- I made black bean chili for dinner last night from dried beans that I cooked in the crock pot. I also included some frozen pinto beans and some leftover refried beans. I bought a third of a pound of bulk sausage meat from New Seasons, as I’ve found that it’s flavorful enough to get away with using just a small amount. The chili was topped with the very last of a bag of shredded mozzarella cheese and saved up tortilla chip crumbs (from three different bags!) which I freshened up on a cookie sheet in the oven for a few minutes.
- I walked to the grocery store last night for a few miscellaneous items, including celery as I am making The Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Pot Pie recipe for Pi Day. (Today is March 14th, which translates to 3.14 = Pi.) I only needed a small amount of celery, so I got an employee to cut a few ribs from a bunch of celery. I know my family would never eat leftover celery, so this both avoided food waste and saved me money as it’s sold by the pound.
- I’ve been poring through the Little Green Notebook archives and putting recommended design books on hold at the library. I got an e-mail just this morning that I have four books ready to pick up. Hooray for the guilt-free library!
- I stopped into Goodwill yesterday as it was close to some errands I was running. I noticed that there were still a few glass sugar packet containers available, and since the color tag was blue, they were half- off! So, for the low, low price of only 49¢, I got one more medicine cabinet organizer for the house. And I also found a dime on the ground.
- My family is driving up to Seattle this weekend, and although we have to pay for a hotel room, we’ll work to keep it cheap. (I sure do miss my sister for many reasons, but it was awfully nice to always have a free place to stay in Seattle!) We’re sharing the ride with family friends, and the only entertainment I need begins with “Good” and ends with “Will.” My husband and younger son will be cheering on the Portland Timbers soccer team against the arch rival Seattle Sounders, but since that’s about as appealing to me as barefoot day at the dog park, my older son and I will give that part a miss. Plus, I am already registered with Seattle Goodwills as an Oregonian which means I avoid paying sales tax. So yippee!
How about you, what frugal activities have been filling your days? Please share your things in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”