Thought I would journal some of our savings efforts here. We’ve made lots of changes over the years, but here are some things we intentionally did this week to save:
- Reviewed lower energy use on OPPD bill — reflects a drop from previous year that includes the last week or so with the new air conditioner!
- Used the EcoBoost feature on the new washing machine — Most “cold” settings add a bit of hot water, but this feature uses only cold, not hot.
- Used less detergent and still got clean clothes
- Turned off lights when leaving rooms and computer at night.
- Turned the air conditioning up two degrees, and opened doors and windows on some days to let warmer air out upstairs.
- Used stovetop for most meals; used oven only once, on a cool day. The quicker cooking on stovetop, the better.
- Followed a menu plan for dinners.
- Paid cash for groceries and purchased seasonal items and loss leaders only as needed.
- Purchased a Bountiful Basket for the first time. Planning menus around the vegs.
- Started paying more attention to the average mpg feature on my new-since-spring Forester. Immediately after filling, it registered 48 mpg! But now it’s settled down to about 29. Which is still good.
- Took advantage of usher’s direction to move to better seats at STOMP! Saved $50 for awesome seats. She also gave me free earplugs because I forgot mine.
- Took advantage of books and a computer game tournament for #2 at the library.
- Listed my first item on eBay — I already have a bid! Started photographing more items to list. This required some research on postage, how to list for success, etc.
- With PT’s consent and direction, reduced my PT visits and replaced some with similar workouts at home, using equipment I already have.
I’m gearing up for another week of thrifty adventures and Cheap Thrills. Stay tuned.