- I was able to do almost all of my holiday shopping using a $75 Goodwill gift card, plus a $75 Amazon gift card from my husband’s employer. I did spend $200 on gift cards/cash, but that was in the budget.
- We paid my older son’s $7,300 college bill for the winter term and will pay my younger son’s $7,800 bill at the end of the week after I get my last paycheck of the year. These payments require a lot of scrimping and saving, especially since we just went through this on October 1st. However, it’s important to me that we do everything we can to avoid the boys graduating under a mountain of student loan debt. Next payment . . . April 1st.
- I avoided wasteful holiday gift wrap by placing all holiday gifts into reusable gift bags that I pull out each and every year. For larger gifts, I wrap them in plain colored flat sheets that I then tie with a bow. We’ll put out no more garbage this week than any random week.
- My older son will be renewing his lifeguarding certification this week so that he can work over the summer. He’s really good about saving his money so that’s it’s available during the school year. Both sons are responsible for paying for their own books and general expenses while away at college.
- I met my goal of working over 800 hours this year, as there was a bonus available for resource nurses who put in the hours. I’ll get an extra $1.25 per hour worked during the 2016 calendar year included in my first 2017 paycheck. And since I worked a few hours shy of 1000 hours, this’ll help to jump start the college fund for the spring term payments.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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