We used the wood stove in our living room to heat our home as much as possible. Temperatures early in the week were in the teens, so it was a big help. We get our firewood for free - we just have to haul it, cut it to length and stack/use it, so it really is a big benefit that is low-cost for us.
|We store these in the freezer (so we don't eat them so quickly!)|
I used the 'bits' left after a package of frosted mini wheat cereal in some energy balls. I made them with the cereal dust, milk powder, peanut butter, chopped raisins and cranberries and a little powdered sugar. Daughter takes them in her lunch for lunchtime 'dessert', or has them for snacks at home. They're really tasty and a great way to use up odds and ends.
Daughter needed to make a diorama for school. I asked her to plan it out, then make a list of all the supplies she would need. I then asked her to 'shop the house' for supplies, and it turned out we did not need to purchase anything for the project.
When I did laundry, I hung it to dry on the drying racks, which I set up in our basement.
I purchased a Christmas gift in like-new condition that would have been $15 new for 75 cents.
I gave Husband a haircut, trimmed Daughter's bangs, then cut my own hair.
We borrowed books and other media from the library. I also did some subbing at the library.
We (mainly Daughter and I) decided that this year, our Christmas tree would have a bird theme. I used Pinterest to find and pin ideas for various ornaments we can make. We intend to do this without spending a lot of money, by using items we have on hand. (Now, I just need to find some time to bring in the Christmas bins!)
|These are so soft and squishy!|
JCPenney sent out a flyer that included a $10 off a purchase of $10 or more. I found some really soft, squishy socks for $5 per pair, so I 'purchased' two completely free.
I found whole chickens for .79 a pound, so I bought three for the freezer. Cutie tangerines were $3.88 for 5 pounds, so I purchased some of those, along with some fresh pears for .88/lb. Leaf and romaine lettuces were .99/head, and milk was 1.79/gal. C&H sugar was .99/4lb., a price we haven't seen in a very long time. I had to get a raincheck because they had run out. I'm still watching for good ham prices so I can stock those this month, and butter/oils are on my list as well.
I planned a supper menu, which helps me use both my time and our leftovers more efficiently.
How was your week? What did you do to spend less, save more, or make do?