- I deliberately planned all the activities for my son’s birthday day of adventures to be in the same neighborhood. Previous years have found us driving back and forth across town to get to everywhere we needed to be. No reasons to waste money on gasoline. Plus, we got to walk around the neighborhoods with no time pressures.
- I needed to pick up milks and a loaf of French bread at New Season’s last night. That was all I needed, but I had a coupon for a free half-gallon of milk if I spent $10. I didn’t want to overspend on stuff I didn’t need in order to save money, so I bought green beans to go with tonight’s dinner. This brought the price over $10, which then made the milk free. I had been tempted to pick out some treat to bring the trip over $10, but this worked out better, both for the wallet and my waistline. (I know the true savings would have been to make the bread myself, but I’d had a busy day and wasn’t home long enough to put together a batch of bread dough.)
- I am buying my son a good pair of left handed scissors for his birthday, but am choosing to support a local business. However, I see that they honor competitor’s coupons, so I’ll print out a Joann Fabric 30%-off coupon to bring the price down.
- We are preparing a special birthday meal at home for my son instead of going to a restaurant. It won’t be impressively frugal as I’m preparing steaks, but steak at home for six people vs. steak in a restaurant for six people makes this a very budgetary meal. (BTW, I’ve only prepared steak a few times in my life, so any and all tips are extremely welcome! I’m planning on doing the cast iron pan method using this method.)
- I took my behind the scenes tour of Goodwill yesterday, yet didn’t buy a single thing. Which I think deserves some special kind of medal. (A used one of course!)
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to lately?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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