It's been a good week - moving fast but with pockets of time here & there to get things done. I'm very aware lately of how close we are to the end of the year. I can't believe it!
Here are the frugal things we've been up to lately.
Saving on things we buy
- Used grocery store rewards to save $19 on some items to mix up our day to day lunches at home (sparkling water, fixings for grilled cheese sandwiches (kids) & bagged salads (Sam)
- I am planning a future vacation with my parents (hoping for the summer, but will adjust as needed due to COVID) & used travel credits & frequent flier miles to buy six tickets to Hawaii for $224 (total). It was a pretty huge win, but accounts for the fact that we had to cancel so many trips in 2020. It's unclear if Hawaii is in the cards this year, but if it is, we will definitely have minimized the flight costs.
- I made protein bars for Sam, as he is often looking for a quick snack between classes. If I have protein bars ready to go, he prefers those. If not, he eats packaged snacks, which are much more expensive.
- Nick would like to cook for my parents when they are here, so I took advantage of a $30 promo on the meal delivery service we used & signed up for a few meals.
- I was able to pick up 3 containers of honey for $9 at Costco, which was a great deal. (I use honey in the protein bars mentioned above)
- I also found chicken broth at Costco for 1/2 of the price of our grocery store. I like to make my own, but don't often have bones on hand, so this will last a while (they sell by the case). I'm glad to have this in my pantry.
- Found a coupon code for an item I was purchasing & wanted to try. Waited for it to go on sale, and stacked coupon codes.
- I sold nothing on eBay this week, but I did keep listing items, in hopes of future sales
- I have been in a very spendy mood. I have no explanation for this, but several times I've gone to various web sites, shopped, put items in a cart, and luckily cancelled before I pulled the trigger. Hopefully this mood will pass.
- I picked up a Friday Freebie at the grocery store
- Our air popper popcorn maker died (we've only had it for a couple of years, so that's really disappointing) & I showed the kids how to make "microwave popcorn" using a brown bag & kernels.
- I had hotel points expiring, and not enough to convert them into a gift card or anything transferable to another program. Instead, I ordered a cooking magazine for Nick for Christmas, and a fitness magazine for myself. No cost out of pocket, and converted expiring miles into a small gift.
- I'm working on my volunteer role this week, and getting set up to help. It's taken a few hours of investment, so hopefully by next week, I'll be ready to go.
- I'm mentoring someone at work (not on my team) to provide additional support, particularly during these times of remote onboarding.
- We offered to help our neighbor with a non-profit she runs, collecting & delivering goods to a homeless shelter.
- Made a variety of end of year donations (a couple for schools, one for a local food bank & another for a broader child safety initiative)