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Five Frugal Things

September 13th, 2014 at 01:44 pm

Five Frugal Things from the past few days:

- Did a pinecone survey; I now have 600 points (that's $6, and I like to cash out every $12)

- Came home after F's soccer game and soccer practice (we were out there for 3 hours! And they won! And F scored a goal!) and had lunch here instead of going out to eat. The key: having a plan about exactly what were were going to eat for lunch.

- Spent $70 on groceries at Albertson's yesterday; used coupons and their $1 sale. It should have been $100, so we saved $30. Now we're stocked up on lots of things.

- Made our meal plan for the week (aiming for a light shopping week because of the extra groceries from Albertson's; we mostly will be buying fresh produce):
asian meatballs with rice
grilled cheese and tomato soup
tilapia with curry and paprika and a vegetable
pasta with parmesan and courgettes
baked potatoes and broccoli
tostadas
something from the freezer with a salad

- Watching tv on hulu (free!). We haven't had cable for years; haven't missed it at all!

3 Responses to “Five Frugal Things”

  1. snafu Says:

    Knowing what we'll have for dinner has made a huge difference in our family. Making up a weekly menu plan from the loss leaders in the grocery store flyers only takes a few minutes and pays off is so many ways. It reduces my stress walking in the door knowing exactly what I need to do in the order it needs to be done to get a meal on the table PDQ rather than nagging and whining from family members. It drives the grocery list as a speed review of pantry & fridge. I get miffed if someone uses the last of a product and fails to write it or check it off on the printed list on the fridge. It helps to rely on those old sayings...'happy wife, happy life...' to get the message across lol

    Smart spending on food can save budget dollars, no expired food, loss leaders on sale, eating quality food at home combine to huge saving over the period of a year. Lunch is often a plan-over-remake of the previous dinner. Sometimes leftovers thrown into an omelette makes a boring egg special.

  2. Buendia Says:

    So, so true!!

    And with all sorts of after-school activities and sports and stuff you have to have a plan, otherwise dinner would be at 9 pm!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I have around $9 in Pinecone points waiting for the next survey ... Smile

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