I’ve had a rather nice frugal week and thought I would share my frugal living for the week with my readers. Perhaps you will be able to use some of my frugal living tips for the week to help you be frugal also.
We (once again) were invaded by fruit fruits this past week. So I made three fruit fly traps using the method I have posted about on Frugal Magazine, about how to get rid of fruit flies. In no time, the fruit fly traps were loaded with the fruit flies. It always amazes me how well and how quickly they work. If you’re wanting to know how to control a fruit fly infestation, go here now and you can get rid of the fruit flies in your home very easily.
The weather where I live in Texas is already becoming warm and humid. But I don’t want a $500 power bill, so we’re not running the central air very much. In fact, we’re keeping it at about 85 degrees. We have window air units in the rooms we use most often – the kind that you can set to go on and off when it reaches a certain tempature. It keeps where we are nice, without having to cool every room in the house.
We’ve gotten into more of a health kick lately, eating more healthy and much less of the junk type foods. But most of you probably know that eating healthy normally costs more. I offset this by not buying premade foods, but rather buying foods that must be prepared. If you’re looking to eat more healthy and save money at the same time, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and poultry, etc. Buying packaged type premade meals that are loaded with all sorts of stuff will cost more and it’s normally not as healthy for you, depending on what it is, of course. I have lost (so far) in one month about 25 pounds, simply by making a few small changes.
While on the subject of healthy eating, I can assure you that my meals are often frugal meals. For those looking for frugal recipes, this is what I often do lately for a main dish – I cook either ground chuck, sausage, or chicken – either grilled in the pan on the stove or baked (not the sausage), then add Mrs. Dash seasonings (it doesn’t have all the yucky sodium) and some red wine vinegar. This can be used in rice, pasta, potatoes, put on a flour tortilla, etc. Sometimes I add one or two of these: cheese, beans, brocolli, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, etc. A few ingredients can be mixed and changed around to create quite a few different frugal recipes that are yummy and healthy also.
We have cats – spoiled cats. We decided to start buying both the generic cat food and the name brand (less often), and mixing it. Honestly, the cats don’t like the generic as much BUT they do eat when they get hungry. The generic brand is about $4 less a bag, saving us about $12 a month alone. That’s like getting a bag and a half free. So, for the most part, the cats are now frugal cats. I suppose this might make them famous. 🙂
We have stopped buying so much milk. A gallon of milk is over $3 here. Being female, obviously I need my calcium, so I started buying Borden’s sliced cheese. Each slice of Borden’s cheese contains 40% of the necessary calcium for the day. A 24-slice pack will last almost a month for less than $3 for the package of cheese. Having a slice per day along with other foods that contain calcium gives me what I need at a much less cost than buying a lot of milk during the month. Of course, my kids are also grown, so I can do that. Even at two packs of Borden’s cheese per month, that’s less than $6 here – less than the price of two gallions of milk that would not last a week… let alone a month. I get the calcium I need but without spending nearly as much as I was.
I’ve also been telling about how to get paid to review products. This is great for people who want to make some extra money and keep the products they review. It’s pretty cool, and doesn’t cost anything to do. You can get anything – like snacks to review, an iPad, lotions, beauty products, makeup, new food products, pet products, kid stuff, books, DVDs, music CDs, toys, clothes, etc.
Have you tried Yardsellr yet? Yes, it’s spelled Yardsellr, without the letter e before the letter r. I absolutely love the site! You can find great deals on just about anything. And it can change all the time, so if you don’t find something one time chances are you can when you check again. Signing up is totally free. AND you can list your own items for sale, totally free! I’ve found some wonderful frugal deals – I’m sure you will, too. If you enjoy frugal shopping and frugal deals, you will love Yardsellr. This week, I’ve found some lovely scrapbooking papers and embossing folders, for a sweet low price.
My youngest son is about ready to graduate from school. He turns 18 in August and will be grown. We’ve been homeschooling for years. My oldest son is now 22, so of course he’s been out of school for some time. We’ve got a lot of homeschooling books that we’ll be going through and donating locally to help others. I firmly believe in frugal homeschooling. A lot of people don’t realize that it doesn’t have to cost a lot (or much at all) to homeschool. We did it frugally all these years – looking for sales, online items, yard sales, Goodwill, thrift stores, etc. And while I am proud of my kids and that my youngest is soon to be grown and finished with his schooling, it certainly will take a bit of getting used to that he’s grown and getting out on his own.
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That’s pretty much been my frugal week at a glance. Use the comments area and share your best frugal tip and what you did to save money this week. 🙂