Friday, January 14, 2022

Frugal Friday

It's been a long work week, so I'm excited it's drawing to a close. Also excited that it's a three day weekend! Woohoo. Here are a few frugal wins for the week:

Saving on things we buy

  • I was able to redeem $300 worth of hotel points (that I had no idea I had - must have been from a long ago work trip) for a family wedding we're attending in May
  • Redeemed $20 in grocery store rewards to pick up a few items the boys needed for a ski trip, & another $20 grocery store reward to stock up ahead of my soup making weekend
  • Uploaded my receipts to Fetch & iBotta. Earned $.60 buying almond milk & $.50 on a box of tea
  • Had shoes re-heeled, which is much cheaper than buying new shoes
  • I'll preface this by saying that ski lift tickets are *never* inexpensive, but I used a work discount to save 30% off lift tickets for the weekend. That turned out to be a very nice chunk of change. 
  • We considered upgrading to a ski in/ski out type of place, after M & the boys reported a lot of traffic on the route last weekend. If it were a small increase, we would have considered it, but the price was way above what we'd planned to pay. Instead, we'll get up earlier & avoid as much of the traffic as we can. 

Earning money

  • Listed a few things on eBay, and sold one pair of jeans.
  • I did get my annual bonus this week, which will go towards: our 401ks, the 2nd installment of our property taxes, and the rest towards tax on the sale of our vacation home. 

Avoiding spending

  • Sam asked for (and received) a Soda Stream for Christmas, as he loves fizzy water, but doesn't get it often (it's expensive, and I don't like the waste of the cans. We recycle, of course.) A neighbor was giving away 5 packages of Bubly water flavoring (our favorite) & I won the drawing on Buy Nothing. It's pretty rare I see something I need/want on Buy Nothing, so it was a double win. Sam will be thrilled with all of his sparkling water. 
  • Picked up SAT prep books off of Buy Nothing
  • We are packing the majority of our food for the ski weekend, and driving after lunch to avoid meals out on the road. There are inevitably a few things purchased, but we hope to limit it as much as possible. 

Eating what we have

  • I continue to be creative with my lunches. One (delicious) lunch recently was a small amount of chicken shawarma, two pieces of bacon, tomato, all on top of a piece of naan bread & drizzled with tzatziki sauce. The bacon was a great addition.
  • I also prepped some future meals. One of my freezer wins was making meatball soup, which used up a package of meatballs & tomato sauce from the freezer. Both have been on my "get them out/use them up" list for a while, so I'm excited to turn them into quick & easy future lunches. I was also able to use up the last of a jar of marinara sauce, the container of chicken broth I got from a neighbor, a couple of open boxes of pasta, and other bits & bobs.
  • Made banana muffins out of the overly ripe bananas on the counter, plus one freezer banana
  • I had a huge cooking weekend & stocked the freezer with prepped food & two types of marinated chicken ready to go into dinners. 
  • I salvaged my large batch of chicken taco meat (where I discovered I'd used cayenne pepper in place of taco seasoning!!). 
  • Made homemade taquitos for the freezer
  • Used the remainder of stale cereal in place of graham crackers in this no bake peanut butter bar recipe. Which is, for the record, fantastic. 

For others

  • Gave away a bunch on Buy Nothing. It's fun to get to know some of the "regulars"!
  • Volunteered at non-profit job
  • Continued mentorship
  • Helped a neighbor figure out how to use Nextdoor to post some for sale items
  • Donated books to the library
  • Gave away outgrown hiking boots to a friend, who happened to need that exact size for her son. Win/win. 
That's it for me. What about you? Any wins to share? 


  1. Sounds like a great week for you. How nice to get the free bubbly drinks. I hope Sams enjoys those. That was so neat about the hotel points. I love it when stuff like that happens.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

    1. It was a really good week. Sam loves the flavored sparkling water. He comes home from soccer practice, and starts using the Soda Stream. :-)

  2. I'll give those no bake bars a look. They'd be good ingredients for at the lake. You had a very frugal week-relatively speaking.

    1. I rarely have everything in my pantry to make a dessert, so these got made for exactly that reason (subbing the stale cereal for the graham crackers made that possible.)


    1. It was pretty crazy, because it's a hotel chain that I really don't remember staying at for work. But, it's where the wedding is taking place, and we don't want to deal with additional logistics & transportation. How weird when I logged in & saw the points. I'm thrilled. :-)

  4. No frugal wins...just a continuing spiral of expenses.

  5. You had a very frugal week, and saving 30% on those ski lift passes is wonderful.

    God bless.

  6. You always do such a fantastic job with everything!