I’ve been sick, sick, sickity sick all week, so my normally frugal practices have taken a backseat to simply getting though my days. However, I am going to do my darnedest to to come up with five frugal things, so here you go! (Prepare to be underwhelmed.)
- My mother took pity on me and brought by a meal one evening of beef stew and homemade corn muffins. Wonderful, delicious, welcome and yes, free. There were even leftovers and today my son’s very hodgepodge school lunch includes two corn muffins. Thank you, mom!
- I stopped by The Grocery Outlet on my way home from dropping my son at school as I knew it would be the only time I’d be leaving the house that day. In my woozy state I bought a number of extremely odd, (but very cheap) items. Included were 20¢ packets of M&M’s, 65¢ boxes of granola bars, pasta, sliced black forest ham, Baby Bell cheeses, brie, crackers and other items that don’t come to memory. I used a Chinook Book e-coupon to save $3 from my bill and brought my own bags. Odd choices, but there were no complaints.
- Although we have cable TV, it’s a very basic package. I noticed yesterday that the Starz network was having a promotion where you could sample their content for free. This only caught my notice because I’d been wanting to watch the series Outlander since I’d read the first book and then seen the first excellent episode. So my last 24 hours has leaned heavily toward me sitting up in bed binge watching this addictive Scottish series. I’m not sure how long the promotion lasts, but I’ll be done with what’s available by the end of today.
- I went to see the doctor yesterday as he was refusing to renew my inhaler prescription unless I came in to be seen. (This truly annoyed me as I felt the last thing I should have been doing was to taking my infected self out into public, but that’s a tirade I’ll not burden you with.) Anyway . . . the doctor was able to provide me with a new inhaler from his stash of free samples, which saved me a few dollars. Mind you, it saved me less than I had just shelled out as my co-payment, but I still appreciated it.
- I started listening to a library audiobook of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please yesterday. So far I’m loving it, and it motivated me to get through both making dinner and cleaning up afterwards. I had put the book on hold through my library Overdrive account and it came available within a couple of weeks. Probably sooner than if I’d put the hardcopy on hold. Man on man, do I love my library!
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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