- Our evening meal last night was what I call a “Tidbit Dinner.” I took all the leftovers from the fridge and portioned everything into small amounts and served them as a single complete meal. (Think of it as a fancy tasting menu.) The four of us split a single piece of homemade pizza, leftover pesto tortellini, refried beans with homemade salsa and penne with marinara sauce. I also treated myself to the last half-cup or so of white bean soup. Our refrigerator is now free from half servings of leftovers and my family got served a tasty and decidedly frugal meal. Avoiding food waste is something each and every one of us can put a focus on. When so many Americans go without, it’s simply unethical to waste perfectly good food.
- My son had his weekly tutoring at the library yesterday and I was feeling aimless when it came to choosing anything to read. Instead of randomly pulling books from the shelves, I asked on The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook Group for recommendations. Suggestions immediately came pouring in, and I ran around the library on a one-person scavenger hunt. In the end I brought home six books as well as a couple of DVD’s. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I love my library!
- I stopped at Goodwill on my way home from dropping my son at school the other day and bought nothing. I was ostensibly there to photograph weird stuff for the blog, but it turns out I’d left my phone at home. (Goodwill is oh-so temptingly on my route home, but I try not to make a habit of it since I honestly want for nothing.)
- I spent a few hours going through our filing cabinet to remove pointless papers. (I am a proponent of getting rid of stuff rather than buying storage solutions for excessive belongings.) It was a big ol’ walk down memory lane as I came across the most hilarious stuff like a babysitter instruction sheet for my now 19-year-old son. (Keep in mind I was working full-time night shifts at the time and pretty much in a psychotic daze.) Here are a few excerpts:
- “Go ahead and just put food directly on the high chair tray. (Safety straps a must!) But if you put too much food directly on tray, he will brush everything onto the floor.”
- “When tired, he’s cranky and falls down easily.” <— Love this!
- “Cats are too friendly, don’t be afraid to be mean if they’re bugging you.”
5. I wore pajama pants while driving my son to school this morning in case I’d be tempted to pop into The Grocery Outlet to scout for deals. We have plenty of food at home and anything bought unnecessarily is wasted money, even if it’s cheap to begin with.
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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