just a list of changes I've made or continued this first half of 2011
*I made & am giddy that I can serve the homemade mulberry syrup by USDA childcare food program standards to the childcare-they don't allow any home canned goods unless frozen immediately as most canning processed involve sitting @ room temp for an extended period of time
*I am a bit addicted to the homemade granola I've been making.
*I did away w/the HFCS laden ice pops we've lived on most of my childcare career & now make juice-cicles w/100% juice (required by USDA food program)
*The only thing I serve the kids that comes in a box, is plain pasta- no more hamburger helpers, boxed mixes, or cereal.
*I broke my 'no store bought bread' rule when I received a delivery size FLAT full of various loaves of bread, hey, its FREE!! & froze most of it only pulling out sporatically. French toast out of texas toast, bread crumbs from various flavors, 'emergency' (read lost track of time & didn't start lunch in time) grilled cheese sandwiches, etc.
*I've kept homemade mac n cheese as well as homemade refried beans in the freezer.
*I've made 2 batches of homemade laundry soap this year as well as a batch of dishwasher detergent every couple of weeks.
*I've been better about closing the curtains thru the heat of the day & put up a dark blanket over a window with out treatments in the childcare.
*I've used the clothesline every possible day.
*I've gotten better about using up all leftovers rather than throwing it out.
*I've done great about having a second item ready to go in the oven when I have had to bake something for lunch or snack.
*We've used up almost all of the boxes in the upstairs cupboard! This is huge b/c it was something we kept well stocked. Now I will have to make up some homemade mixes to keep stocked for easy baking.
*I've been really good about shopping the sales (thanks to Sara!)
*I am still composting.
what frugal changes have you made this year? what do you plan to change?