Sometimes being frugal is hard. Sometimes it’s easy, but either way, the feeling of accomplishment is there. Whether it’s scoring a great deal at the store, avoiding a tempting purchase, or finding a creative hack to save big bucks, it’s fun to celebrate.
Not everyone “gets” this frugality thing. Sometimes celebrating a frugal feat or admitting to a frugal disaster begs a special audience, people who get it. Well, friends this is it. On Fridays I’m open with our real life, real time frugality. It’s kind of a fun semi-structured way to open up.
I love reading your frugal adventures too, so keep them coming in the comments. I love reading them and definitely read them all, even though I’m sometimes slow to respond.
With Halloween, Monday felt like a weekend, so Friday really snuck up on me! It dawned on me Thursday night as I was reading the kids a bedtime story (definitely their choice, not mine), that I needed to mentally collect and write up this week’s frugal feats, flops, and funnies. Here goes!
Did you know that I love to sew!? I love to create new things, whether it’s sewing from a pattern or from my imagination, with fabric I purchase or fabric I creatively get for free.
Sometimes sewing saves money and sometimes it doesn’t. But that’s okay. My main reason for doing it is to be creative and make unique one-of-a-kind creations for my family.
For someone who love to sew, I have quite a pile of clothes that need mending. While I enjoy sewing, I hate mending. How un-frugal is that?
Just ask my mom. Whenever she comes to visit and asks if there is anything she can do, I direct her to my mending pile. My mom is an excellent seamstress who doesn’t hate mending like I do. In fact, she kind of likes it because you get lots of quick wins.
Unfortunately my mom lives 2,000 miles away, so sometimes I have to face my own mending pile. Serious stuff, I know. That’s what we call “adulting”.
When it comes to the kids’ clothes in my mending pile, they’re usually out-grown before I get around to mending them. I guess they don’t miss them enough to complain about them.
My husband’s clothes are a different story. He doesn’t change sizes, he does miss his clothes when they’re out of commission, and his work clothes are expensive. Still I avoid mending like the plague.
I think my husband must keep more than the recommended allowance of things in his pockets (wallet, phone, keys, pens, etc.) because several of his suit pants are tearing at the side seam just at the bottom of the pocket. It only happens in his suit pants because the fabric is so much more delicate.
This week he asked me if I would mend his suit pants as an early Christmas present. He was really afraid that if they weren’t mended soon, they would tear beyond the point of repair. Well, suit pants aren’t cheap (and my husband is sweet and very un-demanding), so my frugal-self sat down and mended suit pants. And didn’t even complain.
That, my friends, is a frugal feat!
Other frugal feats this week include:
- Finding Chex at the store on sale for $2.50 with $1 off coupons stuck to them. Plus there is $.25 cash back coupon on Ibotta for any brand of cereal. I was super excited to make some “puppy chow” or “muddy buddies” (or whatever you call the snack mix you make with chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar and Chex cereal.
- Resisting the urge to go to the store the day after Halloween to buy clearance candy. It’s time like this that it is good to be far away from any stores, because when it comes to me and chocolate, the struggle is real!
- (See Frugal Funny)
If you read my monthly budget reports in their entirety (kudos to you, those puppies are long), you would have noticed that in October I bought all of the ingredients to make homemade laundry detergent. It’s not hard to do, but I just haven’t done it yet.
But if you’ve got kids, you know that the laundry does not wait, slow down, or ever stop. Not even when you don’t have time (ahem… are too lazy) to mix up a batch of laundry detergent.
Well since I didn’t want to surrender to the ever-growing laundry pile, I started using the laundry detergent I use for the cloth diapers. It’s name brand and much more expensive than my homemade formula. Well, the laundry kept coming, and I kept on using it. And yesterday I polished it off.
Yep. The whole thing. “Well, we’re potty training anyway,” I told myself.
On the bright side, I resisted the urge to just buy laundry detergent when I was in town today, knowing that I had all the ingredients waiting for me at home.
Now that I am completely out of laundry detergent of any kind of laundry detergent, it looks like I’ll be whipping some up tomorrow.
Because, well, we’re potty training, if you know what I mean.
I get pretty fanatical about Halloween costumes. I like to sew and be creative, remember? I love, love, love making family-themed costumes. But this year I let go and did not make a single new costume. Not one. I got the costumes out and let the kids choose.
My seven-year-old thought it would be an excellent idea to wear the penguin costume that I made for my 5-year-old back when he was 2. He didn’t care that the bottom of the penguin belly hit his waist instead of his ankles. He was determined to wear it, so I let him wear it to school.
When I picked him up from school, he was so over the penguin costume. I held my tongue and didn’t say “I told you so” at all.
After school we had about an hour before we went to a Halloween party and trick-or-treating to throw together a costume. He pulled together a pirate costume that he was happy with.
Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of the penguin. Trust me though, it was pretty funny. Here it is on my two-year-old three years ago though, so you can use your imagination for what it would look like on a second-grader!
It’s your turn!
- What were your frugal successes and failures?
- Any funny frugal moments?