- I walked to Fred Meyer yesterday and only bought things on my list of dried navy beans, milk, kale and gum. (I’d loaded an e-coupon onto my loyalty card for free gum.) The kale became pesto and the navy beans became The Prudent Homemaker’s Rosemary White Bean Soup. The gum was a welcome treat for my younger son. The milk? Carrying it home was my upper body workout for the day.
- My husband used a dry cleaning solvent to remove his name from a soft-sided cooler, which he’d written in Sharpie. He got it as a freebie from work and we’ve never once even been tempted to use it. Now it’s ready for a new owner through our local Buy Nothing Group. Sometimes being frugal is is about providing free items for other people.
- My mother stopped by yesterday in the midst of running errands. Her next stop was the recycling center, and I gave her a couple of styrofoam meat trays as well as a rather large plastic bin lid which had no bottom. This saved me a trip and helped in my never ending quest to rid my home of excessive stuff.
- I stopped by the kids’ consignment shop yesterday as it’s directly across the street from the library where my son gets his Japanese tutoring. My son had culled a small stack of clothes from his dresser and surprisingly the store took every single piece. (A rarity!) Last week I brought in a pair of brand new shoes that our Japanese exchange college student left behind from last summer. They were pretty small, and would likely fit a large American ten-year-old boy. (Crap out of the house, money in!)
- I spent an hour or so on the couch yesterday reading a really good novel from the library. A honest to goodness paper book which required me to physically turn the pages. I’ll never fully convert to a digital world.
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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