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Frugal Friday blog post
On Fridays I post how my family is trying live more frugally and sustainably.
Lunchtime has become an integral part of my evening and morning, with a husband and two kids now taking lunches with them each weekday. To make lunches frugal, I pack everything myself, which means sandwiches or leftovers with chips or crackers, fruit, a vegetable, and a treat (homemade cookies are the current favorite). Both of the kids have their own water bottles to take with them.
To keep lunches even more frugal and sustainable, I have reusable containers for Buggie and my husband and my favorite paper snack bags from If You Care for The Boy. Buggie has been using the same lunchbox since kindergarten and The Boy got one with his first-ever backpack. My husband has been using bags that came with the kids meals from Subway—which are actually pretty clever and handy to have around since he tends to forget them at work, so I have a handful around to use.
Other frugal doings this week:
Buggie’s long pants, which I purchased at my favorite thrift shop a couple months ago, are too long, so I’m hemming them.
I made homemade ranch-style beans this weekend and have since used them in a recipe that called for the canned version. They turned out so tasty and are great on their own.
I also made a breakfast casserole to feed a large gathering of board gamers this past Sunday. The leftover beans and casserole have kept me in lunches most of the week.
I baked a batch of cookies.
My husband continues to make his own coffee before leaving for work and makes a little extra so I have some when I get up.
I made my own t-shirt to wear for the day-long board game event on Sunday. I used a white tee I already owned and iron-on transfer paper that was a gift from a friend last year. She had gotten it from a storage shed auction sale her husband attended. I love my new shirt.
The kids begged me for pizza the other night, so we picked up a take-n-bake rather than opting for delivery. I know homemade would have been more frugal, but that would have meant a trip to the grocery store with tired, cranky kids, so I opted for the lesser of two evils.
The few other times this week when I've been tempted to eat out, I've remembered something I had at home to make instead.
I've been crocheting quite a bit lately. Some of my completed projects will no doubt become holiday gifts.
I've been taking my reusable mesh bags along with my reusable grocery bags when I go shopping. I love having no plastic bags to dispose of after my bi-monthly shopping trips.
I've also continued using jars to store snacks and other staples in. The family loves the ‘snack bar.’ The next step is to buy more of these items in bulk so I can continue to reduce waste, especially plastics, as much as I can. I think every little step helps.