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Five Frugal Things | with some tiny things

1. I made pudding with slightly sour milk

chocolate pudding.

Milk is a challenge for the two of us! It seems like we are always either running out too soon, or we have too much to use in time.

I will figure this out eventually.

But since I haven’t figured this out yet…I used some slightly sour milk to make this chocolate pudding.

And the rest was just enough to make some cinnamon bread, so I froze that, labeled appropriately, so that I remember what it’s for!

2. I used an Amazon gift card to buy a book

My friend who is a pastor recommended a Kate Bowler book called, “Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day“, which is a funny title.

Our library only had it in an ebook version (boo) and copies weren’t cheap on eBay, so I added it to my Amazon cart.

And then I remembered that I had a $25 Amazon gift card because someone had bought a propane tank refill from Cynch through my affiliate link. So I poked through my email to find it, and yay, my book was free to me then.

3. I fixed a shirt

This shirt has some underwire shaping built in, and you know how sometimes the underwire on bras pokes through?

That happened on the shirt!

underwire on shirt.

So I took a needle and thread and just hand-sewed both of the ends closed. This fabric texture, plus the print, made it very easy to make my fix invisible.

mended shirt.

We’ll see how long my fix holds!

Chiquita was interested in my thimble, which I was using because this fabric was oddly hard to push a needle through.

cat getting thimble.

4. I resisted college Chick Fil A again

This week I have two all-day simulation labs (where we take care of fake patients in the lab) and they are right next to the Chick-fil-A. But I ate my little peanut butter sandwich and strawberries and trail mix instead. 🙂

5.  tiny little things

I can’t think of an interesting thing to put here…just tiny little things.


  • I used my Target debit card when I picked up a few groceries, because it gives me 5% back
  • I made scrounge-through-the-fridge meals
  • I made my coffee at home
  • I’ve been using meats from the freezer for our meals

Your turn! What frugal things have you been up to lately?

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Sunday 3rd of March 2024

I love reading these articles. I have never commented before. But my solution to milk going bad is dry evaporated milk packets. You can make one cup at a time or a quart, no waste.

My five frugal things this week. 1. Sold on ebay 2 gifted items. 2. Found lots of coins for my "found money" Bowl. 3. Used up all my leftovers. I almost always make meals from scratch. 4. I mastered the art of sourdough bread. I used up all my "discard" for pizza dough, scones, and crumpets. 5. I found receipts in the store parking lot. They were worth $6 on Ibotta, not to mention Fetch and Receipt Hog. Then I recycled them. Win/win.


Sunday 3rd of March 2024

I'm so glad you joined us! Don't be a stranger. :)


Wednesday 28th of February 2024

Don't buy shelf stable milk at Walmart or the grocery stores. Buy it at Dollar Tree. It's much cheaper. And try their Gold Metal hamburger buns. They have a long best by date. They're good for making sandwiches as well as hamburgers. Toast it for a break sandwich.

Ken C.

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

The most frugal thing you can do is simply to switch on Google and read for free all those good ideas. Then pick out those most applicable to you. Three rules: they must be simple. They must be legal. They must be effective.


Wednesday 28th of February 2024

I've got that same book on my Goodreads list to read sometime! It sounded right up my alley, I thought.


Wednesday 28th of February 2024

I just have to say you have amazing willpower. If I had to work all day and there was chicken nuggets and waffle fries in my face, I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t eat my pb&j. You have a self discipline I aspire to.

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