Greek yogurt experiment
In case you missed my post yesterday, we are having a boy! I have been hanging on to this piece of information ever since our ultrasound because I wanted to tell my family and friends first before telling the Internet. Now I am happy that everyone who should know, now knows. Phew!
Last night, I tried an experiment involving yogurt. I’ve been told that to create a thicker, Greek-style type of yogurt inexpensively, you can take regular, plain yogurt, and let it thicken by putting it in cheesecloth and letting the excess moisture drain out. I have been meaning to buy cheesecloth for ages, but keep forgetting! On the weekend, I was talking about this with friends and they recommended using a disposable coffee filter. I don’t have these either (I use a reusable filter), so a friend gave me some to try. I love friends who support my frugality by giving me free stuff! 😉
Once I got home, I taped a coffee filter to a mug and put just enough yogurt in that it wouldn’t break the filter (this did happen with my first attempt unfortunately!).
Immediately, the coffee filter became moist. I left this in the fridge for a few hours, and then scooped it out. It was definitely thicker, but this method only makes a couple of tablespoons of yogurt at a time! I tried again by just adding yogurt every couple of hours. Once it will full, I had a good serving and a half of thick yogurt!
It was noticeably thicker, although I’m not sure if the protein content changed. Probably not by much. I will have to do some research about how to make this process more efficient. If I can make my own thick yogurt, I could save a bundle.
I used some of this yogurt on today’s breakfast! I started with Overnight Oats made with 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup 1% milk, and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds left in the fridge overnight.
Then I added the yogurt, a small handful of Kashi Go Lean cereal, 4 sliced strawberries, a handful of blueberries, and a spoonful of peanut butter. It was very tasty.
This weekend, I also had an enlightening conversation with my girlfriends about maternity leave benefits. I think I have been underestimating how much I will receive during my year-off. With this piece of information, I immediately went out on a shopping spree. Uhhh…I wish! Instead, I just clapped my hands and got excited to save even more money. Hello, my name is Robyn, and I am addicted to budgeting.
Because of the new leaf I turned over last week, I didn’t spend too much. You will notice the lack of coffee purchased!
The Monday Rundown
|Milk and yogurt||$8.00|
|Total for week||$53.03|
(That first coffee was purchased before I decided to stop buying coffee 😉 )
I am lucky in that my brunch yesterday was paid for by a friend, and my picnic offerings were budgeted into the grocery bill that my husband paid for. It was a relatively inexpensive weekend.
I am still reading the book The Complete Tightwad Gazette (at over 900 pages, it is taking a while!). I am learning a lot of great ideas and one is “the cost of the wow factor”. The idea is that some splurges are worth it because their cost for the amount of “wow” you receive is a good deal. Take, for example, a trip to Hawaii. On a scale of 1 to 10, the “wow factor” for this trip is probably a 9 and the cost for two people is $3000. Let’s take another trip, this time a four day camping trip a few hours away from home. On a scale of 1 to 10, the wow factor may be 5. The cost of the trip? $400. It has less of a wow factor than Hawaii, but also a much smaller cost.
9 wow factors = $3000.00. Therefore, the cost per wow factor is $333.33
5 wow factors = $400.00. The cost per wow factor is $80.00
By this equation, you get more bang for your buck with the camping trip.
This is an interesting application to use when debating whether a splurge is worth it. You may find that the more expensive choice still has a greater cost-per-wow factor than the less expensive choice.
I am looking at you, Greek yogurt.