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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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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

empties #14

Since it's been summer, I haven't been using many products up. I hardly wear makeup unless it's planned, so my makeup has just been sitting there. Sorry, pretty things.


Dove Advanced Care Deodorant  // I didn't care for this. It didn't work for me.

Theraneem Naturals Skin Lotion in Neem Therape* // cruelty free & vegan // This lotion helped with my eczema and was pretty rich. I'm going to add a full size to my next iHerb order.

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera* // cruelty free & vegan // It's aloe vera. I don't know why I even had this bottle, but I'd buy this brand again if I needed it.

Alba Botanica Body in the Buff Firming Scrub in Espresso* // cruelty free & vegan // This scrub was great and the coffee was a great plus. It wasn't oily like some sugar scrubs, and it rinsed out of the tub fairly well. My skin felt a lot softer after using it.

Simple Pleasures Hand Soap in Summer Peach // I didn't think I'd ever finish this. This was a $1 purchase at Joann Fabrics when I thought I was out, but I'll be replacing this with something cruelty free.

Good Things Fresh Start Creamy Cleanser // cruelty free & vegan // I grabbed this on a whim at Marshall's one day because the ingredients looked decent. It was an alright cleanser. I'm beginning to think that cream cleansers aren't my thing, though, but if I found this at a cheap enough price I'd pick it up as a backup.

e.l.f. Volumizing Mascara* // cruelty free & vegan // This is the cheapest mascara e.l.f. offers. I pick them up religiously to use as a base coat for my other mascaras. It's a decent product, doesn't get all over my eyelids and doesn't flake.

Madre Labs Rose Petal Witch Hazel // cruelty free & vegan // I used this as a toner and really liked it. Sadly, it's been discontinued.

e.l.f. Pressed Powder in Buff* (similar) // cruelty free & vegan // I didn't like this and it broke all to pieces, as e.l.f. powders seem to do when I have them. I wouldn't repurchase.

Avalon Organics Bath & Shower Gel* in Grapefruit and Geranium // cruelty free & vegan // This bottle lasted forever and I really liked it. I got a few compliments on the smell, too! They've since changed their packaging and this scent has been discontinued, but I'd try some of their others.

Vegan True Melatonin* // vegan // This is my go to melatonin. Definitely already in my iHerb cart.

Not Pictured:
Gilette Fusion Hydra Gel Shaving Gel // I'm still using up shaving cream from my years of couponing. I won't buy it again, but it's been nice having a supply of shave gel.

Up & Up Biotin plus Keratin // I suppose these worked, but I picked up a different brand.

Dial NutriSkin Lotion // A decent lotion from the coupon stash, I won't pick it up again.

Jergens Ultra Healing Hand Moisturizer // Meh. I still have like six of these that I'm using up. I'll be glad when they're gone.

And there's another month of digging through my trash. Hurrah!

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

link love


This is a neat little "primal astrology" page that connects your signs. I'm a kangaroo.

As a small town umpire, I love reading about MLB umpires. Check out this article about Joe West, who just called his 5,000th game.

Seven signs of dehydration and five tips to prevent it.

Here's a nifty guide to identifying clothing by union label.

What Hogwarts teaches about running a business.

NEVER put your dog on a retractable leash and ALWAYS leash them in areas that require it. If you need more convincing, read this story.

Basic as a stereotype.

I'm so ready for fall and this baked potato soup or this creamy potato and white bean soup is perfect for cozying up with a book.

I really love the Pearl the Spider collection from The Oblong Box Shop.

Nurturing creativity in solitude.

This pin showcasing rescue dogs busting out of shelters brings happy tears.


Kalegin Michail
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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?

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

thrifty thursday #16

  • I completed Level 1 of the July Teamwork Challenge on ibotta*, which granted me an extra dollar! Thanks, team! :)
  • During a thrifting trip, shoes were buy two get one free - I picked up a pair of clogs, a pair of 7 For All Mankind heels, and a pair of purple Vans* for freeeeee.
  • In other news, my mother is going vegetarian! I'm so proud of her. I picked up two 99cent each vegetarian/vegan cookbooks at Goodwill for her. ♥
  • My two days off last week were very frugal - no money spent other than what I forked out for two energy drinks (my weakness!) and the gas to run a couple local errands.
  • One of those local errands was to take off our recycling and I opted not to stop and get my puppers a four piece nugget to split. I normally do because they're spoiled, but I gave them some homemade treats instead. It may have only been a dollar, but I still saved it.
  • I used up the last of some slightly wilted lettuce and broccoli in a salad so it didn't go to waste. The rest of the broccoli will have to be cooked in something.
  • When I made tacos this week I ran out of tortillas but still had leftovers, so I just packed it all together for a taco bowl for lunch. For my filling (omni had beef), I used a crumbled up dollar store veggie burger, which at Dollar Tree are only $1 for two.
  • Somehow I received a free magazine subscription and had a few options to choose from. I went with Sports Illustrated.
  • When N and I came back from Tennessee, my mom sent us home with some leftovers from meals we'd eaten out there, so we had lunch for work Friday and snacks for the ride.
  • Found a quarter on the sidewalk!

Frugal Fails:
  • Someone left the freezer door open accidentally and we lost all of the food. I lost two packages of Quorn products, my other veggie burger, three Gardein pizza pockets, and the omni lost a pound of beef, a frozen pizza, and some fish sticks. Luckily it wasn't packed full!
  • I broke down and ordered takeout one day last week at work. It's not a complete fail, though, as I easily got two meals out of a lunch portion size of pasta.
How have you done this week?

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