Sunday, January 4, 2015

Frugal fail

Happy Sunday. I hope you are all having a relaxing week. It's been a great day so far:

  • M & I went for a run this morning (the boys were carpooling to soccer practice). Sidenote - I'm SO out of shape.
  • I finally sold our tiny skis for $75 on Craigslist (woohoo!)
  • I listed an old tablet on eBay & have an iPad I'm going to list this afternoon
  • We have a fridge full of leftovers, so dinner prep should be minimal this week
  • And, we're taking the kids to the movies this afternoon with a gift card that they received in their stockings.
I also made the artisan bread recipe that Carla posted a few days ago, and it was delicious!

On to my frugal fail. Back before Christmas, I realized that we'd have a few days off with the kids, and no planned activities/sports, etc. I looked on Groupon & found a few winners. On Friday, I drove 25 minutes to one of the Groupons, only to find out that I went to the wrong kids activity place. I bought a Groupon for something with a VERY similar name, but isn't the same place. Unfortunately, the Groupon that I actually have is very limited (free play time is only available when there aren't birthday parties going on). And, since we were already there & I desperately needed to use WiFi to reply to some work emails, I ended up paying just over $40 for the kids to play for two hours. Talk about a non-frugal move!

If I had planned for the expense (and, we would have come earlier/stayed longer to offset the cost), it wouldn't have been as big of a deal. But, now I'm out the money for the Groupon, unless we can make it work after school or something, and I wasted money on an entirely different activity.

Ah, I tried. Can't win them all. Note to self - I really need to pay more attention to the details on the Groupons before I purchase!

What are some of your recent frugal wins/fails?  


  1. Oh I hate when groupons don't work out. Could you return it? I've really cut back on my groupon purchases because of that. I used to buy them whenever I saw something that sounded fun but then it was like we were always hurrying to use them before they expired.

  2. That doesn't sound too bad...but it's annoying to not use a Groupon. BUT, just look at all the frugal things you listed! Should make up for this one, right?