I’m so glad you’ve been sharing your frugal successes with me every Friday! There are soooo many opportunities in a week to spend money. Knowing that I’ll be telling on myself really helps me avoid overspending! Speaking of which, I’ll start with my frugal fails. I spent way too much on lemons and avocados late last night after picking up our son from work. It wasn’t a good time to go to a less expensive store, and I was in the mood for guacamole. Now. 🙂 I did have a good bit of success this week too, though.
- For Sunday supper, I combined Friday’s leftover taco meat and Saturday’s cooked pinto beans with the leftover corn from Sunday lunch to make an easy taco soup. I often serve taco soup with tortilla chips, but since I didn’t have any, I chose instead to cut flour tortillas into strips, toast them briefly in a bit of oil, and serve them atop the soup.
- When I saw an interesting book on a blog this week, I requested it at my local library. My son also asked me to put a book on hold at the library. There’s two fewer books that we’ll be tempted to buy.
- That same son spotted a coupon for a local indoor laser tag place that will decrease the admission for him and a couple friends (a birthday treat) by $5. I’m thrilled to have kids already on the lookout for such things.
- I cut a little bit of chard out of the greenhouse to go in a salad, and John’s tomato seedlings are growing! Garden season is on the way.
- I grabbed 50-cent boxes of cocoa out of a clearance bin at the grocery store. They’ll make good treats on cool mornings while camping this summer.
- I made a weekly menu (photo below) using mostly ingredients that we already have. We need a few things like milk, cheese, fruit, and potatoes, but the list should be fairly short.
- I’m planning to make bread again, as well as yogurt, and fruit crisp with some of the canned fruit that I still have in my pantry.
And speaking of frugality and money saving, I wanted to mention that I’ve been asked by the Mom and Dad Academy to teach an e-class called Introduction to Family Kitchen Management and you can attend right on your computer! I’ll be sharing how to save $100 a month or more on your grocery bill, get in and out of the kitchen efficiently, and involve your kids in the cooking adventure. If that topic sounds interesting, come join us on May 22nd at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, 8:30 Eastern. You’ll need to register ahead of time right here.