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Showing posts with label frugal friday. Show all posts

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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Friday, May 13, 2022

frugal friday

The scallions mentioned last post.

  • For my birthday month in April I redeemed a coupon for a free small pizza at Marco's, a free buffet at Cici's Pizza, a free Mario Badescu facial spray from Ulta (and 36¢ back via ibotta*), and a free Laura Mercier set from Sephora (and 16¢ back via ibotta*). I also received a coupon for 5% off my purchase at Target and 15% off at World Market that I used for Easter gifts.
  • I have a few auto requests over on PaperBackSwap* and I had Kris Jenner...And All Things Kardashian sent to me for free. I'm a total sucker for reality tv.
  • I cannot resist delivery apps because I hate leaving my apartment pretty much anytime ever. That said, I redeemed some points for free dog treats via GoPuff.
  • My laptop is 10+ years old and still doing alright, but it's become frustratingly slow. I ordered a refurbished laptop from Amazon for $74, then when I clicked on the link to check the size to buy a sleeve, it was then listed at $67 mere hours later. I contacted Amazon and they told me they don't price adjust, but I mentioned how they're one of the only companies that don't and they gave me a $10 credit.
  • Jeffery (my blind, epileptic sharpei) has had a frayed collar for a while now, but MY GOD dog collars have gotten expensive. I use a harness to walk him so it was for ID purposes only, so I'd been holding off on ordering one. I found a cute one in the Walmart clearance aisle for only $2 that's perfect for him. 
  • I got a discounted BJ's Wholesale membership for $25 (original price $55) from a mailer and made my first visit today. I was pleasantly surprised by the prices and coupons. I got a twenty piece glass food storage set for $1.99 per each bowl/lid set, 36 Mission Tortillas for 8¢ each (half the price of Kroger), two pounds of campari tomatoes for $3.89 (Kroger offers one pound for $3.99), an enormous container of Gain detergent for $15.99 with coupon (the container I got is 146 loads compared to the Gain I almost bought at Target today for the SAME PRICE that is 107 loads), six trays of cheese Bagel Bites for $9.99 (a single tray at Kroger is $2.99 and you can't get plain cheese), a 30oz container of Country Crock Plant Butter for $5.49 (a 10oz at Kroger is $3.29), a box of 16 Morning Star Chik Patties for $12.79 making them 79¢ a piece, a package of baby cucumbers that were twice the size of Kroger's and 50¢ cheaper. I only compare to Kroger because I primarily shop there, but I do really love Kroger's pricing!
  • Speaking of Gain detergent, it has the push button gravity fed pour. A little tip - throw the clear cup in the wash with your clothes to avoid a goopy dispenser cup and actually get all of the detergent you pour into the wash and put a cloth rag under the spout instead of one of those plastic catchers. Just throw the rag in the wash to not waste any detergent. You also always know when you've put detergent in the load or not because the cup is either in the basin or by the bottle.
Things I've decluttered in anticipation for my move:
  • A bunch of skin and body care products that I've used up. My stockpile is slowly dwindling.
  • Recycled several glass jars I've kept around for whatever reason
  • Sold a few items on Poshmark - hopefully more sell soon!
  • I brought a bunch of hand sanitizers of varying sizes to work to use up since I'm obviously not just sitting at home on the couch applying hand sanitizer
  • Along with the hand sanitizer, I brought a bunch of random office supplies I won't use at home to the office - post-its, pens, blue light glasses, a binder, a notebook, some steno pads. 
  • I broke an older knife while cutting frozen cookie dough. Whoops.
I dislike food waste, so here's how I tried to combat it:
  • I meal prep every week and try to use up as much as I can. I didn't save a package of mushrooms, but I used up a bunch of carrots.
  • Most of the time I go home for lunch (love my 4 minute commute) and here are my money saving lunches for the week:
    • Monday: black bean taco bowl (rice, black beans, vegan cheese, v sour cream, chopped romaine, halved cherry tomatoes)
    • Tuesday: leftover pasta, a salad
    • Wednesday: small bowl of goulash (vegan buttered pasta, pasta sauce), sandwich (vegan Tofurky peppered deli slices, vegan mayo, sliced campari tomatoes), previously frozen chili with tortilla chips
    • Thursday: I did order delivery for lunch this day
    • Friday: a sandwich


