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Frugal Report Card

June 24th, 2019 at 08:02 am

Here's a few frugal things that happened in the past week or so at our home:

I made black beans from scratch. In other words I took a pound of dried beans and cooked them, which resulted in over three cans worth of black beans. This is like getting at least one can free.

I shopped from our pantry yesterday before going to the grocery store and came up with nearly three meals we could make with what we had on hand. I only spent $75 at the grocery store as a result. I think this is good practice weekly, or monthly at a minimum.

We did much less driving last week and this week, partly due to my husband's work schedule and we simply didn't need to go anywhere. The amount we save on fuel living on the military installation is amazing.

My oldest daughter was ready to purchase new music for next year, something we do every summer. One piece of music she sent me a link to was nearly $25. I did a little searching and found it for $12.95. Searching for a better price pays off!

I choose a double package of ground beef, as the price per pound was lower. I used half and froze half, since I know I will use next week. I also chose chicken thighs this week instead of boneless skinless breasts because the price per pound was less and I knew we wouldn't notice much of a difference in the recipe I was making.

I ate the leftovers. No waste this week. We did not throw any food out!

What frugal things do you have to report?

7 Responses to “Frugal Report Card”

  1. fireandi Says:

    I like how you phrased "shopped from the pantry" - I'm going to do that. I did these frugal things:

    1. Eating a lot of zucchini since that's what the garden is putting out now.
    2. Packed my lunches for a few days this week - for all the days when I don't have to go out for work lunches.
    3. Borrowed a movie and a book from the library rather than purchase it
    4. Combined a coupon with Bath and Body Works sale and I am now stocked up for nice body lotion that will last me till the end of the year.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I don't know what type of music your daughter plays, but if she is looking for classical music, the Library of Congress has a ton of sheet music for free. https://www.loc.gov/collections/music-treasures-consortium/about-this-collection

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks crazyliblady, might work for the future. They are required to own some of the music, if they are performing it, from my understanding. While maybe not all the music is copyrighted, some is and they are teaching that you do not have the rights to print someone else's work without compensation. I'll share the link with my daughter...she probably already knows!

  4. Amber Says:

    Iā€™m guilty of not always shopping šŸ›’ my pantry before heading out, thanks for the reminder.
    CCF, you did great

  5. Jenn Says:

    1. Packed snack foods bought at the Grocery Outlet near home for our weekend away.
    2. Tried Airbnb to save on lodging because hotels were pricey and further from our destination. Worked out fine too - it was an adventure!

    Some time back I watched an interview on His & Her Money with a mom who spent $100/month on groceries, and shopping from her pantry was part of her strategy. She said that she'd look to see what she could almost make and then shop for the missing ingredient(s).

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    The must on the Library of Congress website is old enough that it has passed into the public domain.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    I like hearing what you all have done to be frugal. I have yet to try an Airbnb...my husband loves Marriott. Lol

    @Jenn, that's how I came up with my three meals. I had one in full and the other two just needed an ingredient or two. Far better than needing to buy all the ingredients.

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