by Texas Homesteader ~
Especially this time of year, we’re all trying to save a little money wherever we can, #amiright? I’ve found the best way to save some cold, hard cash is to incorporate easy (and non-drastic) money-saving measures into your daily life. Saving money doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes there’s no sacrifice or hardship, it’s just part of your normal everyday life.
You just need to keep an eye open for opportunities. Take for instance these 5 frugal things that peppered our regular everyday lives recently.
Free Plumbing Repair Parts
Our shower-head was dripping, apparently the valve was bad. But RancherMan knew that Delta has a lifetime guarantee on their cartridges. So he googled their contact information & sent them a message, reporting to them the problem.
Since we’re the original owners of this faucet, Delta is sending out a cartridge repair kit at no cost. This saves a valve replacement or repair parts and certainly the waste of dripping water. Yea!
See? No hardship or miserly actions. Just keeping an eye open for benefits that might have been overlooked.
Inexpensive Dinner Party
We wanted to get together with my parents. As we often do, we planned a simple meal and invited them over.
The entire meal was made with items in our pantry & freezer. And enjoying the entire evening with my parents instead of a defined amount of time in a restaurant was a delight. There again, no sacrifice at all. Just opting for a simple yet delicious meal at home to share with the added benefit of more time to spend together in a much more intimate setting.
Best Timing To Buy
We have few shopping choices in our small rural community. So when I buy groceries I typically frequent our local grocery store. Many other necessities are purchased at our local Dollar General store. I’m a big advocate for keeping your spending dollars local.
This week we were out of coffee and Dollar General was offering a coupon for a $25 purchase. AND our brand of coffee was on sale too! So RancherMan & I brought enough coffee to cash in on the coupon (lol – pardon the pun).
We now have enough coffee in the pantry to hold us until the next sale, which we’ll be watching for. Keeping an eye open for sales on items you use frequently is always a good idea.
Post-Holiday Meat Sales
After the holidays are over, buy those discounted turkeys and roast them up! RancherMan & I enjoyed a roasted turkey dinner and then I sectioned off and froze many more meal potions of the meat.
It’s part of my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking. And that method is a money-saving step in itself! Since I already have cooked meat in the freezer, a homemade meal can be put on the table in no time even during the busiest of days.
Don’t Throw Away The Bones!
THEN after the meat was removed, into the Instant Pot the carcass went. I cooked those bones (twice, actually) until they were crumbly soft, at which time I tossed them into the compost tumbler. The resulting rich, delicious broth was easily canned and placed in the pantry for all manner of delicious soups during the cold weather months.
That’s lots of healthy eating for very little money, y’all! And also lots of healthy meals in the freezer for future convenience too.
But I think you see what I mean. No hardships or penny-pinching miserly steps. Just keeping your eye open for opportunity. How have you saved some money this week?
Other Frugal Tips
- When Financial Times Turn Tough Unexpectedly
- Build Financial Security With Less Effort
- A Financial Hit On The Homestead
- Thriving Financially Without A Corporate Paycheck
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- Is Food Past The Expiration Date Safe To Eat?
- Make A Cute Gift Box With A Repurposed Greeting Card
- MYO Minty Mouthwash
- Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Make A Cute Dish Carrier From Old Jeans
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
…and many MORE!
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