Sunday, March 8, 2015

Frugal Accomplishments This Week and Accountability For My Struggles

This is the time of the week where I usually try to share an incredibly long and detailed list of various things I did the past week to save money.

List is super short this week.
I didn't have a particularly frugal week...
And I did really badly with laundry, rewashing laundry twice, barely hanging any laundry... and no, cloth diapers didn't happen. And threw out a bunch of rotten produce.
Oh well, weeks like that happen.

Looking forward to a more productive week this next week.

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

Frugal In The Kitchen
Used radishes that were on their last legs to make scalloped vegan radishes (instead of potatoes)- surprisingly delicious!
Butchered a whole chicken.
Used chicken breast and leftover rice to make chicken patties.
Used drippings from steamed chicken as the base for onion soup.
Used leftover onion soup, tomato sauce, rice, and ratatouille to make another soup.

Made From Scratch:
Made homemade chocolates- 3 types, including tahini ganache, jam, and mint.
Made homemade sunflower seed crackers.
Made homemade cookies 3 times.
Made homemade waffles.
Made homemade pancakes.
Mike made some "homemade cereal" for the kids when we ran out, by smashing some rice cakes, and serving them with milk. The kids enjoyed them.
Made homemade gluten free bread.
Made homemade spice cake.
Made brownies.
Made vegan cheese sauce.
Used some homemade plum jam, watered down, to make a plum flavored drink.

Free/Cheap Things:
Inherited some groceries from friends who went abroad.
Got some free rice cakes and peanut butter as an advertisement from a new store in our area.
Got some cheap items from the scratch and dent store, including gift boxes and canned goods.

Used our paper shredder to make shredded paper to use as a filling for a gift basket.
Made Lee a costume out of items we had around the house.
Made Anneliese a homemade princess dress from things I got at the second hand store.

Foraged mullein.
Foraged olive leaves, rosemary, sage, and lavender for tea.

So, what did you do to save money this past week? Would you say this was a relatively frugal week or a relatively non frugal week?

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