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?