|Garage sale! *Not what it looks like in Saskatchewan in February when it is -49 with the wind chill|
1) going to a garage sale and
2) going to the farmer's market.
OK, neither is actually unprecedented. But I haven't been to a garage sale in like, two years. And I haven't been to the farmer's market in... a long time, too.
Now, both of these are places in which frugalism can occur. BUT I think it's important not to just get swept away and start buying things willy-nilly just because they are cheap and environmentally friendly. ALSO, I need to get supplies for whatever my contribution will be to my Oscar Party (to which my friends have been told they can bring food IF THEY WANT, it is not mandatory).
|Me, venturing out in the -49 with the wind chill to go to the farmer's market tomorrow. Oh, the price of frugality!|
So, here is my garage sale shopping list:
1) butter container (ideally shaped like a cow)
2) serrated-edge bread knife (or other knives, if they appear good quality)
3) picture frames (small sizes)
4) soap dish
5) storage containers (i.e. glass jam jars, etc.)
And just because it's a garage sale, I will allow myself ONE WILD CARD purchase, as long as it is less than $5. Now, you might think, "who has a garage sale in Saskatchewan in the middle of February, when it is -49 with the wind chill?" But the answer is: a group of ladies have joined a housing cooperative, so they are decluttering all of their homes and selling things in a church basement. So it is not only a garage sale, it is a SUPER GARAGE SALE.
Now, the farmer's market is where I will get some produce. I will try my best not to make the same mistake I always do, which is: buy produce and then never eat it, but feel good about having bought it, as though buying a thing of lettuce is somehow as nutritionally beneficial as actually eating lettuce.
Anyway, here is what I am going to make for the Oscar Party (recipes from Epicurious.com, or my own head) (Jessica Seinfeld's recipes are too complicated for me):
|I will obviously then make an Oscar statuette out of hummus and cornbread.|
And a regular grocery store shopping list of buttermilk, olive oil, paprika, lemon juice.
I will also add one WILD CARD purchase to the farmer's market, so long as it is produce. Maybe a tomato? Or lettuce?