When I was deep cleaning last month I thought of something one of my friends said once when she walked in my house. She said "Wow, the nineties just called and they want their furniture back." I laughed. I suppose it's true, my home does look dated now, but I would never consider replacing anything that is still in good condition. That's just a waste of money in my opinion. Besides, I still happen to like my furniture - thank you very much!
I remember my mother always remodeling, refurnishing, or updating something. It never made any sense to me. It was such a waste of money.
When we bought our home, I was focused on living very frugally, and trying to double up on mortgage payments as often as possible to get it paid off early instead. An early payoff would likely mean an earlier retirement too. Now that's something I really wanted.
I accomplished my goal, a thirty year mortgage paid off in eighteen years. By then living frugally was a way of life. We were able to retire in our mid-late fifties.
We won't have a fancy retirement. We won't be traveling or doing things some people dream of in retirement years. We will still be frugal homebodies, earning extra money when we can here and there. We were both more than willing to trade all the other stuff to be out of the rat race ten to fifteen years early.
My friend can laugh at my nineties furniture all day long while she sits at her desk for forty hours a week for another ten years or more.
Now that I got that story out, here are some little ways I saved this week...
I always save a lot just by menu planning. I build my menu between what I have on hand and what's on sale. I don't buy anything outside of that plan other than items that are buy one get one free.
There was zero spending this week other than groceries. Some of the buy one get one free items I added to my stock up were assorted pastas, Greek yogurt, olive oil, assorted broths and stocks, assorted shredded cheeses, Italian bread and laundry detergent. It seems like I'm missing something, but that's all I can remember at the moment. I saved over $70 just by stocking up on those items.
I reopened my Instagram book shop on Tuesday. I've made $117 so far. I'll get more books listed this weekend before sending out invoices for the week.
Luckily we are having windows wide open kind of weather this week. We haven't needed AC at all which is always a big savings!
How frugal are you? Did you find ways to save this week?