Friday, March 19, 2021

Frugal Friday

I shared in a separate post, but by far the biggest frugal "win" was paying off half of our mortgage! Woohoo for progress! 

It's been another busy week, with plenty of activities & Sam's school soccer games & practices. Here's what we've been up to lately. 

Saving on things we buy

  • I used a Target gift card to buy snacks & other items we needed. I used $.72 of Target circle rewards. I also earned 1800 points on Fetch, and saved $10.45 via iBotta
  • Used a promo code to save 10% off of a purchase

Earning money

  • I sold a few things on eBay.
    • A duffel bag we've never used
    • A boxed set of young adult books
    • Another book from the freebie pile
    • A pair of shorts
    • A sample from a Birchbox 
  • Earned enough points to redeem a $5 gift card via Fetch

Avoiding spending

  • Sam wanted to eat out after a late practice, so I decided it was the right time to use a Chipotle gift card I've been carrying around for well over a year. Dinner sorted (plus leftovers for me, not the teen, however) & he was thrilled. We don't eat out too much, which makes it a special treat when it happens. 

Eating what we have

  • M grilled chicken this week, and we enjoyed it for leftovers
  • I also used a bunch of leftover Blue Apron ingredients in other ways, to make things stretch a bit further (kale, potatoes, bok choy, etc)

For others

  • I'm still volunteering daily, but my smaller "think of others" top of mind has slipped a bit, & I'd like to get back to that & will try to get creative this weekend.
What about you? What wins have you had for the week?

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the mortgage! That is fabulous, especially since you live in a VHCOL area! Cindy in the South

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    1. It's been such a big milestone, and really motivating for us to keep going!

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  2. Sounds like another great week! Congrats again on getting the mortgage down to half. The only spending here was $36 to restock on some fresh fruits and veggies this week, and saved $300 on doing all the tree trimming and spring yard clean up ourselves. Here's to another winning week!

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  3. Nice wins. I have a mess of coffee cards to tap into when my daughter is home, and she has some Target cards, plus I have Kohl's cash that needs to be used by 3/31 so we'll use them all for a little shop and coffee time. I love using a gift card when doing something fun with others-like a double gift.

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    1. Likewise - it's really nice to use the gift cards as a treat.

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  4. Well I over made the corn beef and cabbage, so we had it for the third night, Hubs told me not to make so much next time. I think he was sick of cabbage.

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    1. Ha! We definitely have those meals here, where somehow, we just end up with so much, it feels like we're eating it forever.

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  5. No shopping here has occurred, so all I can think of is that I'm continuing to split succulents in my ongoing efforts to create a very low maintenance yard. Four years without a gardener so far represents enough in savings to have paid for half the cost of the faux grass we put down, so if I can keep it up for another few years it will have paid for itself!

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    1. I've been pushing my husband to consider faux grass, so thanks for the reminder! I love that you're looking at the cost over the long time horizon.

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  6. You had a nice week, and using the gift card to treat your son to a meal is a great idea.

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    1. It worked out really well, treating him on a day I was feeling particularly low energy.

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