How did your week go? I have a few things to report in the frugality department, but nothing hugely earth-shattering.
- I went grocery shopping on Tuesday with a list and a menu plan, so my shopping was fairly thorough.
- I found 10-lb ‘chubs’ of ground beef at Walmart marked down to $20 each, so I bought two. Then I came home and made hamburger patties and meatloaf.
- I made chili for dinner one evening, enough to serve for another meal also. We had enough from a couple other meals for several lunches during the week, and as usual I tucked some leftovers away in plastic containers in the freezer to be used as my husband’s work lunches.
- I found apples for 88 cents a pound, so I bought quite a few. Also in the produce section I resisted the urge to buy strawberries (sigh) and stuck with the fruit that’s most affordable now, my typical stand-bys: apples, oranges, bananas. I just last week overheard a produce lady in Fred Meyers tell a customer that most grocery stores take a loss on bananas, milk, and eggs, because they know customers will go elsewhere if their prices aren’t competitive.
- I bought quite a few things in bulk on my big shopping trip, including beans and oats. I store that type of thing in large 2-quart canning jars in the pantry, and when I empty out the sacks from the bulk department, I always shake out the crumbs and save the bags to be used again.
- As usual, we washed clothing with our homemade laundry soap. Emily made another batch this week. Also as usual, we dried
large and heavy items (jeans, towels, blankets) on the long bars that we have in our laundry room. This decreases the wear on the dryer and allows smaller things get done in the dryer more quickly.
- Whenever the power bill comes, I compare this month this year to this month last year, and was pleased that this year we used quite a bit less power than last year, probably because January was such a warm month. We mostly heat with wood, but in the middle of the night on very cold nights, the furnace goes on for awhile. But this January was so warm that I don’t think that happened often. John reports that the wood pile is much bigger than he expected for this time of year.
- I decided to go with just the jacket and jeans from yesterday’s Stitch Fix. That’s what I had enough credits to buy, and those were the only two pieces I truly loved anyway. And since I did like the grey tee, I’ll keep an eye out for something similar at a lower price.
- I found some nice duffel bags with wheels at Walmart.com for $14 each. They are HUGE, and should be really great for packing lots of clothing.
Related to the duffels, but on a decidedly NOT frugal note, we just bought 5 plane tickets for Ethiopia for this summer. I’ll be taking our 4 Ethiopian daughters for a homeland visit. We’re meeting my sister Sophie there, and will be gone for two weeks. So very exciting! It seems like most of our not-frugal things are related to travel–I guess you could look at that either as our Achilles heel or as the reason we do all the frugal things. We’ll need to update passports soon too. Three are expired and two of the kids have never had them. So that will be a pretty penny. At least we know far enough ahead to avoid rush shipping.
That’s all I can think of for today. I’d love to hear what you did this week that helped your budget!
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