Tuesday, December 31, 2019

things i decluttered in november/december

I'm still decluttering! Here's what I got rid of in November and December:

  • A large bag of clothing, accessories, and two wax warmers to the thrift shop at work
  • A couple articles of clothing and accessories via my Poshmark shop
  • I sold a necklace display on the FB Marketplace for $10 and they picked it up
  • Some bars of soap Kyle gathered in his travels, to my best friends and some coworkers who will use them
  • All of the Christmas gifts we purchased for loved ones! I had them in a bin in my closet and I'm happy to have given them and reclaimed that space. :)
  • I gathered up a large stack of home, garden, and cooking magazines to take with me to my mom's
  • Out of that same stack, I'll be passing along Time and Smithsonian magazines to Kyle's brother
  • A large number of clippings and rooted plants as gifts to my mother, and a large Monstera separation to my niece
  • Our old printer (we got a new one for Christmas!) and an electric razor that no longer worked;  to Best Buy to be recycled
  • A friend at work and I had discussed castor oil for hair growth, so I filled up an extra dropper bottle and brought some to her
  • Several skincare and body products, used up and recycled
Throughout the new year I fully intend to declutter and downsize as much as possible. How are you tackling your clutter?


Friday, December 13, 2019

no food waste friday

  • At my previous meal prep job, whoever drained the tuna or salmon saves the water/oil for me from the several cans and I pour it over the pups' food as a little treat.
  • When I chopped broccoli at the kitchen, I save the little pieces that fall off onto the cutting board and add them to salads and pasta sauce.
  • We went through our (tiny) pantry and I pulled out everything close to the date and put it in a bin on the counter to use up so it didn't go to waste.

  • I had a zucchini left in the veggie bowl, so I sauteed it in some water mixed with taco seasoning when we made tacos and then chopped it up. It wasn't bad! I'd make it again!
  • We had a single grilled chicken breast and a single slice of flank steak left in the fridge so I sliced them thinly, sauteed it for a few minutes in water and taco seasoning and we made tacos again. (Can you see a pattern? Our go to dinner is tacos, haha.)
  • I pack odds and ends in Kyle's lunches so nothing goes to waste.
  • At my job I worked a few Christmas parties and we were able to bring home some of the catered leftovers. I brought home half a tray of green beans and a large container of slices turkey and mashed potatoes. I'll eat the potatoes, but I'll pack some green beans and turkey in Kyle's lunch.
How have you saved food waste lately? :)


Thursday, December 5, 2019

thrifty thursday #19

  • Kroger mailed out their quarterly (I think?) coupons and we received coupons for a free bag of Tostitos and a free jar of store brand pasta sauce. Always great to get those!
  • I earned $1.20 back from ibotta from a visit to Kroger.
  • I started a new job and gained so many more benefits. Getting two full meals a day is just one of the fringe benefits, but health, dental, vision, and life insurance for very little out of pocket is even better!
  • My commute went from 36 miles one way to 6.2 miles one way. I drive less miles round trip than I did on the trip just to work previously.
  • I sold a spare piece of furniture we had put in our storage unit and made $50.
  • The man in front of me at Food Lion didn't have an MVP card so I put my phone number in. It saved him money and I inadvertently got $1.25 via ibotta.
  • I got a great deal on Ulta's foaming hand soaps a while back and I just refill them with water until they don't suds anymore.
  • There's a uniform at my job so I personalize with earrings and hair accessories. I bought a 12 pair set of earrings at Michael's for $3.49 after a 50% off coupon!

  • Verizon yielded me a free year of Disney+! The Mandalorian is really good so far!
  • I hang dry my work clothes and they air dry overnight, saving from running the dryer.
  • The dog food brand we use isn't easily found locally in a 40lbs bag. Locally, a 28lbs bag of this food is $31.99 while a 40lbs bag of this food is available on Amazon for $36.99 AND they'll bring it up the steps upon delivery. It's pretty obvious that I buy the forty pounds online for the better deal.
  • I made a quick $10 by selling a necklace display via the FB Marketplace
How have you been thrifty this week?