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Thrifty Ways To Save After The Holidays and be Fuller
December 27, 2014
It's here....the end of the season of buying, buying, and buying. Oh, then the after effect comes, and I'm not just talking about indigestion and the weight gain from all the over indulging; I'm talking the bills that go along with all the buying, buying, buying.
We have a credit card that we try not to use, but when we do, it is a card that gives us a 'rebate' depending on what we purchase from goods, groceries and gas. I know a little of what I spend is going to eventually make its way back to our pockets - or at least go back to paying it off. Another cool rebate idea is to use Ebates while shopping on-line. I am absolutely smitten with this company and idea. It soon became a game as to how much I could not only save, but get back in rebates and earn for the Autism Society San Diego (ASSD).
I signed up with Ebates after a suggestion from a person on my Ninja group when I was looking into buying my daughters a ninja for the holidays. I was searching for the least expensive place where I could use a coupon for 20% off, get free shipping and would take offers from other store and match or beat the price. That's not asking for too much, right? Well, one of the ladies suggested Ebates to start with and the rest is history. I have already received my Big Fat Check for just under $2!
What I meant by earning money for ASSD is through goodsearch/goodshop. I have the cookies in my computer set to remember I donate whenever I make on-line purchases. My cookies recognize I am shopping, they recognize I have both Ebates and goodsearch/goodshop and putting those together, earns both ASSD and me money.
Another way to save money is to utilize what you already use, just stretch it a little. If you live in a home, like I do, where the house sits above the ground, not on a frame on the ground, you can set your dryer to blow the hot or warm air underneath to add warm air without turning on (or up) the heat. Bonus is the nice aroma if you use softener or dryer sheets. I have my dryer hose clipped to the screen to go under the house and in the spring or summer; the lint that escapes is easily removed.
Food...I know, you ate too much. We all did and will from here on out. One way to cut back is to cut back. I know it is an obvious solution, but there are ways to cut back without feeling like you are. Almost everyone I know makes soup after the holidays. That giant bird carcass is just too good to throw away. You can get up to 3 separate broths from the bird, maybe more if you have a pressure cooker. I save every scrap and boil it down several times, freeze the broth and bones/skin, then do it until the broth is weak. This saves you from buying broth and gets more use out of something normally thrown away after the first go round for soup..
Eating...Speaking of broth...make soup the first course of each subsequent meal for the first week or two after the holidays. This helps fill you up, you eat less, but still feel satiate. Since a lot of people get sick this time of year, the broth also will help keep you healthy. Turkey is pretty close to chicken soup is hydrating, voila! Adding half the meat you would normally add and twice the amount of veggies helps stretch your meat leftovers, as well. Make turkey salad instead of hunks of meat in a sandwich. The condiments will help spread the meat around so you use less.
Leftover mashed potatoes easily stretch into potato pancakes (maybe toss any leftover veggies in there, too? Turn corn into corn chowder, biscuits into breakfast sandwiches, cranberry sauce into toast with cranberry jelly, leftover buns into bread pudding - the sky is the limit. Check out the resources page for links to sites where living frugally and reusing, recycling and repurposing is a way of life. Make it your way, too.
I'd like to personally challenge everyone who reads this to make yourself a little 'wealthier' than you are today. Take me up on any of my suggestions and any money you save, put it aside. Instead of spending what you would have spent, anyway, save it for a rainy day. Do something nice for you and your family and rejoice in a new lifestyle that is simpler, and still fuller.