Summer is here, the days are getting hotter and longer and our revolving door is in full swing with work, education, cookouts, vacations and family time. Looking at that list you would think that it might be tough to save some cash, but here are some things I did this week that saved us some green.
1. Spared some jalapenos. Our jalapeno plants are taking off this year, so much so that there is only so much I can serve my family. I harvested this batch for the day and flash froze them for future in salsas, food bowls, and my open faced jalapeno bombs.
2. Used a fresh harvest for dinner. Keeping with our micro gardening theme, two days after I flash froze all those jalapenos, we had a few more that were ready to be used, along with a bell pepper and a handful of pitiful shaped Roma tomatoes. I peeled and pureed the tomatoes, diced up all the peppers and used them in my pork chili that evening.
3. Detailed the inside of my car. This one was really all my hubby’s doing. My car has been used this spring to haul bags of dirt, compost, free fire wood, and hairy dogs. To say that the inside of my car needed a good cleaning would be an understatement. My hubby spent hours going through every little nook and cranny. My car looks and smells new again and we didn’t have to pay to have it professionally serviced.
4. I colored my hair. Probably much to the dismay of my hair stylist (sorry Leslie), I color my own hair approximately every 4 to 6 weeks. I know that the day will come when I will need to seek professional services for this bit of vanity, but for right now, I can get away with a box of hair color that is less than $10, and believe it or not, I always seem to get compliments on my hair, so I know that I have a chosen a color that suits me and doesn’t make me look like I have clown colored hair.
5. I am spending my Saturday’s this summer keeping up my certification. OK, depending on how you look at this one, it might not really be considered frugal. Every 5 years I have to re-certify as a CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) making sure I am up to date on the latest rules and laws as it governs the payroll industry. Even though I am unsure if I will ever go back to this profession, education is never a waste of one’s time or money. (and it never hurts to have a Plan B in your back pocket).
So there you have it, some ways I was able to save some dough this week. What kinds of things did you do to save some moola?