Friday, January 22, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
So, onto money saving endeavors for this week!
1. My friend gave me her freebies she'd gotten from Fred Meyer during their week of freebies (deja vu ;). Thanks again for the freebies, Stephanie!
2. I found a way to cut costs when it comes to my beloved coffee. I have a coffee cone vs a coffee maker as I don't have counter space (for one) and I like the taste a lot better in the coffee cone system (for two). Unfortunately, though, this goes through more filters then a coffee maker and I got through 2 TBS of coffee every time I make a cup. I tried a permanent filter, but I have a colon condition that doesn't take sediment in coffee well, at all (learned that the hard way), so I have to stick with the paper filters.
So, I decided to boil more water and see if I could get two cups of coffee from the same grounds. This has never worked if I tried to make a fresh cup after the coffee grounds had cooled and settled, but I've found this week that it does work if I immediately make a second cup as soon as I finish the first (I just quickly scoot the cone to another mug as soon as the first one is filled and continue to make coffee with more water). This makes a slightly weaker second cup of coffee (and I think it gives me less caffeine, honestly, as I've noticed the difference), but it works and will cut my coffee ground and filter consumption in half. So, win win!
3. I have, triumphantly, gotten my house FINALLY cleaned, got my laundry caught up and have started to implement a cleaning schedule. So far it is working great. So, be prepared for a post on how I did it as I learned a lot via trial and error this time around.
4. My daughter got a slip for Christmas that she has officially decided to cling to as her nightgown. Since she only has one nightgown now she's wearing it constantly, which it seems that a slip really isn't meant to take that kind of usage. So, when folding it yesterday, I found that the shoulder straps were all messed up from the seams letting go in the wash. I mended them by hand and my daughter is none the wiser that it ever had an issue.
5. I also fixed an elastic waistband on some jeans of my daughters as the waist desperately needed to be taken in for her.
6. I have been unplugging anything that goes into "stay on" mode during the day (TV's and the like) to cut down on electricity. I've also been turning off lights as much as possible.
7. Instead of turning on our overhead fluorescent lights in our den when I leave the house to go somewhere, I've started turning on our hallway light instead. 1 LED light bulb, I figure, is going to consume less electricity than a bank of overhead florescent lights.
8. I've been turning down the heat by two degrees during the day and turning off the electric heat in the bedrooms. I have an alarm I programmed into my cell phone to remind me to turn it all back on before I pick up the kids from school. This warms the house up before the kids get home, but still allows me to save the electricity and gas during the day.
9. I found ham for .99 lb at the store yesterday (this is in Palmer Carrs to anyone interested) as they are liquidating their overstock of Christmas hams. I got a 10 lb ham and am going to slice it thin for deli meat with my electric knife, cut any odd shaped pieces off and mix that with Spam, grind it up and use it for ham salad. And of course the ham bone goes without saying as that just makes beans so yummy!
I also got 3 lbs of ground sirloin (90% lean) for 7.48 on reduced. I'm going to use that and mix it with my lesser quality hamburger I bought last week to make it last longer.
After buying said items and getting regular groceries I am, so far, 80.00 under my regular grocery budget. I'm hoping I can keep close to that as I want to put 40.00 of that aside for the "Living off Essentials Challenge" and then put another 20.00 toward getting my cell phone recharged.
10. Continued to take inventory of the pantry and organize it for the coming months. Made a quick list of the few essential items I need (bread flour is at the top of my list right now). I'll pick those up next week on my regular grocery shopping trip so once February rolls around I'll hopefully be prepared to not go to the store much.
And there you have it folks. My money saving endeavors this week. How did you do?