Happy Thursday. I made it through hump day and just two work days to go. It is a rough week, but I feel I mentally prepared, so maneuvering through without too much pain. Of course the stress is caused by others not making decisions, not understanding the ripple effect that their delays cause. But I'm not here to think work, that's in an hour, but to think about thriftyness or lack of. Here's a few ways we conserved time, resources, or money.
- Made use of for meals or froze all leftovers
- Made a huge pot of vegan bean soup, some to freeze, some for daughter, and some for Tuesday supper. This used up of carrots, the other half of a bag of navy beans, and some pepper/ onion blend bought back in September for a never done DT challenge. I added a bit of Better than Bullion to the broth and that upped the flavor a lot since I didn't have celery.
- Still trying to watch surplus groceries and shop only for loss leaders or needed items. While we spent quite a bit for Thanksgiving and family dinner sides, we didn't do any large shop, encouraging using up items at home. This went for non food items too. My list of needed items is growing though, including shampoo, conditioner, and dish washing liquid.
- Low cost entertainment was $15 Bingo, at home watched movies, walks with dogs, and coffee and conversation in my own home with my daughter. We even used a $13 off dining card for my birthday lunch out.
- Shoveled driveway, but got much appreciated help from neighbor. His wife had got home early and shoveled theirs. It was a gift!
- Stacked deals both Friday and Monday for Christmas gifts. Who knows what I really saved as there are mark ups and false savings, but I was happy with the quality and prices paid. I have $45 in Kohl's cash to use. Other lingering Christmas items will all be locally sourced.
- Used past winning gift cards and we placed 2nd last night, winning another, for Trivia. I'll be buying a few filler gifts there as we want to support the Brewery, but it sure is nice to get a free night out occasionally.
- DH put in for cash back rewards from the credit card. It will help towards Christmas
- Took care of lingering bills, DD2's budget ( helping her manage while out of Country), and managed to hit our savings target. Now, I want nothing to linger into January so all Christmas shopping on credit card must be done by December 9.
I feel like this should be doable. Gifts for my kids will be light, leaning more towards cash as it's more useful at this time. I need to send a check to his brother for our share of MIL's main gift. These and a few other lingering things, plus specific food items, will be done this weekend and coming week. I want to tuck a bit of the monthly budget away for fun things the week between Christmas and New Years since we all are off work. Not the thriftiest week, but considering it was a holiday weekend, not too bad. How did you save or conserve your resources?