When you all responded to my survey, lots of you said you enjoy Five Frugal Things posts. So, I just wanted to give a hat tip to my friend Katy at The Non-Consumer Advocate, since her blog is where I got the idea in the first place. Katy posts almost nothing other than Five Frugal Things, so you’d probably enjoy her blog if you are not already a reader.
1. I mashed and froze my cooked sweet potatoes
I’d baked them all in the crock pot (perfect for summer!) and since there were more than I wanted to eat as-is, I mashed them, dumped them in 1-cup clumps on a baking sheet, and frozen them.
Once they were frozen, I removed them to a re-used ziploc freezer bag for storage.
Now they’ll be easy to access for baking recipes.
(Why yes, this method IS quite similar to the way I individually freeze peaches!)
2. I made muffins with some of my sweet potatoes
I haven’t done much baking with sweet potatoes, aside from subbing them for pumpkin in this chocolate chip muffin recipe.
So I did some googling and I kept coming across nothing but healthy sweet potato muffin recipes.
And I was not in the mood for that.
I did not want:
- flax seeds
- sorghum molasses
I just wanted a regular, run-of-the-mill coffee-shop style muffin! With sugar! And white flour!
If I want to be healthy, I will just eat a sweet potato topped with a fried egg; I won’t be eating a muffin.
Anyway. I found this recipe from SugarDishMe and it is really, really good.
And I realized after finding the recipe that it’s by Heather Tullos, who works at Mediavine, and who I met at Fincon last year. Even better.
10/10, would recommend this recipe. I plan on using every single one of my frozen sweet potato chunks to make more of these muffins.
3. I froze a pan of bread cubes
That sounds a little weird, I know.
I had a bunch of bread odds and ends in my kitchen, though, and I didn’t really want to make French toast or French toast casserole that day.
So I cut the bread up into cubes, dumped them into a greased Pyrex dish, and froze them.
That way when I do want to make French toast casserole, I’ll just grab the pan of cubes from the freezer and proceed with the recipe.
4. I ordered an old (vintage?) waffle maker
My girls have been asking if we could make waffles like my mom does, with the small holes (as opposed to Belgian waffles).
A waffle maker that makes thin waffles is surprisingly hard to find! I did locate a new Black and Decker model like my mom’s, but it was $55 and reviews were poor.
As with many household items, the newer versions seem to be made more cheaply.
So I hopped on over to eBay and found an actual old waffle maker that is identical to my mom’s for $39. Even with shipping, the price came in under the $55 price for the new one.
Thin waffles, here we come!
- shipped two more books that sold on eBay
- redeemed some points I found in my Sixth Continent account*
- bought clearanced organic body wash
- scanned my grocery receipts with Fetch
*This is the most up to date post I have on Sixth Continent. They’ve been kinda inconsistent on delivering gift cards, but I figure there’s no harm in redeeming points I already have. That’s no-risk!
Your turn! Share your five frugal things in the comments.
And it’s just fine if you don’t have five. Share however many you want.