Saturday, August 13, 2022

Frugal Friday - double edition

 I didn't post last week, as we were on vacation, & I'm late today, but here goes!

Saving on things we buy

  • Used two $.10 iBotta offers, with various receipts, & saved $2 off of oat milk (I use in my coffee) via iBotta. 

Earning money

  • I paused my eBay sales while I was gone, but Nick earned a bit of money working for his tennis coach. 

Avoiding spending

  • Talked my mom into a lunch at the house (vs going out) one of the days in Bend. We had a lovely lunch outside on the patio, & all agreed it was much more fun than going out. 
  • Packed snacks for the flight home
  • I got upgraded to 1st class (it's a short flight, so not many perks, although more leg room!) & had a free drink
  • We packed all of our stuff in carryons, and avoided any baggage charges. We stayed at a house with a washer & dryer, which was a huge help. 
  • Considered takeout on Saturday night, as we flew home & didn't really have much in the fridge. M went to Costco, and I made dinner out of a couple of frozen Trader Joes meals we'd put away for just such a day. I made a salad (mostly from Costco stuff, but also a few garden items) & we had dinner on the table pretty quickly, all things considered. 
  • Went to a free class at the work gym, and ate breakfast & lunch several times at the office

Eating what we have

  • I brought a giant shoe box full of garden tomatoes on our flight last week, and we used those for multiple meals. 
  • Made two dozen banana muffins, out of over ripe bananas in the freezer. 
  • Used many fresh tomatoes in a delicious paella dish
  • Used up garden jalapenos, basil & cilantro in a curry dish

For others

  • Continue to give away lots & lots of tomatoes to friends, family & neighbors
  • Took my nephew, sister & her BF out to dinner to celebrate my nephew's 20th birthday. I'm rarely in town on the big day, so it was nice to have a chance to celebrate in person. 
What about you? Any wins to share?


  1. Nice saves!
    I do agree about the w/d in a vacation rental. It saves so much packing space if you know you can wash things while gone, plus the bonus of returning home with clean clothes!

  2. I have a funny picture of the plane trip and shoe box of tomatoes. I bet they are delicious. Are you s canner? I'd love a surplus to make salsa or stewed tomatoes for winter.

  3. I made a week menu plan using things we just bought from the meat market over the weekend and a few things from the freezer. I probably should've designated some nights strictly for leftovers, but hopefully those will be taken for work lunches throughout the week.