Five Frugal Things 2015

remote island

Welcome to 2015 everyone. I know I’m a bit late, but I have had a very busy January so far! I’ve been away a lot, which has thrown my routine out, but I hope to get back into the swing of things again soon.

So to kick off 2015, here’s five things I have done to save money lately:

1) My laptop keyboard stopped working (well some of the keys did, including the all-important Enter key). Because I’d kept the receipt and it was still under warranty, I was able to get a new keyboard installed for free.

2) Since I am no longer a student, I don’t get fee-free banking with my current bank. I did a lot of research and opened a new account with ME Bank, which offers fee-free banking without a minimum monthly deposit. Once I have a regular income I will likely apply for their no annual fee credit card as well.

dehydrated fruit and veg

3) I bought a cheap dehydrator (similar to this one but square) and have been dehydrating fruits and veggies to snack on. So far I’ve tried mango, pineapple, tomato and zucchini and they’ve all been delicious. Next I want to try jerky.

4) I spent eight days volunteering on a remote island doing some conservation work. For the cost of petrol to get there and a few hours of work a day, I got a free holiday in a beautiful location.

5) I used some organic chicken frames I had in the freezer to make a huge amount of chicken stock
, which I then froze in ziploc bags and ice cube trays to add extra nutrition to soups, stews and curries.

Plus, it’s not technically a frugal thing, but I have a new job! I have a four week full time contract starting on the 4th of February, and then straight after it finishes I begin tutoring casually for the semester. This means I have a guaranteed income until the middle of the year, which definitely takes the pressure off financially.

What frugal things have you done lately?

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  1. Ooh, congrats on your job! You rock!

    We have a dehydrator–my hubby uses it but I don’t. Maybe I should try some of your ideas to use with it.

    Love your picture … we (finally!) had sunshine today, but nothing is green …

    • Thanks Kris 🙂 What does your husband make in the dehydrator? I just tried jerky last night and it came out great 🙂

      • He dries herbs, mostly. Sliced apples … he cuts cherry tomatoes in half and dries them (he didn’t get the results he was looking for when he left them whole). I think we could probably use it more than we do.

  2. Fantastc! Congrats on the new job! 🙂

  3. You have been busy, Liz! That vacation destination looks gorgeous. Congratulations on the job.
    I mostly use my dehydrator for fruits, herbs and granola bars. But I’ll give some veggies a try this summer. Zucchini sounds interesting. Do you sprinkle the slices with herbs or salt?

    • Thanks Lili 🙂 I didn’t sprinkle the zucchini with anything, but it was a bit bland, so next time I will probably try sprinkling them with spices or dipping them in soy sauce.

  4. Great having work! Volunteering on a remote island? How cool is that!!

  5. Well done, the free holiday sounds lovely and congrats on the upcoming job! I’d be interested in getting a cheap dehydrator – where did you get yours?

  6. Congrats on the job, Liz! I love your dehydrated food – what a great way to utilise fresh food as well as save on the large expense of snacks.

    And the island – how cool!

  7. Great suggestions. I particularly like your number 4. Especially right now in the dead of Canadian winter. 🙂

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