1. I cut Sonia and Zoe’s hair
Sonia wanted a trim, which is pretty easy to do on wavy hair. Any mistakes are quite invisible!
I used the at-home bob method that I outlined in this post (where Sonia was the model for the photos, actually. Just a much smaller Sonia!)
And I buzzed Zoe’s undercut, which is a very easy job.
She’s growing out her pixie cut, but keeping the undercut because her hair is so, so thick. We thought keeping the undercut would help make her ponytail a manageable size.
(I am awfully jealous of Zoe’s thick hair. Even when the undercut is buzzed super short, you can barely see her scalp.)
2. I bought extra cheese to freeze.
If you watched my “Here’s why your homemade pizza is terrible” video, you know that I am very particular about my pizza cheese.
It’s got to be the semi-soft kind that comes in a one-pound chunk; it seriously makes such a difference.
This cheese normally costs $5-$6/pound, but I found it on sale for $3/pound.
So, I bought two pounds, shredded it, and froze it.
Cheese does not freeze well in blocks, but if you shred it first, it does very well in the freezer.
So, if you have some you need to freeze before it molds, or you are wanting to stock up on sale cheese, just make sure it’s shredded before you freeze it.
3. I have made a lot of food saves
I tell ya, doing this online Fight Your Food Waste course is really helping ME to stay on track with fighting food waste.
(The course is closed for now, but it’ll open back up again in January.)
For instance, my cousin had a bag of potatoes she was not going to get around to cooking (pregnancy sickness will do that to ya!) So, she gave them to me.
I made mashed potatoes one day for lunch for Sonia and myself.
I ate mine with leftover chicken and leftover sauce.
Then the next morning, I heated up the leftover potatoes and topped them with two fried eggs.
4. I (finally) got to return a college textbook
Due to an error on the college’s part, I bought a book for Sonia that she didn’t need.
I’ve been waiting since September for a return label (since the bookstore is closed). I’d contacted them several times to ask for one, but they said they had a backlog and that I needed to wait.
So I patiently waited two months (!), then I contacted them again via email and this time I actually got a label.
Which means $42 is about to be refunded to my account. And it also means I can stop looking at this book that has been sitting on top of my piano for months.
5. I used a repurposed bag in place of plastic wrap
I was making a pan of polenta for fried mush (in preparation for redoing that old post!), and I needed to cover the pan while it refrigerated overnight.
I don’t keep plastic wrap around because it’s too tempting to use it if it’s there!
So, I grabbed a bagel bag that I’d saved and slid the loaf pan inside the bag.
Plastic wrap is not very expensive, so this one is really more about avoiding waste than saving money.
But it IS slightly cheaper to use a repurposed bag than a length of plastic wrap.