Reviewing your week is a good exercise to increase your awareness of frugality. Here's an example of my week's frugal and not-so-frugal activities.
Frugal things I did
- Used homemade chicken stock to prepare dinner
- Used spices purchased from the bent and dent store
- Made a full-sized ham into three dinners
- Froze all the leftover ham for later use
- Used a Redbox code and reserved a title online, which eliminated the need to drive around and waste gas
- Bought last year's model of running shoe. This is a huge savings and applies to almost everything -- cars, clothing, scrapbook paper, etc.
Non-frugal things where I could have saved money
- Ate lunch out twice with my husband. Lunch dates are less expensive than dinner dates, but we did not use coupons or drink water. Little things add up.
- Threw out leftovers. I think my family members all need training -- when weekend lunch time arrives, look for leftovers. Alternatively or additionally, I could choose to cook smaller portions or freeze any leftover meals.
- Left my coupon binder in the other car. Lack of planning caused this.
By reflecting on the things I did and didn't do, I can see that more advanced meal planning could be a benefit to my pocketbook. All of the non-frugal things I did revolved around food.