- One of our CFL lightbulbs burned out in the ceiling of our spare bedroom, which also serves as our TV room. (This room has recessed lighting, so a normal rounded bulb looks wrong in it.) However, we were all out of the proper flared out reflector lightbulbs. Instead of buying a new one, I went ahead and stole one from a seldomly used upstairs hallway, where the wrong style of bulb will never be noticed. These sell at Home Depot for $18.47/six-pack, so I saved myself both a few dollars and a trip across town. And since I was in a lightbulb-swapping mood, I went ahead and traded an LED bulb that was in a lamp with the incandescent bulb in the ceiling of our bedroom, so that the more frequently used light would have the more energy efficient bulb.
- I drove over to Trader Joe’s this morning to buy toilet paper and dishwasher detergent. (I like that their non-toxic detergent and their 100% recycled content toilet paper somehow don’t cost an arm and a leg.) I was in line behind a couple who were buying three bags of groceries, which is what I brought home the other day from Safeway. Did I see exactly what they bought? No, although I saw that it seemed to be mostly general food items. What did grab my attention is that they spent $187 on their groceries for the same number of bags that I just spent $40 on. I have no way of knowing how equivocal our purchases were, but it was a good reminder of why I’m not buying my food at Trader Joes!
- My husband had enough stars on his Starbucks app to get a free any size coffee drink. (Thanks in part to blog reader Kim, who sent me some star codes!) I took his phone into a local Starbucks and chose the biggest and most decadent caramel-flan latte and had them split it into two cups so that my younger son and I would both get a treat. Thank you, Kim!
- I made a wacky cake on Saturday for our weekly dessert night. This recipe was supposedly developed during the great depression when ingredients such as eggs and butter were out of reach for many. (It’s secretly vegan!) It was actually quite delicious, especially since I made a cream cheese frosting to top it off. It will most definitely be making its way into our rotation. Cheaper than a half-gallon of ice cream, and super easy to assemble. All hail the wacky cake!
- I bought nothing beyond food, prepared very frugal meals and downloaded a new library audiobook. The weather was lovely, so I walked a few errands and didn’t even buy a Lear Jet.
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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