I really enjoy jotting down ways we save and other frugal accomplishments during the week. I have a notebook that I use for all sorts of things – notes, to-do lists, frugal accomplishments, menu plans, grocery lists, etc. It’s sort of my brain book where I just dump everything and carry it around throughout the day referencing it as needed.
Each day, when I remember, I will make a short list of the ways we have saved or lived frugally. I started doing this after following Brandy’s weekly post over at The Prudent Homemaker. I look forward to her new post each week and make it a special time to sit and read through her frugal accomplishments, as well as the many readers who comment. Check it out if that’s something that interests you and will motivate you!
I do find that tracking these often small things is a way to keep motivated in various homemaking areas, including finances, menu planning, keeping our home tidy, and many others. It’s just a nice way to reference quickly what we did accomplish during the week because sometimes by the end of the week I can’t remember what happened in the day-to-day homemaking!
We currently have a no-spend plan as we work toward some financial goals including getting out of debt. Several times this week I have had to remind myself and even say out loud “no spending” to stay on track! Making a note of these small things has been helpful also.
I plan to post each week here on the blog, and I’m sure most weeks I’ll still head over to The Prudent Homemaker and comment with these accomplishments also.
Ways we saved this week:
*Used tape on hand to price items for a church yard sale instead of buying the pre-priced stickers.
*Used a card on hand to take to a wedding.
*Resisted getting pizza for supper one night!
*Made a homemade broccoli-pea salad for a potluck using items on hand plus the fresh broccoli my mom gifted us.
*Used a sheet set as a slipcover for the recliner, and it actually looks pretty good!
*Trying to keep the AC off as much as possible, so we’ve had the fans going and the doors and windows open until it starts warming up.
*I started saving ice in bags in the big freezer for adding to the cooler my husband takes to work each day. This is saving us almost $3 each day over the cost of buying it at the gas station.
*Found 2 pounds of yellow onions on the reduced table at the product stand and dehydrated them. I am putting them in the food processor to turn into onion powder.
*Cut open a bottle of lotion to use it all up.
*Let my 13-year-old daughter cut my hair. It turned out well!
*My husband and I cut his hair.
*My husband repaired his concrete/mud boots with duct tape to get a few more wears out of them before we replace them.
*Made cookies for lunches and also made homemade bread instead of purchasing store bought bread. My only complaint with this is that it dried out after a couple of days even though one loaf was well-wrapped on the counter and the other was wrapped and kept in the refrigerator until later in the week. I’ll be doing some research to see if I can find a way to prevent this.
*Stuck to the menu plan I had created before grocery shopping. We had much less food waste this week!
*We made a “needs” list in my notebook so we can stay focused on what’s a true need and what’s really a want. This was helpful this week as I tried to get in the habit of reconsidering purchases before making them.
How did you save money, live frugally, or tend to your home and family this week?