Several years ago I had a series on Six Figures Under where I would share our weekly frugal adventures. My daughter was reading through some of those posts recently and told me I should share more fun stories, not just boring budget updates and grocery hauls!
While the 13-year-old crowd isn’t my target audience, I think she has a good point. So here we go!
I’m not committing to do it weekly, but I’ll periodically share more light-hearted, personal frugal life posts. I would love to hear your frugal adventures in the comments!
If you’re a newer reader and you want to see the posts I’m talking about, you can find them here.
We found a few new ways to eat kale.
That might not sound like a frugal feat to you, so let me explain why that’s wonderful and frugal. We have lots of beautiful kale growing in our winter garden right now, which pretty much means free food (free super food even)! But, if I don’t figure out a way to get my people (let’s be honest, and myself) to eat it, it will just go to waste. And wasting food isn’t frugal.
I found a great recipe for buttery garlic rice and kale.
I also made a sweet potato, sausage and kale bake (I looked up a few recipes, then made my own version). That gets double credit because it also uses sweet potatoes from our fall garden that are currently hanging out in the garage.
We even found that kale was good mixed into our potato soup. It takes just a little bit of steam to make kale wilt and soften into a much milder flavor, and the steam from hot potato soup was just enough to do the trick.
Do you have a favorite way to eat kale? Bonus points if the kids like it too!
This one was a literal flop. While making lunch, I was dancing around the kitchen with my energetic one-year-old. We can hardly handle his cuteness when he feels the rhythm of the music and starts dancing. I was getting a little wild and started jumping around.
Well, my phone was in my robe pocket (yep, I was still wearing my robe at lunchtime), when I jumped up high to make my little dance partner laugh. My phone jumped too… right out of my robe and onto the kitchen floor. I’ve dropped my six-month-old phone lots of times with no negative consequences.
Not this time though. The screen’s glass is majorly cracked this time. I must have some serious ups to make it fall hard enough for that.
Packing tape has worked so far to hold it together and keep glass shards out of my fingers. Maybe this flop also qualifies as a feat, then? At least for the time being.
Lesson learned: wait until you’re dressed to jump around in the kitchen.
My kids often have entrepreneurial ideas. I love that they like to think big. After cleaning the seeds out of some pumpkins (which are also hanging out in our garage after the fall harvest), they had the idea to sell pumpkins or pumpkin seedlings.
Our ambitious 5-year-old calculated “if we sell a million, we will earn a million dollars!”
“But,” I interjected, “That will take up a lot of space at our house!”
“That’s okay,” she assured me. “I have LOTS of room in my piggy bank!”
It’s Your Turn!
Do you have any Frugal Feats, Flops, or Funnies to share from your home?