Friday, January 17, 2020

Frugal Friday

It was another week, that's for sure. M was traveling, so I did splurge & take the kids (mine + bonus carpool kid) to In & Out for dinner. We were celebrating a good grade Sam received after intense studying for a geometry test. Otherwise, we did well with menu planning, eating at home, etc.

Saving on things we buy

  • Used grocery store rewards  & clearance to buy 2 dozen eggs, 1 lb sausage, 1 lb of ground beef & 6 avocados for $2.26

Earning money

  • I sold quite a bit this week. Wasn't expecting that, but I'll take it!
  • Made $45 on my old ski jacket. Which, was a lot more than I'd expected to make, given it's close to 20 years old. 
  • Earned enough on Swagbucks to get a $25 Amazon gift card
  • Sold another three items on eBay, including a $100 piece of luggage. The other items were much smaller
  • Sold our old bike rack for $50 on our neighborhood site
  • Found a penny on the ground, while picking up library books

Avoiding spending

  • Returned an item for Sam that was recommended for homework time allocation. We didn't find it valuable at all, and it was more of a distraction than anything else

Updated to add my frugal fail. I was dropping Nick off at school, and realized I'd forgotten to pack lunches. (I'm normally not in charge, but M is out of town.) Had to give the kids $10 cash for lunch. Oops! Definitely more than I'd have spent on a packed lunch. Organization, planning & packing your own food are always winning combinations.

In other bigger frugal news, I received my annual bonus today. I maxed out my 401K for the year, and will put everything else towards our mortgage. Woohoo! The money will be in & out of my account in record time. But, pay yourself first.
What about you? Any frugal wins for the week?


  1. I've barely left the house except to shovel. Monday a couple groceries. Yesterday on our Facebook bidding site I picked up 3 brand new Cookina grilling mats for $7 which normally cost $30 at Costco. We use these every time we BBQ and we do that year round so a good savings for us. Other than that not much!

  2. We rarely eat turkey but I found some on sale so it will do for a few meals coming up. I have been doing much better with food waste with buying some chopped salad and sprucing up with other veggies, it is becoming a habit now.

  3. Swag bucks is such a waste of time for me. I am kicked off of almost every survey. IS it my age? my education?

  4. Congrats on all the sales this week. Coupled with all the other frugalities you had a stellar week.