- My sons both wear prescription glasses, although my younger son hardly ever wears his. Today we finally gave up on trying to find the pair I thought were misplaced, but turned out to be lost. He and I just now sat down and chose a new pair through Zenni Optical, and he’ll be receiving a new pair in “14-21 days” for the low price of $11.21, which includes shipping. I used a promo code through RetailMeNot.com for an extra 10%-off the glasses, even though it only took 69¢ from the price.
- I had my husband drive our Prius to work yesterday so I could take the minivan to Costco for cheap gasoline. I also picked up cat litter, coffee and dog food. (I buy this for my father’s dog.) The coffee had an instant $3.50 rebate, which meant the organic was cheaper than the regular beans. I only bought what was on my list and I was in and out in under ten minutes. Then I got home and realized that I needed to have bought one more thing. Because, of course . . . .
- We’ll be doing a fair amount of long distance driving this week as part of dropping our two sons at their different universities. We have an appointment tomorrow to have our mechanic work on some deferred maintenance on our minivan. Although this’ll likely cost us an arm and a leg, it’s actually a frugal practice, as maintaining an older car is much, much cheaper than buying a new car. We bought our Honda Odyssey in 2005, yet only have 87,000 on it. With proper care, it should last us at least another 100,000 miles. It hurts in the short term to fork over the money, but in the long term, it’s the smart choice.
- Local pseudo-healthy chain Burgerville had a promotion yesterday for National Cheeseburger Day, (yes, that’s a thing!) where they sold their original cheeseburgers for $1 apiece. Burgerville is normally a splurge, so I drove through and bought a bag of burgers for the family. I served them with cantaloupe to balance the meal and there were no complaints.
- I continue with an eye on frugality to ready my sons for their year away at university. They’ll be bringing bedding they already own, (or bought at the Goodwill Outlet for $1.69/lb) supplies from our house and generally inexpensive necessities. I talked to a friend the other day who said that she’d spent $1000 to outfit her daughter for school, which did not include electronics! I need every penny I can spare for the tuition/room/board, so yes, my sons will not be competing in any dorm room decor contests.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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