Jul. 31st, 2016

thethriftyhausfrau: (woman at cafe table)
It's been five months since I went back to work and the better part of a month since my job status was changed to full-time, although I'm still without benefits, which is a story for another day.

Despite losing most of the free time in a week to Ze Job, I've been frugaling as much as possible. Some stuff has slipped away: I ordered canned food for the dogs again instead of making allergy-free food for them because there's barely enough time to cook for the humans. I also threw up my hands last weekend in despair because the kitchen was as hot as Vulcan's forge and preparing lunches for the week was out of the question. After a week of pricey frozen meals for lunch, I did get myself together this weekend and create a chicken chili and tacos for the freezer out of leftovers and other yummy odds and ends.

The chicken chili made almost entirely out of frozen leftovers: the frozen leg quarter from a rotisserie chicken*, frozen sliced red onion, sliced ginger, celery, green pepper, and about a cup of frozen quinoa leftover from another meal. All the frozen stuff went into a saucepan with a little olive oil, a sprinkle of seasoned salt and a dribble of water. As everything was thawing and melding, I added half a can of semi-drained red kidney beans. The rest of the beans were bagged up and put in the freezer with the remainder of the frozen chicken and quinoa.

It was awesome. There are no photos, dear readers, because I ate a serving for supper and packaged the rest up for this week's lunches.

*Because my husband and I don't eat a lot of meat at one sitting, one $4.99 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store makes about eight servings for us. We eat well for a couple or three days and then put the rest in the freezer. Yum.
thethriftyhausfrau: (clean my kitchen)
1. Packed my work lunch and cold drinks from home every day but one, in which there was a tiny splurge when I took a friend out to lunch.

2. Wore every day some cute thrifted item. Right now I have 20 summer shirts that all came from the thrift shop, at a cost of $1 to $3 each, so chances are good I'll wear at least one and often two or more (shoes, dresses, handbag) super-frugal thrifted items.

3. Cut my son's hair, thus saving him $15 at the cheap salon. He has super-thick, super-curly hair, and I'm one of the few people who can cut it to suit him.

4. When plantar fasciitis reared its ugly head again and began making my heels hurt, I bought a pair of men's Dr. Scholl's spongey insoles and cut out several sets of heel pads. Bonus points for buying the insoles with a coupon and buying the men's version because it's bigger for the same price.

5. Used a GoodRx card at the pharmacy for dog and cat medication. One of our dogs has arthritis and sometimes needs Tramadol for the pain when she's having a flare-up. Our vet wrote a prescription for it to be filled at the pharmacy and I used our GoodRX discount card to save about half off her prescription. Same for our ancient cat, who was prescribed Gabapentin, a people drug.

6. Did a dozen little frugal things every day: turn bottles upside down to get out the last of the lotion, dish detergent, toothpaste, catsup, whatever; keep the lights off in rooms not in use; deliberately drive under the speed limit and with a light foot on the brake for better gas mileage; wash all the laundry in cold water and on delicate -- we don't work in a coal mine, so the short delicate wash gets our clothes clean; hung laundry on the drying rack to dry overnight; and on and on. The key to frugality is persistence. You have to keep on keeping on until it becomes second nature.

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