I haven't shared my weekly frugal accomplishments with you in quite a while. To be honest, a big part of it was me feeling like I wasn't living up to the frugal standards I held for myself, so I felt a bit like a fraud sharing my "frugal accomplishments" which didn't feel like big accomplishments at all.
But lately, as in the past 2 or 3 weeks, I have been putting in a bigger effort to be more frugal, and not just that, but also to track what frugal things I did, so that I can look back over the past week and feel encouraged by what I managed to do, and not discouraged by the times that I wasn't as frugal as I should.
And so, maybe not the most frugal week ever, but I think I did a decent amount of frugal things.
I also wanted to share that in addition to doing things to save money this week, I also did what I could to earn some extra cash, by selling homemade gluten free goods to a few different people.
And now, on to more specifics:
Frugality In The Kitchen
Brought home leftovers from the family get together.
Making Food From Scratch:
Ground lots and lots of gluten free flour
Made up lots of batches of homemade gluten free bread mix
Made a bunch of gluten free donuts
Made a gluten free birthday cake
Made homemade ketchup
Made chocolate chip cookies from scratch
Made a lentil dish as the protein for a family get together.
Made chicken soup from concentrated chicken soup "mix" I had in the freezer and a chicken carcass.
Cooked up some salmon heads for supper, then used the leftover bones to make salmon bone broth
Made buckwheat porridge for breakfast
Reused disposable aluminum pans
Made a chickweed salad for guests
Made soup from chickweed, leftover zucchini and leftover sweet potatoes and leftover chicken
When I was in the city, I promised the kids something nice, considered taking them to a restaurant, even sat at a restaurant with them and a friend, but instead bought them each 2 treats from the "dollar" coffee shop, which everyone enjoyed and was a fraction of what it would have cost at a regular restaurant.
Had a family get together and spent nothing, only used what was in the house to make a few dishes
Stopped in a cheap grocery store to buy cheapo gluten free bread to make gluten free garlic bread for a family get together, walked in with a short short list, and bought only ONE thing not on that list.
Walked to a farther grocery store to buy cheaper milk and diapers on sale
Ordered some clothes for myself and the kids from aliexpress including dresses for my brother's wedding, and shoes- I got recommendations on how to make sure the stuff actually fits properly, and now am really hoping that it'll work out well- but even if not, I didn't spend so much at all.... $15 for a bridesmaid type dress for myself including shipping... Also ordered Toms style shoes from Aliexpress for myself.
Foraged milk thistle, chickweed, wood sorrel, nettles, plantain, wild mustard, sow thistle, and pine nuts.
So, what frugal things did you do this past week? Any you're especially proud of?