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Showing posts with label frugality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label frugality. Show all posts

Friday, June 07, 2024

frugal friday - may

Onto May! 
  • No Spend Days: Only 3 - it wasn't a great month for these!
  • Grocery deals: five boxes of strawberry applesauce on clearance at $1.49 each, markdown $1.80 asparagus, markdown $1.78 bag of salad mix, $1.67 blackberries, $1.99 bag of mini peppers, $1.99 breakfast sausage, $1.49 Mountain Dew 2 liter, $2.99 2lbs of strawberries, $4.49 Dove body polish, $1.49 Kroger makeup remover wipes, $3.99 party size Doritos, $1.49 blackberries, $1.17 markdown bag of salad mix, $1.79 dozen eggs, $1.49 bottle of Italian dressing
  • Money made outside of my two jobs: 
    • DoorDash $126.75, 
    • Other: $339.25
  • I borrowed a few ebooks from the library - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • A Kroger visit granted me $3.50 back from ibotta
  • My second job has a neat little wall of free items you can pick from if you spend $50, so I snagged the pictured 9.5oz container of onion powder
  • I'm changing locations within the company and I'll keep the same schedule, but I'll be working a short ten minute walk from my apartment and will receive a parking deck spot for only $45 a month (an absolute steal in the city)
  • I returned a container of already dried up Gorilla Glue and a cooling collar that didn't fit Og to Walmart and got back $8.46
  • While Grove Co. ran their Memorial Day sale, I snagged some reusable cleaning bottles at a discount and can hopefully reduce more waste by using their small refill containers (when you have to walk a block to the dumpster and drive ten minutes for recycling, less waste is important 😂) along with a promo for a free bottle of Method fabric softener, Method wood cleaner, Method body wash, and two samples of laundry and dish detergent pods
I'm still decluttering! I feel like I've been doing this forever and my belongings don't dwindle. What is happening?
  • Large stack of DVDs, stickers - given away on Facebook
  • A paper bag of clothing and shoes - donated
  • Watering can, two notebooks - chewed up by the piranha that is Ogden
  • A large stack of vintage linens - sold
May wasn't great for note-taking of food waste. Whoops!

Frugal Fails:
  • My local Aldi changed to those god-awful huge baskets and I couldn't get mine back into the cart return and got frustrated and just walked away from my quarter
  • I accidentally left a jar of jalapenos out on the counter and tossed them
  • While under the weather I racked up two parking tickets - $25 a pop, but still way cheaper than paying for a parking spot
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Friday, March 01, 2024

frugal friday - february

The year is flying by! Somehow my Frugal Friday post for January got deleted, so here's starting the year with February. 😑
  • Grocery deals: $1.49 blackberries, $2.99 strawberries, $1.44 markdown spring mix, free bag of Cheetos, $3.99 Freschetta pizza, $1.99 bag of Thomas bagels (into the freezer), $1.49 two liter of root beer, 99¢ tube of Colgate toothpaste, $3.99 bag of Totino's pizza rolls, $1.88 markdown bag of butter lettuce, 2 red peppers for 99¢
  • I redeemed a free ebook from Amazon First Reads 
  • After months of searching, I finally thrifted a push-lever salad spinner for $10!
  • While I did order delivery food, I stayed in to watch the Super Bowl via Paramount+'s free trial week
  • Over a four-day weekend, I only ordered one meal for delivery
  • I picked up a second job that's part time. I really like seeing the number in my high interest savings account go up.
I'm still decluttering!
  • A book on Pango - sold and mailed using recycled mailing supplies
  • I unsubscribed from a bunch of email lists
  • A slow feeder that was just a little too deep for Og, a Clarisonic facial brush - sold on Facebook Marketplace
  • My old hair dryer that I had upgraded, four Yeti stickers - given away on Facebook
  • The table and six chairs I borrowed for Friendsgiving - passed back to my dad when we met for lunch one weekend
  • The 12 belly bands from when I had my two late elderly dogs - mailed to a senior dog sanctuary
I've done really well with food waste lately, so hopefully I can keep it up into February
  • I used up a bunch of leftovers from work - cheesy mac, some delicious soup, salad toppings
Frugal Fails:
  • Ogden has now chewed through four phone cases since the beginning of December, I'm on number 5 now
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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

