In the spirit of the Valentine’s season, I’d like to take a few moments to express my love and appreciation for those that have saved me money.
There was a time when I adored Scrubbing Bubbles for bathtub basin cleaning. Like many things that were once awesome, they don’t make it like they used to. I forget the price of Scrubbing Bubbles, but I know it’s more expensive than a 21 ounce container of Comet. The powdered concoction doesn’t always – okay, ever – come out smoothly, but it works. For $1, what more could you ask for?
Just a spoon full of vinegar helps the medicine go down…. Hmm. That’s not how the song goes.
Vinegar is a recent frugal discovery for me. Before rooming with someone who used it as a cleansing agent, I thought vinegar was created solely for the purpose of pickling. It’s really cheap. I might have gotten the bottle pictured for maybe $1.75. Ol’ school abrasives like Comet are best reserved for areas that require a bit more elbow grease to get clean. Vinegar works well for wiping down surfaces that are only slightly dirty.
Aw, the Magic Bullet. Did you know I had this thing for about three years before I actually used it? I have a parent who enjoys a little late night infomercial shopping. It didn’t cost me a dime, but looks like Amazon sales them for $55.
At first, I only used it for mixing protein shakes. Then, I scrounged up enough courage to make a smoothie with it. If you’ve ever purchased a protein shake at the gym or bought a sugar laden smoothie from a retailer, then you know how pricey they both can be. I recently used my Magic Bullet to puree a can of pinto beans to thicken chili. I wonder what else it’s good for.
I’ve really tried to cut back on the amount of milk I drink. I know governmental food folks tell us milk is rich in calcium. Thus, it’s important for bone health, but I’m not convinced the benefits out way the costs.
What I’m about to say may gross you out, so look away if you don’t want me to make you mildly disgusted.
My mucus production raises dramatically with an increase in milk consumption. But I’m not ready to swear off the stuff altogether. I still like it with cookies and cake. I also use it in recipes. Since I’m prone to recreational milk drinking, I don’t like to have the ready made version in my house.
I think this box only cost me about $7 or $8. You’re probably thinking, “That’s $3.50 to $4.00 a gallon!” That’s not too bad for a gallon of milk. Plus, I don’t have to worry about spoilage. I just make it as I need it.
Salsa jars are the gifts that keep on giving. After inhaling a jar of $3 salsa, you’re left with a high quality storage container or drinking glass. Whatever you like.
What’s that in my salsa jar, you say? Bacon fat, baby. I get so disappointed when a recipe calls for bacon fat, and I don’t have any on hand. Problem solved.
I know they have MSG in them, but when I’m desperate for something to eat, Ramen noodles are my go to fix. Pair them with a can of tuna fish, and you got yourself something that almost looks like a meal. Throw in a cup of mixed vegetables, and you’re there for less than a $1.50.
Hey, precious. This little rascal cost me $50, but it opened my eyes to a whole new world of cheap meat and dry beans. A few weeks ago, I caught a sale on chuck roast at the supermarket. I can’t wait to cook another beef stew this week. After only 8 short hours in the slow cooker, I’ll have myself a hearty, juicy, and savory meal.
What’s not to love about beans? They’re affordable, versatile, filling, delicious, and nutritious. A standard sized can of cooked beans run me anywhere from $0.65 to $1.00 a can. I can’t pay more than a dollar. It just doesn’t feel right. That bag of cooked frozen beans pictured above represent half a bag of uncooked dry beans that cost about $1.50.
Let me just say, I don’t know if that’s a BPA laden gallon of water or not. All I know is tap water costs only pennies a gallon. I could buy a filter, but I haven’t loosened the purse strings enough to invest in one. In the mean time, I’ll keep reusing and refilling my old water jug.
Andre you make me feel like a queen. For a mere $5 a bottle, I can sip sparkling wine from a $2 Ikea wine glass with my feet propped up on a foot locker doubling as a coffee table that I practically pulled out of the dumpster. *deep breath in and out* Andre, you’re too good to me.
What are some of your favorite frugal things?