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Friday, June 10, 2022

frugal friday

The free dog treats redeemed via GoPuff last post.
  • A bit ago my best friend redeemed her T-Mobile MLB.tv offer for a free year for me and I've been enjoying baseball ever since. She doesn't watch it but claimed it on my behalf and I am 1000% thankful to her.
  • I've continued to collect free eBooks from the daily email via BookBub, along with utilizing the library.
  • I cancelled two trial plans before they charged me, resulting in savings (and free leggings!).
  • I returned a pair of pants to Amazon that didn't fit me right. $26 something back in my Amazon credits.
  • An app I use was offering a $5 Amazon giftcard in exchange for taking a survey. You bet I took it!
  • I took another survey that got me a $5 Starbucks giftcard. 
  • I needed more hair ties and picked up some super thin ones. I hate them, but I'm going to use them.
Things I've decluttered in anticipation for my move:
  • Two pillowcases and a paper bag of clothing for donation (matching pillowcases so they can then sell those, too) I try to always donate in a reusable bag or something that can be donated, too
  • Several Poshmark orders
  • A pair of thin soled, scuffed black flats that just didn't look great anymore, trashed
  • A pillow the pups used and made super smelly
  • I sold a large plant that didn't bring me joy anymore - $15
I don't like food waste, so here's how I've tried to combat it: 
  • I baked and finished up two partial bags of vegan chicken nuggets and a bunch of cucumbers and mini peppers and ate them with Primal Kitchen's Vegan Ranch. I got a bottle on a whim from GoPuff for $3.37 because it was so discounted, but ended up liking it so much I bought two more bottles at the same price. At Kroger it's $4.99 a bottle.
  • I made orzo salad for snacks (I work 630a to 6p on long days).
Until next check in! 

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Wednesday, June 08, 2022

thriftbooks haul

I try to use Thriftbooks over Amazon for both obvious reasons and because Thriftbooks is so much cheaper. I'm not always able to get down to the multiple independent bookstores around me like I'd like, so I try to at least not use Amazon. (This is no shame post - I have both a Prime and Kindle Unlimited subscription.)
 These have been sitting in my Thriftbooks cart for a while but I finally pulled the trigger. I love Amy Poehler so I snagged her Yes, Please. I'm always intrigued by True Crime, so I picked up The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. The Road by Cormac McCarthy had been mentioned a bit in a Facebook group I'm in, so I sent off for it.
I think I'm most excited about this find. I never knew there was some type of story behind olive oil. I have a couple other books about bananas and tomatoes, but this was intriguing! 

While I have some free time on my hands I hope to knock out some books. If you're on Goodreads, add me! And if you spend $30 on Thriftbooks, we both get a free book!

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Monday, June 06, 2022

link love


Ospreys are one of my favorite animals and I'm loving the local osprey nest camera!

I hang my metal cleats by their laces off my gear bag around a baseball bat, but I just discovered vlirka's shoe holsters and want to order some!



Here's a great guide to tofu! Personally, I prefer the fried tofu.

I am absolutely loving this vegetable print packable sun hat from BAGGU.

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Saturday, June 04, 2022

my best recycling purchase to date

I don't have curbside recycling or complex recycling (which is a shame), so I take my recycling to an offsite facility at a local dump. This one purchase has changed that whole process for the better!
This little flexible laundry basket from Walmart has been great. I paid less than $8 for it when I finally set foot in a Walmart after a couple years. It's about three feet tall and works perfectly for recycling. I rinse or wash out most of what I recycle so residual food items don't smell as I don't get to the recycling center often, so I wanted something with ventilation so they could dry (plus that helps with how heavy it can get!).

I was previously using just paper bags from Kroger. Since, I've buckled down and use all reusable bags so paper bags became kind of wasteful, plus they were prone to ripping. I also knew I'd need to go vertical to save space, so I didn't look at the traditional green bins that take up a lot of floor.

While it might seem like such a random thing, this has been a game changer over here. 😂

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