Thursday Thoughts – New Thursday Feature

I’m going to continue Thursday Thoughts when I have things to write about but I’m announcing a new Thursday series at the end of this post.

Besides all the wedding planning, the fiance and I are trying to save up for a house within a year or so. We seriously hate apartment living, especially when the fire department is constantly at our complex. It never seems to be anything major, but I don’t trust so many other people living in the same building.

I also can’t do laundry without paying like $10 a week on just running the machines, plus it comes down to trusting the other residents to keep the machines free and operate them properly, and not to move or steal our clothing.

You also have to be super quiet in an apartment building. We moved out of his old place because we had the noisiest neighbors ever. The resident above us was a large guy who seemed to do his exercise right over our heads in the living room. On one side, the neighbors played their TV so loud that I could hear what commercials were currently on. The other side was vacant for a while but was apparently being renovated so I’d wake up at 7 a.m. to power drills a few feet from my head. Then the people below us would come up and yell at us for being loud when we weren’t. Awesome.

Our apartment now is much quieter. Sometimes I hear the people next door talking or yelling, but it’s much rarer. I never hear or see the guy across the hall whatsoever. Our downstairs neighbor is a sweet lady who has been here since like the 70s and has never complained about noise. We got a top floor apartment in a corner just to keep the shared wall count to a minimum.

But anyway. We want a house. I want a dog because I’ve never had one (and it’s like a $500 deposit plus extra monthly fee to have one here, no thanks). And I want a garden and to grow some food really bad. Container gardening is just not for me.

I don’t make a lot of money myself, as I work from home freelancing. So far I’ve been lucky enough to be able to pay my student loans with the money I make, with a little extra to put in savings and contribute to the grocery bill. I’m going to need to get creative to help us save for a house.

So the new Thursday feature: Thrifty Thursday! I’m going to show you my efforts of saving money by taking advantage of store sales, stocking my pantry, shopping at thrift stores, and my adventures in making more things from scratch, particularly the things we run out of fastest. I want to free up more grocery funds for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Some things I want to focus on:

  • Yogurt
  • Bread
  • Jam
  • Juice (not juicing, just cooking down fruit)
  • Granola bars
  • Pizza/pasta sauce
  • Make-ahead meals (burritos, breakfast sandwiches, healthy muffins…)
  • Meal prep in general

If you have any tips or ideas for ways to be thrifty, let me know! I particularly need your granola bar recipes! I need them to be relatively simple, customizable, and peanut butter free (which is way harder than it seems). Check out my Pinterest board Food Goals for all the stuff I want to work on.

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