- I spent $57 at Safeway yesterday, which qualified me to use one of their $10-off-$50 coupons. However, I couldn’t find it in any of my Oregonians. I knew I’d seen it somewhere, yet it eluded my most focused spelunking. It finally turned up on the back page of a freebie newspaper that occasionally gets thrown on my porch. I’ll stop by Safeway customer service this afternoon with coupon and receipt in hand, and in return they’ll hand me a ten dollar bill. Free money, people. Free money.
- It took a few refreshings of my Craigslist listings, but I finally sold both the Goodwill rugs that I’d picked up a few weeks ago in Lincoln City. I paid a little more than $45 for the pair, and was able to sell them for $160. I did spend a few hours cleaning them up in with my Craigslist Bissell rug shampooer in anticipation of their rehoming, but the task is actually kind of fun. (The shampooer has more than paid for itself, as I’ve cleaned up at least four rugs for resale this way!) I’m happy to have the rugs off my porch, and I’m even happier to add another $115 to my son’s college account.
- I ended up combining errands with two Goodwill trips yesterday, and I was horrified to find that someone keyed my driver side door while I was at the Lloyd Center Goodwill! (What?! Why?! Argh!!!) I immediately pictured the $250 I would have to pay towards my deductible to get it fixed. I called my husband in despair, and he ended up buying a $13.99 packet of Dupont Pro-Fusion Color scratch repair sticks from Costco. (He was there anyway.) And in under a minute, my husband made the scratch pretty much disappear. It’s not a forever solution, but it saved us $236.01 in the here and now. So yeah . . . color me happy.
- I have to buy plane tickets to travel to my nephew’s October 12th Bar Mitzvah in New York City. I am using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price feature, starting very low and gradually increasing the price I’ll pay. Not sure if this method will pan out in the end, but you know I’ll do my best to find the cheapest deal. (Luckily, it will just be me and my 15-year-old son.) If you have any tips for cheap plane tickets please, please, please share them in the comments section below. I’m mostly a homebody, so finding cheap travel is outside my area of expertise. Thanks!
- My 10th and 12th grade sons are back in school now, and neither of them was taken school clothes shopping, school supply shopping or backpack shopping. Everything from last year was still good, (and it wasn’t exactly new last year anyway.) My older son did need a new pair of sneakers, which he was able to find at Buffalo Exchange for $29.50. They were used, but looked new, and he was super stoked to look online and see that they normally retail for $100 or so. People think that raising kids to accept used clothing is a challenge, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Kids are smart, and they know that $29.50 trumps $100 any day of the week.
What frugal activities have you been up to? Please share your stories in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”