This is what frugal looks like
Today is awesome. Not only does Big Brother start in, like, one hour, but I just received the best news ever!
I will take 17 bars of Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, please (one bar for each week left in this pregnancy). It’s not for me, it’s for my baby 🙂
For a snack this afternoon, I polished off the last of the Coconut Cherry Banana bread. Usually by the end of a loaf, I am ready for it to be done. Not with this loaf. This loaf is one for the memory books.
In keeping with my new habit of having 2 afternoon snacks, I had 2 slices. And that big, black thing is a cherry, not a roach 😉
My master plan to have husband cook dinner worked! He barbecued burgers for dinner, and I created some refreshing Green Monsters!
- 1/2 frozen sliced banana
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 cup of frozen sliced peaches
- 1 cup of 1% milk
What did I drink before Green Monsters? It’s not even worth trying to remember.
My burger was excellent.
Soy burger with cheese, ketchup, relish, and honey mustard on a white bun (gasp!) (that’s the only kind they had at Shoppers Drugmart!) (Please don’t judge me for buying food at a drug store!)
Over at the site Almost Frugal, they ask the same four questions to different writers who blog about frugality. No one has asked me to answer these questions myself, but when has that ever stopped me? I thought it would be a fun way to add more on the topic of frugality to this blog. Enough with the pictures of carrots already, right?!
What does frugality mean to you?
In essence, I equate frugality with freedom. I’m serious! By living a frugal life, not only do I prove to myself that I need very little to be happy, but I’m also able to save money so that I will never be stuck in a tough financial situation again. It means not having to keep a crappy job because I live pay cheque-to-pay cheque, or having to pay interest on one of life’s surprises (leaky roof, broken car, chipped tooth etc.), or denying myself the luxury of eating at any freaking restaurant if I so desire. There is a restaurant in Toronto that serves a meal for two for like $600 and I could eat there if I wanted! I don’t want to, but I could. That is freedom!
What is something that you do that is ‘typically’ frugal?
I am about as mainstream as they come, so this will be point-form. I do A LOT of typically frugal things:
- I bring my lunch to work every day
- I take public transit instead of driving and parking at work (which means we are a one car family)
- I make my own smoothies!
- I limit the amount of meals I have out each month. I do not limit the amount of coffee I have out 🙂
- I keep a tight budget and record every single purchase in an Excel spreadsheet (and then post it here on Mondays for all those voyeurs out there!)
- I shop at discount department stores
What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?
I admit, I can take the frugality thing a bit too far. For instance, I use a backpack during the week because it makes my commute on public transit easier (since I take my lunch and all). For a long time, I had a giant rip at the top of my $15 backpack that I’ve had for 7 years. Husband begged me to buy a new one, but I couldn’t justify it to myself. The backpack still worked, so why buy a new one!? He suggested I use his, but I even had trouble bringing myself to do that. I am so stubborn! Finally, he literally had to place his non-ripped sack next to mine and I finally started using his. Honestly, his backpack is so much better! No rip, and much more comfortable to wear. To think, frugality (and stubbornness) almost prevented me from discovering this.
What are some of your long-term goals that being frugal will help you to accomplish?
My frugality is rooted in becoming a mother. I don’t know if you heard this rumour or not, but kids cost money! I know, I was shocked too. I want Beansy to see a bit of the world as he/she’s growing up. I want him/her to be able to go on every school trip. I want to pay for Beansy’s college, or at least that majority of it. And, preferably, I would like to spend more time with my baby than a daycare worker would. This is the biggest weight on my mind right now.
Oh, and I’d also like to have a nice retirement fund so that I can be a “snow bird” and spend January and February in Boca Raton playing shuffleboard in my culottes.
I just had a mad craving for an apple fritter. I don’t think it’s a pregnancy craving sort of thing, I think it’s just a Robyn thing. I love donuts, but obviously limit myself because of the whole non-fit/non-frugal aspect of their nature.
But, sometimes, a girl’s just gotta have a fritter!
And maybe a small iced cappuccino for good measure too.
The horror of flash photography!
T-minus 54 minutes and counting…:)