Friday, September 20, 2019

low waste travel silverware

Kyle, my fiance, lives in hotels for six months out of the year. We went through one and a half baseball seasons before I had the idea to get him his own reusable silverware in a little pouch so he didn't repeatedly waste plastic utensils. I bought the pouch for 99¢ and the three piece of silverware for 30¢, all at the thrift shop. A run through the washing machine and dishwasher and he had a like new set of reusable dinnerware that could be easily transported! He bought the small bottle of dish detergent so he could wash it himself (I'm still working on getting him over to cruelty free products), but I'm proud that he was receptive to this and took to it easily. He hand washes them while on the road, but I run them through the dishwasher in the offseason and store them until spring. I plan to refill the little bottle of detergent with our stock at home, so that eliminates a little more waste for a while.

Let me know your ways of saving waste in the comments!


Friday, September 13, 2019

frugal recipes // diy vegetable stock

A while back I started collecting vegetable scraps for homemade vegetable stock. I finally got around to throwing them into the slow cooker and was rewarded with a lot of stock!

Here's what I saved:
onion skins
carrot ends
green onion pieces

I saved the scraps in an old Zoup plastic soup container in the freezer and popped the contents in the slow cooker with water. I cooked it on high for four hours, strained out the veggies, and poured it into jars once it cooled. I didn't add salt because Kyle has high blood pressure and we can easily salt the dishes in which we add the broth. I realize this recipe isn't exactly a recipe, but it saved me a bit on store-bought, sodium-laden stock!

How do you make your homemade stocks?


Thursday, September 5, 2019

thrifty thursday #18

  • I received some Kroger coupons in the mail for free items and I'm going to carefully plan a shopping trip to maximize the other coupons that came with them.
  • We canceled our Playstation Vue a while back to cut spending but I've been enjoying the free Pluto TV service just as much. There's a whole old school NickToons channel!
  • I finally got my library card and I'm so excited! Since I got the card, I've canceled my Kindle Unlimited membership in favor of the (free) Libby App.
  • I've since tried out those reusable Swiffer pads and they are fantastic! You can order them here. Thirteen dollars for two versus twenty dollars a box continuously? Win!
  • All I could think about was an Impossible Whopper from Burger King one day, but I refrained from ordering one. They are so good though.
  • I claimed a $3 Amazon credit from Verizon Up Rewards and used it toward Dymo labels that were at a steep discount this week. I ended up paying $3.30 for each roll of 220 labels.
  • Kyle came home for a day so I moved the thermostat down to 71°, but when he left to finish the season I bumped it back up to 75°.
  • For lunch one day I ate a portion of soup I'd frozen a couple months ago. Still delicious!
  • In September, Prime users could choose two books for free via First Reads! I chose Drowning with Others by Linda Keir and The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy.
  • I sold a plant with pot and decluttered and made ten dollars in the process.
How have you been thrifty lately?


Thursday, August 15, 2019

thrifty thursday #17

  • I sent off a large box of recycling to Terracycle using their free shipping label and a recycled Amazon box.
  • The orders I received on Poshmark were all mailed off in recycled packaging that I'd received items in.
  • I cancelled my Hulu account.
  • Recently I found an older hair dryer in a storage box. I really liked it, but it had started to spark occasionally and wasn't safe as a back up. So I took it to Best Buy and recycled it.
  • One night I really wanted Taco Bell for dinner but I knew I had everything I needed for lentil tacos at home. So I drove past the exit and made tacos at home for dinner!
  • More sales have come in on Poshmark and Mercari! It's not much, but it helps.
  • I checked my email for a Hallmark coupon as I wanted to go get a thank you card for my best friends who dog and house sat for me while I was gone and discovered a BOGO free coupon!
  • I redeemed some points via Mapco Rewards and saved a combined 22¢ off per gallon of gas.
  • There's still time to get your free e-book from Amazon First Reads! I snagged Here to Stay by Mark Edwards.
  • It was time to order more Swiffer pads but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Instead, I ordered two reusable pads from Etsy. No more waste and extra expense there!
Send me your thrifty posts!