Saving money as it disappears!

A trust night conference call getting canceled immediately makes me want to do creative things with dinner. I ended up going to the supermarket to pick up a few things to use to make a good pasta dinner. I ended up spending a hair over $10 on shallots, canned tomatoes (on sale for $1 each!), pasta (on sale, too!), spinach, and seltzer. Sadly, this means…

Weekly Allowance Status: $16.93 / $60.00

The bread I’d baked last week went stale so as I type this, another loaf is on the oven. (Money-saving pro tip: bake your own bread!) With a quarter of the old loaf gone stale, and not wanting to waste it, I decided to make bread crumbs!

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Simply cut your stale bread into cubes, put in a blender or food processor (I used my Ninja Ultima blender) and pulse until fine. I put it in a mason jar and into the freezer. Done!

Because, who can really eat an entire loaf of bread before it begins to go stale?

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Hercules.

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Winter Storm “Hercules” is making this first (albeit short) week an easy one for the budget. (See how Boston is surrounded by dark purple? That’d be a foot or more of snow!) Although I worked a half day on 2 January, I didn’t have a reason or the means to do the impulsive, thoughtless stuff I’d usually do. With snow on the roads and carpooling with a coworker, I couldn’t go to Starbucks. Having left at noon, I was able to eat lunch at home.

Speaking of carpooling, I had to do so in order to ensure I’d get street parking spot for my and my fiance’s cars. With the city of Boston under a snow emergency, our street is one of the few in our neighborhood that doesn’t have a parking ban in effect on it! These spots are a premium, so I carpooled with a friend/coworker and left my car in the street to claim my spot.

Then I thought, “I’ll give him a few bucks for gas for his generosity!” Then I realized, “Oh… crap. I can’t. I need that money!” So, I baked him some chocolate-chocolate chip biscotti based off of a recipe he’s complimented me on before. Paying back a friend: $0.

I plan on working from home on 3 January as well, and since we’ll be buried in snow, I won’t have any reason to spend cash. It’ll be a soup-eating, tea-sipping, snuggling-up-to-my-hot-water-bottle kind of day… and it’s cost-free! Bonus: shoveling snow is free exercise.

Stay warm, folks.

Weekly Allowance: $34.00

Weekly Allowance Remaining: $34.00

J