Frugality during the Christmas season can be challenging. Obviously most of us are spending much more on gifts than is usual in the average month. But I find that because I am eager to have gift money, I am often more motivated to spend less on groceries. I didn’t do so great on food in November because I was finishing my book project and had less time (and energy) to cook. But here are some of the frugal things I did in the past couple weeks.
- Served lentils and rice for a couple meals last week.
- Added the last bit of lentils and rice to ground beef on taco night to stretch the beef a bit more. This actually worked so well that we had tacos last night too.
- Colored my hair with a box of color I found for 25 cents on the clearance rack at the grocery store. Crazy, right? Turned out fine– not thrilling, but fine. I’m planning to go to the hair salon next month for the highlights that I LOVE, but this month I went budget.
- Served fish sticks instead of grabbing fast food tacos on a night that I really needed an easy meal.
- Stocked up on butter at WalMart this week when it was an insanely low $1.69/lb. It is never that low.
- Made a big pot of potato chowder for dinner one night, adding in broccoli and cheese. Yum!
- Got a few things on good sales over the weekend and filled out rebate forms to get some of the money back to make them an even better deal. Standing in line at a sale I overheard one lady telling another that rebates are way too much hassle, and she never got ONE of them back when she mailed them in. That made me wonder how many rebates she’s actually submitted. Granted, it is a bit of hassle to meet all the requirements, but I can’t think of a time when I didn’t get the money back.
- Sold a book back on amazon after finding out that amazon actually PAYS for you to ship your books to them. (Unlike paperback swap, where you pay shipping.)
- Listed a few books on PaperBackSwap that amazon didn’t want to buy, and promptly had requests for them, which means I have more credits to spend on other books. I also checked to see if any of the books my kids requested for Christmas were available on paperback swap. Often you have to wait for popular items, but it’s always worth checking. No luck this week, but I will keep checking.
- Dug out my fabric stash and began some sewing projects for Christmas gifts. I am making some diapers for one of our granddaughters (shown above) and also plan to make some small tote bags.
- Sorted out some fabric to give to my 11 year old daughter to make a quilt as a gift. She was thrilled!
What about you? I’d love to hear your frugal victories this week.