- Yesterday was a crazy busy day and the dinner that I’d planned on making suddenly felt like too much work and a mess to clean up from. I was sorely tempted to get takeout, but instead I walked down to New Season’s Market and bought a loaf of French bread and a knob of fresh ginger. I quickly put together a pot of red lentil soup and a huge toasted open faced sandwich with turkey, white cheddar and tomatoes. Dinner was easy, delicious and frugal. My favorite combination.
- My 19-year-old son just received confirmation that he’s been hired for another summer of lifeguarding. He started working as a lifeguard when he was 15, and with the exception of last year has worked every summer since. He’s always had the money for anything he wanted, and possesses a solid work history for when he starts applying for jobs later in life. We’ve never handed out allowances, and instead have encouraged the boys to figure out ways to earn their own money. This included lemonade stands and selling outgrown toys and books when they were little and jobs when they were old enough.
- My 16-year-old son has started his driver’s education classes, which will last for a month and a half. I learned that the Oregon Department of Transportation subsidizes $210 of the cost, which I appreciate. (I was also able to use a Chinook Book coupon for an additional $10 discount.) The best part of the class is that my son’s instructor will be the one to proctor his DMV driver’s test, which will help him to take the test without the normal anxiety most people have when it’s a stranger. They then give him a card showing that he passed the test and he’ll have up to two years to bring it to the DMV to trade it in for an actual license. This makes me really happy because I wasn’t planning on having my son get his true license until he needs to start driving alone. Adding a teenage boy to our car insurance is not going to be a pretty thing, and I’d like to minimize the cost as much as possible. Even if it’s just a few months of financial repreive.
- I bought a couple of things using a Goodwill gift card, but changed my mind after I got home. I was later able to return them for store credit. Even though there was no actual cash involved, I’d like to save the gift cards for when there’s something I truly want or need.
- I didn’t buy a Lear Jet.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been doing?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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