December 6 to December 12, 2016
It’s starting to look very Christmasy out there. Despite the approach of the holiday obsessed with consuming and spending money, we maintained our frugal ways.
For the most part, staying frugal was pretty easy. I started training for a new position in the bakery that requires me to start work when the rest of the world is still tucked up in bed. As a result, I’m tired when I get home and I end up napping on the couch for most of the afternoon. It’s hard to spend money when you are asleep!
When I was awake, I saved our pennies by making the most of our left-overs. I made applesauce spice bars for lunch snacks and to use up the jar of homemade applesauce I opened earlier in the week. I used the left-over ground meat from making “NAFTA” quesadillas (Canadian moose meat from our freezer, American cheese, and Mexican spices) and the liquid from our Sunday roast to make hamburger soup to take for my lunches.
In addition to the usual activities such as taking my lunch and a reusable water bottle, drying some of my clothes by the fire, I saved a little money by using Skype to talk to a friend who lives far away.
My donation to the Christmas Hamper was a bunch of gravy packs. I asked someone who had experience with these hampers what a recipient could really use. She mentioned that the ability to vary monotonous meals were very welcome and suggested the gravy packages (on sale this week at my store).
We did not entirely avoid the Christmas spirit. We took a walk around our property to find this year’s Christmas tree.
There it is. The Christmas tree in its natural habitat.
Can’t wait to decorate.
How was your week? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.