Frugality is part of my daily life. It’s there when I wake up in the bed we got for free, it’s there when I eat my bulk purchased oatmeal for breakfast and it’s there when I walk instead of drive my errands. Sometimes it’s newsworthy, but usually less so. Here, I’ll let you judge for yourself.
Here are five recent frugal activities:
- I am continuing to make yogurt from scratch, and am in the midst of fine tuning the recipe. I’m now using 2% milk instead of whole, and adding a half-cup of powdered milk to thicken it up. I’m also straining the yogurt it to help it discover its Greek roots. Opa!
- I baked a pie last night to use up some not-quite-crisp-enough apples that someone left at one of my mother’s guest cottages. I packed the last of the pie into the kids’ school lunches today, but scraped all the delicious dribbly juice into my oatmeal this morning. Highly recommend. (Yes, you read that right. I baked a pie last night and it’s already just a memory!)
- I’m reading Julia Park Tracey’s I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen. I received this book to review, so it was free. But I’m loving it so much I would have happily paid for it! (BTW, all you Twitterers need to follow this flibbertigibbet of a girl @TheDorisDiaries!)
- I’ve become quite frustrated with how my living room has transformed into a dumping ground for sports uniforms, dirty pajamas and the like. But instead of fighting the trend, I’ve set up a organizational system for the room, which includes a large basket for clean uniforms, (the kids both run cross country and play soccer; and my husband is on a soccer team, so keeping clean uniforms on hand is a annoyingly daily task.) Not only are all the uniforms now easy to locate, but it’s helping to streamline our chaotic mornings. Needless to say, I usurped a basket from upstairs that I already owned instead of buying a new one. Or a used one for that matter.
- I’ve continued to line dry my laundry, cook from scratch, pack school and work lunches, avoid disposable products, batch my errands and make do with a small wardrobe.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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