In everywhere I go and everything I do, I am always focused on the frugal. I pull out my frequent purchase punch cards, I minimize driving, I scout floor coins and when I go thrifting (as I did yesterday) I hardly buy anything. I put off new purchases longer than I should, as evidenced by my falling apart sandals which are three years past their expiration date. I revel in minimizing our food waste and I fix instead of replace whenever possible, and even when it seems impossible.
And most of all, I’m always trying to find new and inventive methods to save money.
Just recently I:
- Took a pair of my husband’s hardly worn flip flops and cut them down to fit my older son. This not only saved us a couple of bucks, but more importantly it kept a pair from having to be freshly manufactured.
- Served my son a delicious snack made from a rock hard french bread end and the last of a wedge of brie. I simply cut the bread lengthwise, buttered it and then lay it in a heated cast iron skillet. I then placed a full tea kettle on the bread to squish it down. The resulting grilled bread was then spread the brie and served lovingly. Gone was the stale quality of the bread, and let me tell ya’, there were no complaints.
- Have planned out a great, yet frugal date night for our twentieth anniversary, which is today. It includes happy hour in a beautiful and historic Portland restaurant, yet will set us back less than $20.
Today I want you to share your favorite money saving tips. They can be classic or fresh and new. Creatively inventive or what you consider to be glaringly obvious.
If it saves you money, I want to hear it! Consider it an anniversary present.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”