How I Saved This Week - January 16

I mentioned two weeks ago that I started using the free version of EveryDollar.  I have been faithfully entering all our transactions and I was excited to see how it has already saved us money. When my husband asked about eating out this week, I knew exactly how much we had already spent on eating out and we decided to eat at home.  My husband and I took a lunch to work every day and we ate at home every night this week. 

We had some apples that were getting soft so I made apple crisp with them.  I really made an extra effort this week to use up leftovers and we did much better with that than we have in the past.

I used online bill pay to pay bills.

I used a coupon code to get a crochet pattern for free on Ravelry. I am a member of a crochet Facebook group and designers will often post sales and free coupon codes. I occasionally check for coupon codes and have gotten a few really cute patterns for free.

I bought bread at the bread store for $1.03 per loaf.

I started using water instead of milk to make hot chocolate. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, but I love a nice, hot cup of hot chocolate on cold winter days. Our boys have also started asking for hot chocolate when they come in after shoveling snow or playing outside. I love how creamy it is when I make it with milk, but I realized recently that I could save a little bit of money if I made it with water instead of milk.  It seems like a small thing, but with milk over $3.00 a gallon here, I want to make the milk stretch as long as possible.

How were you able to save this week?