Welcome to week 3 of Frugally Fit! Do you feel like you are saving money yet? Maybe not, that's ok, it's still early in the year! How did you do on last week's challenge? Well I learned that my dishwasher doesn't have a short cycle so I couldn't do that one. I did pretty good on starting to use rags instead of paper towels though, which for me is a big deal! I love my paper towels! I found some cheap cheap dishrags on clearance at Target this week and I already had a few rags laying around the kitchen and now I keep them right under the sink to use. The hubby is having a harder time adjusting to the rags than I am. And as you saw from my post I did get my winter garden started. So here's what we are adding to the list this week:
Make one freezer meal per week.
When I told the hubby this he asked how this saves you money. Well here's my thought. There are some nights when I finish working and I'm just too tired to cook. Those are the nights when it's tempting to have the hubby grab something fast from the store to make for supper. By putting away a meal I have the option of having a lazy night during the week and I don't have to compromise my diet or my budget. And I'm not saying that you have to make a special time during the week to create that meal for the freezer. One evening while you are preparing supper just make a double batch, and stick part of it in the freezer for later. So simple!
Make sure the computer is turned off at night.
This is something that we just don't do right now and I think we don't have a real excuse for it other than we are just lazy. We turn off the monitor but the computer doesn't get shut down. Even if your appliances look like they are shut off, if they are still plugged in they are still sucking electricity. For us I think one of the biggest things we leave on is the computer. Well that ends this week!
Switch to cloth napkins.
I've been wanting to do this for a while but I didn't want to spend the initial investment on the cloth version. A few weeks ago my mom found the Christmas cloth napkins at Walmart marked down to 75% off so I had her pick up 8 for me. She also gave me an idea. There are 2 of us so I had her get 2 different colors. One color will be my napkins and the other color will be the hubby's napkins. That way I don't have to wash them after every single meal and we don't get them mixed up. Paper napkins are expensive and there is rarely coupons out for them. I have a feeling that this little switch will be saving us quite a bit in the near future!
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