frugal friday

my $3 thrifted umbrella 

As always, here's ways I've saved and made a buck (here and there in the last six months)!
  • My Verizon anniversary came around and they sent me a $10 Amazon giftcard (it's only been 19 years, no big deal *eye roll*)
  • I had an absolutely wonderful coworker save me a TON of boxes at work, and between her and my pilfering of boxes that otherwise would've gone on to the landfill or recycling, it saved me pretty penny on moving boxes
  • At the end of September I signed up and received my second Covid booster shot for free at Walgreens and today I received my free flu shot from my place of employment
  • I received a $50 Visa giftcard from Xfinity and applied it to my credit card balance that was due. I also deposited a $4.89 refund check from my insurance company for overpayment of premium!
  • I sold several items on Poshmark and a bunch of furniture and flower pots on FB Marketplace
  • I worked on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day and made time and a half along with a few bartending shifts that pay more per hour.
  • There was an issue with my cellular data so I called Verizon and we got that straight while upgrading my plan and saving me $14.99 a month as Hulu/Disney+/ESPN+ is now included in my upgraded plan for free
  • I redeemed a $10 coupon off a $10 order at Ulta, and redeemed $3 in rewards
  • When I moved I changed my renter's policy's coverage and they sent me a $77.80 premium refund check (what! I'll take it)
  • Amazon Prime gave me a seven day trial for HBO Max, so I finished the third season of His Dark Materials for free
Things I've decluttered in anticipation for my move/after I moved:
  • A bunch of jars and lids I'd been hoarding ("that's a good ass jar!"), recycled
  • I've used up a BUNCH of condiments, sauces, and skin care
  • Several Poshmark items and recycled polymailers
  • A large ceramic pumpkin, a stack of Dollar Tree organizers, sold & given away on FB
  • My entryway table, desk, and large plant stand, sold on FB marketplace
  • A small space heater, to someone in a free FB group
  • A stack of books and cereal bowls, to two friends
  • A dozen or so planters, sold on FB
And how I've avoided food waste:
  • I had a cooler full of frozen food that I wasn't going to eat (hashbrowns, half bags of vegan chicken nuggets, some spring rolls I didn't like) and my best friend went through it and grabbed what they'd eat
  • Even though I get free lunch at work, I don't have a microwave at my new apartment so I take meals in because I'm more inclined to eat leftovers if I can easily heat them vs. using the oven

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

library haul

I recently got a card (again) for a huge library system in the city I work in. It's a little easier to access than my county library and I was eligible for a card since I have one in a surrounding county. Well, I checked out their online catalog and holy cow. SO MANY TITLES. I'm ecstatic! I put a ton of hold and on my to hold later list, but this is my first haul. I've already finished one of these.
Alllll of the graphic novels. They have such a selection and I'm trying a ton of new ones. I've already finished Rat Queens, which was amazing, and I'm going to start on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen next. Y: The Last Man has been on my list for quite some time, and it comes highly praised, even by Stephen King. While I was browsing graphic novels, I stumbled upon The Hospital Suite and added it. Last but certainly not least, A BOOK ON BIGFOOT.

I have so many books I already own and need to read that I tried to stick with graphic novels as they're quick to get through when I want to read but don't have time to sit down for hours like I'd like. Luckily I have a few people to pass my books onto when I'm finished, so hopefully that motivates me to knock out my TBR list.

As usual, all links are Thriftbooks and not affiliate, but use this link* for 15% off and I get a discount, too!

What you reading?


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

birthday savings 2017

Last month I turned 27. Ugh. However, I'm in quite a few rewards programs and on what feels like hundreds of email lists. Check out some of the great birthday "gifts" I got, including this delicious cupcake that Jess gave me!

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  • I used a $10 off a $10 purchase coupon at Kohl's. I actually ended up using this to buy a birthday gift because I didn't need anything.
  • On Sephora's website, I redeemed my free Tarte set, along with using some of my points for a redemption and purchasing a $3 item to have it shipped.
  • When I met up with Jess, we had dinner at Not Your Average Joe's and I redeemed a $15 (!!) off coupon they sent me via email. My delicious pasta dish was less than $2! We split the final bill and ended up only paying $9 and something before tip.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe sent me a FREE 24oz smoothie coupon and N and I redeemed it and had it split into two cups so we both had some.
  • Starbucks sent me a free drink, but I didn't go by there before it expired. Booooo.
  • Au Bon Pain sent me a very generous free sandwich or salad coupon.
  • I was sent a free drink coupon from Dunkin' Donuts.
There are loads more awesome birthday perks from stores all over the place, so be sure to seek them out! I personally only redeem offers from places I frequent, and I was so grateful to have such a great birthday.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

thrifting tips

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I'm a big fan of thrifting. Not only for the savings but for the opportunity to find some great quality items that are sometimes unique. If you've ever wanted to start thrifting or just get a bit more efficient at it, here are some tips that I utilize whenever I go.

Keep a running list and know what you like.

I typically keep a mental list of things I'd like to look for at the thrift shop. I've been hunting for a denim jacket for forever, but I've yet to find one I like, so that stays on the list. It's a lot easier to go in with a plan than to wander around looking at every piece in the store (unless that's what you want to do). I know that I tend to go for oddball patterns, stripes, and sweaters, so I visually scan and find most things that way. I do have days where I just go through the racks, but on quicker visits I've gotten it down to an art.

Learn your fabrics.

If you're looking for clothing, learn to identify fabrics just by sight. When I was sourcing for vintage a lot, I'd learned what polyester and linen looked like just by walking by and seeing them. Granted, there are exceptions as rayon can look really similar to cotton, but with a general knowledge of knits and such, you can easily find things you're looking for.

Have a buddy.

I'm fortunate that my two best friends are thrifters, too! Jess and I meet up for thrifting trips and always find some amazing stuff. It really helps to have someone with you for when you pick up that odd piece and want an opinion on it, or you need someone to talk you out of an absurd wall hanging.

Don't always go by the tag size.

Clothing sizes vary wildly and so do folks' laundry habits, so don't always go by what the tag says. Don't be afraid to try things on or hold them up to your body. Look through all of the size racks and remember, especially if you're looking for vintage, that a size 14 could really mean a modern size 4.

Follow thrift store etiquette.

Don't take things from others' carts, replace items where you got them or on the fitting room return rack, don't bombard the workers that bring new carts of merchandise out, don't eat in the store and then touch merchandise with your greasy hands, and be polite.

If you have any more tips, leave them in the comments! :)