I’ve gone a few days without blogging as my computer was hit with a death-ray level virus that shut it down and required a complete erase and restart. I lost everything on my desktop, and only time will tell what important files and photos are now but a faint memory. I could wallow in grief or choose to move forward, and I choose the forward path. So here you go, a fresh blog post to cover the past three days that went wholly undocumented.
- I worked both Friday and Saturday, although I only brought food one of those day as my older son is home from college and leftovers are being consumed again. However, I took it as an opportunity to treat myself to the hospital salad bar, which has the most delicious poached salmon priced at the same amount as everything else.
- I threw a huge graduation party for my younger son at the house last night. I made all the food from scratch, served lemonade and iced tea, used our own dishes, cloth napkins and silverware instead of disposable, (even though it meant having to wash dishes halfway through the party) borrowed a fire pit to create a s’more station, bought zero grad theme decor and encouraged invitees to not bring a gift, as I want to promote frugality not just for my family but for our friends as well. It was a huge success and my son really appreciated the effort. I was in a panic an hour or so before the party, as I didn’t feel prepared enough due to working the previous two days. But in the end everything turned out perfectly.
- I brought my Dansko clogs home from work with a plan to replace the insoles. My feet have been torturing me after my 12-1/2 hour shifts lately, so this action will pamper my feet and give me a few more years until I need to replace the shoes.
- I made black bean and corn salad for the party using beans that I threw into the crockpot after work on Saturday night. By morning the beans were done cooking, and the dish was was as easy as throwing in a bag of frozen corn kernels, cilantro, minced red onion and some tea towel salad dressing. This dish is always a hit, plus it’s cheap, healthy and delicious.
- I bagged up some unused grocery store items that were specifically bought for the party. I’ll return them to the store this afternoon for a refund.
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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