Frugal (kinda): In September we spent $750 on groceries to feed 8 people. Was hoping to be more in the range of $600, but there were some really excellent sales: cheese for $2/lb, butter at $1.50/lb (wow- it is never that low!!), ground beef for $1.89/lb, and chicken breasts for $1.69/lb. All of those items are staples, so I stocked up.
Not so frugal: not shopping with cash. Cash spending makes me less likely to grab odds and ends of unneeded things.
Frugal: found some good deals on fall clothes at thrift stores for the kids, including a lovely dress for a formal occasion for one of my daughters (more on that later!)
Not so frugal: due to busyness and my book deadline, we ate out way too often. Even Taco John’s and Little Caesar’s adds up.
Frugal: We traded one of our calves for hay, which meant $250 NOT out of our pocket for hay for the other calves this winter.
Not so frugal: Our van needed $832 of repairs last week. Painful for us. Great for Les Schwab. Yehaw.
Frugal (kinda): I’d been hunting for an affordable pair of tall flat-soled boots that aren’t a couple hundred bucks and via a friend I found these on zulily for $32. (<– affiliate link) So far I can’t give them a glowing recommendation; first putting them on, the black on the shaft of the boot was coming off on my hands (eek). I am guessing they’ll look worn soon, and obviously they’re not leather. But they are comfy and warm and fit my calves, which is sometimes an issue with boots for me. So far I don’t regret the $32 and figure that by wearing them sparingly I should be able to get my money’s worth.
Not so frugal: Driving kids to lots of activities. Gas prices are just killing us these days. I am seriously thinking of looking for a small 5-seat car to drive when my hubby has the gas-efficient car at work, because driving the van is SOOO spendy. Problem is, I have 3 drivers-ed kids coming up, and we feel safer letting them drive the mini-van for their practicing. (Just a little more metal for protection, just in case…) So we probably ought to hold off on a smaller vehicle for a couple more years. I could try to get better at erranding when John is at home tho, to use his car.
Frugal: I canned like crazy this month, even though I was screamingly busy. We’ve got over a hundred quarts of tomatoes in the pantry, plus lots of pickles and some applesauce. I still need to make more jam– I just stashed the raspberries in the freezer to save time. We also canned lots of green beans and sweet peppers.
What about you? How have you done recently in terms of frugal living/spending?
Favorite Fall Posts:
- How to make pie from an actual pumpkin (bonus: scenes from my life when my littles were 1, 3 and ‘twins’ age 7)
- My grape jelly and tomato-canning videos (bonus: a peek into my kitchen)
- How to make applesauce (just the facts, ma’am )