We already do several things that are frugal, such as:
- Rarely eat out
- Cook from scratch
- Keep lights off when not needed
- Keep heat down, wear sweaters
- Keep showers short
- Use less than recommended amounts of shampoo & laundry soap
- Alway price check and buy generic
- Wash everything in cold
I have to come up with some new frugal things to do as well.
I have been thinking of doing the following:
- Having more meatless meals (DH will fight me on this one a bit)
- Bake bread more often. I have a bread machine so it isn't difficult. The no name bread is up to $2.49 a loaf now.
- Make more cloth napkins.
- Make matching placemats instead of buying new (using fabric I already have).
- Start using rags more instead of papertowels for spills and such.
- Figure out how to create a garden bed that the dogs can't get into (inexpensively) and plan what to plant (herbs, tomatoes...)
- Find a local farmers market (in a couple months once they open) and compare prices to grocery store.
We bought a lot of the following:
- chicken leg 1/4s
- lean ground beef
- pasta - all shapes and sizes
- pasta sauce - several flavors
- Shrimp - frozen raw
- Kraft Dinner (reg price is $1.59...we got them for 12/$5.99)
- Toilet paper
- Butter (I've been doing a lot of baking and that uses butter faster than we normally do)
- Cereal - a few different kinds that we all like.
Some of what I have planned:
- Cheeseburger hot pockets
- Whole wheat bread
- Cinnamon rolls
- Italian bread
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