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Showing posts with label frugality. 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, 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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Friday, November 26, 2021

frugal friday


Although I've stopped posting on my frugal blog, I do enjoy keeping a list of how I've made or saved money in a month. Here's how I did this month!
  • My best friend's mom brought me a jar of her homemade grape jelly ♥
  • I redeemed $25.08 on Dosh*.
  • On regular grocery purchases, I received $1.75 to my Ibotta* balance.
  • My mom stayed with me for a few days (saving her a hotel expense!) and brought me the leftovers from her dinner and several jars of canned homegrown vegetables and sauce along with a few frozen bags of chili and soup!
  • I got a quote from the company that holds my renter's policy and was able to save $31 a month on my car insurance. They even upped my coverage a bit. I took advantage of their Bluetooth driving tracking for an additional 10% off.
  • My best friend and I swapped a body wash she didn't like for lotion I likely won't use. A win for both of us.
  • I've been doing a really good job eating through my pantry and freezer and saving a bunch on groceries. I primarily only stock up on produce now and I've used up some things that have just been languishing in there.
  • I paused my MightyFix subscription for a few months, canceled a subscription for a filter for my BiOrb that I don't need, and canceled my Ipsy subscription after I scored a free box from a friend.
  • I redeemed my Amazon First Reads book and several free books from BookBub.
decluttered: four large bags of clothing to the thrift store, extra planters sold on Facebook, some food from my pantry I won't ever eat to a friend, clothing and home good orders shipped out, any socks without matches trashed


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

the last thrifty thursday

While this isn't a Thrifty Thursday post, I just wanted to update all that those posts will now be over at Frugal Bandit! I'd noticed that my thrifty posts had started to take over and that's not what I wanted for Lucky Bandit, so I started a new blog specifically for money saving. Check me out there!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

thrifty thursday #30

  • I've been using up some sunscreen I bought on clearance for my games. It's the lotion kind that I really rather hate, but it was cheap and I don't want to pay big bucks for aerosol spray. I did sadly forget sunscreen one Saturday, so my forearms and ears ended up burnt.
  • Made a few more sales on Mercari and Poshmark. More items out and a few more dollars for my savings. I'm very happy to still have some sales trickling in since I've been so busy with work that I haven't really listed anything much at all lately.
  • One evening after work I attended a business event with my coworkers and received a delicious dinner and a couple glasses of local wine. It was a fun evening!
  • Instead of buying a new tumbler with a straw for my desk at work, I managed to unearth my ABP cold cup I had gotten years ago. It holds 24oz, which is nice because I don't have to repeatedly fill it up.
  • I've been eating alot of meals completely comprised of leftovers. Like, slice of pizza, half an eggroll, some fries, and cherry tomatoes type of meals.

  • I had brought some Trader Joe's soup for lunch one day and then my boss brought in some salads for us, so I managed to halve the soup and salad and stretch both for a couple days' lunches.
  • Branded Surveys (formerly Mintvine) has rewarded me with another $10 for earning and redeeming points with them.
Frugal Fails
  • Still burning up gas going to games. And I haven't been price shopping, so I know I've overpaid a few times for convenience sake.
  • Eating out way too much. I've just been exhausted and it's easy.
  • Since I've been sick, I went home at noon one day at the office and was home sick the next day. While I didn't make any money, I didn't spend any either. Kind of a fail/win.
How have you saved or made money lately?


