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In less than a month, we will be going back to a single paycheck, so we are working hard to be frugal and mindful of our spending. Each week, I am going to reflect on what we have done as a family to save money and stretch our budget.
Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments
We went to my inlaws for 4 days over New Year’s. This was a nice visit with family, and a great mini vacation away, without having to spend a small fortune on a hotel and dining out. We also stayed in on New Year’s Eve, so that was a HUGE savings.
I made a purchase using up funds that were in our FSA account so we wouldn’t lose them at the end of the year. I like Drugstore.com for those purchases since I can pay directly with my FSA credit card for all eligible items, instead of filing my receipts for a separate reimbursement.
We ate at home each night! This is HUGE as our family used to have carry out a few times per week.
We purchased milk from Halo Farms. Milk at Halo is only $1.48 for a half gallon, which is significantly less that at the grocery stores around here.
I purchased 20 pineapples for $.99 each at Aldi, and I canned 27 pints of pineapple to stock our pantry, plus we ate a bunch while I was working in the kitchen.
I shopped during ShopRite’s Can-Can sale for items that we were getting low on in the pantry – cereal, corn, tomatoes (I don’t have enough home canned to last until next summer), and toothpaste.
We worked on the garden plan for the upcoming season. While that in itself didn’t save us money last week, the plan will give us a clear picture of what we need to plant, and how much food we will be able to produce on our property during the upcoming year.
What did you do to save money last week?