This week I was very intentional about not going anywhere I didn't have to. I actually only left my home one time this week. YES.....FOR REAL! I saved on gas that is for sure. But I also saved on spending money on things not necessary. I have NOT gained that control of not putting things in my cart because it seems like a good deal. *Smiles*
I literally made do with what was in our pantry which wasn't much but we ate and we ate good. I got creative and watched how to do a homemade pizza and I made from scratch pancakes. I know some of you probably think that is no biggie but I purchase prepackaged things so this was a BIG deal for us. I didn't have tomato sauce but I had BBQ so I made a BBQ Cheese Pizza. It was a hit and so good.
I also refilled my air freshener plug in's with essential oils instead. There is a nice scent of peppermint in my kitchen. It is VERY light but it gives it a clean smell.
Several years ago my husband bought dog groomer clippers to learn how to groom our Maltipoo and he never did and so I always had her groomed a couple times a year. But it is $40 a pop. She was in need of grooming and I decided to watch a you tube video on how to groom a Malitpoo. I took notes and everything. Then I went to work and she is fresh, clean, and she turned out pretty good for my first time shaving her. She had lots of knots so I had to really shave her short. But now I am putting it on our calendar to groom her often to keep that from happening.
I am reusing condiment jars for future pantry storage. Usually I throw these away......*GASP*! I got a free online class about growing tomatoes. I am looking forward to taking that. I also got a HUGE jar of honey from a church friend with some Lavender Essential Oil as well as Magneisum Spray for some health boosters.
Plans for NEXT WEEK.....
1. Make a menu and list.
2. Shop for that list.
3. Set up my free online bill pay through my bank.
4. Plan a Pantry Stocking Master List.
5. Buy $20 (Pantry Items) I am allowing myself $10 weekly for stocking and so I will do this at once.
6. Aim to only go to the store no more than TWICE during our biweekly pay period.
7. Continue to research, read, and learn thrifty living.
8. Practice Scratch Cooking Daily!
I know this seems long. But most of this can all be done in a day or two. Especially Number 1, 2, 5.
Share any tips you have or things you have done to save some money or learn some thriftiness. Also....always share blessings. This past week we got a random $50 check from a friend. That my friend will stock my pantry building list.
Blessings and Happy New Year!!!!