I honestly cannot believe that it’s Friday….again. Seriously, where does the time go? I feel like I was just depressed about the onset of Monday 5 minutes ago and now it’s already time for the weekend! Anyway. On Monday, I invited all of my readers to participate in Operation Frugality: Save Money by Eating Old Food. And as promised, I’m ready to report how I did and check to see if everyone stuck with the program! Here’s how we did:
We totally demolished a few of our misfit foods:
- Amish Noodles- Gone.
- Generic Mac-n-cheese- Gone.
- Success Rice. Gone. Kind’ve.
- Trader Joe’s Bean Soup- In my belly.
The only misfit foods that we’re left with is a giant jar of northern beans. Oh, and the damn Kashi pizza. Fortunately, I have a plan for the MOST DISGUSTING PIZZA ON EARTH. My super secret plan is to disguise it with extra cheese and toppings and pass it off as Greg’s dinner….tonight. He working late so he’ll be tired…and hungry. And, he should be happy that I made him anything at all. DAMNIT. Hopefully, he’ll wolf it down before he realizes that it tastes like the box it came in. Fingers crossed! As far as our other surplus food goes, I ate several Boca burgers and we had spaghetti for dinner one night this week. So, we’re on our way!
This Week’s Frugal Moves
Even though we’re on FALL FINANCIAL LOCKDOWN, we had a few small failures this week. First of all, I broke my one and only pair of sunglasses on Sunday by sitting my fat ass on them. I don’t have any others so I absolutely had to buy a new pair. Fortunately, I was able to find a pair I liked at CVS for $15. I’m also disappointed to report that I accidentally paid a $6 water and sewer bill for one of our rental properties into the wrong category on online billpay. So, I ended up with a $6 late fee. Totally preventable, totally my fault, but those kinds of things just happen from time to time, am I right? Anyway, here are the frugal moves that I made this week:
Frugal Move #1
I have decided that I’m not going to go see Pearl Jam after all. I know, I know, I suck. But, let me explain! Decent tickets for the Pittsburgh concert were going to run at least $150 each. Then I added on a hotel, parking, a possible taxi ride to and from the concert venue, food, and gas for the ten hour round trip car ride. Of course, I could totally splurge and indulge my selfish Pearl Jam concert desires, but that wouldn’t be a frugal move. So, instead of seeing what would probably be the best concert on Earth, we’re going to turn the lights down low, have a few cocktails, and watch the awesome Pearl Jam documentary, Twenty. Ever seen it? If you haven’t, you totally should.
Frugal Move #2
I signed up for the Drivewise program with Allstate Auto Insurance after finding out that I could save up to 30 percent. All I had to do was hook this little thingamajig into my car that keeps track of things like my speed, driving habits, and time of day and night that I drive. As long as I don’t drive in the middle of the night, drive over 80 m.p.h. or slam on my breaks all the time, they will give me 30 percent off of my insurance premiums. Since I work from home and rarely drive, I thought that this was the perfect program for my adorable periwinkle minivan. Of course, the downside is that I had to give up some privacy in order to sign up.
Frugal Move #3
I only went to the grocery store once this week….and only to get milk and bread! Other than that, we’ve been feasting on all of the food that we’ve been staring at for what seems like forever. We’re making some serious progress on our pantry, fridge, and freezer, and I love the fact that we’re eating all of it up. My kids, on the other hand, aren’t very happy about it….which I think it HIL.AR.I.OUS because that’s life, folks. That’s life.
What were your frugal moves this week? And, how did you do on the challenge? Did you create any unfortunate concoctions with your random misfit food items? Please make a full report in the comments below!