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

thrifty thursday #29


  • Tervis has an amazing lifetime guarantee, so a while back I had sent in a Tervis tumbler that had started allowing moisture in between the layers. My little Yankees jersey patch couldn't be saved, so they sent me a code for $22.99 off anything in their store. I ended up ordering this water bottle for when I travel, and I only paid $3.16 with free shipping.
  • After pending for what seemed like forever, a Poshmark purchase I made was approved to my ibotta account and I qualified for the Poshmark bonus, which was $10! That put me over the threshold to cash out, so $21.70 was instantly sent to my PayPal account by ibotta*. I also earned a quarter at CVS for any item, and 50¢ at Walmart.
  • Simple* now has a feature to open an Emergency Fund and every time I make some affiliate money or money via rebate apps, I transfer that over to it along with 12¢ a day that automatically comes out every morning. It's nice to see that number growing!
  • I'd been in the market for carry on luggage for my trips to travel, but turns out my mom had an extra she's letting me use, so I saved pretty penny. Do you know how expensive luggage is???
  • One night I stopped to pick up nasal spray (the bane of my existence) and used $5 ECBs at CVS to bring my total for the spray under $2.
  • I've been loading up on free eBooks from Riffle and BookBub emails.
  • My first check from training at my serving job came in and I stashed part of it in my emergency fund.
  • Picked up some lunch essentials at Food Lion the other day and earned $1 via ibotta and another $1 via Saving Star.
Frugal Fails
  • I travel around a lot for umpiring and I'm bad about stopping for fast food or bottled water, which just nickel and dimes me to death.


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

thrifty thursday #28


  • I've had a lot of no spend days here lately where I didn't even leave the house. Score!
  • Mercari and Poshmark have really picked up for me. I'm pretty happy to see items moving on out. I've been using recycled shipping boxes and reusing polymailers that I've received in the mail to send out items.
  • I cashed out another $5 to my PayPal via Microsoft Rewards.
  • While filling in a few spots in K's Easter basket, I picked him up some candy and used $3 in Extra Care Bucks from CVS and saved 50% off of my total purchase.
  • I made $5.50 via ibotta* at Walmart when I picked up oil for my car and some plastic pans for under my new plant babies.
  • I'm about halfway to a cash out via InboxDollars*, which isn't bad considering I spend approximately 7 seconds a day opening PaidEmails.
  • My friend, N, and I haven't hung out much lately but I did put a bag of clothing together for her and got a lot of things I wasn't wearing out of the house.
  • Printed and passed on some contact solution coupons to K for when he needs more.
  • In addition to my office job and umpiring, I picked up a third job as a server. I only had to buy a specific shirt as I already have the pants and slip-resistant shoes needed.
  • At Wawa one night I went in to grab K a drink and found $20 on the floor.
  • I only buy one ream of paper at a time because I use so little, but I found half a ream of neon pink (???) paper in my closet so I'll be printing coupons and shipping labels on that until it's gone.
  • I had $3 ECBs from CVS to use up before they expired. Wet n Wild makeup was spend $10, get $5 ECBs back. I picked up three WnW items for $11.97, used my $3 coupon, and got back the $5 reward and another $3 ECBs. In the same transaction, there was a toothpaste deal going on. Originally $3.69, use a $2.50 off coupon from CVS, then a 50¢ printed coupon, making the tube only 69¢!

Frugal Fails
  • Tuesday evening I started coming down with something, so I left work early Wednesday and lost a few hours of pay, and Thursday I ended up needing to stay home, though it was a no spend day.
  • We ate out a lot before K left for the season, so that was definitely a fail. Oops.


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

thrifty thursday #27

  • After dropping K off at the airport (tear), I came home and worked on listings and started my free online concussion safety course for the upcoming little league season.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday were no spend days and I made a sale on Mercari each day.
  • I contacted a company that I ordered a cold brew cup from after I broke the matching straw that came with it. I inquired into how to purchase a replacement, and they offered to send me one for free! I got it in the mail a few days later. Great customer service!
  • Made a few more quarters on "any item" rebates via ibotta*, along with $0.43 at Poshmark, $1.75 at Food Lion, and there's a couple pending orders for Amazon. I made a dollar via Saving Star for the same Food Lion trip.
  • I was an actress in a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre last week and I had a ton of fun and my meal was free since I volunteered. The food was absolutely amazing. I wasn't the murderer.
  • I had to renew my driver's license before my birthday in April but since I was eligible to renew it online, I saved a dollar.
  • I combined errands (meaning I waited a few weeks to have enough to justify driving north) and snagged lunch at the Indian buffet, picked up everything I need for an upcoming wedding, some tax paperwork, a comic book I'd ordered, got my nails done, and returned some library books before going straight to softball practice.
Frugal Fails
  • I forgot about the second toll on the way to a scrimmage so I had to pick up an IOU at the booth. A simple 70 cent toll turned into $2.25.
How about you?

