Thursday, February 7, 2019

thrifty thursday #12


  • I've cleared out several more pieces in my Poshmark and Mercari shops. They're older items so I'm not making a fortune, but I'm happy to replace them with new things. I've now trained Kyle to save all packaging from things we receive, so I'm using up boxes and mailers!
  • On a trip to Food Lion (which cost me nothing thanks to the giftcard we received for Christmas), I made 25¢ via ibotta on an any item rebate.
  • I put the last $3.49 of a Visa gift card I'd received toward a medical bill. It keeps that card from sitting unused and potentially losing that balance!
  • I picked up a bone in, fully cooked, hickory smoked ham from Food Lion on markdown for only $5.08 for almost 7 pounds. I don't eat ham, but I heated it last night, portioned it out, and froze three bags and the bone for the future and left one bag in the fridge for Kyle's lunches.
  • Before I left for work one day I started a pound of black beans in the slow cooker. They'll be ready by the time I get home and I'll portion them into some freezer bags and use them up. I even got them on markdown for about a dollar a bag.
  • In another Food Lion trip, I earned $2.35 via ibotta.
  • I cancelled a couple channels on Amazon Video so I'll save $10 a month. I mean, do we really need Boomerang? Haha.
How have you saved or made money this week?


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Friday, February 1, 2019

no food waste friday


  • We've been making hodge podge dinners from leftovers we've acquired from various family dinners. I love leftovers and they're really stretching our grocery budget.
  • I just finished up some broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet peppers I'd had for a while. I scored two large OXO GreenSavers at the thrift shop for $3.99 each and after a run through the dishwasher and new carbon packs, I've been saving vegetables and keeping them fresh for sooooo long in these things. I highly recommend them.
  • I chopped up said sweet peppers and froze a few for future recipes.
  • Kyle had let some bananas brown on the counter so I stuck them in a bag in the freezer for future banana bread.
  • I've started saving vegetable scraps so I can make my own vegetable stock.
  • We almost lost a pound of ground turkey because I waited longer than usual to use it while it was thawing in the fridge, but I whipped up a slow cooker full of chili and used it up just in time.
  • Kyle brought home some peaches from his trip to Florida and I brought some to the office and I'm going to freeze the rest.
  • When I made a pot of beans in the slow cooker I saved the excess bean water and I'm going to use it to flavor soups.
Food Waste Fails
  • I poured out a small carton of heavy cream that I didn't use in time.
How have you saved on food waste?

Monday, January 28, 2019

the start of homemade vegetable stock

Here's my little bin I keep in the freezer door for vegetable scraps that I'm going to use to make my own stock! I have some leftover celery from our housewarming, an almost off carrot that was going to be tossed, and some green onions. Since we don't eat onions or carrots, it was a great score from my meal prep job so they weren't tossed (everything is fresh there) and I didn't have to spend money on them. I believe I'm going to try this slow cooker version of making it, but I've been following this list of what vegetable scraps are acceptable. It's pretty easy to save for it and I can't wait to have enough to make my own stock.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

thrifty thursday #11


  • I received 9¢ back via ibotta last month for buying an eBook copy of Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I highly recommend it (though it is much darker than the movie)!
  • The new year has brought some new decluttering habits, including my inbox. I've been deleting emails and unsubscribing from email mailing lists, saving myself from tempting sales.
  • I was just looking at phone stands for my desk at work and then the next day a company rep came in with some! Saved me $7.
  • Another item sold via swap.com so I'm just waiting for enough to cash out. I wish they'd reopen inbound shipments!
  • During the snowy weekend I chopped up some sweet peppers and froze them for another day, along with three bananas that Kyle had let brown on the counter.
  • I picked up a second job working one day a week at a local meal prep company. It's laborious, but easy work prepping and since they only cook once a week, we all get to take our pick of the extras from the day. I brought home some chicken breast, a whole bag of turkey meatballs, some kale slaw, and grape tomatoes. These will definitely help us pad out the grocery budget for the week.
How have you saved or made some money this week?