Friday, July 24, 2020

Frugal Friday

It's always hard to reconcile small frugal steps when you're in the middle of spending a lot (we're remodeling our kitchen & doing some necessary erosion work in our outdoor area). But, the every day frugality is what allows us to do all of those things. I keep reminding myself of that this month. :-)

Saving on things we buy

  • Both boys have outgrown their soccer cleats, and a modified practice (masks required, socially distanced, no scrimmages) is supposed to begin in a few weeks. Their previous cleats were almost new, as they got in minimal soccer before the lock down. I'll try & sell those, and purchased new ones on the last day of a sale at a local sporting good store. I ordered several, as shoes can be tricky without trying on & can return for free whatever doesn't work. I also went through Rakuten to get a tiny (1%) cash back on the purchase.
  • Used a coupon for a couple of watermelon we bought. Our contractors were working outside on a particularly warm day, so we sliced them up & left them out for them to enjoy. I'm always so impressed with people that can do exhausting work outside in the heat. I'm a wimp in that regard. Saved $1.50

Earning money

  • Continued to list & sell things on eBay. Had a few nice wins, including:
    • A dishwasher silverware holder that was tucked in the back of our cupboard & didn't match our dishwasher. Previous owner? Glad to get it in the hands of someone who will use it. 
    • Shin guard inserts (for soccer players). My son prefers to play without them (shin guards just tucked into socks).
    • A pitcher I brought back from our vacation house, that we never use. Apparently, it's now Crate & Barrel "vintage". ;-) 
  • Found a dime on the ground, big money style

Avoiding spending

  • The normal stuff, COVID style. Minimal driving & activities. We're also doing our best still to avoid takeout (minus last Saturday, where no water + no kitchen was my limit for attempts to put a meal together).
  • Minus Saturday (no water + no kitchen), all meals at home

What about you? Any frugal wins to share?


  1. Oh that was so nice of you to offer up the watermelon for your contractors. I'm sure they appreciated that! Sounds like good eBay sales for you this week, that's great! It's funny what will sell like that old dishwasher silverware holder and people are glad to find and buy them on eBay. It's terrific.

  2. I just bought a watermelon at a roadside stand-really stopped for corn but they were sold out as I stayed logged in an hour later than I had intended. I am sure the fruit was so appreciated on a hot day.