It was another busy week, and Sam is now back at school four days/week. Hurrah! School soccer season is drawing to a close, and Nick is heading back to school four days/week starting in May (he's currently at two days/week). The schedule changes weekly, which is a bit of a logistical challenge, but I'm grateful for the increase of in person learning time. We were able to heavily leverage freezer meals this week, which was a big win in freeing up time & keeping us fed, while avoiding eating out.
Here are our frugal wins for the week:
Saving on things we buy
- Used our Costco executive member rebate to buy groceries for the week. We didn't spend it all, so ended up with $200+ in cash as well.
- Some of you may remember our cleat debacle a few weeks back, and how we had to splurge on the most expensive cleats due to sizing issues. Less than a month later, the shoes fell apart completely! What a disappointment. I followed up with Dick's Sporting Goods & sent photos of the damage, and they issued a full replacement. Normally, cleats last a minimum of one season, and sometimes we can get 1.5 seasons out of a pair. Lasting less than 30 days is definitely a no go. I guess this answers the question of whether paying a lot more adds any value. Not in this particular case.
- Earned a $5 reward on Raise, so used that to buy a Subway gift card. I earned a small rebate clicking through Rakuten first, then applied the $5 reward. I bought a $25 gift card for just under $20. Sam loves Subway, so it's a good emergency meal option during crazy days.
- I continued to list & sell things on eBay. I also had one FB sale. My sales for the week included:
- Makeup samples from a subscription box I was gifted
- A reusable sandwich bag gizmo. I want something similar, but this wasn't exactly what I had in mind. I got it for free, and sold it the same day I listed it
- A pair of jeans that are too big
- A tourist tshirt that was a gift and never worn
- A shirt of M's that's too big
- A candle making kit
- Returned a gift that ended up not working out
Eating what we have
- I ate a leftover sandwich I discovered in the fridge (from Wednesday's trip to Santa Cruz, I presume?) Those are the type of leftovers that get pushed to the back, & no one ever eats.
- I picked a bunch of radishes from our raised beds, and used them in salads
- Defrosted steaks from the freezer, and M grilled those for dinner on Saturday
- I made more homemade protein balls, warming up the honey in two containers that were down to the very bottom. After warming, I was able to get another 1/4 cup out, and use them in the protein balls. Homemade protein balls are so much cheaper than anything you can buy. My dad was training for a big event while he was here, and biking 50 miles/day. He needed quick & easy options, so the protein balls were a big hit.
- My dad also used up some hydration tablets & energy blocks while he was here, which I'm glad we had on hand to save him from needing to buy additional items.
- Ate leftover enchiladas (and, made quesadillas using leftover cheese) for dinner one night.
- Defrosted the lasagna my dad made while he was here, and we had it for two additional dinners.
- I love our local Buy Nothing group, and gave away a coffee maker & pods, after my parents visited. They prefer regular brewed coffee, and we use an espresso maker, so we've kept the pod Keurig for their visits. I don't like the cost or waste of the pods, so we'll bring our coffee maker from our vacation house when we sell it, and keep that for their future visits.
- I was able to fulfill an ask on a Buy Nothing group (which is a bit rare, as most asks are for small kid items that I don't have). A mom needed cold weather shirts for a trip, and I had some items on eBay. It was awesome to be able to donate them instead, and help someone else avoid spending money.
- Gave away a bunch of other stuff on Buy Nothing
- Donated an item to a charity auction
- Continued volunteering for a non-profit, and logged my hours through my company, earning an in kind donation for the company