This series has been on a bit of a break. Summer definitely got the best of me and my remembering to jot down the frugal things I’ve done has crept down to the bottom of my priority list. But now we’re in the swing of things again and into a new season so I’m going to start the series back up again.
Here are a few frugal things I did last month (and also counting one frugal thing from august here).
- Freezer Rice. We eat a lot of rice. It’s cheap, tasty and goes with just about everything. So I decided to make a huge batch of rice and freeze them in 2 cup portions to go with dinner. We eat rice a couple of times per week, so one pot gave us a couple of months’ worth of sides. This barely required any extra work since I was already making rice for that night’s dinner. And now I probably won’t have to cook rice again until December!
- Discount meat. I can’t remember paying full price for meat since we moved to Charlotte! I scored “big” once, and having a stock of items in our freezer has allowed me to only buy when the price is right because we’re never actually out of something. This month, my favorite places for discount meat were Harris Teeter and Target.
- Free office décor. We’re opening up an online store on a new platform and they required photos of my workspace for our shop profile. My workspace was a little rough around the edges, so I decided to pretty it up by making my own pink and glitter garland from scrap card stock and twine I had lying around. I punched out the card stock using a 2” circle punch and used a glue gun to stick them to the twine. I made two of these, then we hung them in my office above the desks. Easiest project ever and it made such a difference!
- Made more closet space. We turned the walk-in-closet in our bedroom into an office for my husband because he’s now working from home full time (it’s the same medical job he had in FL). This left us with ZERO closet space. We got creative and used our under-bed area and two small Rast dressers as our main clothing and shoe storage, but we still needed to hang a few things. The only solution that we could think of without having to buy new furniture was hanging a rod above the washer in our tiny (and I mean tiny!) laundry closet. I know it’s weird, but desperate times call for desperate measures!
We spent about $10 on an adjustable closet rod at Home Depot and we installed it above our washer. Our closet space is literally the width of the washer, but considering that we had zero space before, it feels like a palace!
- Soup season. We ate soup on most work days last month. I’d love to say that all of it was homemade, but we only ate homemade soup for about a week. Most days we’d just split a can of store-bought soup (could I have made that last sentence sound more appealing, or what?!). Innovative and amazing lunch? Not so much. Cheap and ready in under two minutes? Yup! This kept lunches to under $1/person.
- Dried beans. We restocked the freezer with dried beans that I cooked in the crockpot. There’s not much to say about this since I do this pretty regularly, but one of the upcoming posts will show you how I cook and freeze dried beans in the slow cooker!
So what frugal things did you do last month?