So I belong to a local Mom’s Club group that I love. One of the things we do is have a monthly “Frugal Group” organized by the ridiculously organized Big Binder. Our discussion this month was on getting organized.
How does organization help one be frugal? I am so glad you asked. I will tell you by way of a little story.
I like trying out new recipes. Sometimes fancy, complicated recipes. Sometimes recipes that have annoying ingredients that I know I will only use once. What you may not know about me is that I have a problem with recipes. That problem being, I can’t not follow one to the letter. Just thinking about veering off the recipe gives me the shakes (writing a blog makes you realize how weird you really are).
Anyway, this has led me to have some weird ingredients in my cupboard. So the other day, I decided to tackle the spices. I found 3 little jars of celery salt. All 3 of which had little to no celery salt used from them. This would not have happened if I had any clue what things I had in the cupboard before I went to the grocery store.
So this week when I made Greek Chicken, I checked through the cupboards before making out my shopping list. Lo and behold, there was some Kalamata olives in there that I had bought double of once before when making some sort of Greek dish. So, I didn’t waste money buying stuff I already have.
One could argue that I could just stop making dishes with weird ingredients or bravely omit and ingredient here and there in a recipe. To that I just put my fingers over my ears and sing loudly: LA, LA, LA, LA.
Anyway, to wrap things up (finally), this doesn’t just pay off in the kitchen. Ever get charged a late fee for a bill that got put in the wrong pile? Ever pay a fine on an overdue library book that got mixed in with your own? Ever paid full price cause you couldn’t find the right coupon even though you could have swore you just had one?….yeah, me neither. But if I had, I bet some organization might have helped my cause.