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Thursday, July 13, 2017

book talk


Well, I bought my first Agatha Christie novel, Sleeping Murder, which is coincidentally her last. I picked it up at the thrift store for a mere buck. Along with that, I grabbed Stephen King's The Green Mile and Hitchcock's Stories to be Read with the Door Locked. And in my ever growing pile of nutrition reads, I've added What to Eat by Marion Nestle, which is from 2006 but still looks really interesting.

Did I need more books? Absolutely not. But I finally finished Haunted by Palahniuk (which I'm not so sure I liked), so I treated myself to a few cheap thrift store goodies. I finished up a couple smaller eBooks, too, which can be found on my Goodreads page.

I've been toying with the idea of rereading the Harry Potter series again for the 19th (probably no exaggeration) time, but I haven't decided if I want to do that or knock out some more of my TBR pile. I really need to downsize this massive collection of books I have if I want to move at any point in the next year.

I've started linking all of the books to Thriftbooks because they cater to secondhand books. None of the above are affiliate links, but if you'd like 15% off your purchase, use this link* and I'll get a discount, too. :)

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thrifty thursday #15


  • I received a $5 book credit from Google, so I downloaded the Google Books* app and bought The Four Agreements* for only $0.15! While spending money isn't neccessarily frugal, we all know I can't stop adding to my TBR pile, so I might as well do it cheaply.
  • I have enough points to redeem another $10 cash out via Mintvine*!
  • A bit ago some friends and I went to see Dead & Company and since I drove us, N bought my ticket. It was so fun!
  • I've still yet to fork out anymore cash for beauty products, though I was very tempted to get some new lip balm. Luckily I convinced myself that the four tubes I have in my car is sufficient. My stash is holding on nicely.
  • I accepted an offer for an item on eBay so that's a few more dollars in my pocket and another item out of my hair.
  • In the spirit of not wasting food, my boss asked me if I wanted a 32oz jar of marinated mushrooms that the lid had popped on seconds before. It's now in my fridge waiting for soup and stirfry days.
  • I made a "dump soup" in the crockpot last week: some wilted kale, wrinkly roma tomatoes, a scoop or two of a premade lentil soup mix, and some random spices.
  • N and I never finish meals, so we've started splitting dishes when we go out. We got a Chipotle bowl for $4.92 each Saturday. Sometimes you just want sofritas with your best friend.
  • In one grocery visit, I made $9.00 on items via ibotta*, then earned a $2.00 Fourth of July bonus, bringing me up to $11.00 for one visit. I then cashed out $21.15 and received it instantly via PayPal!
  • During that same grocery visit above, I used my reusable cloth bags and didn't have to use a single plastic bag, nor did I put my lettuce and broccoli in a produce bag. Green win!
  • Using Food Lion's coupon center, I printed a coupon for salad dressing I was intending to get, along with a $4 off $65+ that came in handy. Utilize your rewards systems, people!
  • Last Wednesday was a total no-spend day!
  • I received a free month of Marvel Unlimited*. Soooo many comics. Hashtag Marvel Gal.
So on that no-spend note, there's another Thrifty Thursday! :)


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

influenster voxbox unboxing: jane iredale pure & simple makeup kit

I received this Jane Iredale VoxBox complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes.

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I hadn't heard of Jane Iredale before I received the survey email from Influenster to see if I was eligible for their VoxBox, but when I did a little research on the brand I liked what I saw. I received the Pure & Simple Makeup Kit in medium light.

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Jane Iredale is Leaping Bunny and PETA certified cruelty free, they have many vegan products, and check out those great pigments! I've never used powder foundation before, so I'm excited to try it. The kit came with two PurePressed Base Mineral Foundations in Amber and Radiant (vegan), a PurePressed Blush in Sheer Honey (vegan), two PurePressed Eye Shadows in Oyster and Supernova (vegan), a Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach (not vegan), and a dual ended eye brush and blush brush. I'm going to pass the lip and cheek stain on to Jess so it doesn't get wasted. :)

I can't wait to work these into my daily makeup routine!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

thrifty thursday #14

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  • I made $4.15 via ibotta*, $.20 via Mobisave (use code AKHJYJNZ)*, and $2.25 via Checkout 51 all in one grocery trip.
  • Between Riffle and BookBub emails, I downloaded a bunch of free ebooks (like my TBR really needs to get bigger) to keep me occupied.
  • I'm back to packing my lunches again after ordering delivery a couple times. Oops.
  • I scored a big $5.00 bonus on ibotta by redeeming a couple extra offers that I'd be picking up anyway. Score!
  • Using BevRAGE (use code YSNPQFJQ)*, I was paid $.50 for buying a six pack.
  • My favorite secondhand bookstore was having a half off sale when I got to TN for vacation, so I picked up a couple titles to keep me occupied.
  • While on vacation, I was really frugal. While there, I spent very little money and only ate out once at a restaurant I'd been craving.
  • I filled up my Sip bottle* before I left for home so I wouldn't have to stop and buy bottled water.
  • Though I missed a day of work because I was sick, I also didn't spend any money while home in bed Monday.
  • It may seem weird, but I prefer to buy items in glass jars (jams, vegetables) so that I can reuse the jars as food containers. They're a pain to wash, but much better than plastic.
  • My mom gave N (my best friend) and I three big bags of clothing to do what we please with. I've listed a few pieces online and we split the other pieces. N scored a ton of long sleeve tops!
  • I successfully went to the thrift store and did not buy any books. Win! I'm trying to read through and get rid of some of the ones I have already.
  • While N and I did eat out Tuesday, we got super cheap 99cent tacos for Taco Tuesday.
  • My Amazon Prime membership ran out and I didn't renew it. I was only using it for the music anyway, as I rarely order anything online.
  • I bought a single person hammock* (I got mine at Walmart for $25, but this one is cheaper) and I've been price checking straps for it since I don't really want to pay $20 for them. I'll find them cheaper at some point.
There's another week! How have you saved or made money?

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

recent book finds

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On the way out to Tennessee, I realized I'd forgotten to bring my book to read. A bookworm's worst nightmare! Luckily for me, my favorite secondhand bookstore was having a half off sale so I ran down and snagged a few books. For ten dollars, I got all of these! Candles Burning was completed by Tabitha King after Michael McDowell passed away and I was excited to spot it, as it will be my first T. King novel. As a Yankees fan, I quickly grabbed Pinstripe Empire and added it to my pile, and ever the horror fan, I picked up Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, along with The Sentinel, which has been on my TBR for a while now. Ghost Hunters seems like it'll be a nice read and I'm always interested in the paranormal.

If you're interested in any of the above titles, get them secondhand via Thriftbooks with this link* and we'll both get 15% off!

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