Saturday, June 19, 2021

Frugal Saturday

The last week or so has been spent on vacation, so lots of money out (and memories made), but fewer opportunities for frugality. There have been a few wins here & there. 

Saving on things we buy

  • Planning ahead for our trips to/from the airport, I purchased (slightly) discounted Uber gift cards through Raise. I also clicked through Rakuten to get to Raise, saving a small amount more.
  • Took advantage of an iBotta strawberry offer, saving $.35. That offer triggered another (redeem any offer type of thing), saving another $.15. I like saving $.50 for strawberries we were planning to buy anyway. Also, we bought them on Friday evening, and they were gone on Saturday afternoon. The teens are big fruit eaters!
  • Uploaded all of our receipts to Fetch
  • Picked up some snacks & drinks at Costco, to save a bit on food spending. 
  • I went through our hotel bill & found an overcharge, and had it corrected. 

Earning money

  • I paused all of my eBay sales, so nothing there. I did find $.35 on the ground in Hawaii ;-) 

Avoiding spending

  • I packed snacks for the kids, and also pre-ordered them a meal for the long flight. 
  • Brought our own water bottles to fill, to avoid having to buy drinks for travel days.

Eating what we have

  • We did a good job clearing out the fridge ahead of our trip, finishing off leftovers, etc.

For others

  • Gave away a bunch of garden produce ahead of leaving town, as well as two gallons of milk. Waste makes me sad, so this makes me happy. 
  • We paid for my parents trip to Hawaii, as the gift for my dad's (belated) 70th birthday & my parents (early) 50th anniversary this fall. So happy for the time & memories together.
  • I managed to give away a yard sign metal holder (Nick refused to display his middle school graduation sign), so at least it's not going straight to the recycling bin. 
Sam has an early soccer game, in a bid to avoid the heat this morning. We got in late last night, so combined with jet lag, I'm very tired. Hope you are all having a great day!


  1. I am terrible with jet lag. I have an incoming trip across country to see granddaughter and my flighty was changed by airline so that I arrive at 5 am! I have to be at work by 8. This is gonna be fun…. Lol Cindy in the South

  2. You always do very well. Welcome home!

  3. Saving where you can helps the vacation splurges. What a great trip for your patents.