5 Frugal Things Friday

 

So, as a stay-at-home homeschooling mama I do try to be as frugal as possible with our income (since we are on a decently tight one income).  However, life can really get in the way and sometimes I just get really busy (lazy maybe) and let my financial savvy go by the wayside (ugg!).  This past month though I have been really convicted to get things back on track, rein in our grocery spending and cut any other expenses possible. Here are some of the frugal things I did this week!

 

1.  Our boys love whole wheat wraps!  They eat them for bread and have meat and cheese wraps, peanut butter wraps, honey wraps and cheese quesadillas .  However this month when we ran out before shopping trip time.  Instead of running to the store for more I googled soaked whole wheat tortillas wraps and hit a home run!  They were so simple and delicious.  The whole family enjoyed them immensely and they will definitely be a regular on our menu.  Money saved:  $6.

 

2.  I am not a shopper at least in the store.  However, unfortunately I love online shopping.  Its so easy, they have so many choices and its free shipping.  How can you go wrong?  Well, my wallet says I can really go wrong there.  So, I refused to order online this week (except my free delivery of pantry items from Wal-Mart).  Money saved:  $20-$50.

 

3.  We needed a new coffee pot.  I was shopping for a new one with my grocery shopping order.  We had a tiny one that brewed 4 cups and took 40 minutes to it.  Gotta love hard water!  Anyway, we needed a large one and wanted one that was programmable because Dennis leaves really early during the winter for work.  The ones I found were between $30-$200.  Just as I was beginning to buy the $30 one I saw an ad for a huge sale on a highly recommended one for $13.50.  It had almost 5 star reviews.  I added a two year warranty for $2!  Money saved:  $15.

 

4.  I ate leftovers at least 6-8 meals this week.  Last Saturday I made a huge pot of chili and cornbread.  We ate that for Sunday lunch and I ate it for several meals this week (so did the boys).  Then I browned more hamburger, drained off the chili broth, added spices and cheese and made burritos with our homemade tortillas wraps.  Money saved $10-$20.

 

5.  This one is a work in progress.  With our second son I cloth diapered about 80% of the time.  With our 3rd I got super busy and went back to disposables.  Then the other day I decided I would cloth diaper our 4th who is due in January.  And then it hit me, why not finish out Lilly’s diapers with using cloth…So, I started and I know it will save major $$.  Money saved so far (just started, so not any yet ;)).

 

What are you doing this week to be frugal?  

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Jenny is a homeschooling mom of 4 and wife to a wonderful husband. She enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors with her family. You can find her writing about Jesus, homeschooling, and life on her blog Our Inconvenient Family, and contributing regularly at Lifeschooling Conference.

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