|for good measure- a picture. Not money-related, but whatever. :-)|
Since I had company last Friday and was unable to post, my "efforts" list will be a bit longer today as it covers two weeks instead of one.
But first~ I have to share this video. I found this guy's videos and have been devouring them whenever I have a spare moment (usually as I snarf my lunch). This video, especially, is very helpful in explaining modern economics to anyone and everyone interested in learning about it. (And any and every American SHOULD be.) Wondering what exactly a debt ceiling is? Where our money supply comes from? How currency works? Why our nation is in some serious debt?
This video explains it all in very clear and concise terms and in an easy to understand format. Watch it- and see if you don't go searching for other Mike Maloney videos. ;-)
And now, A few financial efforts from the last two weeks:
(It is at times hard to write these because there are so many things I have done for so long to save money...many little bitty things that just come naturally. Like hanging clothes on the line and reusing ziploc bags and using the library...nevertheless, I will try to remember to include these things at the bottom of the list.)
~ instead of throwing away the water I used to blanch vegetables, I froze it for veggie broth
~ went to a free knitting class at the library. We started a new project and I really wanted to go and buy a PERFECT yarn for it but I instead chose to use a skein from my stash that had been given to me. I am proud of myself for this because I really wanted to go to the yarn store. Not only did I not spend money unnecessarily- I dwindled my stash a bit- AND it turns out the yarn I had was PERFECT for the project!
~ got tons of books from the library to read for pleasure and home education
~ filled a bag of books and audio-stories from the book barn for $2.00
~ I read this article about saving money on health care costs.
~ crushed the last of the tortilla chip crumbs in the bag and saved for a crispy coating for meats or casseroles.
~ dropped off the clothing limit at the consignment shop.
~ I ordered local, grass fed beef: 1/4 of a cow. The price was $3.30 a pound which is more than I would pay scouring the stores for deals. But it is much more quality meat and sometimes being cheap isn't always cheap in the long run. Besides, I won't have to do any meat runs to the store for a while!
~ Called a local place for some bulk prices.
~ used a free Redbox code (from m.s.m.) for a movie
~ I used a turkey in my freezer from last Christmas' sales (.19c a pound) to feed a visiting family instead of planning (and purchasing) more elaborate meals. My tendency when hosting people is to go all out and splurge on 'special things' to feed them so it was a big deal that I showed restraint. This helped use up the turkey, make room in my freezer, and keep my feeding-company costs down to almost NOTHING. It was awesome. PLUS- it was all cooked and boned before they even got here so it made meal prep a total breeze.
~ I boiled the turkey carcass for broth the next day.
~ gave dog and cat half of the turkey bits and skin from making broth and froze the other half for later dog/cat food.
~ I paid for a doctor visit up-front in cash and got over $45 knocked off my bill.
~ I took advantage of a Canon Press deal to buy a few things we've been wanting for over a year now (at 40% off), including some homeschool resources and a Christmas present for one of the children. (Prices no longer appear on sale)
~ Found some kettlebell workout videos to use on youtube instead of going out and buying a dvd
~ hung all the laundry on line to dry
~ Matt sold some logs and got a tidy little sum to put in his 'boy toy' envelope. (He would hate that I just called his envelope that. :-) )
~ I began (and finished) reading The Real Crash by Peter Schiff. Really great book.
~ accepted some dahlia and gladiola bulbs that a neighbor was looking to get rid of.
~ canned a few batches of applesauce
~ washed and reused ziploc bags
~ cleared the fridge of leftovers and added them to dinners to be sure nothing spoiled and was wasted.
~ cut flowers from my own garden for vases
~ reused aluminum foil
~ fed chickens our kitchen scraps
How did you do this week on stretching those pennies?