Five Frugal Things

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I made a double batch of pinto beans in the Instant Pot.

Bean tacos. Beanadillas. Bean soup. Beans and rice.

Since we got our Instant Pot, we’ve had a bean revival in this household. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t much for cooking dried beans before my beloved Instant Pot.

Not on the stove top. Not in the slow cooker.

Before the Instant Pot, we were trying to finish off a gigantic bag of pinto beans from Costco that we’d had for a little over 2 years.

Now we’re going through these things like crazy.

Here’s my favorite Instant Pot pinto bean recipe.

We should have enough pinto beans to last us until the middle of next week, I think. (Did I tell you we like our beans in this household?)

I started using my gym membership again.

My gym key tag gathered a lot of dust this year. It hurts to think of how many months went by without me setting foot in that place.

Reminder: a $10/month membership fee is not frugal if you don’t use it.

My plan of going after work wasn’t working. A too-full parking lot and my own mental exhaustion were enough to tip the scales in favor of me skipping the gym.

Instead, I decided to try going on my way into work instead. I’ve gone about 5 times since the beginning of last week, and it’s been a game changer.

I have so much energy throughout the day again. Also, I’ve had better discipline when it comes to cooking dinners at home in the evenings. Which brings me to…

I packed all my breakfasts and lunches for work this week.

Green drinks and oatmeal and curry, oh my!

I usually give in to cravings and buy Taco Bell and/or vegan sandwiches during the work week.

But my desire to stay on-budget during the holidays has been beneficial for my (lack of) fast food discipline.

Here are some recipes I’ve made this week:

Here’s a pic of my killer overnight oats.

That’s frozen berries, walnuts, flax seed, chia seed, raisins, oat milk, and pumpkin pie spice. 🤤

I DIY-ed part of my Curly Girl routine.

I’m a hardcore follower of the Curly Girl hair routine. Like most things, it can become very expensive if you let it.

I’ve been trying to use up all my stockpiled and half-empty hair products. After running out about a month ago, I finally went out in search of deep conditioner.

I wasn’t able to find any vegan or budget-friendly CG products at the store (we’re talking $10+ for a tub of deep conditioner). So I decided to wing it with the bottle of extra virgin olive oil in my kitchen cupboard. No complaints here, and my curls came back to life. Kind of like a water bear.

I didn’t — and will never — buy Spotify Premium because of free library alternatives.

I listen to Spotify at work and I love it.

But the ads drive me bonkers. Absolutely insane. They’ve figured out the perfect combination and frequency of Odwalla and ChexMix ads to drive me mad.

(I have added a strike-through because these brands are now on my blacklist for having the worst ads.)

I found out that hoopla (offered through the library) lets you check out and stream up to 10 full albums (ad-free) at a time.

That’s plenty of music for me, as a serial playlist- and song-repeater.

I’m so excited to get my music queued up for the next work week. Finally, I can avoid the maddening nature of ad-infused streaming services.

Your Turn

What five frugal things did you do this week?

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