We are pinching pennies these days, with the cost of our future (rental) home, and the process of moving to it, in mind. I’ve already been somewhat mindful of frugality and green living but I definitely slack on a regular basis. Lately, though, I have been really proud of myself and my efforts are paying off. Here are some things that have saved us money this past week:
- I used cloth diapers with Elizabeth I had taken a pretty long break because of pregnancy nausea but I’m back to using cloth now. ^_^
- I only bought two yards of fabric – both discounted While at Hobby Lobby, I resisted the urge to buy more fabric because it wouldn’t have been discounted.
- I hung up about 90% of our laundry This is a big change for me. Stephen made an extra hanging rod in the laundry room for me last weekend so now I have three areas to hang clothes. :)
- I meal planned I usually plan meals, but at least a few of them per week are normally convenience meals or eating out. Not this week! We won’t be eating out and every meal was reasonably priced and will be homemade.
- We decided that we are going to go from eating out once a week to once a month This will save between $30-50 a week, or $90-150 a month. O_O
- We started a list of free or low-cost places to go on Sundays We are going to pack lunches and get out on as many Sundays as we can before baby comes. We are looking at places in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.
- I told Maggie to put a movie on hold at the library instead of ordering it Before now, I would have probably let her rent it on amazon instead of waiting for a library hold to become available.
- I spent less at the grocery stores We generally spend about $200/week on groceries (including non-food items because we shop at Walmart and tend to pick up random things like candles and socks while we’re there) but yesterday I only spent $160 between WalMart, Publix and Kroger.
- I checked out a book at the library instead of buying the Kindle edition The thing about eBooks is that they are rarely a good deal – so frustrating!
- We decided that we are no longer giving the kids’ allowances, at least for the next several months They don’t actually need the money because good grief, they have so much stuff, and none of them were devastated about not getting it. Thankfully, they like the idea of moving and are willing to contribute. That’s about $50/month we’ll be saving. ^_^
- Stephen and I are still using the Savings Catcher at Walmart He enters the receipt number onto our account every week and I use the eGiftcard at the store the next time I shop. This week, we got back $7.39.
Have you been frugal this week?
Linking up with The Frugal Family Five – check out her frugal post from this week!