1) I have to drive a mini-van full of boys down to Grants Pass and back for a soccer game this weekend. Because it’s 4-1/2 hours each way, I loaded up on DVD’s of movies and TV shows from the library. (My mini-van has a built-in DVD player that we use so rarely that I thought it didn’t work anymore.)
2) I spent all day Tuesday in the kitchen prepping meals and filling the fridge and freezer with frugal and easily accessible food. Because I cook almost completely from scratch it can take awhile to get dinner on the table, which is a problem for busy evenings or when inspiration fails me. The sad thing is that I accomplished all this when I normally would have been watching evening TV.
Here’s what I cooked and prepped:
- One batch of kale pesto.
- Chopped a huge amount of garlic in the Cuisinart.
- Three casserole dishes of restuffed potatoes.
- Sautéed a pan of diced potatoes for breakfast burritos.
- A batch of oatmeal cookie dough. (I bake cookies a dozen at a time so they can be added to school lunches or for treats. This way they don’t get snarfed down immediately.)
- Roasted a chicken which had been defrosting in the fridge for a few days.
- Cooked up a batch of chicken soup using the leftover clingy bits from a rotisserie chicken.
- Washed and chopped a couple heads of broccoli.
3) I didn’t have anything good to bring for my work lunch, so I just threw some bulk quick cooking oatmeal and brown sugar in a bag. (I also threw in an apple and a yogurt I got for free.) The meal was filling and healthy enough to keep me from having to buy food in the hospital cafeteria.
4) I took my kids to see The Lego Movie on Monday with some free passes that I’d been holding onto for a looong time. I made sure to feed them a nice filling meal before we left the house so they wouldn’t beg for snacks.
5) My 15-year-old younger son just got his driving learner’s permit yesterday. My plan is to have to drive on this permit a good long time before becoming a licensed driver. No reason to hike up our insurance premiums prematurely. (In case you were wondering, my 18-year-old son has zero interest in learning to drive so far.)
Now your turn. What frugal activities have you been up to?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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