What frugal things did you do today?
I’m sure you did – you might not even realize you are being frugal – you’re just doing what you normally do.
Here are 10 frugal things that I did today:
1. Stayed home
Staying home prevented me from going out and buying things. Of course, I must admit, the only reason I didn’t go out this morning was that the paperboy had not yet delivered my flyers and I need them to price match! So I will shop tomorrow instead.
2. Ran a full dishwasher in the evening
The worst time you can run your dishwasher is during the day. The best time of day to do so is from 7 pm to 9 am (off-peak energy hours).
3. Made dinner at home
Making dinner at home saves us tons of cash. I can’t imagine how much money we would spend every month if we went out to dinner every night.
4. Sent away for mail-in rebates
Mail-In rebates allow my family to use and enjoy products that we might not purchase if there wasn’t a rebate offered. Using these rebates saves us money on our grocery bills.
5. Kept the lights off during the day
This has been difficult because lately, it has been really dark outside and I’ve needed the lights to be on, but today it was as sunny as could be – so I opened all of the blinds and let the sunshine in and light up our house.
6. Kept the air conditioning and heat turned off
The weather has been pretty decent the last few days, so we have not needed to turn on the air conditioning or the heat.
7. No TV all-day
We have been trying to limit our TV time to 2 hours per day (at night). I can’t believe how much I get done around the house when the TV is not turned on.
8. Did some coupon trades
I can’t wait to receive all of the coupons I traded for. I will get many FREE or cheap things with them!
9. Made our menu plan for the week
Meal planning saves us so much money. If you don’t already use a weekly (or monthly) meal plan – please consider it. It will not only save you money but time as well.
10. Unplugged appliances that weren’t in use
I’m still working on remembering to turn off the power strip for the TV and the power strips for our computers, but I’m pretty good with everything else. Microwave, blender, toaster, kettle – they’re all unplugged and stay that way until we need to use them.