Wednesday, December 20, 2023

My Frugal Accomplishments This Past Week

I'm a little pressed for time now, but I just wanted to share some frugal things I did within the past 7 days that I'm proud of myself for, most of it having been done today.

4 days ago I drove a friend and her son to another city to check out a school for him, and she paid me for the gas and my time. While I was there, I had about an hour to kill, and I'd seen a few advertisements saying that a certain chain of stores was having tomatoes, butternut squash, cabbage, and one other thing (I don't remember what) on sale for 12 cents a pound! I knew where I'd spend my free time. They ended up having great sales, and not only did I get those vegetables that were 12 cents a pound, there were a bunch more also much cheaper than I can buy them locally, and many other things on sale. I only got what we needed, pretty much everything that I purchased was on sale, and I can't wait to share that shop with you.

3 days ago I had some zucchini that were absolutely on their last legs, as well as some peppers that were partially spoiled, so I cut off the yucky parts and added lentils, plus whatever was left from a can of tomato sauce I had in my fridge, and made a bunch of delicious lentil vegetable soup.

As usual, I made my sports drink, that I drink 3-4 liters of every day. Entirely from scratch.

Then two days ago my kids made homemade pizza. 

Yesterday I went to the store to pick up milk and cheese, since they used it up making pizza, and I saw that cheese was being sold for only 2/3 of the price I usually can get that cheese on sale, and there wasn't a limit to how many you can buy or a requirement to spend a certain amount in the store, so I bought 3 kilos and froze 2. I should have bought more, but oh well.

Then today I did the following:

I took leftover rice that was about a week old, so I knew I should cook it before I serve it to extend its shelf life, and I sauted it up with some veggies as well as lemongrass that I grew, and some dehydrated shitake mushrooms that I rehydrated.

I took the liquid from the rehydrated mushrooms, added a sweet potato that was a little funny looking and needed using up, some leftover carrot salad that I found a bit too spicy to eat plain, some leftover rice noodles, lemongrass from my garden, and sea beet from my garden, and made it into a delicious Asian (possibly Vietnamese) inspired soup.

And last but not least- I had a bunch of apples that were wrinkly and old looking, some with yucky parts, that my kids didn't want to eat, and I cut off the yucky parts and cut them up and made them into a delicious gluten free apple crumble.

I'm gonna pat myself on the back real hard now.

What frugal things have you done lately? Anything you're especially proud of?

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