Time for another Five Frugal Things post but I can’t just stop at five…
Monday is often my errand day. As usual I batched my errands (1) to save money and time. The To-Do list included getting my oil changed. I went to Grease Monkey before 10 AM which qualified me for the “Early Bird-$2 OFF special”(2)
While I was out I stopped at three thrift stores. At Value Village I picked up a dime from the floor.(3)
I’m still hunting for a food processor. The thrift stores have lots of small appliances but few food processors.
The ones they do have don’t come with a blade.
I can now say WAS still hunting for a food processor.
My hunt ended when I saw this one. $12.50, not only are all the attachments included but the original user manual too.(4)
After examining it closely at home it appears to have been minimally used if at all, none of the parts so any sign of wear.
Towards the end of my list of errands I began to feel hungry. I DID NOT stop for fast food while I was out (6).I came home and fixed leftovers for lunch.
I reheated some Chicken Chow Mein that had been frozen.
The original meal was delicious. I used a new recipe and the resulting chow mein was very close to what my favorite Chinese take-out place makes, which was what I was looking for. When freshly made the chow mein had a thick creamy sauce. Freezing and thawing the left-overs resulted in a thin runny sauce. A less frugal person may have thrown out the less than perfect food.(7) With the chow mein I had a smoothie made with strawberries picked from my garden.(8)
I should have named this post 5 Frugal things and one Frugal Blunder.
I drink distilled water. I read that it is good for joint health. Distilling removes not only contaminants but necessary trace minerals too. I buy trace minerals to add to the water.
Super Supplements sent me a coupon. I planned to buy two of the $26 bottles and get 10% off. However I noticed a new brand. Same size but priced at $14.49. Not wanting to STOCK UP on a product I’m not familiar with I only bought one bottle and so didn’t qualify for the 10% off.
At home I compared the two products and found that the less expensive one had 20 trace minerals while the $26 bottle has 70+. Time will tell if this is or isn’t an issue. Most importantly I now put 1/2 a teaspoon of the supplement in a gallon of water and the cheaper brand calls for twice that much.(-1)
For dinner I ate a bowl of Chicken Florentine Soup.
This soup came home with me from work one night last week. At closing time each day soup that’s been on the warmer all day gets thrown away. Thrown away that is unless any employee wants to take it home. Whenever I can I take advantage of this “fringe benefit”.(9)
After washing the dinner dishes I recycled the rinse water to water my potted plants.(10)
How about you what frugal things did you do