My mom was right--I love reading The Prudent Homemaker's weekly posts on her frugal accomplishments, and thought it would be fun to share an occasional such posts here.
In that spirit, here are some specific things I've done this past week to be thrifty!
*Instead of buying an 8 oz. bag of diced ham for $2.49 as I've often done, I instead purchased just over 2 pounds of deli ham on sale for $2.39 a pound. The butcher sliced it for free, and I diced it when I got home. I paid $4.95 instead of $11 for an equivalent amount!!
*I took advantage of a local thrift store having 75% of all clothing and purchased a cute shirt for each of the older kids for a quarter apiece! Even better, while I was in the store, an employee offered me some meat and eggs. This thrift store supports a local ministry that provides food, and she said they had an abundance of donations and would be happy to pass some on. She gave me a dozen (farm fresh!) eggs and a bag containing frozen chicken nuggets and tenders. Not bad for 50 cents!
*Natalie needed a pink cardigan sweater to go with a spring dress. When I could not find one in our local secondhand stores, I posted the need on a swap page and an acquaintance of mine promptly replied. I paid $3 instead of probably $15 or so new. Similarly, when Natalie needed some slippers a month ago, I used the same approach. I paid $2 for a cute pink-with-hearts pair that she loves wearing!
*We've been enjoying the convenience and entertainment of a free month-long Netflix trial.
*I got a great deal on diapers by using a sale, coupons and a rebate (Triple play!)--40% off the regular price of name-brand disposable diapers is nothing to sneeze at. I was pumped!
*Took advantage of a super sale on fruit snacks--8 boxes for $6! (Normal price is $1.99 each) I initially did not purchase these, but then I remembered that every couple months, Nathan's teacher asks for 40 individually packaged snacks, so I am thrilled I'll be ready when the next note comes home. That will save me time and money--love it!
*I made syrup using water, sugar and maple flavoring. I do this several times a year--I like the taste, it's easy, contains no HFCS, etc.
*I spent $0 on the kids' valentines using supplies I already had. Pictures to come early next week.
Wow, that was fun to write. I will definitely do it again sometime. I think it's so inspiring to read other people's frugal accomplishments and hope you feel the same.