As always, a hat-tip to The Nonconsumer Advocate for the post theme, which I am totally stealing from her.
1. I’m selling old school books.
I just recycle consumables, of course, but when I have a non-consumable book we no longer need, I list it on half.com or ebay.
And of course I ship my stuff using packages I’ve saved from my own purchases.
2. I made pizza subs instead of going out for pizza.
I spent the afternoon at the pool with the kids one day this week and we had to squeeze dinner in between our pool afternoon and music rehearsal at church that night.
I was sorely tempted to pick up pizza on the way, but instead I stopped at Aldi to pick up a package of sub rolls so I could make pizza subs.
(I make them like pizza bagels, in case you were wondering.)
It would have been rock-bottom cheap to make my own pizza, of course, but in this case, buying rolls saved me from buying takeout pizza, so it was definitely the cheaper option.
3. I made hamburger buns.
The next day, I had more time (and when I stopped at Aldi, I didn’t even think about hamburger buns!), so I opted to make my own.
I used my fluffy hamburger bun recipe, of course.
The nice thing is that I end up with 24 buns, which is far more than you get in a package of hamburger buns. And though I haven’t calculated it out, I bet my 24-bun recipe costs the same or less than an 8-count package of commercial buns.
4. I used up squash.
I got a bunch of squash in my produce box, and I’ve been sliced it up into spaghetti-sized strands, sauteeing it with spices, and using it like pasta.
I’m not big on summer squashes, but this is working out pretty nicely.
Also, a co-worker gave Mr. FG a gianormous zucchini, and I tried a double-chocolate bread (er, cake?) recipe with it.
It was pretty good, but I’d do some things a bit differently next time.
(The recipe is from King Arthur.)
5. I insisted on getting paid.
Spending avoidance tactics are super and all, but so is getting paid!
I’d done some blog-related work this past spring and still had not received payment. After some persistent effort to track down the person who could help me, I got it resolved.
(I think I was getting the run-around, because after a bunch of nice emails, I tried calling and was told the person I needed to speak to had no phone. Which…what??)
Anyway, apparently someone had fat-fingered my bank account routing number and the deposit hadn’t gone through. But still! No one reached out to let me know or to try to fix the issue.
Needless to say, I won’t say yes if this company wants me to work for them again.
But the happy news is that the money is in my account now. Yay!
(I’d have had to make a awful lot of homemade pizzas and hamburger buns to make up for the absence of that payment.)
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