- I am coordinating my paper coupons and Safeway’s Just For U e-coupons to get ready to go to the grocery store. I have the monthly $10-off-$50 Safeway coupon and will combine everything to grab staples and lots of great deals. I know that many people shy away from coupons due to the fact that most of them are for pre-packaged and unhealthy food, but I will be buying pasta, bananas, kiwi, cereal, yogurt, bread, cheese, potatoes, cottage cheese and tortillas. Real food.
- I took my son to Costco yesterday to pick up a pair of glasses that had been replaced under the warranty. (I think it had been something oddly coincidental like 364 days since he’d bought the glasses!) He got new frames, which is great since he’d recently scratched his backup pair. I think I’ll get the prescription from the optometrist to order another backup pair from Zinni Optical as I’ve been wanting to give them a try. We wandered and snacked around the store, but only bought a packet of fresh cheese tortellini, which I served for dinner with homemade kale pesto.
- I took my car in for a scheduled $9.95 oil change at the dealership, and maximized the experience by having my friend Sasha come with me. (I have a very glamorous social life.) I was given a bonus coupon for a free drive-through car wash as part of the service, plus they did an inspection for free. (I was given this oil change coupon when I brought my car in for a free-to-me recall related service.)
- My husband has an all day mandatory inservice today that’s a non-bikeable distance form the house. I got up early and drove him as we’re still a one car family since our second car was totaled in mid-November. We will need to buy a second car at some point, but that day wasn’t today. He’ll try to get a ride home with one of his friends.
- My holiday related items were busting out of the two bins that I keep everything in. Instead of buying a third bin, I completely organized my Christmas and Chanukah stuff which meant tossing a few broken things and donating some others. Now everything fits into the containers I already own, and it will be a joy to open up next December.
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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