There is a blog I follow that I really enjoy and get a lot of great frugal ideas from. The Non-Consumer Advocate is based on the concept of use it up, wear it out, make do or do without. One of her frequent blog posts is five frugal things and I find I get so much motivation from reading all the comments and different frugal tips.
Keep in mind that it’s the small things we do daily that make a big difference. It’s not just about saving big bucks on a new car or a home loan because how often do you do those things. It’s the day-to-day opportunities and choices we make that make the real difference in being frugal. So, while they may seem repetitive and just a small savings, those are the most important. It also creates habit in us to keep frugality in the forefront of our minds. I like to make a game out of it. See how long I can hang on to that $20 or altering a meal plan to use up what I have on hand already.
Here are my five frugal things.
- I brought leftovers to work for lunch. Actually the Z Man and I do this 99.99999999% of the time.
- I made / reheated last nights dinner on the wood stove, saving on electricity by not using the kitchen stove.
- Made a February challenge with some friends to reduce the number of days I spend to 4 days a week. Last week was 3 days, and so far this week there have been 0 spend days. This challenge does not include the spending of monthly bills, medical, or work related expenses. I’m feeling that 4 days isn’t really a challenge for me, so I think I’ll lower it to 2 or 3 days a week. What this challenge does is helps you plan all your purchases and prevents those quick trips to the store just because.
- I did my monthly meal plan for February and purchased all needed ingredients (that wouldn’t spoil) for all meals in one large grocery shopping trip. However, even though I planned all our meals for February, I’ve decided we are going to do some major freezer and pantry meals because we have plenty on hand.
- Returned my books on time to the library and checked out three more. No late fee and free reading / listening to books on cd in the car too.
Now it’s your turn. What are your five frugal things?
Till Next Time,