And I'll focus on the 5 or 6 cloth diapers that I used this week instead of writing about all the disposables that I used. Though, to be honest, I don't really think there was a problem with my using disposables- it was a pretty conscious decision, since we were out of the house many hours at a time for quite a few days this week, and therefore I didn't want to be lugging around stinky diapers. And I was doing my babysitter (who watched the kids during my foraging classes) a favor by not giving her cloth diapers to deal with- only disposables. So, we pretty much did only disposables this past week, other than a few notable exceptions... and I used up my entire stash of disposable diapers. So... now I'm back to cloth until Mike picks up another package of diapers from the grocery store in a few hours.
I was doing a lot of thinking about where I should be putting my focus on, in terms of frugality, especially since many of the places I was buying stuff frugally either no longer has the same prices... or, for example, they're selling the "same item" for the same low price, but now its of inferior quality- goodbye $3.25 a pound ground beef and $2.46 a pound ground chicken and turkey that I used to get without soy TVP mixed in- it still is soy free but now has MSG and other garbage mixed in to it... I ended up putting it back at the register once I spotted the change. Guess if I want ground chicken I'll have to pay the $3.25-$3.89 it usually goes for and $5.19 per pound for the ground beef that is garbage free. Or I'll just use lentils in its place... I have to say to say I'm bummed out, and looking for a new source of ground meat...
I was pretty good about not tossing food this week- though I'll admit I did chuck out a few moldy clementines...
So, on to what I and my family did frugally this past week:
Foraged dock, wild spinach, sow thistle, wild mustard, mallow, nettles, plantain, chickweed, and lemons.
Foraged oranges with my kids in the city.
Mike foraged sage, olive leaves, and rosemary daily for tea.
Frugal in the Kitchen
Cut off the tips of the wings I was making for a crowd, and used them to make chicken veggie soup.
Made a big salad with foraged chickweed and leftover rice and leftover beef
Made tuna melts with leftover vegan cheese sauce
Used freshly picked organic collard greens (that I got free) from a local organic farm (to whose owners I gave a private foraging lesson), leftover rice, leftover carrot sticks, and canned peas from the scratch and dent store, all cooked together and seasoned with curry powder.
Made pancakes for breakfast one day, and served buckwheat granola for breakfast some others, and milk shakes some others. Didn't serve cereal and milk even once, since I ran out of store bought cereal and didn't stock up- sort of purposely, sort of not.
Made homemade bread 2 times
Ground gluten free flours
Made a bunch of gluten free bread mix
Made sprouted buckwheat granola
Hosted a frugal event for the ladies in our neighborhood.
Went to the zoo to a homeschooling get together- took advantage of our zoo pass that we bought for the holidays in lieu of presents.
Made a celebratory dinner for my mom at my house- cooking everything from scratch and serving cheap yummy dishes using what I had in the house- made Mexican because that meant I could use up my leftover beans and turning them into refried beans. Made homemade decorations for the party, as well as homemade drinks.
Had a few things to do in another city (giving private foraging lessons, delivering bread mix, and checking out a place to do a foraging walk for a group) and got them all done on one trip to save bus fare... and my husband happened to have off work that day, so I left the older kids at home with him so I didn't have to pay bus fare for them.
Bought myself and the kids a bus pass to get cheaper tickets to a further city where we'll be traveling often- giving the kids half off the fare and myself 17% off.
Took advantage of the fact that we were already in the city and used a bus transfer to pay to go to the farmer's market, so we didn't need to pay for transportation there.
Bought reduced rack carrots, zucchini, persimmons, avocado, bananas, and fennel from the farmer's market.
Bought canned peas and wipes from the scratch and dent store.
Stocked up on sale mackerel- bought 20 cans- for $14.
What did you do to save money this past week? Would you say it was a particularly good week, or a hard week? What were you struggling most with in terms of frugality? What are you most proud of?