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

thrifty thursday #26

  • I picked up essentials at Walmart twice, Walgreens, Target, and Wawa and got back a quarter rebate at each visit for the "any item" rebate via ibotta*.
  • I picked up some groceries and, with a $2 bonus, earned $5.75 via ibotta and a dollar via Saving Star at Food Lion. Dollar General had two 'any item' rebate offers, which I redeemed, and I then had enough to cash out. They instantly deposited $20 into my PayPal account.
  • We went to see Black Panther, which was so, so, so, so good, and I used a free movie ticket I had so our total was only $12 and some change for two tickets. A week or so later K used a free ticket, too, and we saw Death Wish for even less.
  • One night after games, K and I stopped at Red Robin and I got back 10% via ibotta.
  • I've had about thirteen sales on Mercari and Poshmark in the last couple weeks. I'm loving getting these things out of the house and pocketing a little cash.
  • I combined errands before an association meeting and lined up a Verizon store near the meeting place to pay my phone bill, then bought K and I both a drink from Starbucks with some gift cards I'd been hoarding.
  • Since I wasn't using it, I cancelled my Hulu account and I'll save the $5.99 per month.
  • Combined errands again the next week and stopped and renewed my tags before heading off to a college baseball game.
Frugal Fails:
  • We've been eating out quite a bit lately, but I have discovered that we have a Cava near us now!
  • I've made many trips to a neighboring city for umpire training. Not exactly a fail because they're totally necessary, but I've still used a lot of gas.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

thrifty thursday #25


  • While out at my mom's for Christmas, Friday and Saturday were both no spend days. Thursday I spent less than five dollars and Sunday my stepdad changed my headlight and was generous enough to fill up my gas tank before the trip back. ♥
  • My mom packed me up with loads of homemade leftovers (including chili, yum!) and I've been eating on those for lunch.
  • I've needed a haircut for a while now as my ends had gotten uneven, so my mom cut my hair while I was there. It looks great and you can't beat free.
  • I've gained enough points via Branded Surveys* (formerly Mintvine) for a payout.
  • Last month my stupid second line came off my phone plan finally so that should save me $20 a month, and I cancelled my phone's insurance to save $11 a month.
  • I've made twelve sales via eBay and two via Mercari and that's helped declutter a bit.
  • I noticed a $5 rebate on ibotta* a couple weeks ago for eBay Fashion so I mosied on over and purchased a $3.88 (including shipping) button up for the office, thus earning myself $5.02, resulting in a moneymaker of $1.14 and adding to my office wardrobe. Win!
  • In the same week on ibotta, I earned $2.14 on a Walmart.com purchase (plate shoes and a lighting kit, not junk!) and a $5 bonus.
  • I redeemed a $5 PayPal reward via Microsoft Rewards.
  • On my two days working outside of the house, I bring my lunch.
Frugal Fails
  • I had to run across the county three nights in a row for board meetings and forums and twice I stopped and grabbed cheap fast food. I spent less than $10 total, but like moms everywhere say, we have food at home.
  • I paid my car insurance late and suffered a ten dollar late fee, but I did pay it early for the next month.
  • My one big splurge is acrylic nails and I broke one at softball practice Saturday morning, so I spent $3 plus tip to have it fixed.


