1. I sold two things on Facebook Marketplace
Two items are out of my house, they’re now in homes where they’re needed, and I have $80.
This is a nice little collection of benefits for the 10-15 minutes I spent making the listings and responding to messages.
Note: Every time I list something for sale, I think, “What if no one buys this and I wasted my time taking the photos and making a listing??” But 99% of the time, someone does end up buying what I list, and my fears turn out to be unwarranted.
2. I poured the last of the shampoo into a small container.
I had bought a huge pump-top bottle of Pantene at Costco a little while back. The pump works great until the last bit of shampoo is out of reach of the pump.
And since it’s a pump-top, you can’t really turn the bottle upside down like you would with a regular container.
When this happened a few days ago, I grabbed a little silicone travel toiletry container and poured the rest of the shampoo in there.
Now it’ll be easy to use up; no pump necessary!
Incidentally, these silicone travel bottles are great. I got them in my Mighty Fix and I like them way better than the hard-sided containers I previously was using.
(Not that any of us are doing much traveling right now. Ha.)
3. I refilled the cornstarch container with store brand.
I really like the hard plastic container that Argo now sells their cornstarch in (so much less messy than those bags!)
But I’d rather not keep buying the containers because they’re slightly more expensive, plus I prefer paper waste over plastic when possible.
So I’ve just been buying boxes of store brand cornstarch and refilling the Argo container.
Cornstarch is not terribly expensive, name-brand or not, and I don’t buy it all that often, so this is quite a miniscule savings.
But hey, where will you share miniscule savings if not in a five frugal things post??
4. I planted some crocus bulbs from Aldi
Aldi usually has some pretty good deals on bulbs this time of year, so keep an eye out when you shop.
These, like most bulbs, are theoretically a good plant investment because they are supposed to come back year after year.
I have hit and miss luck with that (my little grape hyacinths all disappeared the second year!), but I planted these crocus bulbs with an optimistic heart.
Here’s hoping they’ll delight us for years to come.
5. I froze my used frying oil
When I finished making Japanese fried chicken, which called for a quart of oil, I cooled and strained the oil, poured it back into the container, and froze it.
That makes it easy to find and use when I make this recipe again. So far, the same quart has served me twice, and it’s back in the freezer again, ready for a third round.
Your turn! What frugal things have you been up to lately?
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