A frugal mindset is consistantly thinking of ways to conserve, to resuse what you already have, before replacing it, or buying a replacement. I am constantly thinking of ways how I can do things better, with my bottom, budget line in mind. Case in point: this morning's cooking.
Today is trash/recycling day, and as usual, my recycling bags far outnumber the trash bags. The more I recycle, the less I pay, AND the earth thanks me. : ) Update: today's trash disposal fees: $5.40. Nice.
Update: soup in fact dinner is off the menu tonight. We ended up getting a freak snow storm (was supposed to just be rain, with snow showers, no accumulation) and I had trouble getting up my windy, ascending mountainous road. I started to go up the "bad" end of the road, only to reverse into a driveway, turn around and go back down the road to the main road, then go around, through the center of town to attempt to go down the road, to my home. As I pulled into the center of town side, I phoned the police, explained that I initially got stuck on the bad side of the road, just made it through the center of town, only to find the road unplowed. Could a plow be sent as I am worried about getting stuck yet again. "Sorry 'Mam, surprise storm, plows are out, I can't predict when one will get there, could be 5 could be 30 minutes." Ok, we gave it a go. (Note, my town is AWESOME about taking care of snowy and icy roads). Sure enough just as I tried to go up the last hill just before my home, I got stuck, slid back onto a flat side street and we waited an hour for the plow. Tried again, nope-slid back to the side street and waited another 30 minutes for the salt/sand mixture to do it's thing. Still slipped a bit, but we made it home finally. Phew! All is well, no one is hurt, the car is fine, etc. So now I am pondering snow tires for this car. Granted, today's circumstances were highly unusual, but I don't want a repeat event. I have 1 1/2 weeks of driving before I am banned from driving until mid March, scheduled at this point to return to work end of March. I can risk not getting snow tires until the Fall, knowing that they are an anticipated expense, I can start setting money aside.