Frugal Tuesday ~ Got Milk?

It’s Frugal Tuesday! I feel like I’ve been in a massive spend money mode lately. Between Christmas, my daughter’s birthday, and a mini vacation to Chicago {including Trader Joe’s, Ikea, & the American Girl Doll Store}, buying boots for myself, and drooling over Le Creuset’s 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven {anyone want to send me one in Fennel???} I have really been spending a lot of money lately {or dreaming of spending a lot of money}.

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Soooo, I don’t feel very qualified to share a post about being frugal, but I am trying to reign in the spending once again. I have my monthly budget in cash and I’m working hard to prepare mostly food from our pantry. All good things!

Since I don’t have a frugal tip, per se, to share this week, I thought I’d share our milk story…

Last spring I started buying raw milk. It’s quite the hassle to get raw milk in my area – it takes a considerable amount of coordination and driving. But for $5 a gallon for grass fed raw milk, I decided it was worth the trouble for many months. After about 7 months though, I couldn’t keep up with it. It just got to be too much effort and so I made the hard decision to quit buying raw milk.

I made the decision in part because I found this:

IMG_3538IMG_3539At $4 a HALF gallon, it’s definitely NOT the frugal option in terms of sheer $$. But, I can get it at the grocery store and I don’t have to coordinate drop-offs and pick-ups anymore. The kids like it, and I’m back to 1/2 & 1/2 for my coffee instead of raw milk.

Not buying raw milk anymore helps my sanity a little bit and saves me time and gas. I guess sometimes the frugal option is not always what might happen to be the cheapest it terms of sheer dollars. All sorts of other factors enter into the decision making matrix, too. I miss those Ball jars in my fridge though, and raw milk in refillable glass containers certainly produced less waste. If it ever gets easier to buy raw milk in my area, I will switch back in a heartbeat; but for now, I’m going with organic, grass-fed whole milk.

So, now I’m curious: what factors into your frugal decision-making matrix? And, what color Le Creuset should I buy when I finally take the plunge??? 🙂

Linking up: Healthy 2day Wednesday; WFMW; Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways; HomeAcre Hop;

Comments

  1. I consider my time and the gas used when I drive when I make decisions. I am discovering that as I get older I don't like to drive so much...maybe it's due to the fact that I live in a rural area and the closest store is at least 30 minutes away. I would love to have access to raw milk, but the closest herd share I know about is an hour away. Do I really want to spend two hours round trip to pick up milk...um, no. All the colors of the Le Creuset are beautiful. I personally like the cassis color, but I would buy one to match your kitchen. Fennel is a great choice. :)
    • I love that purple!! So pretty. I'm thinking maybe a rainbow of Le Creuset when I win the lottery...The problem is, my kitchen is in the works. We are designing our new home so the color I choose may {or may not} determine the entire kitchen... :-)
  2. I've seen that milk too! What do you do about all the cream on top? I stopped buying it because my husband didn't like the "floaties." :)
    • Well...right now I just shake it up really well {guess I should buy homogenized...} ;-) You could use the cream in your coffee or any other recipe that calls for cream, though!
  3. When I lived in the US I bought organic milk because of the potential for other milk having rBGH. Michelle, as a grammar/spelling concerned person, I bet you meant to use the word "sheer" instead of "shear," LOL! Spell-check would not have picked that up.
    • LOL!!! Haha! Well, I just got a new topic for my 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. Too funny. A lot of the conventional milk now says rBGH free. And even Walmart refuses to sell milk with rGBH in it. So that's at least a step in the right direction! Thanks for pointing out my error. :-)
  4. So many great colors. I love the Fennel but you know I am a green fan. Cassis (the purple) is lovely as well. BUT I saw the Ocean (grayish) at Wms. Sonoma yesterday and think I am in love. My kitchens are usually painted green so I would probably go for the Cassis, but I do have a crush on the Ocean - although you HAVE to see it in person before you order it. I think some people would think it is not one of the "fun" colors. But it would go with most kitchen paint colors. BUT once again, you have to see it before you order it because the person beside me was not taken in the least. The other thing I will say is that I have Shamrock and Lemongrass plates from Fiesta and 99.8% of the time they are terrific but once in a while one of the kiddies will say that the green color of the plate is making the food look funny or greenish. I have never had this happen with any other color. Not that you are eating out of the Dutch oven but still one more thing to consider... Yeah, so I was NO help.
  5. I'm in IA as well and I buy the Picket Fence Creamery brand. $5 a gallon. Not sure if they ship to your part of the state though. It's like the Kalona--non homogenized, low temp pasteurized, etc.
  6. I'm lucky to have a source for raw milk :) Found you on Frugal Days and I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop! http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/01/the-homeacre-hop-3.html
  7. The Le Creuset French ovens are lovely and their colors delicious, but I have the 7 1/4 qt round and rarely use it. I love and use the 6 1/2 qt oval and find I prefer the oval shape so my next dutch oven was an 8 qt oval from Sur La Table. The color choices were red, blue and green, but the price was $80. on sale. About the milk: in California the raw milk at the store is about $17. a gallon. We bought a cow instead!
    • Holy Cow!! $17 a gallon?? Wow. I've thought about getting a cow one of these days. I'm not sure I want to be tied down to twice daily milking. Need to get smart on that. :-) I broke down and got a purple 7 1/4 quart. I think I'll use it a lot -hope so!! :-)
  8. It's actually illegal to buy raw milk where I live! :( We have to drive 4 hours away to get it, and right now, just not worth it...not to mention i's $16 a gallon ($8 per half). My husband was raised on a dairy farm and is trying to convince me to buy a cow! But I really do miss it! We pick it up on vacay and drink it there! lol As for the Le Creuset...the purple will be lovely! All of mine is Red...as is every thing else in my kitchen! lol I'm obsessed with red kitchen ware!

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