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Thursday, January 04, 2018

thrifty thursday #24

  • This first one is pretty exciting; I received an email from Shop Your Way that said I had $25 worth of FREECASH points, which is basically free credits that you can use toward purchases. These were for Sears.com only, but since Sears actually has some decent business clothing, I went on to find a pair of much needed black straight leg slacks and black flats. I added them to my cart and came back to them this week and my FREECASH was now at $27! I went to check out and chose store pickup for the shoes and the free shipping option for the pants. My total for this whole transaction? $3.14.
  • I'm down to the last tomato from when I stocked up on three 3lbs bags for $0.79 each from Aldi. I'm hoping they have another sale like that soon!
  • As a Christmas gift, my dad bought me a nice pair of Nike Metcon Repper* trainers that I can use for umpire training and some indoor softball practices as a coach I have coming up soon. The Metcon 3's weren't in a color scheme I liked and almost twice the price, so I went with the older style. Not only were they $25 cheaper on the Dick's Sporting Goods website, I earned Scorecard points and chose in-store pick up, so shipping was free.
  • I'm still working on my minimum cashouts for InboxDollars*, Mintvine (which is now Branded Surveys*), the Panel App*, and Microsoft Rewards. It's slow but easy work if you integrate the few seconds per day per app into your routine.
  • Saturday was a no spend day other than gas to get to work. Wednesday I was home sick so that was a no spend day, too. Thursday I only spent money on one thing; a headlight for my car.
  • Friday I discovered that I owned not a single pair of black ankle socks. Since I waited more than five minutes for my pickup at Sears, they gave me a $5 coupon. I scored another pair of work slacks and six pairs of black ankle socks for only $11.05.
  • My phone bill has had a second line tacked to it for almost two years now (major sideye) but the contract has finally ran out and I managed to disconnect the line via the chat in the Verizon app. I didn't have to call anyone and it only took about ten minutes.
  • The next Thursday I had come down with bronchitis and had a fever, so I had to call out again, ugh, but at least it was a no spend day. I've had a life of coughing so you'd think I'd be used to it, but it really sucks.
  • An affiliate link website I use sent me $4 for participating in a Twitter contest. I didn't know they were even offering it so that was nice to wake up to one morning.
  • I sold an item on Mercari, two on Poshmark, and two on eBay. My lighting kit has come in, so I'm hoping to up my amount of listings tenfold soon.

Frugal Fails
  • We've been ordering a lot of takeout at work, sadly, but I have been getting two day's lunches out of them.
  • I joined a gym to get in shape for baseball season so I added $23 to my monthly bills.
  • Buying things in general isn't frugal, but I've been trying to cheaply get caught up on the things I've needed for a while now.


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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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Thursday, October 26, 2017

thrifty thursday #21


  • I earned enough points to cash out $10 with Mintvine*.
  • One night I made chickpea mock tuna salad (omg, so good) and I saved the liquid from the can of chickpeas. Aquafaba is a great alternative to eggs in recipes! I might use it to make my own mayo since I'm out of Just Mayo.
  • We went grocery shopping earlier in the week and I managed to save us three dollars and some change with Cartwheel, a couple dollars using some peelies on a couple products, along with buying store brand items and saving even more.
  • At Food Lion I picked up some melatonin and toilet paper and made $1.75 via ibotta*.
  • I earned 100 some points for my two purchases via Fetch Rewards, and then this morning we stopped at Best Buy and I earned 50 Shopkick points* for walking in the door.
  • We stopped by a local restaurant one Monday night for $2 black bean burgers, half of which I brought for lunch the next day.
  • I'm still eating from the pantry a lot, so I've been using up some spices, tomato paste, and random half eaten boxes of pasta and such. (I go from angel hair to penne back to angel hair.)
  • Sold another item on Poshmark. I made little to nothing on it as I really just wanted it out of the house, but I boosted my feedback rating and got another item out of here.
  • Before work Friday, I stopped by the recycling bins and the post office since they were on my way out to town and it helped me to stay home all day the day before and save some gas.
  • I turned down takeout at work in favor of the lunch I packed: spinach (that I saved a $1 on at Target!) with balsamic, pickled baby corn, and couscous.
  • I signed up for Kobo* books and received not only a $5 credit, but 250 Swagbucks*!
  • Matt and I stayed in Saturday and watched Game 7 (thanks, Yankees...) and I convinced him to make some food at home instead of going to Taco Bell.
  • I made a batch of quinoa earlier in the week so I've been using up oddball condiments with it. Some pasta sauce the other day, taco sauce and Tofutti sour cream today. Tomorrow I might use up some black beans and cocktail sauce. Is that weird? That's a bit weird.
How did you do this week?

