Once again, I enjoyed thinking back about specific frugal things I did in February to save us money. I shared 8 ways that I saved in January and now here are 7 ways I saved in February. A lot of my savings took place in the kitchen because that is where I am working hard to save us money this year. I hope it reminds you that there are countless ways we can save – big and small!
1. I turned wrinkly apples into homemade applesauce. For some reason, we had some apples in the produce drawer that went wrinkly before we could eat them. I peeled them, cored them and simmered them to make homemade applesauce. After a quick touch of my immersion blender, we had a couple meals of applesauce from the apples that nobody wanted to eat.
2. I made 2 batches of homemade yogurt. I am loving the ability to make my own yogurt! If you missed it, read about how I make vanilla yogurt in my slow cooker. It’s so easy and delicious. Best of all? This time around, I paid $1 to make 4 plus cups of yogurt – with no artificial ingredients. That’s a savings of at least $2 compared to the store prices! I also have almost enough whey leftover to try making ricotta cheese, too.
3. I froze milk and cheese. Milk was on sale for $1 a half gallon at Kroger and I bought two extra cartons to freeze for more yogurt down the road. I poured out a half cup or so from each carton before freezing it, but milk freezes great! I also bought lots of cheese for $1.49/lb. I grated some and froze it to be ready for the next time I need grated cheese in a pinch. I still have several blocks in the fridge too. (Note: I don’t freeze blocks of cheese – only slices or grated, if you want to try this yourself.)
4. I baked more homemade bread. I am perfecting the process, baking two loaves at once. One we eat right away and the other I wrap in foil and freeze. It’s nice to know I have bread in the freezer when I realize we need some. Nathan loves to eat homemade bread toast for breakfast – just like his Mommy!
5. I cut my dryer sheets in half. This is a frugal tip from my sister to use less and make them last longer. My Mom gave me wool dryer balls for Christmas and I do think they help shorten the drying time. However, right now with the dry winter air, our clothes were quite static-y so I am tossing in half a dryer sheet with the dryer balls. It was one of the tips in my 31 Days of Simple Savings series that I hadn’t implemented as regularly. Every little bit saved adds up!
6. We turned our heat down to 64 degrees (or lower) at night. First, I better say that we have a little electric heater that we keep in Nathan’s room at night so his room stays between 71 and 74 degrees to keep him quite cozy in his fleece pajamas. This allows us to turn down the heat in the rest of the house and save money that way. Besides, I sleep better when it’s cooler and I’m tucked in under blankets. If you turn it down right before you go to bed, you won’t even notice the different – until you get up in the morning. Ha. Yes, we still do this even when the temperatures and wind chills are in the negatives!
7. I used my Kroger fuel rewards to get $0.30 off a gallon. I had accumulated quite a few rewards last month, due to a bonus 200 point offer, plus shopping and a grocery survey. I don’t usually get this many points to use. Since all the gas had jumped again, and it was the end of the month, I went to Kroger to fill up. I must say that it was so nice to fill up for $2.03 a gallon and thanks to the rewards points, a quarter cheaper than anyplace else! Plus, I was able to fill my completely empty tank for under $30!
There you have it – a few of the ways I saved this month. What do YOU do to save money in February?