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This frugal thing is working (knock on wood)

OK – So I know it’s too early to totally congratulate myself on how I’m trying to turn around my spending, but I like to think that I’m making progress.

Case in point – yesterday. It was a rough day with work ending after 7 p.m. for me. And since I knew that Husband would be gone and playing games with his friends, I was going to stop by the grocery store and pick up a redbox rental to keep me occupied. Then I remembered … I actually have a ton of stuff that’s been saved on the Tivo. So I went home and I nerded out to some cooking shows. Small victory.

But what really got me was my reaction to something that happened today over lunch … it’s raining and crappy here in southern Minnesota today and one of my coworkers is eating chili. Tonight’s dinner plans VANISHED from my head as I imagined how good it would taste to make some chili … but do I have all the stuff that I need for chili? Last week, I would have gone to the grocery store and just bought the makings regardless of what I have in my pantry. Today I know what I have in my pantry, because in a random fit of organization, I made a spreadsheet of my pantry items. (No – I’m not organized, I’m just embarrassed because my pantry is RIDICULOUS.) You wanna see how ridiculous my pantry is? You can go here.

So yes, I’m deviating from my plan for this week (although my plan was some sandwiches and some leftover salad), but (and you don’t see this on the spreadsheet), I only need to buy some beans because I have the rest of the makings for chili in the freezer or in the pantry. I can even make some homemade cornbread when I get home tonight.

I think that’s a big victory. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “This frugal thing is working (knock on wood)

  1. I just have to say, I love the pantry spreadsheet. As someone who lives for creating spreadsheets, I am surprised I haven’t thought of doing the same thing before. Hope you don’t mind, but I am totally stealing your idea! Thanks! Now I am off to do my inventory.

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