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Five Frugal Things | Well, hello!

Hey everyone! It was good to unplug for a few days, but I’m glad to be back.

How about a Five Frugal Things post to kick things off?

1. I checked around for a deodorant sale price.

Lisey was out, so I searched to see if the kind she uses was on sale anywhere. I found a buy one, get one 50% off sale at CVS, with a $2 ExtraCare Bucks offer. And I had $3 in ExtraCare Bucks to use on my purchase as well. Yay!

2. I planted the ends of two green onions.

I actually did this about a week ago, and as you can see, they’re growing quite nicely.

They’re growing in a pot I salvaged from the things some neighbors left behind when they moved rather suddenly.

3. I re-potted my basil and parsley.

Some months ago, I bought small basil and parsley plants for a recipe. I managed to keep them alive through the dark winter days, so yay me!

Since it’s warm now, I replanted them in pots (with one basil plant in my front bed) so that they can get healthier.

4. I used some of my compost.

I kind of hate buying potting soil, so I just added some of my compost to the soil in the pots to give the plants a bit of a boost.

I also mixed some into the dirt in the bed where I planted the basil.

I’m guessing this will have something close to the effect of fresh potting soil. Or at least I hope it will!

5. I ate leftover pizza for lunch.

I don’t adore leftover pizza, no matter how I heat it up (I’ve tried all of the ways, I think!), but hey, leftovers are some of the cheapest things you can choose to eat.

And eating leftovers prevents food waste like nobody’s business.

Readers, the floor is yours. Share your Five Frugal Things in the comments!

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Deidre

Sunday 3rd of June 2018

I reheat pizza as a work lunch sometimes by sandwiching together two pieces so the bread is on the outside top & bottom, I wrap it in baking paper & reheat it in the sandwich press; i love it. I have struggled with frugality the last month with all the stuff I've had going on but here goes: 1. Made myself cook a lamb roast with vegies when I really didn't wanna 2. Used some jerusalem artichokes a friend gave me out of her garden in the roast 3. Bought the cheaper tissues on sale instead of my usual brand 4. Pay bills out of savings 5. Cut my thai takeaway in half last night before eating any & put half in the fridge for tonight; saves some money & my waistline as I really don't need the whole serve in one go.

Michelle

Thursday 31st of May 2018

I just found your blog a few days ago!! I love the concept of living with less, and I have done many things over the years that have helped some, but committing completely has been hard.

For the foreseeable future, my goal is to reduce wasteful spending and use what I have! My five frugal things are basic right now and include: 1. Making my coffee at home (I love Starbucks, but it costs too much) 2. Taking leftovers to work for lunch 3. When berries start to get a little mushy, I freeze them for smoothies (they aren't cheap, and throwing them away makes me sad... 4. More meal planning = less dining out during the week 5. I have subscribed to or joined rewards programs at local stores. Walmart Savings Catcher, Ibotta, and Safeway Rewards are my favorites!!

Kristen

Friday 1st of June 2018

Welcome, welcome! So glad to have you here.

Coffee at home is SO much cheaper, even if you buy the Starbucks beans at the store. Good for you!

Eileen

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Just found this group and I'm ready to "jump in" - I've always been somewhat frugal but lately things have been spiraling out of control. Need to be held accountable - so thanks for letting me join your group.

Diane

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Leftover pizza? What's that?

1.) The husband is out of town all week, so I've been eating out of the fridge. 2.) My Bible study group always goes to lunch afterward - we're the queens of coupons, lunch specials, and senior discounts. 3.) We were way out of town for a family graduation & party over the weekend. Used hotel points for a night on a VERY comfortable bed (thank you, Holiday Inn Express), which allowed us to give our grad a nice cash gift. And our son took care of the dogs overnight, so no pet sitter. 4.) I'm making the big move today, and canceling our cable TV. My husband is retiring in July, and we need to cut back wherever we can. We'll keep just the internet, and watch from there. I'll definitely miss my Food Network and Hallmark Channel. And the old reruns on AntennaTV. *sigh* 5.) Made a pot of rice & vegetables to mix with the dog's kibble. They think that's pretty special, and a nice change from canned dog food.

Diane

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Oh, and I bought the $.99 a pound chicken from Zaycon, which will be here in October. A good time to can it.

Rachel

Wednesday 30th of May 2018

Yay for you keeping plants alive! We're trying window flower boxes this year, even though we don't have much a green thumb:)

1. Our Memorial Day was pretty free, just an afternoon at the splash pad, grilling at dinner and writing soldiers from DIY cards.

2. Joined the library summer reading program & the whole family gets prizes along the way.

3. Ate leftovers of a soup that wasn't so great as a leftover:)

4. My girls don't eat crust on their sandwiches, so I started saving crusts for French toast.

5. Can't think of another!

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