Saving Money by Using What You Have

January 6, 2010 by Chelsea  
Filed under Frugality, Piggy Bank

I can freely admit that the creative part of my brain is often underused and perhaps even undervalued. I am used to routines, schedules and deviating from the normal can be hard for me. Yet this year I’ve been more determined to be a wise steward and make do with what I have.

My husband made a delicious dinner for New Years and I was in charge of dessert. I have always been a fan of pudding parfaits and wanted to make them in fancy, festive glasses. The only problem is we don’t have any fancy, festive glasses. So I looked through my cupboards and this is what I found. Festive canning jars. They may not have been fancy glasses, but they were better than our usual plastic ware.

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One bad habit that I’ve picked up is spending hours skimming through various tot school blogs looking for ideas for creative play for my son. I often think if I had this cool toy, or these expensive art supplies my son will be happier in his play. I don’t take into consideration the fun stuff I have just lying around the house. While I was cleaning up the kitchen I ran into an empty cinnamon jar. It was going to find an immediate new home in the trash, but I decided to give it to my son with some shortened spaghetti so he could do this.

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Both of these ideas were quick, easy substitutions that didn’t cost a cent but still fulfilled their functions.

See more ways to save at Lifeasmom’s Frugal Friday.

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7 Comments on "Saving Money by Using What You Have"

  1. Shaunda on Wed, 6th Jan 2010 4:35 pm 

    I am so glad you are back. Thanks for posting.

  2. Shelly on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 7:54 am 

    This is very true!

  3. Tracey on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 10:03 am 

    Love your frugal ideas!!

  4. The Prudent Homemaker on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 12:02 pm 

    I love using your canning jars! I have some small jelly jars that we’ve emptied recently. Those would be perfect for making something fun like pudding or a layered dessert. I’ll have to do this and photograph it! Thanks!

  5. The Saved Quarter on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 2:47 pm 

    We use mason jars as cups in our house, too, and jelly jars for the kids or for juice. The size is right, they’re sturdy, and they’re free when I buy spaghetti sauce or jelly. Can’t beat that!

  6. Kelly on Fri, 8th Jan 2010 10:55 pm 

    Way to go! These ideas are wonderful. Kelly

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