We try to keep Sundays calm at our house.
The tasks that I do are elective.
Today I decided to take an opportunity to save money.
My husband travels at least 3 out of four weeks every month.
We choose to look at the positive of the situation.
The advantages are that he gets to be in warmer weather
at least one week out of the month and
we save money in little ways due to his travel.
*JC drives a company vehicle that we don’t have to pay for.
*His fuel and maintenance on his vehicle are paid for.
*He brings home his leftovers including snack and soap remnants.
*His meals on the road are paid for so our grocery bill is less.
Something as small as soap remnants seem petty or crazy
but they serve a purpose.
Consider that my husband stays multiple places in a week.
He has a soap container that he puts the bars in to bring home.
I then transfer them to a shelf to dry.
When I have enough bars, I grate them into a container.
For every ounce of soap, I put a cup of distilled water in a pan.
Then I heat the water to just a boil and add the soap, stirring well.
I’m careful to leave enough room at the top for suds.
I turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for 24 hours.
This is when I adjust the consistency.
If it’s too runny, I add some grated soap.
If it’s too thick, I add some distilled water.
Then I pour it through a funnel into a bottle to store it.
Yes, it’s cheapskate.
My husband also has a habit of snacking
and leaving just a little bit in the bag.
I have a Mason jar now that I put the leftovers in.
He doesn’t snack on sweet, just salty so it works.
Sometimes I’ll add some bread cubes and roast
it all in the oven for a few minutes with added spices.
This doesn’t happen nearly as often as the soap scenario.
Other ways we show our cheapskate stripes:
*We save the pickle juice and make salad dressing.
*We use the library for free ebooks and paper books.
*We listen to free audio books on Librivox.
*We bake our own bread in our $9.99 Bread Machine.
*We buy 25 or 50 pound bags of beans, flour, and popcorn.
*We buy vegetables and fruit without packaging.
*We eat simply: Whole wheat toast for breakfast, vegetable soup and/or beans for lunch, popcorn for “tea time” at 330 pm, and a nice dinner featuring beans, TVP, whole wheat pasta, Tofu, and vegetables. Fruit is for dessert. On Sundays, we enjoy bread crumb cookies for tea time.
*I buy my clothes and whatever household items I truly need at the thrift store.
*We keep the heat at 66 degrees in the winter and rarely turn on AC in summer.
(Gasp! We wear Sweaters, sweats, and socks with slippers in winters)
*When we buy, we buy better quality but not designer items.
*I can’t remember the last time we ate out at a restaurant.
*We make gifts for our close family birthdays and wish our friends well.
*We don’t buy each other gifts for every little holiday.
So, today I made bread crumb cookies, vegetable bean soup for lunch with homemade bread, the liquid soap to store, and still had plenty of time to write after cleaning and reading. Keeping life simple keeps me sane.
We are getting addicted to a more simple life. It’s not for everyone and to each his own, but we enjoy being less stressed and being able to have experiences.