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Saturday, December 09, 2017

odd little book haul


One evening I was wandering through Dollar General pickup up bleach and sandwich bags and light bulbs when I noticed a book with a cute little pupper on the cover. Upon closer inspection, it was this book that's been on my Amazon Wishlist for forever. Then, on the same shelf six inches away, I found Mariano Rivera's book! Ahh!! As a huge Yankees and Rivera fan, I immediately grabbed this one. It's currently selling on Amazon for $20. Both books were $3 each, a pretty good deal.

You never know where you'll find books!

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

thrifty thursday #23



  •  After a fantastic Friendsgiving, we were sent home with leftovers so I've been eating them for lunches and admittedly, midnight snacks. Yum!
  • A local farmer came by the office and had homemade Brunswick stew with him for sale so I picked up a quart for $8. Since I'm the only one who eats it, I got several lunches out of it!
  • Last Christmas I bought holiday cards and I somehow managed to not send any out so this year I'm going to take that unopened pack of cards, save a few dollars, and tuck little apologies in there, too, when I mail them out.
  • I've been racking up points via Achievemint, an app that pays you when you make healthy choices*.
  • Black Friday shopping? Pfft. I was curled up in bed with the puppers. I didn't spend a dime.
  • Mercari has been fairly fruitful for me in the past two months and I just sold another item. Yay, decluttering!
  • I made a broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole, and pasta salad for Thanksgiving and the only ingredients I had to buy were broccoli, yams, and a bag of cheese. The rest of the ingredients I sourced from the pantry. I'm glad I took a count of things before the holiday.
  • Our bosses graciously bought us lunch on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and I have a ton of leftovers from that, so I'm set on lunches for the rest of the week. ♥
  • Poshmark has really been picking up for me. I listed a pair of shoes one night and they sold the next morning!
  • I brought a bunch of tiny post-its from home to use at the office. I'll never use them up at home so I might as well actually use them at work.
  • Still using up little bits and bobs from the pantry and fridge. I used the last of some soaked kava root, a quarter of a bag of cheese, some tiny amounts of spices left in containers.
Frugal Fails
  • I was informed at the last minute that I had a second dinner to go to on Thanksgiving, so when I went to pick up granny smith apples for a pie I had to pay a fortune for organic since they were the only ones left. Sigh. However, the pie was a huge hit. :)


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

thrifty thursday #22

  • I earned $14.50 via ibotta* for a recent grocery shopping trip. I made $12.50 in offers and completed a bonus for an extra $2.
  • The next day, I went to Food Lion and picked up a couple more items which not only scored me a dollar in rebates via ibotta, but I ended up meeting another bonus for an additional $3, which put me over the $20 cashout limit and I cashed out $22.25 instantly!
  • When the fall softball season ended, one of my players gave me the absolute sweetest handwritten thank you card. Not gonna lie, I totally cried when I read it. Along with that, she gave me a $10 Starbucks giftcard, which I used one morning (with my own mug for a few cents savings) for a nice treat. Thanks, Ski! ♥
  • I sold another item on Mercari (get $10 off when you use my code VQYZSJ)* and it's one that's been sitting for a while so I'm happy to see it off to its new home.
  • I stopped by Wegman's and picked up a couple sales items and redeemed a quarter rebate via ibotta.
  • When I bought oil for my car a couple weeks ago, I got $10 back via ibotta and the package had an offer from Mobil for a $10 Walmart giftcard if you submitted your receipt to them, so I jumped on that, too.
  • I returned some items we ended up not needing for Halloween and put $7.30 back into my pocket.
  • Another three items sold on Poshmark and I'm pretty happy to have them off to new owners. I used recycled boxes and packing supplies. Yay!
  • I'd finally earned enough points to cash out a $15 Amazon giftcard via ReceiptHog, which I'll use for Christmas gifts.
Frugal Fails
  • I decided to keep Hulu* after my free 30 day trial was up, but luckily I got a special promotion for a year that made my subscription only $5.99 per month. No, I don't care that I still have to watch commercials. Yes, I am obsessed with Desperate Housewives.
  • One day at my job in town, I ordered takeout and then left it sitting on my desk so I didn't even get leftovers. Sad face. *However, my boss noticed it and put it in the fridge! Score! Thanks!!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

thrift haul // books

Lately, I've been doing pretty good with the whole "for the LOVE OF GOD stop buying BOOKS" thing. Honestly, being a member of huge library system really helps. Instead of spending a dollar or two on books, I can just open up the library system's app and see if they have a copy.

That said, clearly, my willpower was on vacation today when I went thrifting. But that's okay, we all make mistakes. I hadn't intended to even look at the books, but my best friend and thrifting partner wasn't with me so I mosied on over and picked up Burnt Toast by Teri Hatcher first, because I've been watching Desperate Housewives lately. I've really been getting into sci-fi lately, so I snagged At Winter's End, which has many pages and very tiny font. I love a good thriller, so The Missing Girl was a random selection and The Plague Dogs, which sounds depressing, has been on my to-read list for a while now. I feel the need to explain Dark Places by Gillian Flynn a little. I absolutely did not like Gone Girl and I was not afraid to tell it. I thought it was written well but it was highly infuriating. However, I try not to let one book ruin my opinion of an author, so I picked this one up.

I'm only 24 books into my 50 of the reading challenge, so I really need to start chugging away on some of these.

These are all non-affiliate links from Thriftbooks, but if you'd like a discount just click here* and we both get one!


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

true food kitchen // mosaic district

Earlier this month, Jess and I had a girls' night and decided to try out True Food Kitchen in the Mosaic District. Since she's dairy free and I eat vegan, it was a great spot for both of us. It was a chilly night, but they had a great looking patio and the interior and atmosphere were great, though a tad crowded. True Food has a great philosophy about food and a rotating seasonal menu that we're going to be sure to check out.

I ordered the Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl and Jess had the Butternut Squash Pizza. Everything tasted fresh and both dishes were delicious. My bowl was filling and had a great mix of veggies. I'm not a huge avocado fan (gasp) but it went really well with everything else. It was a really pleasant meal and I'll definitely be returning!

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