- I went to a meeting last night for my son’s upcoming trip to Japan. One of the parents brought a case of tofu from his cousin’s factory, and I accepted two free packs. Tofu isn’t on my regular rotation, so I asked Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook Group members for ideas, and I now have at least a couple dozen ideas to incorporate the tofu into our family’s meals. (I’m already guessing that the tofu brownies idea will garner the most family votes.)
- Someone gave me a $10 gift card to Uwajimaya, (a huge Japanese grocery store) a couple of years ago. My mother was recently in the hospital for a scheduled surgery, which was unfortunately very far from the house. Luckily, the store was on the way home, so I stopped in to pick up snacks for my son’s 16th birthday sleepover. I bought ten assorted bags of 99¢ shrimp chips and then gave the card to the woman in line behind me, (as I wanted to make sure the remaining 10¢ would get used.) All the credit got spent, I paid nothing out of pocket, some of the party snacks ended up being free and I didn’t end up having to spend $5 in gas to save $10!
- My husband normally has a very hard time sticking with a shopping list when he goes to Costco, and he just returned and happily announced that the only extra thing he’d bought was a container of blueberries. This, dear readers is a huge victory! (BTW, the list included olive oil, chicken, bagels and yogurt.)
- My younger son and I had an hour to kill yesterday between school and the aforementioned meeting. At first we were going hit up Starbucks, (so he could redeem his free birthday drink) but it wasn’t showing up on his account. Instead we went to my father house, where we visited with family and I enjoyed a lovely cup of tea.
- I didn’t buy a Lear Jet.
Now your turn. What frugal activities have you been up to lately?