5 frugal things

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Here is a quick list of the 5 frugal things I’ve done in the past few weeks

  1. Made homemade laundry detergent from soap nuts.  I made a batch of laundry soap this week.  I make enough to last about 2 weeks, so we should be good for a while.  See my post about soap nuts here.  I spend about $10-15 dollars on a pound of soap nuts and this will last me at least 6 months!
  2. Making my own breadcrumbs.  I have always used store-bought Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, which although cheap, making homemade breadcrumbs from leftover/stale bread is even better!  I don’t know why I never thought of doing this before, or even why I am so surprised they work!  I just take old bread odds and ends and either toast them in my oven or the toaster and then pulse them a few times in my food processor.  I store them in the freezer.
  3. No paper towels or paper napkins!  This isn’t specifically something that I have done in the past few weeks.  In fact, we have been paper-free in our kitchen for 5 years now!  I was reminded how frugal this is when I was picking up some bulk items at BJs and saw the prices of paper towels and napkins.  Thankful for our large stash of cloth dish towels, dish cloths and cloth napkins.
  4. Double checking a coupon at the dept store.  OK, so not super frugal because I used the coupon on an expensive pair of shoes.  But when I doubled checked my coupon and details, I was able to get an additional 20% off that the cashier missed.
  5.  Pantry eating.  We were able to make quite a few meals this past week from items in our pantry.  I am always happy to use of ingredients we have stored in the pantry and save some money on our grocery bill.

What frugal things have you done this week?

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6 thoughts on “5 frugal things”

  1. I need to try the breadcrumbs thing!! I’ve been changing over to making my own convenience foods (like spice blends) but I haven’t done breadcrumbs yet, thanks! And well done on all the frugal accomplishments! We use cloth, too, and it saves so much. I’m trying to find a truly natural replacement for sandwich bags…any ideas?

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    1. The reusable sandwich bags have been a struggle for us! I don’t really have any that I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

      We have a set of Itzy Ritzy bags (a gift), which I really like a lot! But they can be pricey. I have tried a few other kinds of reusable cloth-like bags, but find things get stale in them. I just heard about this silicon sandwich bag called stasher–still a little pricey at $12.

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  2. We financed 2 things we have been putting off by selling stuff we no longer use or enjoy. I finally got my laptop fixed and our bedroom painted ( the bedroom had desperately needed painting since we moved in 8 years ago).

    I am going to try the breadcrumbs as well as we use them a lot. Thanks!

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    1. That is great that you were able to sell so many things you don’t use or want to get your bedroom painted and your laptop fixed! I love when I sell enough things to Fund something I have been putting off.

      Yes-try the breadcrumbs! It’s such a little thing, but they all add up right?

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  3. Great post! Must feel so satisfying being able to make the most out of what you already have. I’m trying to be more frugal and will definitely try a few of your frugal wins!

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    1. Thanks for commenting. It is so satisfying to make the most of what you already have. It’s funny though, there are times I do it and don’t even realize it, so calling attention to it helps motivate me to find new ways to save money and resources.

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