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Frugal Things I Did Today

July 5th, 2014 at 02:54 pm

I am trying to be super-frugal this month because we are leaving on vacation at the end of the month, and also my husband needs (unexpected) orthotics for his plantar fasciatis (pretty sure that was spelled incorrectly). Here are today's strategies:

1. I worked out that because of our vacation, we will only have three grocery shopping trips this month, and set a budget for those trips. The rest of our grocery budget will go into the vacation fund: money for buying groceries on our trip.

2. Pruned and dug out wells under our trees to make watering more efficient; then used our cistern water to water the trees. We're expecting some storms and I want to use the cistern water and let it refill rather than letting it overflow and go unused.

3. Found a pattern for a scarf to knit on our vacation. One skein of yarn, so easy to carry; and I already have the skein, so not going to purchase anything new. Small needles, also easy to carry. And the pattern is free on knitty! http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/PATTlaceribbon.html

4. Grocery shopping this week: exactly on budget. The menu is tacos, pasta with goat cheese and courgettes, teriyaki bowls, crash potatoes with a vegetable, mexican eggs and salad, fagiole and biscuits. Plus all lunches and breakfasts. No eating out!

4 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Today”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice job and plan for vacation! Cute scarf.

  2. snafu Says:

    sorry for the dumb question but have you checked with your insurance to see if they will pay some/any of the prothesis for DH's shoe? I'm asking because I had an odd experience. Needed an 'appliance' for a shoe as a result of a really bad break and subsequent surgery. All but co pay covered by insurance. Fast forward a dozen years and DH diagnosed Plantar Fasciitis requiring an appliance. Insurance said not covered when I phoned but I sent in the signed form, GP's referral to Podiatrist, copy of receipt, photo of 'appliance,' and a note that explained my appliance had been covered and looked very similar. Much to my surprise, insurance reimbursed - eventually.

  3. Buendia Says:

    Not a dumb question at all! This is the portion the insurance won't pay for... it's not a ton of money, but just one more of those things... and we're still paying off my unexpected medical bill from the Spring (well, we've paid it off, but I'm reducing our expenses to pay ourselves back if that makes sense).

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Your scarf pattern is pretty! What a nice treat!

    Planning meals is the best defense for not eating out!

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