popping tags on thrift store finds shopping ahead for the holidays Working a food truck and taking hope some of the left overs- free food! Freezing the food to save it Freezing my tomatoes from my gaden garbage picking a birdhouse and tomato cages for next year going to free concerts and events taking free classes at the library frugel cooking
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep grartitude of those who have lighted the flame within us Albert Schweitzer
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
Not spending any $$$ on eating out this week! This is hard for me, because after working a 10-12 hour day, I am usually to tired to cook, so we end up eating out. With 8 people to feed (7 adults and a toddler), you can imagine how costly this is!!
I used Spark's Unfried Refried Beans recipe this morning to prepare refried beans. I bought the 1# package of beans for $1 or under; DH and I will have enough for 4 more sides of refried beans. That is quite a savings, since a can usually costs about $1.
I am on the downward roll of what I wanted to be a "no plastic" month: a month where I didn't use either any credit card or my ATM card as either a withdrawal or a debit or credit. I made it to Tuesday, but then became involved in an unplanned entertainment where I had to supply lunch, and since I had no cash on hand, wound up using the ATM "credit" in the supermarket. Not the absolute worst thing, I guess. At least I wasn't mindlessly charging some useless dust-catcher! (Not that I actually do that, of course, having been out of work for over 3 1/2 years.)
Still, I would have liked to have finished the month without relying on plastic. I'm going to try again in March. I read somewhere that if one is really serious about giving up using cards, place them in water and freeze them. That'll make one think twice about impulse buying.
My most frugal activity is almost always cooking our own meals, and hardly ever eating in restaurants. But that's not a new skill for me.
When you're on the right track in life all you have to do is keep going. - M. Sarafraz
A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much happiness. - Bernard de Fontanelle
I've been tackling some DIY projects. Which was never really my thing. But anyway, putting in a new floor and doing some painting in the granny flat is working out about $1000 doing it myself and would have been about $7000 if I'd had tradies come in to do it.
current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,795) Posts: 2,263 1/25/13 4:53 P
I would sure like to know how to make yogurt. I could spend a fortune in Greek yogurt!
I have been making my popcorn in the microwave in a small brown bag. I can eat it dry/no flavoring and it makes a nice crunchy treat for me. I know there are cautions about doing this, but I fill my lunch-size brown bag with 3 teaspoons of popcorn, fold over the top a couple of times at the top, sprinkle the bag with water on both sides. Then I set it on the popcorn setting of my microwave, but listen very carefully for it. Sometimes a bit of it scorches; I don't quite have that down yet to avoid it, but it is a LOT cheaper and I know it is a LOT better for me.
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