TGIT! Whose ready for Thursday? I know I am! I’m so ready for more #MerDer drama on Grey’s Anatomy.
Each week I do a quick roundup of the thrifty and frugal things I’ve been up to. It’s also a good time for me to reflect on my week and figure out how I can save even more money in the future. Here my latest edition of Thrifty Thursday.
Robert got sick with a bout of diarrhea on Friday. He couldn’t go more than 30 minutes without going to the bathroom and he was in so much pain. I hated seeing my baby like that. We’ve been lucky that he’s only ever had to drink Pedialyte once and he hated it. I hated the fact that I spent so much on a stupid drink that he wouldn’t even drink.
I figured there had to be a better way. Plus I wasn’t in the mood to take a poopy toddler out in public. Kids have been getting sick for years before the existence of Pedialyte, and I’m pretty positive kids in third world countries can run to the drug store anytime they are sick. For those reasons I decided to look at the World Health Organization website and found this article about oral rehydration salts. It’s really long, so don’t download it unless you are a crazy person like me.
Instead, just copy the solution and make your own!
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tsp. sugar
1 liter of water
Mix it all together until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
I used coconut milk instead of water and added less sugar. I knew that Robert would down the coconut milk without a problem since it is his favorite. I found a bunch of websites that say watered down orange juice or coconut water would work just as well. But remember, I have no medical training. Don’t trust random bloggers on the internet! You should probably clear this with your pediatrician first.
Cheap diaper rash cream
Another issue that came accompanied Robert’s illness was a diaper rash. This is only the second one he has ever had. I don’t know if it is luck or if we are doing something right when it comes to diapers. (Sidenote: we mostly use cloth diapers and when we do use disposable we use Seventh Generation Touch of Cloth.)
I wasn’t sure what to do with this nasty rash he got from being sick. I tried using some traditional cream that is made for disposable diapers since we were using disposable for all the nasty diapers. That did not work at all. I usually use coconut oil so I decided to go back to that instead of changing it up.
Turns out it only took 2 application of heavy coconut oil to clear up his rash. It was cheap and easy!
Lent check in
I decided to give up spending money on myself for Lent. Overall it is has been a great experience. I’m glad I did it. I made a few exceptions when it came to food. There were too many times that I wanted a donut or coffee so I let those trips slide. Other than that, I didn’t spend money on myself at all. I’m really proud of myself.
I’m hoping I can hold onto this feeling and continue with it. I don’t want to be that strange person who deprives herself of all purchases, but I don’t want to be the person who has to buy something for herself every time she walks into Target. This experience taught me that I don’t have to look at the clearance rack every time I shop. It also taught me that I don’t have to shop in order to be thrifty or frugal. That was a tough one to learn.
On budget for the third week in a row
I can’t believe I’m on budget with my groceries/ spending money for the third week in a row. I went to Trader Joe’s this week and spent $124.14. My usual budget is $100 for groceries. For this Trader Joe’s trip I had an extra $25 to use to buy ingredients to develop a recipe with wild blueberries. Mom’s Meet sent me a $25 gift card for the recipe development and I put it to good use. Can’t wait to share some of the recipes I come up with. Be on the lookout for it on the blog sometime in May.
Any thrifty finds to share this week?