I enjoy writing my Five Frugal for Friday articles. They feel like small little financial victories to me and it has been awhile since I have posted a Five Frugal for Friday article, so now is as good a time as any.
So what kind of things did I save money on this time around?
1. Ham steaks. This one was actually a find by my husband. Our local Walmart had marked down some great looking chunks of smoked honey ham, that my hubby then brought home, got out his deli slicer (yes….he has one of these) sliced up, packaged and froze some great looking ham steaks. These will be used for breakfasts with some eggs, diced up for soups and casseroles as well as the all to popular and quick “I’ve had a busy day and I don’t feel like cooking” meals.
2. Open faced apple pie. I seemed to have an abundance of small lunchbox sized apples that no one was eating and I also found a pre-made refrigerated pie crust in my fridge,( I think left over from the holidays) so I sliced up my apples, combined it with a handful of dried cranberries and chopped pecans, along with some sugar and spices and baked it. The end result was this delicious, however, not so pretty to look at, open faced apple pie that was eaten up in a matter of 3 days.
3. I took a temp job. So in a previous post, I had mentioned that I had attempted to re-enter the work force, not because I had a huge desire to, but because that was what I thought I had to do. I left that job about 3 months ago on good terms and had made a friend in my then boss. A few weeks ago, she reached out to me because she was swamped at work and wanted to know if I would be interested in working as a temp for a few weeks. This opportunity came at the perfect time, because my sister and I are planning on to taking a trip to New England this upcoming fall and I wanted to raise the money for it myself and not have to sink into my husband’s and my savings account.
4. Croutons. An all time favorite money saver. I had about 1/3 of a loaf of sourdough bread that maybe had another day left in it, but instead, I cut it into cubes, tossed it with some olive oil spray and some seasonings, toasted them up and now I have croutons for the remainder of this week that will go in salad or soup, or my favorite….used for dipping in some flavored olive oil as an appetizer along with a tray of sliced cheeses and garlic stuffed olives, not to mention a glass of wine to wash it down ( I love Friday night wine and cheese night!!!).
5. Close the curtains! This one is a no brainer. It goes without saying that even here in Texas, we have our share of winter weather. Although no snow to speak of, it still gets cold, damp and chilly during the winters here. When the sun is about to set, we close the window blinds and pull the curtains shut to help prevent any drafts. This small action does make a difference and makes the house not feel as chilly, saving us from having to turn the heat up a notch or two. (It goes without saying this is also done in the heat of the summer months to keep us from turning up the A/C as the heat of the sun bears down on our windows).
There are my 5 frugal for this Friday. Do you have any you would like to share?