5 Frugal Things


Much like a budget, a food journal or a gratitude journal, I believe that recording and acknowledging your frugal successes (and maybe some failures) is a necessity when you are embarking on a frugality adventure like myself. I first came across 5 Frugal Things on THE FRUGAL GIRL who came across it on THE NON-CONSUMERADVOCATE.COM and I’ve been hooked since. It is amusing to recount the frugal events of the past few days to keep encouraging me on this expedition.

Without further ado, here are my 5 Frugal Things from the weekend:

  1. I was away on a bowling trip this weekend, so Mr. Daisy and Little Daisy were holding down the fort. They stayed home all weekend entertaining themselves and eating at home.
  2. We had budgeted $100 for me to have this weekend on the girls’ bowling trip. I’m happy to say that I came home with $50…even after having a few too many blackberry Long Island Iced Teas during Applebee’s happy hour.
  3. I listed some items on my EBAY STORE. Once each month, I transfer this money directly from my PayPal account to whichever debt I am currently using the snowball method to pay off (in addition to the minimum payment).
  4. I made a batch of breakfast burritos for a quick-grab breakfast to bring to work.
  5. I found a cart of final markdowns at our local supermarket that contained a large cardboard box of travel size shampoos and conditioners for 15 cents! I refrained from buying the whole box, and instead limited myself to 10. These little guys work perfectly for my gym bag!

Frugal fail…woh woh.

Usually, I do the grocery shopping by myself. It is my mommy time on those glorious early Saturday mornings. However, since I was away all weekend, I brought along the entire Daisy family so that we could spend a little time together. I just couldn’t bring myself to come home from a trip and leave them again to go to the store.

Bad idea.

Have you ever shopped with a husband and a toddler?

I generally keep our grocery budget to $50-75 weekly. Our total was, drumroll please….$155! What the what?! It is safe to say that this will become a mommy-only even from now on.

Because of this crazy $155 shopping excursion, I’m challenging myself to make it on $20 the next two weeks. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

What are your frugal successes and failures (if any!) for the last few days? Do you think it’s possible for me to restrict myself to $40 for the next two weeks?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


  1. Erik @ The Mastermind Within | 27th Feb 17

    Best of luck during the next two weeks! Whenever I have to stock up on cleaning supplies I always blow through my budget…

    This Saturday, I didn’t spend any money! 🙂 I was reading, did a workout and was doing some posts. I enjoyed it!

    Have a good one, looking forward to your next post.

    • Mrs. Daisy | 27th Feb 17

      Ah – those staples can really busy a budget! We are lucky – my husband’s grandmother buys each family unit a large laundry basket jam packed of cleaning supplies, aluminum foil, Saran Wrap and such — it usually stocks us up for the year! 🙂

  2. Katy | 28th Feb 17

    I hear ya on the shopping alone! If I bring my husband with me, our total goes up $20 at least.

    Cheering you on as your plan to save some money the next two weeks!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 28th Feb 17

      Thanks, Katy! I told my husband that he has $155 worth of groceries so if I hear, “there’s nothing to eat” out of his mouth, I’m gonna whoop him 😉

  3. Nathalie | 8th Mar 17

    Never EVER take your husband grocery shopping! Yes, you can make it on $40 for the next 2 weeks. From what I understand you’re into emergency preparedness so I expect you have tons of food in emergency stock already. Shop your pantry, freezer and fridge first. Make a list of meals with what you already have on hand and make substitutions in order to be able to use what you do have, instead of what the recipe might say you need to use. For instance, I use canned mustard greens instead of fresh spinach or kale in many recipes, including Zuppa Toscana. Only buy what you really need over those next 2 weeks, and try to buy them on sale if you can. I’m not sure if you can shop at an Aldi or Save A Lot but those are low-cost stores in my neck of the woods.

    Good luck!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 8th Mar 17

      I’m answering both of your comments in this one 🙂 I have an Aldi nearby finally, thank goodness! That is the only way that I am able keep our grocery bill down. Well, I’m sure that I could but I would have to get extremely creative. I am located in rural Ohio. Like you, I am also staying pretty private with our identities, I am happy to find someone with a familiar standpoint! Thank you for taking the time to read and write such awesome comments. It’s rewarding to know that people are actually reading about our story and cheering us on. I look forward to learning from your blog! 🙂

  4. June | 15th Mar 17

    Yup! The ticket definitely goes up when hubby and four kiddos come along, though it has gotten better with time. If I just bring the kids I communicate beforehand what we can and can’t get that week. It helps for the most part. $20 a week -I’m impressed! What a challenge, but I’m sure you’re up to it.

    • Mrs. Daisy | 16th Mar 17

      We went a little over each week – but it was definitely a motivating goal!

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