Friday Frugality: A Confession (with Links)

October 29, 2010

My Frugal Friday tip today is basically a couple of newly-discovered links. However, I have to post these links along with a bit of a confession…

Upon your first visit to my blog, I’m sure you discovered my adamant rejection of the concept of using coupons, particularly here in Canada. While I still have NOT used many coupons in the last few years, and while I still DO NOT use coupons in my weekly menu-planning, I am SLOWLY, slowly, slowly becoming aware of the value of taking some time to at least CONSIDER coupons. The reasons being the following links:

1. www.smartcanucks.ca
2. Mrs.January

A dear friend (Hi, Lana!) told me about SmartCanucks a few weeks ago. I was skeptical. Granted, most of the deals posted are not food related, but they are still good. The thing that won me over was my friend’s FREE PIZZAs. Yes, dear Canadians, Lana was able to get FREE MEALS for her family with the use of coupons IN COMBINATION with a sale at Superstore! Two weeks ago, a coupon for Delissio pizzas was posted. It was $5 off. With that coupon, and Superstores $4.99 Delissio pizza sale, Lana was able to get her pizza for free! I did not think this kind of thing was possible in Canada, let alone here in Alberta! (Ontario, maybe. But here?! I was surprised.)

Then there is Mrs. January. I found her blog through a link from another completely-unrelated-to-food-and-frugality blog. Mrs.January is Canadian and she uses coupons to save money on groceries for her family. She even stockpiles and gets tons of stuff for free. Again, I did not think this was possible in Canada. And so, I must confess I am being won over and I fear I may have to eat my words one of these weeks and remove my “Coupon Disclaimer.”

I am going to keep it up until I’ve actually tried the stuff I’m learning from these two blogs, though. I want to have something to show for it, you know?

Anyway, part of being frugal is being open to try new things, to keep learning, and to make mistakes. Frugality is a skill that one can never master, I don’t think. So check out the blogs I posted, maybe try some of the suggestions you find there, and feel free to post about your discoveries!

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Friday Frugality – Cabbage

October 22, 2010

Cabbage

I almost forgot about Friday Frugality, so today you all get two posts for the price of one!

Cabbage. Cabbage is today’s tip. How many times have you purchased lettuce for salad only to discover it has wilted long before you’ve used it up? OR, have you made a salad that didn’t get finished and have to throw it out because it got wilted due to being cut/torn/or slathered in dressing? No more! Cabbage to the rescue!

I love to use cabbage for salads. I love the crunch – no matter what! I love that it lasts WAY longer in the fridge (or even just in the salad bowl) than actual lettuce. Not only that, it’s packed with far more nutrition than the average lettuce. AND, it’s WAY CHEAPER! You just can’t beat that!

If you don’t like regular green or purple cabbage, try Chinese or Napa cabbage instead. It’s a lot more lettuce like with all the benefits of regular cabbage!


Friday Frugality

October 1, 2010

My current favorite way to be frugal has nothing to do with food, but I’ll share it anyway.

Rubber bands and hand soap.

My kids – like many kids under the age of 12 – tend to use WAY too much hand soap. And in my neck of the woods, hand soap is NOT cheap! I cannot be the hand-washing-police all the time, so I had to come up with a way to keep the soap-pumping down to a minimum. My solution was SIMPLE and very, very frugal. I used a rubber band (taken from my latest bundle of celery) and wrapped it around the base of the soap pump. This limits how far one can push the pump down, thereby limiting the amount of soap consumed in one pump! Voila! I think this has probably reduced our hand soap usage by at least half.