As I learn more about being frugal, I have come to realize more and more that a key factor in successful frugality is flexibility. Actually, being flexible about things is a key to a successful life in general. In the world of being a good steward of one's resources, the ability to switch to Plan B, C, or D to remain frugal is essential.
Take tonight, for instance. I feel lousy. I've got that beginning of a really bad cold feeling, in which I am tired and my head feels like it is filled with old socks or something. I had dinner planned. I don't know about all of you, but if I don't have a plan for dinner by noon, I'm sunk. I don't have to make dinner by then, of course, I just have to be Anne with the plan.
I got up from a four-hour sleep with napover. That's like a hangover, folks, but without the happy feelling of having imbibed. I went downstairs to start my planned dinner, a stir fry with chicken breast, green pepper,and onions. Somehow, the chicken taken from the freezer earlier in the day was more foul than fowl, if you know what I mean. YIKES and here I was all fuzzy-headed, well more so than usual, anyway. I had already started the peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
It occurred to me as I stood there in my jammies that one of my favorite subs is a veggie sub in the oven with mozzerella cheese. I had everything for veggie subs, even some sub rolls from the Dollar Store in the freezer I seasoned the stir fry with some red pepper flakes, a squirt of lime juice from the plastic green lime thingey, and a bit of mozzerella cheese. YUM. And so was born another meatless meal added to the permanent repertoire. Flexibility, that's what its about baby.