Living Frugally—Week Ten
Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments!
This week we ate leftover burrito bowls. My husband made tofu stir-fry which fed us for two days, and I made veggie lentil soup (I hardly ever cook, so this was miraculous) which is enough for 4 days for both of us. A side note on the veggie lentil soup—it’s delicious (most important), organic, and it costs us just $1.20/meal to make. Not bad!
Had an impromptu conversation with a colleague about budgeting. Of course, I didn’t share anything about my blog, but she seems to be doing really well and it was nice to find someone like-minded who enjoys “household economics”, savings, and simple living as much as I do.
Did our grocery shopping for the next 3 weeks (our tri-weekly grocery trip?) and spent $196 for two people (includes household items, paper products, etc).
My husband bought a probiotic (per his doctor’s recommendation) at CVS, and later checked the price on the same item at our local grocery store. It was 38% cheaper at our grocery store. He will be returning the unopened product this weekend to capitalize on those savings.
We had an old batch of bananas, so we made smoothies twice this week. We used the bananas, some frozen fruit, spinach, yogurt, and water in the blender. We also made a batch of banana bread for the week. I decided to not buy any bananas for the next week-ish, so the next time I grab them I might be more enthused about eating them!
My husband and I are planning to have a baby in the next year, and the mothers in my Buy Nothing group have been fantastic. I picked up a changing pad with covers, unexpired pregnancy tests, and a few other items. I figure why not start planning to offset the cost of baby things? 😉
Bumped my savings rate by 10%. While we are paying off my husband’s student loans, we are still saving a small amount. I have been increasing it by 1% every month, but it was so negligible that I decided to push for 10% this month. We will see if that hurts, and if so, we can always pull back next month.
Downloaded a free e-book online. Also started a new audiobook this week from my local library using the Libby app.
We have vaulted ceilings and there was one lightbulb we could not reach to change. We debated purchasing a special ladder, or maybe even hiring someone from TaskRabbit to come do it, but instead it came up organically in conversation with a friend this week. He had a pole-tool-thingie that will do it! We borrowed it, and changed the lightbulb—no problem!
My husband purchased a lightbulb for the change, and realized we already had one sitting on our shelf in the laundry room. He will return the lightbulb we didn’t need this weekend (along with his probiotic—batching them errands!).
We had several freezing nights here this week, so I’ve tried to bring my potted plants outside during the day to maximize sun, and bring them in every night. I want them to survive so I can re-plant them in my garden bed when the weather is warmer. I am ready for winter to be over!
This week I read several blogs (as I usually do) and one by The Fioneers was so fantastic, I wanted to share it here. It is about our culture of busyness and the value of slowing down. I also was listed in an online directory for personal finance blogs at Rockstar Finance, and highly recommend this site as a place to find other personal finance writers.
I batched errands this week, making sure to hit key places when I am in that part of town already (usually for work). This helps me squeeze random productivity in my day, and also to save on gas.
Negotiated and solidified rates with a new client, and also discussed with a colleague another possible work opportunity.
Went to the doctor for my annual check-up. Alls well, but I did get some referrals for other services. Some things (like dermatology, seeing an allergist) have been on the back burner for me a long time, because I had lousy insurance. Being self-employed I purchased mine from the marketplace (without which I would’ve been uninsured, so I am grateful for it), but since I was married last year, I’m now on my husband’s awesome insurance through his employer, and you can bet I’m maximizing that.
My lovely mother bought a second sewing machine for me to use. I have been holding off on buying one, partially because I can always use hers, and also because I wanted to be sure sewing was a hobby I’d stick with before I invested in the equipment. Her gifting me one is generous and sentimental, since sewing is always something we do together.
What are some of your frugal accomplishments for this past week?
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