It's Friday, and I'm thrilled about that. I need a quieter work day (the non US based teams are already on to their weekends, so it's my quietest day of the week). It's been a long work week. The boys did reasonably well with online schooling, although technical challenges continue to plague everyone (teachers, kids, the systems the schools use, etc). It's a big adjustment for everyone.
The boys started socially distanced soccer practice, and are thrilled to be back on the field & seeing friends. This is the first time they've really seen friends in six months. Sam is quite disappointed to not be with his age group (there is a required pod structure for safety, and because we are in the same household, Sam is temporarily with Nick's age group). I assure you, the last thing either of my kids need right now is more together time. ;-) I'm thrilled they are getting more exercise, which always helps their behavior. School is also giving them something to focus on, which is awesome. Fingers crossed they stay this focused for the full year.
Here are the frugal things we've been up to.
Saving on things we buy
- Used a coupon to save an extra few bucks off of already well priced juice. Our kids have never been juice drinkers, but do use it in the morning to blend up their protein/fruit smoothies.
- I'm ordering a Q-Tip alternative (Last Swab) that is washable & reusable. (Will share my thoughts after it arrives). Searched online for a coupon code & found one for 15% off. If this works well, it will save costs in the long run, but more generally, is good for the environment & reduces waste. Similarly, I also ordered washable cotton face rounds & Thinx. Details to come on my experience with all three.
- It's been a really slow week on the eBay front. I sold;
- A sports bra
- A work shirt
- Two kids shirts
- A sports jersey (for my sister). This was the only valuable sale of the week, so winner/winner for my sister!
- Found $.01 on the ground at the store
- I talked myself out of a few online purchases (shoes, workout wear, etc) that I was thinking about but don't really need.
- Almost all meals at home again this week, with an In & Out purchase after soccer practice on a late night.
- I checked the school supply lists against all of our existing home supplies, and we were able to get away with buying just a handful of things: binder paper, graph paper, a metal ruler, and glue sticks. We may need more as the year progresses, but that is where we are starting.
- Sharing garden produce with multiple neighbors
- Volunteering several times at work
- Made two small donations (we have automatic planned giving, but this year I set an additional goal to do more random, small donations as the opportunities come up). I've really enjoyed this approach.
- Helping out a neighbor