Every Day

My List of How I Think About Frugal Things

I think about how to do frugal things as I go along with my day. These are some of the things I do as a result of that.

  • I woke up at 4:30am which is very normal for me. The heat in the house is at 62 degrees. I did wrap a throw around me.
  • Then I got up and made my coffee using cheap on sale coffee that I purchased over 6 months ago. I add Irish Creme Syrup and heavy cream. The Irish Creme I purchase a case at a time when Skinny Syrups has a great sale or a coupon. I use a reusable cup in my Keurig.
  • I turn on the lights above the counters in the kitchen because they are the cheapest to run.
  • When it becomes daylight out, I turn the lights off.
  • If the sun is shining, I open the energy saving shades on the windows that have the sun on them. I follow the sun around our home and close and open as needed.
  • Next I deposited two checks into our savings that came in the mail yesterday. The more interest we earn on that money the better.
  • Then I sat and enjoyed my coffee and worked on my blog posts.
  • The heat which is on a timer comes up to 68 degrees at 8pm and stays there until it goes back down to 62 at 10:00pm.
  • Next I changed the sheets and made our bed. I will not wash them until my son leaves and I can do his bed and the bed that West slept in. Those will give me a full load.
  • I closed the door to our master bathroom to contain the heat so I can shower. I take a navy shower and I want to stay warm while I do it.
  • I use watered down shampoo and body wash. I don’t use conditioner.
  • My hair is short. I do not blow dry it unless I am going out somewhere.
  • I squeegee the shower so that I can lower the time that I use the vent that exhausts the moisture out of our bathroom. We also have a window in that room so that helps in the nice weather.
  • Next I cooked scrambled eggs in the microwave. It is 80% more energy efficient to cook them in there than in a skillet on my gas stove. I just put 2 eggs and some grated cheese in a coffee mug(butter it first) and heat and stir in 15 minute increments until it is to my liking. If you don’t do this, the eggs will be rubbery and no one wants rubbery eggs.
  • Then it was time to make my homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It was so easy to just pulse the cranberries, orange zest and orange sections from one orange, monkfruit sweetener, and cinnamon in my Vitamix. It is now in the fridge waiting to be served tomorrow.
  • I made an apple pie for Thanksgiving. I did not want to heat up my big gas oven to cook one pie. So I baked it in my toaster oven.
  • Then Hubby and I watched the FBI’s that were on last night while enjoying a serving of Keto Blueberry Dump Cake that I made yesterday.
  • We use a lot of canned diced tomatoes. I can tomatoes but my garden is small so I need to buy more. Since tomatoes are one of the ten items that are going to be in short supply soon, I ordered 2 cases of diced from Sam’s Club. Because of the snow storm, all of our mail and orders have been delayed. Finally the tomatoes arrived today. Sam’s Club had the best price of all of my local and online options.
  • We are having easy cheeseburgers for dinner tonight. I will make my son some mac and cheese to go with it. We just eat our hamburgers with lots of toppings like sauteed onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and lettuce. BTW, today is Wednesday.
  • I will run the dishwasher after dinner tonight with a full load. I use the energy saving cycle.
  • Yesterday, I roasted the turkey in the big oven but used the convection so that it would use 25% less natural gas. It came out with crispy skin and moist meat.
  • Last night I took all of the meat off the turkey. Then I put all of the skin and bones into the crockpot and cooked it overnight. I got a gallon of nice rich turkey bone broth for soups and other dishes.
  • My son left today( Friday) and I will miss him. But he and Alexa will be back to visit for a few days after Christmas. But anyhow my son is as observant for a deal as I am. He got a free turkey at B.J.’s because he shops there for a lot of his meat and other groceries. I think you had to spend $150. to get it. Also he filled up his gas tank at the station near him in the Eastern part of NY when he came out. The price he paid was $ 3.89 a gallon which was the average in his area. He noticed on his way out that the truck stop about 30 minutes from here was $ 3.35 a gallon. So on his way home this morning, he filled his car up at that price. That is a $.54 per gallon savings. I just wish that this station wasn’t so far from my home. It is not worth it for me to drive there. But the next time we go visit him, we will check out the prices before we leave.

    9 replies on “My List of How I Think About Frugal Things”

    Hi Precious. Good post, I found it helpful to see how you incorporate your frugalness in everyday things. We had a nice Thanksgiving. Hubby did a great job on the turkey and ham. He has a notebook with his grilling/smoker notes so kept a timeline of what he did and when so we will have it to reference next year. We brought home leftovers from daughter’s house and invited a couple of our close friends over tomorrow to eat them with us. They like them also. Haven’t had a chance to pick the carcasses, make broth or freeze the leftover meat yet but we will do tomorrow or Sunday.

    We had the little girls today and had fun, it was nice after lunch so we were able to play outside with some of the neighbor kids. After nap, we took them to the local candy store to pick out some things for a treat. We took them back to their house after and came home to start putting together the outside Christmas lights. I will send you a picture when we get done.

    Tomorrow is the big OSU/Michigan game that we will watch and hubby also is planning to do a brake job on my van. He said the prices for the brake shoes and rotors have gone up, but it is still cheaper than having someone do them. I am thankful he is still willing to do them. He has saved us so much money through the years on car maintenance and repairs.

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks. I am happy that you had a nice Thanksgiving. I love that Hubby kept a timeline. He is so organized.

    I am glad also that you had a good day with the grandkids! I can’t wait to see the picture.

    My son said the prices had gone way up on the brakes and rotors when he was here. He does his own work too. Hubby always did all of our car work too until his back would no longer let him.

    You cook scrambled eggs in the microwave in 15 minute intervals? Really? That long? I just scramble them in a coffee mug like you but I put it in the microbe for only 90 seconds…and they’re done!
    My day is so much like yours. Frugalistas unite!

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