Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pantry challenge follow up

First order of business, we paid off Le "forgotten" credit card!  Yay!!!  Now onto the pantry thingie:

Well, as you can see there is still a LOT of food left.  So, I think we will just continue until there is not a lot of food left.  Besides, we never did get to that single shake and bake packet, and I feel we need to eat that to truely have a victory.  I will follow up again with this later.  The villagers are getting cranky about not having their favorites around, lets see how long I can go listening to the whining about ramen/cheetos/meat/basic nutrition/blah blah blah. 


Monday, October 8, 2012

It's about that time.

Time to eat out of the pantry/fridge/freezer!  Not for any particular reason, other than they all need to be cleaned, and I don't want to grocery shop, and I want to use up the weird stuff like that single packet of shake and bake, or that half pack of kidney beans, or that granola that nobody really likes.  I'll post before and after pictures so you can see how well we do.  I do not plan to grocery shop, unless there is something I need to use up something I already have (like chicken for the shake and bake).  The plan is UBER minimal spending, creativity, and to not buy some of that weird stuff ever again!  So, without further ado, here are the befores:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Scratch, ding, and dent booyah!!!

Frugal tip of the day:  ALWAYS and I mean always, check your grocery store's "ding and dent" section, as well as the end caps.

 Today I found these organic milks on clearance for $0.99 each, and they don't even expire for 5 more days!!!  The way we go through milk in this house, 5 days is more than enough to get through it.  This milk is normally $3.99, so that's a great savings!  Also, I found these two splenda's in the ding and dent section because the boxes are a bit smashed up.  The price on these was $1.31 each plus I had two coupons for $1 off any splenda product so I paid a whopping $0.62 for BOTH BOXES!!!  Can you say score?!?!?!  I'm so pleased with today's ding and dent success.  What's the best find you've ever gotten?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Brrrr it's getting cold in here. So put on all your clothes.

I am getting so cold, I'm gonna put my clothes on!  Please tell me you remember that song "It's getting hot in heereee" by Nelly otherwise my post title is really stupid!

Fall is really upon us, and while it gets to a nice 60-65 degrees at the top of the day, at night it is brisk to say the least.  I am determined to NOT turn my heat on yet.  Electricity in Germany is very very very expensive.  We pay on average $375-$400 a month depending on the exchange rate.  We pay a set amount every month and at the end of the year we are reconciled and will pay more/be refunded based on our useage.  Obviously I'm aiming for the "be refunded" aspect of this.  So, I'm sitting here in my sweatpants, my sweatshirt, and my slippers with my heater of a dog in my lap covered in blankets.  But hey, I'm saving money!  How about you, have you turned the heater on yet?