Frugal Accomplishments This Week

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I'm proud of myself- for the first time in a while, it seems, I actually kept track, every day, of what we did to save money. It was a good week, also doing frugal basics, but also having a good time, frugally. I finished the week feeling that I really accomplished a lot, so that was great.

Here's what we did to save money this week:

Ate leftovers for breakfast.
Made sesame milk.
Used leftover bread to make into gluten free french toast.
Even though it rained, I line dried my laundry instead of using the clothes dryer.
Made homemade bread crumbs from leftover bread.
Made vegan cheese sauce.
Made homemade marinara sauce

Served leftover marinara sauce together with frozen ground beef crumbles and frozen lentils to make a sauce for leftover buckwheat.
Stocked up on cheap reduced rack apples, tomatoes, and onions, as well as cheap carrots, cabbage, cucumbers and potatoes.
Made plaster of paris molds for the kids to decorate, using packaging from a gift I got for Anneliese
Started designing a homemade princess dress for Anneliese's birthday, using beautiful fabric I had at home
Made homemade gluten free apple muffins
Mixed up a gluten free, xanthan gum free, vegan chocolate cake mix.

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Made chocolate cake from scratch, without xanthan gum. Flopped the cake since I forgot to add the baking soda, so it didn't rise. Ate it anyhow. (It was still yummy, if a bit dense.)
Made lentil dal and served it as the protein for lunch.
Painted plaster of paris molds with the kids.
Painted a painting to hang on the wall, using cheap paint and a canvas I had already at home.
Served leftover medley for dinner.
Got free fresh dates and cucumbers from a neighbor.

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Upcycled a dress for Anneliese.
Made veggie scrap and lamb bone soup.
Lunch was mashed potatoes, red lentil dal for me, eggs for the kids, and Asian cucumber salad.
Made supper with previously sauted and frozen chicken chunks (remember when my freezer melted and I needed to cook up all the meat/chicken?), sauted grated carrots, and tomatoes (that were soft, so they needed to be used up), mixed with rice and soy sauce for the kids, and mixed with leftover buckwheat (that I'd frozen) and soy sauce, garlic, and homemade sriracha sauce for me and hubby.

Decluttered tremendously, making it easier to live in our small house.
Frugally decorated the house myself.
Dumpster dove two plastic chairs, a kid's stuffed animal rug, and two religious text books.
Made gluten free apple muffins.
Ground gluten free flour.
Made gluten free bread mix.
Made gluten free bread.
Went to a swap, brought home a bunch of scarves, necklaces and earrings, some shirts for me, a few dresses for me, a few skirts for me, two pairs of shorts for the boys, a princess backpack for Anneliese, a leotard with an attached tutu for Anneliese, a book for the kids, an educational video for the kids, some hair accessories, an unopened pack of bath scrubbies, and a few packages of lentils and a few packages of kasha.

Made gluten free vegan french toast.
Got some free fresh dates from a neighbor.

What did you do to save money this past week?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. It's amazing seeing everything you do in a week to save money all in one place like this, thank you!

  2. That's a great list!

    All we did was move cross-country with three cats. Stayed in cheap motels, because of the cats, and ate cheap fast food because we couldn't leave the cats alone in the room. (so: no dinners out. That actually saved a bunch of money.)

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