Friday, July 13, 2018

no food waste friday

No Food Waste Friday is going to be a list of ways I managed to help eliminate food waste in my life. I try my best not to throw anything away that could safely be eaten. Here we go!
  • There was half a can of pinto beans hanging around in the fridge, so I added a couple spoonfuls to a rice mix that was doing its part of hanging around the cabinet.
  • My boss sent me home with a tray of lasagna that was an extra and though it has dairy in it, I'd rather see it eaten than thrown away.
  • A broccoli crown I had forgotten about in the crisper drawer had turned a little rubbery, but I sheared off the little green nubs and tossed them in Italian dressing along with some diced tomatoes.
  • I talked myself into using up the last of a jar of salsa (that I accidentally bought at too high a spice level for casual eating) and the last few tortilla chips. Then I found another half-eaten jar of extra mild salsa that I could've cut it with. Sigh.
  • There was some leftover cooked pasta from when I made goulash, so I threw together a little pasta salad with italian dressing and spices for a quick snack.
Food Waste Fails
  • Sadly I let a pair of nectarines sit on the counter too long and they became shrivelled and one developed a mold spot. They were tossed.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

thrifty thursday #2

  • Though not specifically frugal, I refused the 'I Voted' sticker at my polling place to save the waste of the sticker. Yay, environment! In addition, are you registered to vote? (Don't worry, we won't get political on this blog.)
  • I earned cash back with the Dosh app when I got gas at a local station; only 79¢ back in one visit and 30¢ in the next, but that's more than zero cents.
  • While it's not much, I have $4.80 waiting for the next payout on from selling another item.
  • Friday Kyle sent the office two pizzas from a local place, which was so incredibly sweet. They were enough to feed all of us and I even took some home.
  • Then Friday evening we had a garden party at the office to celebrate a local gardening club's amazing work on our planter boxes. The food was amazing and I was sent home with a package of delicious lemon poppyseed scones.
  • I'd been receiving Under Armour's Armour Box, but I cancelled it this month because it really wasn't in the budget and it was a hassle to unpack, repack, and ship the products back each month.
  • Made several more sales on Mercari & Poshmark. The return won't be much, but with only a few months left until moving time, I'm just happy to see the items go. I've started creating lots of items and offering deep discounts.

Frugal Fails
  • I received a ticket for dead tags a while back and went to court for it. Luckily the ticket was dismissed, but I did have to pay court costs. Always go try to get out of a ticket!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

frugal recipe // goulash

My version of goulash is slightly different than the traditional "soup" way. Growing up, I loved pasta. As an adult, I still love pasta (much to Kyle's chagrin). When I was little, my mom would make her version of goulash and it was an extremely cost-effective and delicious meal. We had plenty for dinner and so many leftovers! This is how I make it now, which isn't that far off from my mom's version. It's definitely one of those feel-good nostalgic meals.

This recipe is so simple.


One pound elbow noodles
One half pound ground meat or meat replacement; I like Gardein's Ultimate Beefless Ground
One jar of pasta sauce
Desired spices; I use nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, and black pepper

Brown the meat/meat replacement in a pan with spices, drain.
Cook the pasta to desired tenderness, then drain.
In a large bowl, combine the meat/meat replacement, pasta, and sauce.
Serve and top with your choice of cheeses, breadcrumbs, etc.

You're done! It makes a ton of food and if you play your cards right, you can make this for under $5.00 for the entire batch.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

cheap fashion finds // under $10

While perusing my local Walmart last week I found two adorable pieces that I had to add to my collection. I seem to lack black sandals, so when I saw these Time and Tru Bow Slide Sandals for $6.97, they found their way into my cart along with the little druzy necklace for $2.88.

Grand total? $9.85 before tax.