Friday, April 22, 2022

frugal friday



I still like keeping track of the ways I make and save money. Here's this week's!
  • While at the nursery I picked up a four-pack of basil for $1.79. I'm looking forward to making caprese with Miyoko's mozzarella. The basil is already growing like crazy!
  • Kroger continues to send me coupons every month for a free bag of Tostitos, along with other things I regularly purchase. Their algorithm to send out custom coupons is very well done.
  • VDOT sent me a $2 bill and an invitation to a survey. It didn't take long and I was sent a $15 check in just a couple weeks.
  • I had orientation and then a benefits meeting for my new job and they provided lunch both days, then I had a 6am meeting where they provided breakfast. They even, gratefully, accommodated me with a vegetarian sandwich.
  • I bought two boxes of Simulate Vegan Spicy Nuggets for $10.98 ($5.49ea) and got $5 back from ibotta*, $5 from Kroger Cash Back, and then $5.49 from Simulate themselves, making them a moneymaker of $4.51!
  • I cashed out $22.73 via ibotta* and have 36¢ pending for Ulta when I placed an order for my birthday gift. I didn't realize just how many cash back opportunities are available on ibotta until recently!
  • My acrylic nails had grown out so I gave them up and decided to grown out my own nails. I didn't think it was possible until I picked up ella+mila's nail strengthener*! I've never had luck like this before.
Things I've decluttered: 
  • I sold a corner table that I wasn't using and freed up that space.
  • Several orders on Poshmark, Mercari, and even Facebook - clothing that's sat a while and I'm happy to see go!
  • I'm moving in December when my lease is up and I'm using up everything I can so I don't have to move it. I used up the last of my mustard on a veggie corndog. I don't use mustard often at all, so I just grabbed a couple extra packs at McDonald's to hold me over until I replenish when I'm settled in my new place.
How I've saved on food waste:
  • I've used up a ton of things that have been sitting in my freezer and pantry. Mainly things like oats and breadcrumbs, but I don't want them to go off and be wasted.
  • Recently I've been doing well with not buying takeout or fast food. I've been either going home for lunch or bringing it to work and have saved so much food from being wasted!
  • Kroger was sold out of 50¢ green onions when I needed them for my Easter quinoa tabbouleh (traditional, right? I had to explain it to so many family members), so I bought the organic 79¢ green onions. They're already regrowing on the window sill to recoup those cents and more. 


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Friday, March 25, 2022

frugal friday


Here's just a few ways I've recently saved or made money or decluttered. I like having a little record of good habits.
  • I love Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, so I tried my hand at fridge pickling some turnips. I forgot to grab a beet for the coloring, but these turned out great for homemade Mediterranean bowls.
  • When I cleaned out my mother's spice cabinet I made a list of all outdated spices I threw out for her to replace at her leisure, and I kept the empty spice bottles so I could start seeds in them in the spring. Then I can easily gift the little plants to people who want them (I always plant too many) and they can just toss the bottles in the recycling when the plants outgrow them.
  • I've been packing my lunch the majority of the time.
  • The Impossible Whopper is now only $2 on Wednesdays at Burger King! I like this vegan option sometimes for lunch, so the savings helps.
  • I've decluttered a bunch of things: a purse that the handle had frayed on, an extra shelf that I wouldn't use in a bookshelf, I used up older skin and body care products, I had some random baseball stickers just collecting dust so I'm sending them to a friend for his daughters, and I sold several things on Poshmark and FB Marketplace.
I hope to declutter and save a lot more!


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Friday, January 28, 2022

frugal friday


  • I cleaned out a purse and found a bunch of (unexpired) Cholula packets and salt packets. You bet I used them up.
  • Several more items were sold online so I got them shipped out.
  • As shown above, I soaked some cucumbers in salt and vinegar and dehydrated them to make chips.
  • I joined a local city's library (other than my home county) on a digital basis, so I have access to all of their ebooks and audiobooks. I managed to get a copy of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins for free versus Amazon's $17.99 Kindle price tag.
  • Decluttering has been at the top of my to-do list the last month or so and I've gotten a lot of things out of here that I just didn't need. My potting bench (really a baker's rack) had just become a dumping ground for clutter, so I sold it and some extra flower pots I didn't love on Facebook Marketplace. A lot of other odds and ends I've been giving away in a local free Facebook group.
  • For Christmas, I had requested dishwasher pods as a gift and my mom took that notion and ran with it - she gave me dishwasher pods, some all-natural laundry detergent she had tried and enjoyed, rubber spatulas (I use these all the time) and I am super grateful for every item because life is expensive! She did give me some fun stuff, too - a DIY stamp kit, some jimjams, some great slippers, and more!
  • Unfortunately last year my grandparents lost both of their elderly dogs. They passed on their canned dog food to me for the boys. It's helped me pad out their food, but I'm just sad for the reason.
  • I watched Doctor Who through the end of 11 and then promptly canceled my HBO Max subscription, but my boyfriend gave me his login, so score! I exchanged my Hulu login with him. 

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