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

thrifty thursday #20


  • Our boss gave N and I a bag of fresh garden tomatoes from their family. They're delicious and I'm so glad they thought of us!
  • The local Shell has started taking Shell Rewards* cards, so it's a bit easier to get cheaper gas while home. I save 5 cents per gallon because I have Gold Status.
  • Noodles & Company emailed me a bit ago has now started a nifty little program for rewards (try my code KatelynCar669)* and I signed up. We went yesterday and I earned enough points for a free side, salad, soup, or mac!
  • I ordered a couple things from e.l.f. when they offered free shipping one day. I saved $4.95 on shipping and have their Moisturizing Foundation Stick and their All Over Cover Stick on their way to me to try! If you haven't joined their Beauty Squad yet, head on over and join* with this $5 coupon!
  • Another item sold on Mercari as well as another on Poshmark.
  • While out in Tennessee, I scored some Shopkick* points, 606 Fetch points, and made $0.50 via ibotta*.
  • Via the Panel App*, I cashed out my points for a $5 Amazon giftcard.
  • On the trip home from TN, we filled up our Nalgene and Sip by Swell* bottles with water and two ceramic coffee mugs with fresh coffee. Not a penny was spent on road drinks! In fact, the only money spent to come home was $1.75 on a vending machine bag of chips to keep me awake and alert.
  • I had gotten out of the habit of refilling my Nalgene* bottle, but I've recently started carrying it again and while I did stop at Wawa for dinner after coaching a softball game, I saved the plastic and money of not buying a bottle of water since I knew I had some in the car. I even carry it onto the ball field when I coach and umpire instead of getting a bottle of water at the concession stand.
  • We had a bunch of leftovers from dinner at my mom's, so N and I brought a bunch of them to work today. We both got fried squash mix, I got the salad, and she got the Tofurky chick'n. Win!
  • N asked if I wanted any Chinese food today for delivery and since I still had squash, I said no. Win!
Frugal Fails
  • I returned some library books late and that resulted in some fees. Still cheaper than buying the books and the fees help the library.
How have you done lately?

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

thrifty thursday #19


  • I completed a silly survey on my Dollar General receipt and got a coupon for $3 off my next $15 purchase. When I used that coupon on essentials, I got another survey offer.
  • I sold two items on Mercari, one on Poshmark, and an item to a friend - I'm really downsizing and it's nice to make a bit of cash at the same time. I'm going to use recycled shipping supplies to send out the packages.
  • Grocery shopping hasn't happened much around here, so I've been eating from the pantry like a madwoman. I just really want a fresh salad.
  • My mom gave N and me two tickets for a local movie theatre, so we used them to go see mother! and even though the movie was weird, we didn't pay a dime!

  • I was perusing Cartwheel and noticed there was a 50% offer for the complete series of The King of Queens*, which is my favorite show ever, so I checked it out in store. The series used to be $150, but has since gone down to $49.99, so I snapped it up for a cool $24 and change. It's on sale online right now for only $37.99!
  • I earned a quarter back from ibotta* and submitted receipts to ReceiptHog.
  • The omnivore of the house never eats leftovers but puts them in the fridge. I loathe food waste, so I eat these leftovers even though they may have dairy in them. The dollar vote has been cast already, though not by me, so at least there's no waste. Sigh.
  • I help coach a softball team and before practice I filled up some empty water bottles that were around the kitchen to give them a couple more uses before I recycle them.

Frugal Fails:
  • I hit a curb one night and ruined one of my expensive tires on the car. I was so upset since I'd just gotten the tires in June, but $93 later I no longer have a donut on my car.
  • Ordered takeout at work two days when I forgot lunch. I need to get on this meal prepping wagon.


