Frugal Tidbits

by Katy on September 14, 2010 · 5 comments

Frugality invades every aspect of my life. From what I buy, (or don’t buy) to what I read, (library books) and there’s just no escaping it. But instead of being confined by monetary limits, it’s actually quite freeing. I get to do things I couldn’t otherwise afford, and my creative juices are constantly flowing.

Here’s how I frugalized my day yesterday:

  • Sent the kids to school with home packed lunches.
  • Put two loads of laundry through the wash. The machine was a hand me down from my mother, I used cold water, handmade detergent and then hung the laundry on the clothesline.
  • When it was time to pick my son up from school, I coordinated errands into the trip.
  • I went to the library and checked out two different world atlases, since my son had to memorize 50 different countries for school.
  • Stopped into the credit union to deposit my son’s hundred dollar bill from grandma before he loses it. It can now earn interest.
  • Brought a small bin of kid clothes to the consignment shop. They bought almost everything, including a batch of hand me down button-down shirts that my kids would rather die than wear. I found a pair of Converse high tops in my younger son’s size, and was able to use store credit to buy them. I was handed $5.50 in cash from a previous drop off.
  • Took my older son out for an ice cream cone. I had a 2-for-1 coupon from an about to expire Entertainment Book that a friend gave me, and chose the child size cone, which actually a normal size. This set me back $2, which I had from the consignment shop.
  • Drove by a Goodwill so my older son could look for a ping-pong paddle, at his request. Didn’t find anything we needed, and left empty handed.
  • My husband made dinner, which was grilled lemon oregano chicken, served with heated up leftover rice and a big green salad. I buy lettuce by the head instead of bagged. I always choose the biggest specimen and then wash and cut it immediate and store it in the salad spinner, which drains off any fluid and keeps it from getting soggy. I can get at least three big salads from a single head of lettuce.
  • Drove my older son to soccer practice, and also arranged a carpool for the rest of the season.
  • Rummaged through our huge bin of writing utensils to find enough colored pencils for the boys to take to school. No reason to buy what we already have.
  • I also watched a gluttonous number of Lost episodes through Netflix. We have the minimum subscription, which allows
  • Tucked everyone into bed in their thrift store pajamas and then packed up the next day’s school/work lunches.

Today I’ll go for a $10 haircut, walk to Fred Meyer to buy loss leader milk and eggs, clean my house, (saving on a housekeeping service!) run another load of laundry, and deal with any buyers for the Hanna Andersson jammies, which I re-listed on craigslist this morning. I’ll listen to a library audio book while I putter, and maybe even put a couple wheelbarrow loads of free mulch under the treehouse in the backyard. And tomorrow, I’m getting together with my friend Sasha.

Frugality is infused into almost every aspect of my life, but that doesn’t mean I have limits. Instead, it’s just the opposite. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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

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Toni September 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

What a great post infused with lots of money saving ideas! Thank you for posting!


Magdalena September 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I had a frugal day, too! I walked to the post office, took the little one to the playground for her morning fun, served leftovers for brunch, sewed a new apron from a $2 remnant(wearing my new dress and apron, also from remnants – a total of about $5, plus thread – which is expensive because there is no way cheap thread will work in my machine), then took husband and little one to the beach, two blocks away, for some free family-style fun. I never started the car or spent a cent, and served frozen spaghetti sauce for supper. Even the wine was a half-bottle left from the weekend!


Angela September 15, 2010 at 2:59 am

Thanks for the tidbit about the salad spinner! I’d much rather by a head of lettuce (tastier in my opinion), but had no idea about how to store it. So we’d use what we’d need for 1 salad, and end up throwing the rest out.

On a side note, thank you so much for sharing your perspective on frugality with the world. Your blog has been instrumental in helping me learn to be happy with what I have, instead of pining for what I don’t. As you said, it really is freeing.


Katy September 15, 2010 at 6:18 am


It’s pretty terrific, isn’t it? 😀



psmflowerlady/Tammy September 15, 2010 at 4:39 am

Thanks for the great post. It not only had some great ideas, but also inspired me to keep on doing some of the things I’m doing. I sometimes get discouraged because it doesn’t seem like I’m doing “enough” (although who defines “enough”, I don’t know – LOL) and today was one of those days. It was a good reminder that it is many little things put together that sometimes I take for granted that really do constitute a frugal lifestyle. So, today, I can feel good that the library books are in the car for dropoff on my way home from work, I brought my lunch to work today, a dinner of leftovers is planned and I will have time to freeze 5 heads of broccoli that I got on sale for use this winter when it is double the price.


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