When Duh Meets Aha!

by Katy on October 13, 2008 · 3 comments


I am somewhat frugal.

This should come as no surprise to any of my readers.

But sometimes I feel like I’ve hit the apex. Like there’s nothing new to learn, and the fun challenges of finding ways to save money have come to a standstill.

Fear not, fellow Non-Consumers, there’s always something new to learn!

I baked some home made pizzas for my son’s birthday party over the weekend, and I was out buying toppings from a local pizza joint. (This is cheaper, as I can buy two half servings of a topping for $1.50, and it’s enough for two pizzas, and exactly the amount needed.) I rode my bike for this errand, which also included a trip to the library, and the grocery store for shredded mozzarella cheese.

So I was feeling like I had climbed to the tippy-top of the frugality mountain. The very apex.

Nothing new to learn here.

I asked the woman at the pizza place how much it would have been to buy the cheese from her. She said it would count as a single topping, which would be $1.50 for about ten ounces. I had just paid $5.50 for 16 ounces of cheese from the grocery store. 

Although I had bought toppings there before, it had somehow never crossed my mind that I could also pick up cheese there in a single fell swoop.


I would be able to buy exactly the amount needed, in a single errand, for less than I usually pay. And the pizza place is only two blocks from the house! Easily walkable in any weather.


I love these moments when duh meets aha. 

It’s what I live for.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs Green October 13, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Love this – I find there are so many new things to learn too; and I so love learning new things.
What a great find for you – frugality at its best! I hope your son enjoyed the pizza and his Birthday. I know you will have done after that Monmouth saving!


Kristen October 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

That’s crazy…I’ve never heard of being able to buy toppings at a pizza place. I wonder if my local pizza place does that.


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl October 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

By the way, I didn’t mean crazy in derogatory way…just in a “wow” sort of sense. lol


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