It's a good thing I try to build frugal habits, because I spent very little mental energy on it this week. Here are a few things we did to save money:
Saving on things we buy
- I received a $20 Uber Eats offer, so used it to order a Saturday night pizza for the boys. They were thrilled. I spent a bit out of pocket to cover the tip & tax.
- Purchased Starbucks gift cards at the grocery store to earn $60 in rewards. This will be enough Starbucks cards for the next year or two, depending on whether we ever go back to a more "normal" life, but either way, the boys occasionally bike to Starbucks to get an iced tea.
- Used a $1 coupon to buy a box of pasta for $.50, found other pasta on sale $5/5. The $.50 is unheard of, and was a limit of one. The $1/box is my stock up price, and I will likely go back for more.
- I try to make Gatorade/sports drinks a rare purchase, but we've had continued temperatures in the 90s, and the boys are playing (modified) soccer. They had a great store deal ($3.99 for a 12 pack, as long as you bought 5) & there was a Fetch offer as well.
- Continued to sell a few things on eBay, although it's still very slow
- Cleats Nick didn't get a chance to wear much (COVID)
- A running watch I bought from a neighbor for Sam, but didn't work for his needs. Sold it for exactly what I paid for, so at least I didn't lose any money
- A top I never wear
- Sold our toaster oven (we used during the remodel) on Nextdoor. Left out on our porch, for a contactless pickup.
- I've been giving a bunch of stuff away on our local "Buy Nothing" group. While I was posting, I noticed someone was giving away padded envelopes. I picked them up & will use them for mailing out eBay sales.
- I paused our produce box delivery. I love it, but I'm working on cutting back our grocery bill, and this is an easy way to reduce at least part of our spending
- Continued to meal plan, eat leftovers, and enjoy our tomatoes from the garden
Things for others
- Made several cash donations
- Donated pantry items to families in need at our school (included hand sanitizer & wipes, which can still be hard to find)
- Helped a neighbor who was struggling
- Made donations of goods to our local shelter
What about you? Any frugal wins to report?