Every day this week has felt like Friday to me. I’m glad Friday is finally here so I can finally know what day it is!
I’m really enjoying thinking back on the week to discover some frugal gems that would otherwise be lost in the busy-ness of everyday life. I would love to hear about your experience with the frugal life this week. Please share the good, the bad, and the funny!
Changing tires, making grape juice, eating cold cereal, and celebrating a birthday and an anniversary are all part of my frugal feats, flops, and funnies this week.
Frugal Feats of the Week
We had a few note-worthy frugal feats this week. Here are the highlights:
I went out to take my kids to school the other day and found the front passenger tire completely flat. Thankfully I was able to quickly arrange a way to get my kids from school, then I dealt with the tire. My friend who helped me get my kids came over to help with changing the tire too.
When I texted my husband to tell him about our exciting afternoon, he said to go ahead and let our six-year-old change the tire, but just make sure he got the jack in the right place.
With my friend supervising, he started on the tire. He did a fabulous job and only needed a little help from a grown-up.
My son got his mad tire skills when we bought our current van. The van we were retiring (because its transmission problems wouldn’t let it pass California’s smog test) had tires that were just months old. The used van we bought to replace it was the same make, model, and year (and coincidentally needed new tires), so my husband and son took all the tires off and swapped them— that’s eight tires to take off and put back on, so he got quite a bit of experience!
The day after changing our tire like a champ, my son turned seven. Gifts were easy because I had some that I had been saving for him in my gift stash. I found a magic kit at the thrift store for $3.50 on half price day, so I paid $1.75 for it (the original price on the box was $22). I’ve been hanging on to it for over a year, waiting until he could read the magic tricks to humself. He LOVES it and has been practicing all sorts of fun tricks.
He also got some clothes, a craft project kit, and a new notebook and pen. He is my project man– always creating his own projects, so he was thrilled. And there’s just something about new blank notebooks that thrills my kids. He has been writing and drawing in it daily.
We had a simple family birthday party at home. One my frugal birthday hacks (a fancy way of saying “lazy shortcut”) is how I wrap the gifts. When it’s just us at home, I use pillowcases instead of wrapping paper! It’s waaay faster than traditional wrapping, requires no scissors or tape, is completely reusable and and it’s totally free!
Frugal Flop of the Week
This week’s flop wasn’t a total failure, more like a disappointment.
Making Grape Juice
Remember the free grapes we gathered a couple of weeks ago? They’ve been sitting in our fridge for a while. Because my husband saw that I wasn’t getting to them any time soon, he took it upon himself to do something with them.
He decided to just wash them, crush them in our Blendtec blender and then strain off the seeds. If you know anything about the Blendtec, you know that it’s powerful. The thing doubles as a wheat grinder (though I grind my wheat with this grinder). I was afraid it was going to just grind up the grapeseeds and make gritty grape juice.
He didn’t blend it very long, so the seeds weren’t obliterated. All in all, it was a good experiment. The only problem (and the reason why I’m classifying it as a flop) is just that it made so little grape juice that it was kind of a joke. We had less than a quart of juice, which means everyone only got a wee bit. The grapes were pretty tiny and the seeds were pretty big, so that made for a pretty inefficient grape juice process. It was fun, but we’ll probably just stick to eating grapes in the future.
Frugal Funny of the Week
Cereal and Our Anniversary
My husband and I celebrated 11 wonderful years of marriage (and zero bad years, in case you were wondering exactly what anniversary it was). I happened to be in town that day and also happened to have no children with me (a rare occasion indeed).
After an appointment and some errands (including the grocery store), I grabbed a carton of ice cream that was on sale and made a surprise visit to my husband’s office. I brought up not only the ice cream, but some cold cereal and milk. We had a fancy anniversary brunch of Life cereal followed by ice cream.
I was going to leave it at that, but as I’m typing this up, I’m realizing that this was actually quite fitting for our anniversary. Let me tell you why. After we were married, we spent our first night in a fancy hotel (because his aunt told him that it couldn’t be just any hotel).
Being two frugal college students, we were astounded at the price of breakfast at the hotel. Honestly I don’t even remember how much it was, but neither one of us would consider spending that much.
So what did we do? We ventured out for our first shopping trip as a married couple. We bought cereal, milk, two bowls and some plastic spoons. Cold cereal was our newlywed breakfast!
And we’re still living happily (and frugally) ever after.
That sums up the memorable parts of our frugal life this week. I can’t wait to hear about your frugal adventures!
It’s your turn!
- What were your frugal successes and failures?
- Any funny frugal moments?
- What are your favorite frugal birthday hacks?
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