I just wanted to let you know how much I like writing this weekly post. It makes me keep track of what I am doing to save and makes me want to do more so I can share it with you all! Start writing down all of the things you do in the name of frugality--You will start to accomplish so much more and you can feel good about what you are doing!
Last week I was able to pack my lunch all five days, but one day I was really hungry and the pb&j sammie just didn't get it so I purchased a foot long coney at the cafeteria. So I did pack all five days but I caved and spent $3.50 for the coney. Must do better next week I guess
I hung 2 loads of towels to dry last week. Also hung some jeans and other clothes to dry. Just put the jeans in the dryer for 10 minutes to soften them up. Still, every item hung saves money!
We got our tax refund back Friday and I immediately put half of it into a CD. I know they don't earn much, but it makes me think twice about using the funds because of the penalties and the money is there if we have a major emergency.
Our local Meijer had small packages of blackberries 2/$1 so I bought 12! I flash froze half of them and plan on making jam this week with the rest.
My DH loves pretzels so I picked up 6 bags for him-they were 90 cents per bag--my stock up price!
I made one meatless meal for my family this past week- crustless quiche and salad. It was not one of my better meals but we ate it anyway!
I planned on making breakfast burritos for us on Sunday, but we only had 3 eggs left. How do you feed 6 people breakfast with 3 eggs??? French toast of course! I made do with what I had!
My second batch of sprouts is just about ready to eat. I priced a small bunch at the grocery and it was $1.79 for about the same amount I have growing in my sprouter. I paid less than $10.00 for a huge bag of the alfalfa sprout seeds and will get 30-40 sprouters full for about the cost of 5 bunches at the store! Big time savings! If you haven't tried growing sprouts, you really should!
My son got a call about an application he put in for a job working with computers so Mr Jeans and T-shirt needs to come up with clothes for an interview this coming week. He said his older(worn 2 times) dress pants were too tight so I looked at them and was able to let them out 2 inches. So he doesn't have to buy new ones! As for a shirt and tie, he will be borrowing them from his brother. Please say little prayer that he gets this job! Please and thank you!
I used my Kroger points to fill up my gas tank this week--saved 30 cents per gallon! Not as good as last time but 30 cents off helps.
I made my DH molded chocolate hearts for Valentines Day. I used candy melts that I had left over from other projects. He loved them! I got the molds at a yard sale last summer for next to nothing.
Because a lot of my towels are looking pretty rough, I bought 2 almost like new towels at the Goodwill for 50 cents each and they are big, thick, thirsty towels too! Not bad for 50 cents each!
One of the items I posted on E-Bay sold so I made an extra $54.00 this week! Remember, one of my goals this year is to increase our monthly income by $200 per month by the end of the year-so this is progress!
To make a pot of chili go farther, I added 1 1/2 cups of lentils. No one even noticed and I was able to get 3 meals from one pot of chili. Chili spaghetti, chili and grilled cheese, and coneys.
I have started a kitchen compost bin. I am putting coffee grounds, egg shells, and veggie peels/trimmings in it and will add it to my raised bed gardens weekly.
I think that about covers it this week. What have you saved money on lately!