good, competitive fun was had. Do you play games with your family on Thanksgiving? What games do you play?


IMG_0073We made Lefse. Lefse is a Norwegian potato bread. You start out with ten pounds of potatoes and eventually process them into beautiful, delicious crepe-like creations. Each piece is individually rolled out and grilled. I love to eat lefse with butter, sugar and a cinnamon. YUM. Hubby and I love big baking projects like this. We made about 40 pieces of lefse and divided them amoung our family.

Hanging Out


We also did a lot of hanging out around the house. It was great. We knew that the stores and restaurants would probably be very busy because of the holiday weekend. So we pretty much avoided society. We love bumming around the house! Felt great. Ruby enjoyed watching the dog show : )

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? What was the highlight? 


  1. I love the table runner. How did you and your mother do it? By the way, the puzzle looks so great and very timely Liz. My parents are still here since the Thanksgiving and will be visiting us again on Christmas Day.
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    • Thanks Jason! That’s awesome your family is able to hang out for longer than just Sunday. It’s always nice having family around.

  2. Nice! I like the table runner! Very festive! Mine was SUPER mellow too. Just exercise, hanging around the house, watching movies/TV, and reading!
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  3. Our long week-end went along the same lines as yours and I LOVED it! My DH was home with me so we got to spend some quality time and just relax. I did some re-organizing at home while he fixed a couple of things that needed attention. It was so nice to get some solid rest. Glad your holiday was a peaceful one Liz.
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    • These are the best type of weekends! What did you organize? I actually did a little bit of organizing too. My dresser was in desperate need of a clean out. Feels so good to get those little things done!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful weekend!! I had a good balance of eating, spending time with family, and holiday shopping (gifts for people I planned to buy for). I have to say all in all it was a success. I definitely needed the relaxing Sunday to catch up on some sleep! 🙂
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  5. I love the table runner!! You are so talented! We have good friends who are obsessed with the game Settlers of Catan and they are always trying to get us to play with them. We actually love puzzles in our home and actually worked on one yesterday. It’s a great way for us to have bonding time with our son and chat with him without it seeming like we are being too inquisitive.
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    • Settlers is pretty fun. It takes a practice round to figure all the rules out, but once you’ve figured them out there’s a good amount of strategy involved. Fun game!

  6. I loved my long weekend. Thursday we had Thanksgiving dinner with my family and Friday we had a second Thanksgiving dinner with Kate’s family. Yes, two dinners and it was wonderful. The rest of the weekend I didn’t do anything, but go to the gym on Sunday, do laundry, watch a lot of Netflix and the football games. Four day weekends should be the norm.
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  7. We played the game Carcassonne — lots of fun! I love Settlers too, but we’ve played it so many times it’s time for something new.
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  8. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! The table runner looks really cute. My parents sadly sold/threw out a lot of the board games we had when they moved (don’t ask me why!), so now we have to restock. It could at least make a nice present for them! Growing up, my mom and I always put puzzles together. I still enjoy it, but our cats love to ruin them if we leave pieces on a table. =)
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    • It’s funny you mention your cats ruining the peices. Ruby got a hold of one piece and chewed it up pretty bad. I’m not sure if it fell on the floor or she grabbed it off the table. Made us laugh. We were actually impressed she didn’t eat any. She eats almost everything!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful weekend, Liz! I enjoy those types of weekends too. We all need a chance to catch our breath and reenergize. We spent the week in Mexico with friends, so it was a very relaxing week for me, which I needed. Now I’m ready to get back to work.
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    • We’ve been talking about spending the next holiday season on a beach for Christmas or Thanksgiving. That is a great way to re-energize!

  10. Beautiful table runner! We had a very low key long weekend. It was so refreshing!
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  11. The table runner is awesome! I am planning on making something similar for my mom for Christmas. I am finding it hard to patch all of the triangles together perfectly, that’s hard!
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    • Yes, it is! Especially when I cut several of the triangles 1/4 inch too short : ) Thankfully my mom was able to do a lot of damage control so you hardly notice most of the mistakes. Quilting and sewing is a lot harder than you might think!

  12. Sounds like a perfectly fun and frugal weekend! 🙂 Love the table runner!
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  13. I’m missing out. The pictures won’t load on my computer.
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  14. Sounds like an amazing weekend! I love that you didn’t feel the need to go out to shop and eat 🙂
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  15. Combining family dinners with board games is one of my favourite things to do!

    Glad to hear you had such a great and frugal weekend,
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  16. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! I love just spending time at home with Mr. FW and Frugal Hound–there’s really nothing better. Ruby looks so cute watching the dog show! Frugal Hound didn’t even glance at it, not even during the hound category :). Your table runner is gorgeous–wow! I’m impressed with your skills, girl!
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  17. That table runner is GORGEOUS, as is the lefse, although I should tell you that lefse is made to be eaten with butter only. 😉 Sounds like you guys had a wonderful weekend. Speaking of people spending like crazy, have you read Lance’s latest post at Healthy Wealthy Income? Apparently the big spenders are so out of control that many companies have pretty much blown off the frugal people, b/c they know that the big spenders will keep them going.
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  18. Love that runner! Great job! And I’m trying to imagine what that bread must taste like. I can’t. It looks so good though! 🙂 We played a lot of backgammon, checkers, and when my son is bored enough to hang out with us, he loves 20 questions. Now that there’s no TV, it’s easier to choose these things because there isn’t that glowing competition anymore. Sounds like you had a fantastic time too! Loved the photos! 😀
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  19. Sigh I miss the long weekend already.

    It was wonderful to spend more time with the kids and family. We also play games though usually card games. Wizard, euchre but also pictionary.

    Settlers of Catan still need to check that out.
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  20. I love puzzles!
    Glad you had a nice, relaxing weekend. We were pretty lazy. We ate a lot and relaxed with the kids.
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