|Yesterday, we stayed home all day. If you don't leave, you can't spend money!
This is what we do when we're really on a very tight budget (ahem when are we not?
), and it helps so much just to not put myself in that situation of being tempted to stop and "just" spend $5 here or there... it adds up, not to mention the gas cost!
Today at our playdate, the other mom and I made bath goodies from items we pooled together. I brought the EO & wax (for chapstick) and she brought the salts and dry milk for bath soaks and scrubs. We had a WONDERFUL time, the kids pitched in (for cheap entertainment too!), and now we have all natural bath products better than any we can buy in a store. We made extras to save for holiday gifts as well, so we saved some money there through planning.
The jars we used for storage were jars we had on hand from saving them after using up mayo in the jar (and similar other products), and then the ones for gifts will get decorated with home-painted labels (cheap and creative) and ribbons/yarns/fabric i have around the house.
I made a meatloaf to help our ground meat stretch since we only have 1 lb of it to last the pay period. The kids don't eat much meat, and I'm cutting back to about 3 oz a day max. Half of the meatloaf will go in the freezer to use as ground beef for a later casserole-style meal. The other half will be lunch and dinner tomorrow and maybe the next day.
I dyed about a lb and a half of merino wool top to try to sell to help with some financial dents we've had recently.
I love this thread.