Frugal Steps and Stumbles



Frugal Steps:

  1. I baked two loaves of bread this week.
  2. I cut my son’s hair myself using our clippers. This saved us $14.
  3. My husband and son camped out with cub scouts, and we borrowed a tent from friends. Now that we know he likes it, we will probably buy one of our own.
  4. I bought some seasonal decor, autumn cookie cutters, and a few Christmas gifts for my daughters at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Everything was 40-50% off, and I used a 20% off coupon that I was allowed to combine with the sale.
  5. My girls and I made oatmeal raisin cookies from scratch. I accidentally burned the sheet on the bottom rack, and used a cheese grater to grate off the burned part. My kids ate them!
  6. We walked to and from preschool two days this week, saving gas.  We walked to the babysitter’s house on Tuesday morning. I only drove on Thursday for dance class,  a mile each way to preschool Friday, and Saturday for errands, a total of 16 miles for the week.
  7. I posted two pillowcases dresses for sale on Ebay. These had been custom-made for my older daughter as an infant, and my girls have outgrown them.
  8. I picked up one and a half shifts this week. I worked my half shift this morning, on Saturday, to save the cost of a sitter.
  9. I processed about 7 bread ends to make bread crumbs. I store these in the freezer. I use bread crumbs in meatloaf, broccoli cheese mixture, and to make cookies.
  10. We ate dinner out zero times this week. My husband buys lunch, but he brought leftovers with him once.
  11. Some apples were starting to turn, so I cut off the bad parts and used the good parts to make smoothies from ice, apple (keep the peel on), banana, and peanut butter. It’s really good!
  12. We’re going as a family to the Cub Scouts Spook-o-ree. We signed up ahead of time to get a discounted rate of $10 for each child.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. My grad school workload is heavy this week and next, and I had a huge paper due last Saturday. My husband was on the camping trip with my son, and my mother was out of town for the Papal Mass in Philly. I hired a sitter to watch the girls for half the day so I could complete my work on time. It was $60, but well worth it. If I failed this paper, I could fail the class, and it would cost over $1500 to repeat it. No thanks!
  2. We threw out a small serving of meatloaf and green beans, 2 bad bananas, a cucumber, and some limes. I did have an impromptu leftover night yesterday to avoid wasting a pork chop, spaghetti, and baked beans.
  3. We ended up ordering this season of the Big Bang Theory on Prime.


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