Ok – so I might be dating myself but who remembers this commercial?

While I was cleaning out/re-organizing our treat stash/stockpile cupboard, I stumbled upon these lil babies and immediately started singing the song from the commercial.  (Yes, I said ‘treat stockpile’ people. Judge me if it makes you feel better lol  I like to buy and keep a few treats/snacks etc on hand for when the mood strikes or last minute guests drop by but don’t always want to eat them ASAP.  Plus if the hubster see’s them, he’ll go for them ASAP.  This method totally works for us. And yes, I know that he knows where the stash is. However, out of sight, out of mind right? ;) )

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I must say that I do enjoy these individually wrapped (aka portion controlled) treats. I find them to be just the right size/portion to go with a cup of tea or coffee.

So tell me, when was the last time you took a broke off a piece of that Kit Kat bar? ;)

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Minimal loss this week – 1 avocado and 1 bell pepper. Again – surplus graciously and secretly donated by the sister unit. I wish she’d let us know when she dumps stuff off in our fridge. This is a classic case of “I thought I was helping”. (She’d rather pay the lower price for multiples knowing she can’t consume them before they go bad but she drops them off here literally 2 days before they turn towards the dark side) Ugh.

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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Discovered that someone (dad or my sis) purchased nectarines this past week. Want to know how I found out? They were a liquidy mush at the bottom of the fruit drawer. Ick. I tossed 3 of them then cleaned up the mess. That makes me sad. I try to slice off the icky parts of fruits and freeze them to use in a smoothie later on. These nectarines didn’t even get a chance. RIP poor lil nectarines.

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

Upon my travels at the Dollarama during the month of August, I stumbled upon these lil babies. I have seen these travel squeezy canisters for potions and lotions sell for anywhere between $10-$15 for a 2pk and $19.99 at Costco for a 4pk.   At $5 for 4 squeezy canisters, I was game to try. I hope that’s enough for the hubster, baby and myself. Of course we’re not going to decant everything we use but for some of the things we buy in bulk sizing, these will definitely come in handy!

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We have waste :( On Friday out went 1lb of blueberries and 1lb of strawberries, 1 crushed nectarine and 1 yellow bell pepper beyond saving. As usual, over shopping has been the culprit. I had popped out earlier this week and took dad with me then my sister came later in the end of the week taking him shopping again. Over purchasing produce is our main culprit however we do eat a high volume of it. So, how much is too much?  I’ve tried having this conversation with my dad and he agrees but he’s the one going shopping twice in a week so he should be the one to realize what we have at home. Having said that, my sister tends to shop with my dad at the Asian markets (while I hit up the discount grocery stores) and shops the deals but then splits them with us. 

Example 4 for $5 – whatever produce item. She’ll take 1 or 2 depending on what it is then leave the rest here. I don’t know about it so I’m not conscious about eating it/using it up before it spoils.

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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This week’s waste = none. Apparently someone bumped the temperature control dial at the top of the fridge while putting items on the top shelf and cranked the cold factor. A lot of the fresh fruits/veggies that were presliced have been slightly erm, frozen? Or super chilled so they’re well preserved. They’re tasty to eat and totally fine texture-wise once they thaw a bit LOL For now, I’ll count it as a no waste week here!

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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Hmm…this week’s waste, a lonely lime and a moldy orange. I suspect they were having a ripe ole time together which is how they ended up as they did. (see what I did there? LOL)

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

 

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Once in a while my dad gets into the mood and cooks things he ‘used to’ make when he had his restaurant. We had beef pot roast the previous night and I guess there was that much leftover that he got creative and whipped up his beef pot pies vs having pot roast dinner another night. Very rare.  Total surprise. He even made the dough from scratch and used shortening!  HOLY. YUMMERS!  Super flaky. Super delish. Devoured by all and there was definitely no leftovers that night.  Now if only I could get his recipe….think he’d share? ;)

Do you enjoy beef pot pie? Got a recipe to share?

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No waste this week! T’was kinda easy actually – we didn’t buy that many fresh / perishable items AND we’ve been diligent on eating up leftovers. Spaghetti with meatballs for breakfast anyone? :D

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

While popping into the local Dollarama to pick up a few items, I happened to walk past the HBA section and noticed more brand name items being sold there. This is partly due to the fact that the prices have gone up (where has it not?) but the max you can pay is $3 per item  I believe.  I couldn’t resist picking some of these up because they were needed. My next shopping stops were the grocery store and WalMart for these actual items – well hair conditioner to be exact. (I’m trying to work through my stockpile of HBA items and have discovered that I didn’t have conditioner as stockpiled as well as I thought. Read more about that challenge here).  Do you know how elated I was to see these babies there on the shelf for HALF THE PRICE I’d have paid for them at WalMart?!  People thought I was nuts with a huge ‘A-HA!’ look on my face.

I know how Pantene works with my hair and I haven’t tried Dove since they first made hair care products (yes, I’m that old lol – shut it!) and I’ve only seen the Infusium. Never willing to risk the money to try it – especially since it’s usually priced over $6/bottle.  Who’d want to get stuck with a product that they can’t / won’t use that they paid a hefty fee for?

I was able to purchase three brand name conditioners for just over the price of one. Does that make me cheap or frugal? ;)

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What’s your latest dollar store find(s)?

 

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