You know that familia that saves ketchup packets from fast food restaurants. The mom who is taking napkins and salt and pepper packets home in her purse. Yup, that was my family. That’s my first confession and there’s more where that came from.
Call me penny pincher, cheapo, stingy… but I like to call myself frugal and I am rather fond with the term “Frugalista Mom.”
I grew up in a middle class, borderline low-income family. I learned how to be frugal at a very young age and I am thankful for that upbringing because I know how to have fun with little or no money. I know how to eat good on a budget. I know how to stuff my person with condiments, ha, ha, ha (thanks mom).
And now I get to pass on to my kids the importance of appreciating the little things. But what I am about to share with you is not necessarily, what I’d consider values worthy of passing on.
Confessions of a Frugal Mom
1. I recycle all of my baggies and I may have been known to email my child’s teacher requesting that they not ask him to throw away his ziploc bags because we recycle in our home.
2. I am one of those moms at the grocery store checkout line with tons of coupons and competitor ads so make sure you don’t get behind me if you’re in a hurry.
3. I have been known to duct tape a diaper if the clean diapers tab comes off.
4. It’s hard to tell who’s who, in all 3 of my boys baby pictures because they have all been photographed in that very same outfit. Hand me downs are the best.
5. I can make 3 meals from one whole chicken for a family of 3 growing boys. And I assure you everyone walks away from the table stuffed.
6. When I splurge and have a coffee out, I have been known to walk away with 2 or 3 extra packets of Splenda. Hey, no judging.
7. Peanut butter jars are pretty much clear when they get thrown in our trash can.
8. I buy extra large drinks whenever we eat out and I ask for extra cups and we share the drink. Pop is expensive, it adds a whole extra $10 to our meal.
9. We bring our own snacks to movies and plays (unless daddy takes them to the movies).
10. I have been known to take a leaf or two off a plant in neighborhoods that I run in, so I can go home and root it.
I can share more stories but I will stop here, while I can still walk away from the computer screen with some pride. So I guess I won’t tell you about shaking out hard poop off diapers because he pooped in it a minute after I put it on him and it was reusable or using a bag of tea twice…
To what extremes have you gone to save a buck this week or in the past?