20 years ago, I read a book called the Frugal Zealot in which the author described ways to save money. She had tips about cost-per-ounce of things you could buy or make, and she talked about options for cheap cleaning supplies. When she was being interviewed for a TV show, they asked her to show the ways she saves the most money. She said something like, “You could set up your cameras at a fast food restaurant and watch us drive past. You could record us going to a movie at a dollar theater – and walking past the concession stand.” Basically, it’s the things we don’t do that save us the most. In the vein…
Things I Didn’t Do Today:
I didn’t eat the donuts the youth were selling at the yard sale.
I didn’t eat the popcorn the youth were selling at the yard sale.
I didn’t eat the dressing offered at the salad bar at Jason’s Deli.
I didn’t have the free ice cream cones at Jason’s Deli.
I didn’t taste-test the offerings at Costco.
I didn’t push my cart down any of the aisles of packaged foods at Costco.
I didn’t get a Pepsi on my way out of Costco (like I ALWAYS do).
I didn’t get a soda at Target when I shopped.
Things I Did Today:
I did eat a good breakfast.
I did make sure I had a pack of cashews with me for mid-morning at the church yard sale.
I did accept an invitation to lunch with my dear friend, Ann.
I did get the salad bar and made a fantastic salad…because…
I did bring my own dressing and crumbled bacon.
I did drive an hour round trip without snacking in my car (rare!).
I did have an hour nap this afternoon (also rare).
I did finish some yard work outside.
I did eat a salmon and avocado dinner.
I am enjoying a fantastic cup of tea (with the creamer everyone is gaga for – Nutpods. They are right. Nutpods are worth every penny – and it’s kind of a lot of pennies.)
Last night, I made some crustless quiches for us to just heat up in the morning. I made one with spicy sausage, onion, and cilantro. I made the other with onion and bacon. It was really nice to have them ready for breakfast – and Sage had some for dinner. When these are gone, I’ll definitely make more.