- I reused bags from the bulk-food grocery items I purchased. Any bag I can use an extra time or two is a money savings.
- We used cloth napkins at most mealtimes in the past week or so.
- Bought oranges for 25 cents/lb. They were the last from a big sale that the store had the previous week, and needed to be used quickly. But I think we only ended up only tossing one of them.
- Used leftovers as wisely as possible so that very little was wasted.
- Fed questionable leftovers to the chickens, which makes the true amount of our food waste really low. We also routinely give chickens carrot peels and apple cores and other produce scraps to enrich their winter diet.
- Bought a HUGE (5+ pound) cabbage for 50 cents/lb that I will sliver very thin and use gradually for cabbage slaw and stir-fries over the next week or two. Maybe some egg rolls too. I made a bunch of egg rolls for the Super Bowl and they were so yummy!
- Served canned applesauce a few times in the last week when our fresh fruit was running low. I have quite a lot of home-canned food still, but we’ve definitely put a dent in it. I am nearly out of jam already, and the kids have been gobbling the dill pickle spears I made. I will definitely be making more of those instead of the pickle slices that I seem to have too many of.
- Today I’m soaking beans to make a big pot of chili for easy eats while I’m gone this weekend. I also made and frozen a couple of tater tot casseroles and a couple pans of enchiladas.
- Finally got good-student verification and Alive at 25 verification sent to our auto insurance company to decrease the cost of insurance for the three teen/college drivers on our current policy. With 2 more drivers set to be licensed this summer, we need every bit of savings we can scrape together.
Just in case anyone is curious about how we handle insurance for our kids: we pay for all their insurance while they are still in high school, and half while they are in college, as long as they don’t get any speeding tickets. If they get a ticket, they assume the entire cost of their own insurance. Also, when they get married and/or graduate from college, they take over that expense.
This year with two sons getting licensed, our insurance will definitely be jumping. But another son graduates from college and will be finding his own insurance, so that will make the bite a tiny bit less painful. Our coming drivers also did the Alive at 25 class so that will help too. Their very FIRST driver’s ed drive is today, so wish them luck.
And speaking of frugality, my 11 yo daughter is LOVING the rainbow loom bracelet maker that she got for Christmas. Where do you think is the most affordable place to get the rubber bands?