- I went to a coworker’s retirement party on Friday, which called for people to bring “an appetizer.” My day had been busy, as my friend Denise was in town and I wanted to make sure we got a chance to meet up in person. I was tempted to A: Buy something to bring or B: Flake out as I really didn’t have time to shop for appetizer ingredients. Instead I baked up a long skinny loaf of my one-hour bread and mixed up a pot of my kale pesto from ingredients I already had on hand. My addition to the potluck was a hit as people were impressed that I’d made my own bread. I’m so happy that I went as it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
- Denise and I met to catch up and enjoy a cup of coffee together. The concierge at her hotel had recommended a nearby chain, but instead we drove over to a locally owned cafe where coffee was priced at just $1.50 per cup, plus served in reusable mugs with stainless steel spoons. We enjoyed a nice walk together and reconnected without creating any garbage or spending too much money.
- I worked both Thursday and Saturday at the hospital and brought the last of some leftover homemade black bean chili that no one else in my family seemed to want. It was perfectly good and served to fill me up in the middle of my busy labor and delivery shifts. I packed my own cloth napkins from home, as well as reusable silverware and my ceramic travel mug. Striving for zero waste is often pretty simple.
- I woke this morning to find we were out of milk. I start each day with a cup of milky tea, so I almost started crying. (I really like my tea!) However, my next door neighbor was generous enough to fill a mug with milk so the three of us could enjoy our teas and coffee. That was a close one, people. That was a close one.
- I wrote two Clark Howard pieces this week which will help bolster the never ending college fund. I plan on starting a draft on one more today, and will hopefully get that one turned in by tomorrow.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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