Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. There is so much inspiration and encouragement in her posts and the many comments from her readers. Here’s a little run down of our frugal happenings for the past week:
Shopped for meat (from a local ranch) and maple syrup at the food co-op on military discount day – 10% off outweighs our 5% member coupon that can be used once a month.
Opened windows/doors as soon as the sun went down each evening to let cooler breezes in. Kept AC set to 79F and manually turned it up further to 80F whenever possible. We use ceiling fans to move the air in the room we are in and turn them off when not in a room.
Used wool dryer balls to help lessen the amount of time I run the electric dryer. (I’ve been doing this for about three months now and forgot to mention it in any previous posts.)
Husband rode bike to work all week, saving on gas for his car.
Borrowed books from the library via Overdrive, including two that are on my fall/winter reading list (this summer 2017 reading list posted at From the Green Notebook). Placed Overdrive holds on three more titles and requested a print copy of a fourth through my library – apparently I’m not the only one reading through that list right now!
Cancelled our Amazon Prime membership.
Used my menu plan for the week to (mostly) cook from the pantry. We did have one dinner out.
Refilled one empty seltzer bottle with tap water for the freezer, which helps it run more efficiently and will keep things cooler if we lose power in the winter. Refilled a second empty seltzer bottle with tap water for storage – it is untreated so would be used for flushing toilets or the like if we lost power. (One of my goals for this month is to add more water to our emergency closet, but our purchased bottled water wouldn’t be used for flushing. Since seltzer doesn’t have any sugar or additives, I would probably even feel safe giving it to the dog. Worst case it could be boiled or filtered and used for cooking, etc, since it’s just tap water, not some kind of gross creek water or something.)
Needed to replace two burned out light bulbs – invested in LED bulbs. Got spares and replaced the other three bulbs in one of the fixtures, as they are getting dim also. Hoping this positively affect the electric use in these fixtures as they are a mish-mosh of whatever the previous residents happened to put in – some are incandescent bulbs, some are CFLs. [Edit to add: some of the LED bulbs are on sale at Lowe’s; I purposely bought the ones that were on sale and asked at checkout if they still offer a military discount. They do, so we received an additional 10% off.]