Nothing feels particularly frugal these days, but here are a few wins we've had lately.
Saving on things we buy
- This is more under a fun experiment bucket, but we tried the "Too Good to Go" food waste app, and picked up a mystery box at our local bakery. It was a full grocery shopping bag filled, for $5.99. Inside were a dozen+ doughnut holes, and three enormous loaves of bread. The loaves were probably double, or 2.5 as big as what you'd buy at the store.
- Picked up deli meat & cheese, to go with our bread & make sandwiches for lunch. We don't keep bread at the house regularly, so we don't keep sandwich fixings on hand. Used an iBotta rebate to earn $.10 back, and uploaded the receipts to Fetch. Used a gift card to pay for the out of pocket spending.
- M & I did some planning ahead to minimize travel costs for the to/from airport for our upcoming trip. It was quite a matrix of details, as we are leaving on different days & out of different airports, but we've got it worked out & will save quite a bit.
- Sam worked over time 2x (after camp child care) to earn extra money, and Nick helped his tennis coach, earning money as well.
- I sold a few beauty products on eBay
- Arranged carpools, and drove our electric car for our portion of the carpool.
Eating what we have
- Turned the giant loaf of bread (noted above) into a variety of sandwiches
- Using up as many tomatoes as humanly possible, & we still have SO many! Too many tomatoes is a good problem to have, I suppose.
- We finished the enormous loaf of bread, and Sam took sandwiches for lunch at work all week.
- Used old carrots in a curry, and had that for multiple dinners.
- Kept on top of leftovers.
- Gave a giant loaf of wheat bread to a friend, and another huge loaf of rye bread away via Buy Nothing. Both from the Too Good to Go app
- Helped a lost hiker, while on a run. She was heading in circles, so I'm glad she found me.
- Picked up some cloth napkins on Buy Nothing, that nicely supplemented our napkins. I asked the giver, and she was excited to receive garden tomatoes. Yeah for the sharing economy!
- Traded another neighbor zucchini for lemons. We do have lemons, but never quite enough for our usage (M uses it as a salad dressing, and has salad 1-2x/day). This was a great trade, as we won't eat the zucchini before we head to Bend.