We also saved a lot by accepting gleaned items from the food pantry. I was also able to share some of this with friends, which was really nice. So, without further ado, here are last week's accomplishments:
- Participated in free professional development two days. Lunch was not provided, so I took my own instead of going out. I also took my own drink the second day, since drinks were not provided either. The sessions were great, though, so it made up for the lack of food! :) The workshop was local, and actually closer than driving to school, so I saved on gas too.
- Cooked all meals at home including banana nut muffins, overnight oatmeal, pasta bake with ricotta cheese and veggies, homemade pizza with pesto, veggies, and pepperoni.
- Accepted another box of bananas from the food pantry (we freeze them for baking and smoothies), as well as a gallon of milk, yogurt, partial carton of strawberries, avocado, three packages of portobello mushrooms, and bagels.
- Gleaned three apples, three cheese sticks, and two cartons of yogurt from the school cafeteria.
- Made homemade salad dressing with the leftover marinade from a jar of artichoke hearts and repurposed a glass bottle for storage.
- Continued with all regular composting, cold water laundry, and cloth diaper use.
- Made homemade shower spray cleaner with dish soap and vinegar. Used a repurposed spray bottle for the mix.
- Used existing supplies to make a birthday banner for baby boy! Can't believe he's turning one this week!
- Enjoyed a date with Benny on Saturday. Mom kept little man so that we could go out early. We stopped by thrift stores before meeting friends for dinner. We used a coupon for dinner, then went home for dessert and a Netflix show.
- We found an $8 bread machine to replace our old one (the mechanical housing had rusted and wasn't working reliably anymore). It seems to be a good brand, and for $8, it is cheaper than ordering one pizza out would cost, so it will have paid for itself by the time Friday night pizza night rolls around. Benny and I each also found a clothing item, which was a nice little treat.
- Not so frugally, we had a water line burst in the apartment downstairs. Thankfully, it was over the bathroom, so there's no major damage to fixtures, etc. The insulation and drywall has to be replaced, Thankfully, Benny knows some contractors, and got things rolling quickly for replacement. Our tenant has been super gracious about things. We are grateful to have enough in savings to cover the repairs.
- Enjoyed a shared meal with Mom last night. It was pretty enough for a short walk with the boys too, which was some nice exercise.
- Continued to exercise with You Tube videos, saving money on gym or subscription fees.
- Enjoyed some time in the garden seeing hellebores and daffodils coming up. The forsythia that we split last year are starting to bloom now, which is fun. I wish things weren't coming so early, but that is the way it goes. I will just be grateful for a longer growing season this year.
What did you do to live and save green this past week? What are you grateful for?