Sorry about yesterday’s blog glitch. I had upgraded my hosting to accommodate increased traffic, which then created a domino effect that caused my blog to go offline on a day that I did not have time to sit down and troubleshoot computer issues that I barely understand. I was tempted to tap my old pals at WPFixit who will fix any WordPress problem for $39, but wanted to at least try on my own first. Thankfully I was able to work with Site Ground, (my current hosting company) Dreamhost, (my old hosting company) and WordPress, (my blogging platform) to get things straightened out. Somehow my last two blog posts have disappeared, plus one I had yet to publish. But I’ll deal with that later. Right now I have laundry to fold and strawberry jam to make.
Five Frugal Things
- My husband I finally finally bought a car to replace our beloved Subaru Outback that was totaled back in November. Our new car is a 2007 Prius, and we were able to keep the price low enough to pay for it using cash. It has a number of driver’s side dings, but I ordered a touch-up paint kit from Amazon using Swagbucks gift cards. Hooray for a second car for my family of four, and a double-hooray for not taking on a new car payment!
- When going to the credit union to withdraw money for the car, I made sure to sweep my hand under the coin counting machine. I was rewarded with $2.10 in quarters and nickels, which I dropped into my Found Change Challenge jar.
- I sold my son’s middle school saxophone through Craigslist. The $350 I received was directly added to my sons’ college fund, which helps to salve the pain of removing $700 for last quarter’s pointless health insurance. Plus, I got the attention of the neighbor ladies by entertaining a couple of handsome hipsters, who gave me a groovy jazz concert right on my front porch. Oh yeah . . . mama’s got game! 😉
- I brought home the newest New Yorker magazine from a local Little Free Library.
- I made French bread from scratch last night, said “no” to my son who wanted an unnecessary haircut, brought home milks, eggs and butter left by guest cottage tenants, drank tap water and tea, filled up the gas tank with Costco gasoline, went to the Dave’s Killer Bread outlet to buy a dozen loaves for $1.99 each instead of $5, was gifted a fancy treat as a thank you for feeding the neighbor’s cats and bought absolutely nothing unnecessary.
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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