1. Staying home to avoid the
2. I think I have
3. We had three leftover hot dogs languishing in the refrigerator. I knew none of us would eat them. I took them out and cut them in long quarters lengthwise, then sliced the quarters into very thin slices. I spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet and baked at about 175° F till they were mostly dehydrated. Then I transferred them to paper towels and pressed so that the paper towels absorbed any extra fat. I put them in small plastic containers and am storing in the fridge, and I'm using them for training treats for Rudy. He's only getting the equivalent of about one 1/8 inch slice of hot dog per day. I really don't even have to give him any to get his interest, just let him lick the flavor of it off of my hand. :)
4. I accepted a half day of work next week. It's in a neighboring town, and I usually don't accept partial days if it involves a commute. But this is the region leader's branch, and I like the people there, and I like that they trust me, and I want them to keep calling me. I'll make a list of other errands that may need to be run while I'm there so it will be worth the drive.
5. We went to see my mother-in-law this week. I spent about a half hour massaging her feet, ankles, and lower legs. It helps temporarily with the fluid retention in her feet and ankles. I try to do this each time we go. It's something I can gift her that is totally frugal, takes up no room in her small assisted-living apartment, and is something she thoroughly enjoys.
Will Be Trying: I haven't actually done this yet, but I read it in a comment on The Non-Consumer Advocate. I thought it was brilliant, and I look forward to giving it a try on our upcoming vacation. Instead of buying full-price (and basically dust-catching) souvenirs at gift shops, browse the thrift stores at your vacation destination. You will potentially find souvenir-worthy items that will actually fill a need when you get them home and remind you of your trip with each use. I always think our local thrift stores have pretty spare pickings, so I think it might be fun to see what one might find in other parts of the country.
Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Sunday: Sunday family supper with Kasey
Monday: *out of town restaurant eats
Tuesday: Tuna Casserole
Wednesday: Baked Spaghetti
(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)