- Sold 14 movies for $20 on Facebook sale, decluttering & earning money in the process
- Supported a local woman who makes jams & donates all profits to a charity, as one of my Christmas presents. M & I aren't really exchanging, but I couldn't resist a little something to brighten his mornings. Not really "frugal" in the true sense of the word, but I was really excited to find a local gift that he'll enjoy, and that does something good for others. Win/win.
- I found movie sized packs of candy for $.10 on clearance at our local grocery store. I was able to get everything we needed for our advent house, plus stock up on candy for either the movies, gifts (see below), etc.
- Bought gift cards that I needed for the holidays at Rite Aid, earning plenti points for future spend. I now have just under $100 in points for future spending (ear marked for any necessary toiletries in 2017).
- Bought Target gift cards (online) at 10% off through a special one day sale. I needed two for stocking gifts for my nephews, and saved $3. Also went ahead & picked up 4 more ($15/each) for kid birthday presents. That, plus candy always makes a favorite gift.
- Bought a birthday gift for my BFF, and used a $20 store credit to offset about half of the cost
- We made all meals at home this week, including a fun use for the crescent rolls I found on super sale at Costco. We made pigs in a blanket (the kids actually made them) & chocolate "croissants", using chocolate from my giant stash I'm trying to make my way through. Both were fabulous. :-)
And, it's that time of year at work, where I receive my yearly bonus & raise. The story is similar to what I received last year. My raise was a slightly smaller percentage (10.5%), my bonus was larger.
I will use my bonus for the following:
- Max out my 401K (particularly important this year, as I don't plan to work for the entire year). This will ensure I get my full match from my employer. Why turn away free money? :-)
- Save $15,000 for our potential move this summer. If M happens to get a job with his current employer (but, in the Seattle office), his employer will cover most of the cost of this move, & I will redirect these funds. Better to be prepared, in case that doesn't pan out.
- I'll apply $5,000 towards our Seattle house 2nd mortgage
- Save $3,500 for our 2017 travel:
- This includes a potential ski weekend at Tahoe in January
- A trip in February to Seattle/Portland (tickets have already been purchased). I haven't been back to our Seattle house since we moved. I want to get the boys familiar with the area again, take them skiing locally. We will combine that with a trip to see my parents to celebrate the boys birthdays, and my parents will likely watch the boys for a weekend so M & I can celebrate my birthday at the Oregon coast. Should be a super fun trip. I'm very curious to see how the kids remember their old home.
- A girls weekend sometime in April?
- Anything else that arises.
- $3,000 for the boys college accounts
- $1,000 is ear marked as "splurge". No idea what, if anything, I'll do with the money, but I want to be prepared.