I was going to write up a Five Frugal Things post yesterday, but chose not to as my things were kind of boring. But then I realized that this is frugality in a nutshell, doing a lot of the same humdrum things on a daily basis which add up to big savings. Cooking from scratch, eating leftovers, sticking close to home, simplifying entertainment and other unimpressively dull endeavors. Mind you, my life is not boring, but my frugal hacks often are. So I now present to you, Five Frugal Things . . . the boring edition!
- I worked all day Saturday and brought leftover chicken and rice to eat, as well as some cut up carrot sticks. I drank the free hospital coffee and enjoyed a cup of the free mint tea. (Boring.) I was able to help two families welcome their beautiful babies into the world. (Not boring.)
- I checked in with my husband as I left work. He’d taught CPR all day then driven across town to play soccer. He mentioned picking up a Costco rotisserie chicken on the way home, but I asked him not to, as we had a plethora of nice leftovers in the refrigerator that needed to get eaten up. (Boring.) We both arrived home around the same time and pulled leftovers out from the fridge which included chicken and rice, baked pesto tilapia and shrimp scampi over pasta. The three of us then sat down at the dining room table to enjoy our delicious meal and discuss our days. (Not boring.)
- I was treated to lunch by my father on Friday. We walked to our favorite nearby restaurant where we ordered the same thing we always order and drank the tap water. I was able to fill up a punch card. (Not boring, but extremely routine.) We then walked home where I served tea and pulled out a photo album, as my father is being honored for teaching 50 years at the same university and needed some pictures. I was able to locate a photo of him in the classroom from 1965 and scanned it for him. We eat at this restaurant every few weeks, so it’s hardly worth writing home about, but it’s very much part of my frugal routine. I love catching up on my father’s life, so this is definitely not boring.
- Yesterday was The Super Bowl, and I usually treat my family to a yummy snack buffet. However, I’d worked the previous day and had a Clark Howard article I needed to complete. I ended up spending the day writing and then watched the second half of the game. There were zero snacks, and some minimal grumbling. (Boring.) My husband then went to the grocery store for dinner ingredients and assembled a hearty meal of hamburgers and salad. The three of us sat around the table and joked about Coldplay and planned out the logistics of the coming week. (Not boring.)
- I didn’t buy a Lear Jet. (Boring.)
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?
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