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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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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

mini wet n wild haul

Yesterday I had $3 in Extra Care Bucks that I needed to use up at CVS and when I stopped by they had a buy $10 in Wet n Wild products, get $5 Extra Care Bucks back. I tend to pass by the WnW rack and I don't really know why, and as they're the only cruelty free brand my local CVS sells, I thought I'd look. I ended up picking up my first Matte Liquid Catsuit in Goth Topic, a nice dark red and a Gel Lip Balm in Tease. I've never tried a gel balm before. The little shadow quad in Hooked on Vinyl has a lovely dark gem tone teal that I'm excited to try out. I especially love that Wet n Wild has started labelling their vegan products so they're way easier to find.

This whole haul ended up being about 97¢ after I used my $3 up front and got back $8 in rewards to use on my next purchase. Don't sleep on CVS, beauty addicts!

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Monday, April 09, 2018

monday vibes

The best thing about unconventional work schedules is being able to head out to a brewery at 4pm on a Monday to try a beer or two. K and I headed up to Red Dragon Brewery last week while he was home.

Now I'll tell you the part that'll make me lose cool points - I don't know a damn thing about craft beer. I couldn't tell you what those are in the photo and I drank one. I'd like to say I'm learning, but every time K turns to me at a brewery and asks what I want, I just shrug and point to anything with peach or passionfruit and he orders me something light and usually fruity and I give him my opinion on if I like it or not, and then he drinks his beer which is usually dark and gross to me and proceeds to tell me about the flavor or hops or profile or something or other and I just nod because I don't understand and I'm just happy to be there with him. *shrug* Then I check in my beer on Untappd for cool points I don't deserve.

He loves craft beer and as a result, I've been to more breweries in the last two months than I even knew existed (well not really, but for emphasis). But don't get me wrong, I like a lot of what I've tried and I really like going, I just have no clue what I'm looking at. Maybe I should buy a book on it.

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