It’s Frugal Friday again, time to talk about what went well (and not-so-well) in the finance department around here.
This week I made a concerted effort to use what’s in the freezer. At the moment both of our outside freezers are plugged in and two thirds full. I’d like to get things cleaned out a bit so I can defrost one of the freezers and turn it off for awhile– at least until it’s time to butcher the cow this spring. In the freezers I have lots of on-sale butter, as well as ground beef and chicken that I’ve bought on sale in the past few months. But the biggest space hogs were definitely the turkeys– two of them. So Saturday evening we had turkey and mashed potatoes for dinner. On Sunday I made a turkey soup with Thai flavorings and coconut milk that was quite good. Then Monday we had turkey sandwiches for lunch, and that about finished off that turkey.
Another time this week for dinner I jazzed up ramen noodle soup for the kids by adding meatballs and chopped spinach. Since I try to limit my own intake of wheat and didn’t happen to have any GF noodles at the moment, in my version of the soup I added broken-up sheets of spring roll wrappers, the kind made from rice flour. The rice wraps cooked practically instantly in the hot broth and acted a lot like egg noodles in my soup. Quick and yummy. I am writing the idea here hoping that I will remember it for another day. It was so easy and good.
Had an odd thing happen with bananas this past week. I bought a bunch quite green, because there wasn’t much selection in the grocery store at the moment, and they never ripened. Not a bit. How can that happen? I was going to return them to the store to get my money back, but ended up being too lazy to go, and just threw them away. Ah well.
I feel like I almost always focus on food in my frugality efforts– or at least when I write here. I’m going to try to think more about what I do to save money that doesn’t involve food. I had several days this week that I went nowhere. Which I love. Monday I almost hit the clothing clearance sales at Fred Meyers — hello, 50% off lowest-marked prices. But then I realized we didn’t truly NEED anything clothing-wise, so I opted to stay home –and save 100% instead. Yay, me! Staying home bores some of the kids, but thankfully the quickest-bored ones now have their own licenses and vehicles, so now they can drive themselves places (and waste their own gas.)
I requested a book from PaperbackSwap.com this week instead of automatically going to amazon. In case you don’t know, PaperbackSwap.com lets you list books, send them to others for credit, and then use those credits to request other books. Sometimes you have to wait awhile to get newer books, and they don’t have every book. But when I’ve got a few credits built up, it’s a great way to lay my hands on other books that I want for just the cost of shipping. Speaking of credit, if you sign up and list 10 books, mark me (owlhaven) down as the person who referred you, and I will get a credit. Then if you like the service, you can refer other friends and earn credits that way too.
How did your frugality efforts go this week? I’d love to hear about them!