Another busy work week, as we enter our busiest season of the year. I'm barely keeping things afloat, and taking off last Friday set me back quite a bit. But, the week is drawing to a close! Woohoo!
Here are a few frugal things we got up to.
Saving on things we buy
- We drove through a farming area on our way to lunch last Friday, and stopped to buy avocados (5/$1) at a road side stand. We bought 10 avocados for $2 & 3 pomegranates (the large kind) for $5. I couldn't believe the price on the avocados. What a deal!
- Bought ground beef at $.99/lb, and picked up three pounds for the freezer.
- eBay picked up a bit, but has generally been slow lately. I continue to list an item daily, as it's also part of my ongoing decluttering and living with less stuff plans. This week I sold:
- A sweater I don't wear
- A game the boys don't play (and bonus, mailed it in the envelope I received for free from my local Buy Nothing group)
- A makeup sample
- A pair of pajama pants
- A NWT shirt that I bought Nick. It's a good lesson for me to continually go through their closets. Particularly during COVID, they just aren't wearing too many different things. All of us need fewer items of clothing right now.
- Redeemed $5 in Fetch Rewards for an Amazon gift card. (Fetch is the app where you upload your grocery receipts.)
- Filled out a claim for a $5 check for a class action lawsuit
- We opted to not go out to dinner on Saturday (socially distanced, outside), as we had such a great lunch out on Friday afternoon. We ended up buying steak & dessert, and having that for four, which was still 1/3 or so of the price of a dinner out. I also used up the last of four very close to needing to be tossed potatoes, and made roasted potatoes & a chimichurri sauce (parsley from the garden) to go with the steak. It was very fun & relaxing.
- We returned our electric car (the end of the lease). We loved the car, & it was my favorite car I've ever driven. The dealership made us many fabulous offers on other electric cars, but we are just not driving enough to require another vehicle. We also preferred to lease, because we had questions about the battery life. That ended up not being a factor at all, and we would buy a used electric car, should we ever both end up driving a lot. We saved money on the registration, & insurance, as well as the cost of leasing or buying the car. (We never had a charger put in at our house, as we were able to charge for free at work through creative car dropping off, even during COVID WFH). I'm very sad to see the car go, and will absolutely buy another electric car again.
- Made a cash donation to a food bank
- Gathered up food for a donation to my son's school food pantry
- Walked our neighbor's dog several times, and shared steak scraps for her to dole out as treats
- Shared more costumes with neighbors