I know some of you remember the Money Saving Challenge that Precious from Frugal Makes Cents started. Well, she’s been continuing to post what she does daily to save money and I love to read them! I haven’t posted daily, but I have been making an effort daily to save. Within the past few days we’ve done some cool things that have saved us cash, so I wanted to share a few.
-I’ve run out of my lactose-free milk, but instead of going to pay full price for it, I’ve made myself a different breakfast from everyone else. While they have their fruit and cereal, I’ve either been using up the grits stockpile or the oatmeal stockpile.
– We’ve been re-using leftovers in great ways lately. We had london broil leftover from last week adn used some to have steak and eggs for sunday breakfast; slow cooker BBQ chicken and the rest of the london broil will be used this friday for empenada appetizers for friends we are having over this friday. I’ll even make the dough from my wheat flour and cream cheese stockpile.
– Saturday Hubby wanted to grill outside. Earlier in the week I found 2 racks of beef ribs on deep discount at Stop and Shop. I let them sit in the fridge until the sell by date, then I placed them in a brine for about a day and a half. Hubby grilled them up and that was dinner on Saturday.
– Instead of letting the warm coals go to waste, I pulled out some frozen lamb chops we had and marinated them for a few hours. By the time the ribs were almost done, the lamb was ready to go. I also sliced up two onions and placed those on the grill. Once all the meat was done, we moved the grill and placed some foil wrapped peaches with vanilla and brown sugar right into the coals. By the time the coals cooled, the fruit was cooked and caramelized.
– To save money, we’ve been following a baby led solids diet for the Duchess. Basically, she’s been eating what we eat since she was 6 months. Steak, onions, real chicken pieces, broccoli stems, etc. This has saved a ton of money on baby food, and time, since I don’t even have to make her baby food from home. This was even better in the last few days because whatever leftovers we had in the fridge, I could make the same lunch for her and her brother, if need be. If you would like more information on baby led solids, check out this blog run by Emily of Joyful Abode and other awesome moms.
– I participated in a twitter party late last week and won a 25 dollar walmart gift card and a coupon for free huggies diapers. The gift card will be used during our trip to Ohio in July and so will the coupon. This means that we don’t need to pack diapers and a few other things we plan on getting once we arrive. On a side note, I love twitter parties! They are fun and I’ve won some great things, including a birthday bike for Sonny.
– Today, I took the kids to the playground a half hour after breakfast. I kept them there as close to lunchtime as possible. This saved us money by being out of the house while everything was turned off, and it exhausted them, so Sonny was not anxious to watch a show or play the Wii once we got back. I got him to keep away from both of those things today and read books. The Duchess was ready for a nap right after lunch and even took another long one later in the day.
-All day we’ve kept the lights off and the central air off. We’ve been able to keep the air off for most days lately. Unless the tempurature is in the high 80s or 90s, we really don’t need to have it on.
– I cleaned out our patio closet and found 3 items we can sell on craigslist. 2 of the 3 have never even been opened, so they should sell well.
– I started to make a list of items I want to make for Sonny’s birthday party on Sunday. Most of it will either come from sales this week or from our current stockpile. I’ll be sharing more about his party tomorrow.
– Thanks to a tip from Precious, I was able to totally clean the kitty’s litter box today with an old kitchen sponge I saved. It really was a great idea; I was able to scrub the heck out of the box more than ever.
– We are low on kitty litter stockpile, so I mixed his litter with shredded newspaper. I’ll have to remove the paper almost daily, but since we clean his box daily anyway, that doesn’t bother me.
– I need to vacuum our couch, but we have no vacuum. I’ve asked to borrow a friend’s handheld vaccum. This will save money because we don’t need to go out to get one(we don’t have carpet, so we never wasted money on a vacuum), and I don’t have to try to find a place to put a big or even a hand held vaccuum in our space. Borrowing is awesome.
-I got a 4.00 check from Cash4Books.net in the mail on Satuday. I also got a full size Gillette razor in the mail today.
– After seeing a mom on Extreme Couponing use her military discount, I decided to look up what discounts I can use on certain parts of our budget. I’ve called up my last credit card debts and asked about military assistance. Since I’m in the guard, they re-evaluated my debt! I got 500 dollars taken off of it, which means we will be done with that debit in T-minus 4 months now! I’m now on a mission to ask around EVERYWHERE before my enlistment is up.
There were lots more that we’ve done but that’s all that stands out right now. I hope you all are continuing to pinch those pennies and finding creative ways to save!