Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let's Hear it For Tightwaddery!

When did it become a bad thing to be tight or mean with your money?  Being careful with your dollars when spending them is as important as being careful when you earn it.
Tightwaddery should not have a stigma attached to it.

Now being a miser, that's another whole level.
Some folks  who are considered tightwads have an unhealthy attachment to money and some don't.  It's just a way of dealing with a budget and still being able to do pleasurable things without going broke.
Misers don't enjoy their money(except when they are hoarding it).  Tightwads just have priorities on where to spend their money and where not to spend it.

What have you done that would fall under the tightwad category?
I'll go first---
* I often will empty a vacuum cleaner bag and reuse it.  Have you seen the price of those things??! lolz
* I save and reuse bacon grease for cooking, much like my mother and her mother before her, etc. did.  My sister in-law does me one better as she has a "grease pot".....a dedicated container with a built in strainer for keeping your used bacon grease.  I am jealous of it and her! ;-)
* I have a sign on my dryer-Only for use on rainy days between the hours of 5pm and 7am and weekends(as that is when the rates are lower).
* I reuse plastic bags(Ziploc types), always!  Unless raw meat was in it the first go 'round.
* When my kids were little and their clothing sizes/growth from season to season was predictable I would buy deeply discounted clothing at the end of each season in sizes they would be wearing that season the next year and store them away until needed.  One Spring I bought 3 years of sweatpants and shirts for each of them at Walmart for .50¢ a piece.(And some of them got handed down to the younger ones and used twice or thrice.) 
*When traveling and the motel I am staying at offers a free breakfast(well not free really, the price is built into what they charge for the room)I will take extra items I don't eat for breakfast then on the road with me to consume later.  Sometimes these items are eaten at lunch or dinner time so I don't have to shell out even more $ for another "one never knows if it will be a good or a bad meal" on the road.  My "go to" take alongs are whole fruits(like a banana or an apple), a yogurt or two(if I have a cooler with me to keep this chilled until use), or bread and little containers of peanut butter.  A pb sandwich isn't the most elegant dinner but it's semi-healthy and filling and having one that is free helps stretch the travel budget.

I see Tightwaddery as a lifestyle choice.  Habits that just throw good money away/that are wasteful  get under my skin.  But I can part with my money for a good reason or for something I see as a good value or that gives me a benefit.
Frugality is the cousin of Tightwaddery but not as severe.

So what tips or habits do you have that the "normal" person/consumer would find strange, odd or questionable?


Monday, May 18, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "Traveling Circus" Edition--

Here's a shot of my dinner last night.....that plus a small side salad.  I tell you it was an effort just to eat this last night after the day I had!
Oy......more details about that in the fullness of time.

Anyway, onward to the meal planning!
Here's what was planned last week.......

1.  Chinese Take-out(Mother's Day and I don't cook!)
2.  Salmon, Squash casserole
3.  Leftover Chinese take-out
4.  Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower
5.  Fend for Yourself/Wing Night
6.  Tacos or Taco Salad
7.  Subway sammies
And this is what actually happened--

1.  Chinese Take-out(Mother's Day and I don't cook!)
2.  Salmon, Squash casserole
3.  Leftover Chinese take-out
4.  Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes
5.  Fend for Yourself/Wing Night(I had a salad & a steak.)
6.  Chicken Parm, Salad
7.  Subway sammies

Everything went as planned.

Last week I made 6 trips to 2 different food stores and spent *sit down first!* $271.36 OOP on $476.49 worth of reg. retail groceries and toiletries.
So much for my "I plan on spending about $60 this week on loss leaders."!  Yah, the loss leaders were too good to pass up this week so we ran up the spending to the tune of $271.36.

Yes last week was bad was getting a lot of good deals, stocking up on things College Boy will eat(that I don't usually buy now) and I TOLD YA it would be a bad month for the food budget before we started May.
The good things are-groceries won't be bought the next 2 weeks and I earned $20 in Store Scrip this month for buying things like charcoal and trash bags that we did need anyway.
Ok, enough of my justifications.....

I had 0 transactions at Rite-Aid last week and spent $0.00

$504.10(plus $11.67 at R-A) spent of my $? May food budget.  I think I am done buying food/toiletries for May now(except if College Boy picks up milk or something but I can't think of a thing we don't have other than milk now.
We should be good until June rolls around.
I did leave him basic foodstuffs and pizza money so it's all good. 8-)

We have cleaned out the leftovers other than things CB will eat(which isn't much in the leftovers dept.) so I don't plan on coming home to any food waste. *crossing fingers*

There is no plan for the next 2 weeks but I'll share yummy stuff we eat while away instead.
Now doesn't that sound like fun? lolz
What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?    

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Shopping & Stuff

It seems like every time I turned around this week I was off to the grocery store.

I went out this morning to the local hardware store to pick up some tomato plants.  Freezing weather has now passed around here so it's safe to plant things....yay!
Unfortunately we are going away so I don't have much time to get it done before we leave and dare I leave College Boy here with instructions to plant, I do not! ;-)

So on the way I passed the municipal center and saw the local Ladies Garden Club holding a plant sale this morning.  I got the Coleus in the picture for $2.  Unfortunately they didn't have any veggie starts so I had to pay big money up at the hardware store, $3.68 a 4 pack....

Then I went back up to Weis(PMITA)Markets.......with the deals I got today, maybe I should stop saying PMITA, huh? lolz

Anyway, is what I got today at Weis.  I made another video HERE.....aren't you people just so lucky? *snort*

Paid $22.80 paid OOP for $77.01 worth of regular retail grocery items.

And just for KIM, here is a picture of the "ex" pile of clothing........

All put away, thrown away or in a bag for donation.
The only things left to put away are a few pairs of older pants I can knock around the house in.

And I should mention what you can't see is the large pile of clothing that needs altering that's draped over a folding chair by the dresser in this room.  ;-)

Now I have to finish packing and do another load of laundry and wake up "you know who" who got in this morning at 7:30am....sigh

Ok, so "you know who" is up now, since it took so long for my video to publish on YouTube and for me to get this posted.  8-P