Week 4 – Recap

Week 4 Recap
Almost to the end of January. Once you’ve done something for 30 days, your brain starts to believe you really are changing your habits. Keep up the good work.

Act 22
Cut to the bone.
Chicken that is. Cheaper to buy a whole one and learn how to cut it properly. Plus, it’s home-made chicken soup waiting to happen. 

Pizza dough is play dough you can eat.
You can buy a hot pizza for $15
You can buy a frozen pizza for $7.50
You can make your own for half again. 

Act 24
Follow @‏GailVazOxlade on Twitter
or follow her on facebook or follow her site. just follow her. she will inspire you to stand up for yourself and take control of your money and your debt.

Act 25
Make every minute count
Plan your errands well. You can save time and money by doing so. Then do them (instead of just putting them on the list)

Find new ways to use old things
Pinterest is a great source for ideas and there are plenty of things around the house that can serve more than one purpose

Act 27
Have a picnic.
I easily saved $1,000 by bringing food along and avoiding expensive stops at restaurants and convenience stores. Plus, it’s more fun.

Act 28
Don’t burn the candle at both ends.
Still guilty of this I’m afraid. But I’ll keep trying. 

Have a great week!

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Act 334

Get the party started

Cue the snow, we made it to December! I intend to make the most of the holiday season this year, in a cheap and cheerful way that is.

I started a party stash by buying a few boxes of crackers and some christmas goodies at the most unlikely place, Shoppers Drug Mart. I don’t understand retail anymore. Everybody is selling everything. That aside, I’ll keep a keen eye out for the things I know I’ll need come Christmas parties be it a secret santa gift for my husband’s work party, hostess gifts or fixings for our Christmas eve Reveillon and our Christmas morning breakfast.

Our home made advent calendar is up – it’s nothing fancy – but it works and it’s a great start to the season ahead.

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Act 228

Take stock – what’s hiding in your fridge?

How often do we end up wasting food because it was hiding in the back of the fridge and we forgot it was there? On many occasions, I’ve bought items at the grocery store because I forgot I already had some. It’s a waste of time and a waste of money.

This week I reorganized the food in the fridge at the cottage. Organized by type (veg, fruit, protein, sauce, dairy, bread) then wrote a list of everything we can eat by meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and stuck in on the fridge to eliminate the guess work. This way, we spend less time staring at the open fridge wondering what to eat and more time eating what we’ve already got. Less waste equals more money.

Act 208

Your money’s not on vacation even if you are

It’s always amazed me that some people on vacation seem to take a vacation from common sense when it comes to money. Your money’s not on vacation even if you are. So today, I shopped for deals. Got the breakfast special on the ferry, chose the least expensive of three accommodation options, bought a few coupons to the amusement park rather than the wrist bands and ordered take out pizza for dinner rather than eating in. Still had just as much fun but spend alot less money.

Another way to save a bit of money on vacation is to bring your own coffee and filters so you can enjoy a fresh brew in the morning without having to deal with the yucky hotel coffee or stop in at the drive thru or worse, pay a premium price for an average brew at a hotel restaurant. It’s less convenient but convenience can be expensive. So leave it behind and enjoy what vacations are made for. Fun. And fun is not measured by how much you pay. At least it’s not for me.