Finding ways to save money here and there can be hard, and I think we can all use a little inspiration now and then in our lives, so every month this year, I plan to publish some of the things we did to stay within our budget during the previous month.
May is here! That means the warm weather is here to stay, right? We’ve had a lot of rain lately, which I’m enjoying a lot because I know that in central Texas, it won’t last long!
Bought ground pork instead of beef. I’m not a huge fan of commercially raised pork but since it’s so much cheaper, and we honestly like the taste and texture over commercially raised beef, we decided to go with pork and save roughly 30%. We also have a hog scheduled to go to the abattoir this month. Woot! I’m looking forward to some pastured pork!
Used milk from our freezer. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that buying milk when you have quite a stockpile of goat milk in your deep freezer is a huge waste of money, but… our freezer is out at the farm. The challenge of course is remembering to actually bring milk home to thaw before we have an emergency I-need-milk-right-for-this-recipe-right-now moment. I’m getting better about it, and haven’t bought milk in several weeks now (go me! lol)
Cooked food in our hotel room. We had to travel for a class Gabriel was taking, and spent four nights in a hotel room. I admit, the kids and I ate at Whataburger for lunch the first day – partly because I wanted to try the famous Texas Whataburger – but other than that, we cooked and reheated simple meals like baked beans, soup, and even hamburgers, in our hotel room with a portable electric burner and sauce pan plus too advantage of scrambled eggs, sausage, and yogurt at the complimentary breakfast – the kids loved that! You can check out lots of other ways to save money on road trips here.
Bought Groceries on Amazon. This isn’t something I normally do, but since I had some swag bucks saved up, I cashed them in for amazon gift cards. It’s really fun to be able to shop for groceries while sitting in my living room!
Bagged up and composted yard clippings. On the one hand, I feel like mowing the lawn is such a waste! You burn up gas mowing grass that could be used to feed animals. But we are turning the clippings into compost, which will feed our garden and therefore us, so it’s not a complete waste. 🙂
I imagine that the onset of spring and summer will bring lots of new opportunities to save money, and I can’t wait to find them!
How are you saving money this month?