1 – I said “no” to fast food requests this week from kids. Although, I did cave and spent $5 on popsicles at the pool from the ice cream truck. Because summer!
2- The next week at ALDI, my 15-year-old son saw the same popsicles we bought from the ice cream truck (where they had a 900% markup). He calculated they cost around .18 each. The little entrepreneur in him is thinking of buying a box, taking it to the pool, and selling it to his siblings and neighbors. Undercutting the ice cream man and still making a tidy profit.
3- That reminded me of a story from The Tightwad Gazette book, where Amy D. mentions buying a huge box of popsicles cheaply, then selling them to her kids for .25 each when the ice cream truck comes around. She would put the quarters into a jar, and when it was full, take the kids out for pizza. Which reminded me that I ordered both The Tightwad Gazette 2 and The Tightwad Gazette 3 from PaperBackSwap (FREE!) and am so looking forward to reading them again!
4- I used a zucchini that was languishing in my fridge to make Zucchini Flan. It’s a French recipe. Quite delicious and a very frugal main dish. The French excel at making ordinary vegetables delicious.
5- Especially when eggs are .69 a dozen at ALDI. And when the cashier lets you buy as many dozens as you want, even though the sign says “limit 2 per customer”, because she knows you have a large family and shop there 2-3 times a week. Egg-based main dishes are often cheaper than meat and supply just as much protein. Take advantage of these prices and make frittatas, quiches and baked egg muffins.