It was another busy week, so I'll just echo what I said last week. Good frugal habits help so much during weeks where frugality isn't top of mind. Because, sometimes life comes up, but good habits allow you to be frugal even without much time/effort.
Saving on things we buy
- Combined a store sale + a Fetch offer to buy a couple of boxes of cereal for $1
- Contacted a company about a missing item, & received the credit, plus a $10 loyalty credit, which was awesome.
- Combined a store sale, discounted "sell now" meat offer & a promotional credit to get 3 lbs of lean ground beef for $1.70 (total). What a deal!
- I'm still hoping we can go visit family for Christmas, and purchased flights months ago (at the start of the pandemic). I decided to trim one day off the trip, and adjusted my dates - turns out, it saved $200 ($50x4)!
- Took advantage of two Amazon prime deals & earned $20 off of things we'd purchase anyway
- Sales have been very slow, but I've continued to list items & eBay & make a few small sales. Here's what I sold this week:
- A workout tank I don't wear
- A kids cookbook. Nick has another one he loves, and this one was a little too young for him
- A pair of indoor soccer cleats that were outgrown during COVID
- A few weeks ago, I picked up a Friday Freebie of coffee creamer. My sister was in town, and prefers creamer, so it was great. Since she left, I've been using it in my coffee in place of my preferred almond milk. It's almost gone (it was a small sized container). Hurrah! I hate waste, so prefer to use it, but will be happy to see the end of the container. :-)
- Used a free movie credit from work to rent a movie. We watched McFarland, which we all enjoyed.
- Went through our freezers & created a list of things we should use up (e.g. things I've forgotten were in there, and/or need using up reasonably soon.) I'll plan these into our upcoming menus.
- I cut up a pineapple & a mango that were about to go bad. Now that they are chopped & in the fridge, the kids will use them for their morning smoothies. They are too lazy to do all of that while they are still waking up. ;-)
- I picked up a few books off a neighbor's "free" table, and also did a book exchange at a local lending library.
- A neighbor dropped off a few lemons from her tree, as a thank you for sharing our herbs.
- Helped a neighbor fix her printer
- Gave a neighbor garden produce
- Gave another neighbor a box of Hot Pockets that no one in my family will eat. (It was a Costco sized box!) I'm glad to have it out of the house, and being used by someone else. I felt terrible about potentially tossing it, and frozen foods are hard/impossible to donate, so this was a great solution.
- Signed up for two volunteer activities. One is one time help, the other is a more consistent level of volunteering. I've committed to signing up for more volunteer options & getting out of my comfort zone a bit. One activity benefits womens shelters & the other benefits girls in technology.
- I made a couple of donations