Friday, March 24, 2023

Frugal Friday

 There were a few wins this week!

Saving on things we buy

  • I used a $20 grocery reward to pick up items for Nick's birthday.
  • I used a $15 grocery reward to pick up cupcakes for Nick's tennis team, as they had a match on his birthday
  • Used a $3 CVS reward to pick up some Easter treats
  • Discovered a $.50 Ibotta "any receipt" offer, and uploaded that. I've also been regularly doing the Fetch receipts, which slowly add up. I try & save my receipts, to unlock the once/day award that goes with the standard 25 points. 
  • Used a gift card (purchased to earn grocery rewards, noted above - we always take advantage of the gift card deals, for things we know we will use up) to buy Nick tennis gear he needed. 
  • Bought a 3 lb package of ground beef for $4. Made a triple batch of taco meat, keeping out a portion for dinners this week, and freezing the rest. 
  • Followed up on a partial refund to a stay over ski week (there was no working bathroom for part of the time & the unit required numerous repairs while we were there) & got $225 back. 

Earning money

  • Drove Nick around for his reffing jobs
  • Sold a pair of workout pants on eBay
  • Earned a bonus at work for a project I work on. I train all of the managers in our large team (500+ managers) on our performance management systems. It definitely has its ups & downs, but I do enjoy the people I collaborate with. 

Avoiding spending

  • Picked up more free avocados from a neighbor who has two giant trees. She picks hundreds at a time. It's crazy!
  • Returned a few items of clothing I didn't need, after I tried on all of my clothes for our upcoming trip & realized not everything went well together, I had extras, etc. 
  • Picked up two unopened containers of toilet cleaner on BN. 
  • I had to attend a conference in the city this week, and had a fixed cap for transportation reimbursement. I loathe driving & parking in the city, but I planned to Uber both ways, and cover the difference between the cost & my cap out of pocket. Instead, I drove to our closest office location that's not in the city, parked there for free, and Ubered back & forth between there & the city, coming in almost exactly at cap. Altogether, I saved about $80 vs Ubering from my house. 

Eating what we have

  • We rarely have bread at our house, but Sam asked for "sandwich fixings" one day, so I picked up bread, cheese & deli meat. It's a nice treat, and both boys enjoy being able to pull together a quick lunch or snack. (They consider a giant sandwich a snack. They are, after all, teen boys.) ;-) 
  • I regularly make protein balls for Sam, as a between sport/school snack. I picked up some flavored oatmeal packets on BN, & added those to the protein ball mix, as I didn't have quite enough oatmeal for the recipe. They turned out great. 
  • I used up some really ancient carrots, and a head of cabbage I picked up on sale for St. Patrick's Day, to make coleslaw. I had leftover coleslaw dressing from another recipe, so it was great to get some things out of the fridge. 

For others

  • Found a debit card, and tracked down the security of the complex, so it could get returned to its owner.
  • Gave away six pair of teen shorts, and one pair of adult shorts on BN. 
What about you? Any wins to share?


  1. What a great frugal week you had. Nice of you to trace the security so the debit card could get back to the owner.

    God bless.

  2. You've done very well with using rewards. We are really enjoying taco meat lately. We use it for a number of different things.I sure wish I had all your fruit trees. Cape Town & California have similar climates & plants, so I know how wonderful it is to be able to pick your produce from your own trees. My parents had a guava tree and my grandmother a fig tree. I love both fruit. We'd be eating guac every day if I had your neighbor living near Have a great weekend!