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Thursday, September 07, 2017

thrifty thursday #18

  • I snagged two bags of expired angel hair noodles from work and brought them home since they were a bit past our discount time frame. I eat angel hair 6 to 7 days a week, so this'll save me a bit. Don't judge my pasta habits.
  • Last Wednesday and Thursday were both completely no spend days - I didn't leave the house, shop online, or anything.
  • A friend of mine hurt her ankle and passed on a lot of her heeled shoes, so I picked up a couple pair. She's decluttering, too, and sent me home with a bag of clothing and several books. ♥ Thanks!
  • On fight night I picked up a shift at a local restaurant I'd worked at before. Besides a guy walking out on a tab (that grudge will last a while), I made a decent little chunk of change to save for a rainy day.
  • I've been retaining Gold Status via Shell Fuel Rewards*, and it's been saving me (at least) five cents per gallon. After I pump my gas, the app sends me a notification with how much money I've saved. It might not seem like much, but I've saved almost ten dollars with just a few fillups.
  • My library books have been keeping me from buying new books. Though I did buy one at Strand in Manhattan, but that was different. It was out of print!
  • At home I've been trying really hard not to have any food waste. Dinner a couple nights ago was a hodge podge of salad, hummus wraps, baby corn, some vegetable samosas, and leftover marinara.
  • I finally found some cheap hammock straps. I wasn't going to spend a ton on ENO straps, so I shopped around and found some for $9.98. Then on a thrift store trip, we found a new-in-box king size mosquito net for less than $3 and picked it up for when we go camping.
  • Picked up a loaf of french bread for $0.56 since it was close to date. I've been making mini french bread pizzas.

Frugal Fail:
  • Ordered takeout from a great local New York style deli. I'm a sucker for pasta and potato salad. However, for $21 (including tip), I received enough food for at least five total meals (my meals, as I'm just a snacker for the most part), so each meal runs about $4.20.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

thrifty thursday #17


  • I had an Etsy order for a destash item. One more thing out and a couple dollars in my pocket.
  • After reviewing some paranormal evidence, N and I stopped for a nice Italian dinner. It was a bit of a splurge (well not really), but we did get 10% off by checking into Yelp!
  • When we finished dinner, we walked next door to the grocery store. I picked up some frozen vegan lunches and some power grain waffles that were on deep closeout. At the register, the catalina printer spit out a coupon for a FREE pint of Halo Top ice cream. I won't eat it, so I'm going to give it to N.
  • Speaking of Yelp, our local (awesome) donut shop will give you a free donut if you check in on the app.
  • I brought home the leftover bruschetta from dinner and had it for lunch the next day.
  • I went to Aldi and picked up a bag of plums and a bag of nectarines for only $1.98 each. 
  • Made a quarter via ibotta* with the above grocery store visit.
  • I recently joined the survey site InboxDollars*, and I'm slowly chugging away at the $30 redemption mark.
  • I'm on Chipotle's text messaging list (scroll to the bottom to sign up) and I got a message a bit ago. I completed the little activity and was rewarded with a buy one get one free coupon.
  • I worked at a restaurant years ago and after I left, the manager roped me into helping with their booth at a brewfest serving food. It was pretty enjoyable and fairly easy work. Well, every now and then she'll ask if I can help with an event. Most of the time I'm working my current job but I was able to score two evenings' work at their booth at the local fair, so I'm happy to help out and earn a little pocket money at the same time. (Plus I don't have to be there until 4pm so I still get to enjoy the majority of my days off!)
  • Finished up a couple Zevia's that have been in the fridge forever, made a big batch of red quinoa I got free from work because it's date ran out, and used up a couple wrinkly tomatoes and the rest of some gazpacho for a sauce.
  • I put a ton of books I've been wanting to read on hold or my to hold later list at the local town library. They have such a selection compared to my county's smaller library.
How about you?

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