Well, we are just about half way through February and that just makes my head spin. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it makes me sit back and think…didn’t we JUST exchange gifts for Christmas yesterday??? Sure seems so. But alas, time is passing and rather quickly at that.
I had overwhelming support of the last Frugal Feats post, mostly through personal contact…enough to let me know that continuing this topic in future posts is well worth it. I got personal messages from friends about making pizza from scratch, diluting dish soap (if you don’t know about the 50/50 rule, check it out here), ditching paper towels in exchange for cloth ones, and homemade cleaners. And in the comments from Frugal Feats of January, Mia shared that she has personal and financial goals and decided to cut costs by eating PB&J for lunch for an entire month, cut $45 of her calling plan bill, found cheaper parking for her job, and participated in a pantry challenge. Wow, IMPRESSIVE!
Keep sharing people! We are here to cheer each other on to victories and encourage in times of struggle. So, in the spirit of keeping the thread alive, here’s how our family saved a little more hard-earned money for the first half of this month:
*My friend Jen, from Small Wonder Garden , commented on a FaceBook post and we ended up in a wonderfully detailed conversation about gardening. I’ve followed her on Instagram (@smallwondergarden) for quite a while and then it finally dawned on me…WHY in the world am I not trading lessons with her, gardening for frugal??? So, she says she’ll teach me how to garden if I teach her more about other aspects of frugal living. DEAL!
*Home manicure weekly. Currently, I may be living in the land of a perpetual messy-bun but I somehow feel like Audrey Hepburn when my nails are properly manicured. (Well, maybe not a Hepburn but you get what I mean!)
*Free entertainment. Whenever schedules work out, my daughter loves to go to a local no-kill shelter with her best friend to cuddle cats and play with dogs. Our whole family serves in organizations in some capacity and we count this not only as a blessing but also our entertainment. Another form of free entertainment that I’m testing right now is using a particular app to make a practical life lesson and game for myself and kids…which has become VERY entertaining. I’m still figuring out the app’s pros and cons but stay tuned and I’ll reveal which app I’m speaking of and give my personal opinion on it in a future post.
*Windows open first thing in the morning and closed right before dark. Well, we are having a bit of a “cold snap” here in the desert but the weather is still temperate enough that I have hardly used the heater and the crisp air is energizing in the daytime.
*I had few green chili and pepperjack cheese hamburger patties that were about to expire. Hubby was tired of having them as burgers so I chopped them into ground beef and cooked them for taco night. The left overs were dumped into some chili soup to have for lunch the next day.
*Mended four pair of pants belonging to my little Tasmanian devils.
*Preparations under way for our sweet, simple, and frugal Valentine’s Day baskets for my children. If you missed the post on this, you can read it here. My goal for giving treats for holidays is that the treats don’t linger for long as we are moving toward a more minimalist approach to gift-giving.
*Here’s a testament to the benefits of asking questions. I was feeling a little frustrated that the paint on my bathroom walls is chipping off as the paint is semi-gloss and just doesn’t adhere to the previous layer of paint from when we moved in. I made a quick trip to Lowe’s and asked the employee in the paint department how I can remedy this situation. After answering a few questions, he tells me to wait at the counter and returns with a can of primer, saying that the employee who sold me the paint gave me the wrong information and that I should’ve put on a coat of primer first. Since this Lowe’s employee neglected to tell me this, he was going to make it right and sell me an entire gallon of primer for $0.01. He said he wishes he could just give it to me outright but that’s not allowed. Still, I was absolutely THRILLED to pay the PENNY for the primer and now it’s at the top of my DIY projects list…making my bathroom pretty again!
*And lastly, even when I swear that I’ve cut costs as much as possible in a certain area, I’m experienced enough to know that there is almost always a way to cut even further. So, I focused on Car Expenses this time around and made a video for us. (And a little bonus is that my oldest daughter, Sasha, helped me edit this…hence, the “bloopers” at the end, but the giggles are cute, no?)
I apologize if an attempted comment on the last Frugal Feats post didn’t get through or I did not receive your emails; however, I am assured that that glitch is fixed now so SPILL THE BEANS! How have you “stared down the bull” and boldly (or not so boldly) trimmed the fat off your household expenses the first half of this month? Leave your frugal wisdom in the comments below!
As always, God bless and stay safe!