It's been a hard week, with the continued wildfires, day 25 of smoke & low air quality, and the wildfires on the Oregon coast (amongst other west coast locations). I'm focused on the few positive things I can do each day to keep myself on track & as well as possible.
Frugal things this week....
Saving money on things we buy
- I picked up four ears of corn for $.88 at the store, for a Labor Day weekend barbecue
- Earned a $5 Walgreens rebate, and another $4/12 purchase, so used them both to pick up a few toiletries over the weekend
- Continued to list & sell things on eBay
- A sweater that is very workish, and a little to warm to wear most of the time in our climate.
- A fancy dress that I haven't worn in a few years. As I've moved out of my 30s, I don't see myself wearing it again
- A new with tags beanie that I purchased on the Oregon coast for resale. I bought quite a few, and the rest sold during winter. This one has lingered for 9 months, so I accepted an offer for a couple of bucks what I paid for it, and now it's out of the house.
- A pair of pants that Nick outgrew before wearing
- A pair of soccer cleats (they grew with almost no soccer season, due to COVID)
- Sold our microwave/convection oven. I wanted to donate both the fridge & oven to people displaced from the wildfires (or, another good charitable option), but found it quite hard to do. Instead, sold via FB & donated the money instead
- Bought a couple of pair of running shoes, and returned the pair that were my second choice (after trying them on). On an impulse, I also ordered a hoodie. When it arrived, it was fine, but nothing special. Sent it back with the shoes. I'm taking a very close eye at my entire closet, and don't want/need things that aren't a top choice.
- Used strawberries that were about to go bad in muffins, then froze the few extra. The kids make protein fruit smoothies every morning for breakfast, so I can always toss extra berries in the frozen fruit bag, if I catch them in time
- Dropped off toiletries to a neighbor who was collecting items for a homeless shelter
- Made a donation
- Helped a friend with her resume
- Referred another friend for a job
- Emailed our neighborhood alias about our garden bounty & set out jalapenos for others to share
- Bought lunch & drinks for contractors on a hot day, when we had to pick up food anyway (kitchen out of commission)
- Set out plastic cups, plastic silverware & paper plates on our driveway with a "free" sign, now that we're done with our construction. Neighbors happily picked them up, as they were picking up jalapenos. I hate waste & clutter & this freed up so much space in our pantry! Also, I don't like to use single use items, but a remodel is a special case & wanted to pay it forward in case others have a similar situation. One elderly neighbor told me that they've been using these types of items to have socially distanced get togethers with her daughter, which is awesome. I know she's lonely, & I'm happy to make it easier to spend a bit of time together during these challenging moments.