It’s time for the March edition of Frugal Things I did Last Month. This month’s list beat out last month’s by just one lonely item. I need to work on remembering to write down the frugal little things I do throughout the day so this list won’t be so bare in April’s edition!
1. Homemade garlic bread. Instead of buying pre-made garlic bread from the freezer section, I made my own using focaccia rolls that were leftover from our burger night.
2. Testing out more money-saving apps. If you read my recent post on how to earn cash back on groceries, you all know how much I love using Checkout 51. Even though I haven’t earned payout yet with this app, I’m slowly working up to it. I am still happy with the earnings since it’s essentially free money for something I’m already purchasing. I’ve tried a few other apps, some are more confusing than others (still trying to figure out ShopKick). Checkout 51 is still by far my favorite.
3. We visited a local farm. Initially our sole purpose of the visit was to purchase raw honey. Granted, the honey wasn’t the most frugal purchase ringing up at $10. To us, it was worth the price. But, we did save money on the veggies we purchased. Not only do they have great prices on fresh vegetables, but they also seem to supply our nearest Whole Foods. Whole Foods quality without the Whole Foods budget? Yes, please.
4. Veggie prep and freezing. After returning from the farmer’s market, I took a few minutes to prep my veggies for the week. I grated a head of cauliflower to make cauliflower rice, I chopped up another head of cauliflower to easily create cauliflower mashed potatoes. I also prepped and packaged asparagus. I had a fair amount of asparagus, so I separated them into meal-sized bags. I also washed strawberries in a vinegar rinse. Finally, the little baggies to the right aren’t veggies – they’re kettle corn. My husband bought a huge bag at the farmer’s market and I portioned them out because I didn’t want him to have it all in just two or three sittings.
5. Homemade bread. I’ve fallen out of the habit of regularly making my own bread. But I am once again trying to incorporate it into our routine. I made two loaves of bread this month, both using my favorite recipe. I added a bit of garlic salt to top one loaf and it was such a nice twist. I wouldn’t, however, do this with every loaf, since hints of garlic would completely ruin a peanut butter sandwich. 😛
6. Stretched the dish soap. I feel a little silly including this, since it’s such a simple thing that I’m sure most of us have done. I stretched my dish soap by just adding a bit of water to the bottle when it looked like it was running close to empty. This helps me stretch my dish soap for a few days – sometimes even a week, which totally saves my butt when I’m running low on soap and can’t get to the store the same day. I also do this with my foaming face wash – just diluting the bottle with a tiny bit of water at a time.
7. More homemade yogurt. It’s very likely that homemade yogurt will end up on this list each month, since it’s something I do pretty regularly now.
8. More homemade tortilla chips. Again. These things are addictive and it really helps that my homemade tortilla chips recipe is so inexpensive. This time we used them in our homemade nachos (kind of like the ones at Taco Bell, just much tastier and healthier).
So, what frugal things did you do last month? Share your own frugal experiences and your tips on what worked – and what didn’t – in the comments section below.
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