Happy Thanksgiving American friends. I hope your day is spent with those that make you happy. If you have to work this weekend, thank you for your efforts. It's the last Thrifty Thursday before the full on Christmas season begins. The season of joy and peace. The season of cha-ching and increased spending. I'm trying to rein it in, but last months plumbing bill, DH losing time at work dealing with the lake furnace, and of course the higher cost of everything has been a challenge towards our savings goals. That has me watching the little things. Here's a few ways I have tried to do this.
- I'm bringing two bottles of wine from our old wine club stash today to contribute to the meal at DH's brothers. I didn't want to brave the stores and left this too late so saved time and didn't spend more.
- Used a bottle from the remains as well for a birthday gift. Note, these are quality wines, just ones we didn't drank at home.
- Filled up gas at $2.68 and used a coupon.
- My daughter and I stopped on route to the party Sunday at Aldi for low cost produce for the roasted sweet potato, carrot, squash dish. Dollars still stretch farther there than other stores and since I needed enough for 20, happy to buy at a lower price point.
- Used leftovers from Saturday takeout for DH's lunch on Sunday.
- Cobbled meals together with stuff on hand. I made a list yesterday to do a restock and loss leaders as some Thanksgiving sales still were in effect.
- Made sure to use streaming services for our entertainment.
Not many savings, but also not excessive spending. My wallet will be open a lot from this day forward. I want to shop local as much as possible, but need to get some inspiration for a few gifts. How have you saved this week?