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Saving My Milk Money (Frugal Friday)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 7, 2010 @ 7:18 pm In Frugal Friday | 35 Comments


Last week as I recounted our vacation story [5], I had to laugh about our Krispy Kreme adventure.It definitely was a perfect example of a frugality at work. I would have cringed as a teenager….

It was no big deal. Nothing earth shattering. An hour or two into our drive we stopped at the donut shop for a pitstop. The donuts were HOT, and we all enjoyed the free sample. (Love that melt in your mouth taste!) We also bought a dozen donuts and a coffee for FishPapa.

As I was standing in line to pay, I was contemplating whether or not to buy milks for the kids. We had “mad money” for our vacation, so I could justify it. But buying drinks is not our typical M.O.

I had a light bulb moment when I remembered the gallon of milk that I had packed in ice prior to our departure. I didn’t want it to go bad at home since we’d just opened it. So, I packed it, hoping we’d drink it on our trip.

Instead of ordering milks, I asked for some empty cups. They were more than happy to give them to me at Krispy Kreme. And then, since we were eating at a table outside near the parking lot, I busted out my gallon of milk and poured the kids’ drinks.

This is something I might not have done a few years ago. I might have been too self-conscious of the fact that I obviously did not buy this gallon of milk from Krispy Kreme. I might have thought that too gauche, too tacky, too frugal.

While I don’t think I would be comfortable taking my milk jug into the restaurant, I felt okay about doing this outside. It was a frugal way to have our cake (figuratively speaking) and drink our milk, too. Not only did I save money on our bill, but I also prevented the milk from going to waste during our vacation.

What do YOU do to save money?

Share your favorite money-saving ideas today. Leave a link to a post that shares some frugal wisdom. (Please no giveaways or deals posts. Teach us how to fish!)

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