Five Frugal Things

There is a blog I follow that I really enjoy and get a lot of great frugal ideas from.  The Non-Consumer Advocate is based on the concept of use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.  One of her frequent blog posts is five frugal things and I find I get so much motivation from reading all the comments and different frugal tips.

Keep in mind that it’s the small things we do daily that make a big difference.  It’s not just about saving big bucks on a new car or a home loan because how often do you do those things.  It’s the day-to-day opportunities and choices we make that make the real difference in being frugal.  So, while they may seem repetitive and just a small savings, those are the most important.  It also creates habit in us to keep frugality in the forefront of our minds.  I like to make a game out of it.  See how long I can hang on to that $20 or altering a meal plan to use up what I have on hand already.

Here are my five frugal things.

  1.  I brought leftovers to work for lunch.  Actually the Z Man and I do this 99.99999999% of the time.
  2.  I made / reheated last nights dinner on the wood stove, saving on electricity by not using the kitchen stove.
  3.  Made a February challenge with some friends to reduce the number of days I spend to 4 days a week.   Last week was 3 days, and so far this week there have been 0 spend days.  This challenge does not include the spending of monthly bills, medical, or work related expenses.  I’m feeling that 4 days isn’t really a challenge for me, so I think I’ll lower it to 2 or 3 days a week.  What this challenge does is helps you plan all your purchases and prevents those quick trips to the store just because.
  4.  I did my monthly meal plan for February and purchased all needed ingredients (that wouldn’t spoil) for all meals in one large grocery shopping trip.  However, even though I planned all our meals for February, I’ve decided we are going to do some major freezer and pantry meals because we have plenty on hand.
  5.  Returned my books on time to the library and checked out three more.  No late fee and free reading / listening to books on cd in the car too.


Now it’s your turn.  What are your five frugal things?

Till Next Time,


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