Friday, May 25, 2012

frugal is the new black

All the cool kids are doing it. Pinching their pennies. Watching their wallets. But I have gone hard-core this week.

On Monday, as I did the groceries, my rough calculations warned me that I was dangerously close to hitting the upper limits of our grocery budget. And I put a box of nappies back on the shelf. Three days later, and still recovering from the trauma that is next-day corn fiesta in a terry square, I am questioning my wisdom, just a little.

But the thing is, anything with a worthy outcome is going to require some work. I have been struggling for a while now with the value of my new role, at home, until I read some wise posts at Down to Earth. So, here I sit, in my place of work. I'm on my tea break now. There is a load of nappies almost finished in the washing machine. I'm about to make some chicken soup- the kids are a little snuffly and chesty. On Monday, when the big boy was tired after a night of coughing, I could call a pyjama day without calling anyone, arranging alternative childcare or eating into my sick leave. I can grab a few moments to sew some fitted nappies for my girl, which will be quicker and easier to clean than the terry squares, and less leaky, too!

So my frugal action this week is to return to cloth nappies. This will save us about $20 on the weekly grocery budget. Giving me more to spend on tim tams.

What is your frugal action this week? Add your post about it to the linky, and visit other frugal funksters for helpful hints.

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