- Half of all paper Portland Timbers soccer tickets feature a coupon on the back for a free meal at Ikea. (Up to $5.99.) Even the development team tickets, which come free with our season tickets. So you know I snatch those things up faster than Imelda Marcos at a Manolo Blahnik shoe sale. They have to be redeemed pretty quickly, so my husband and I headed over to all things Swedish yesterday for a rare and appreciated restaurant treat. However, we had four tickets and zero teens in on the fun. No problem for me though, as I simply brought my own Pyrex leftover containers and kid orders for the chicken strips with fries. Add in my Ikea Family card and a tall mason jar, and a free iced coffee was added to our bill. That is, the bill of $0.00.
- My husband and I stopped at The Grocery Outlet on our way home and filled two large reusable grocery bags for the low, low price of only $15. 99¢ off-brand Corn Chex, 10¢ Greek yogurts and $1.50 boxes of Luna bars (among other things) made their way home with us and our money stayed in the bank, where it’s needed for our sons to go to college.
- I finished reading my library copy of In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume’s latest adult novel. I sometimes worry that books from my favorite authors won’t live up to my high expectations, but that was a complete non-worry as this book was so amazingly wonderful. Go read it. Now. I love you, Judy Blume!
- I hung laundry on the clothesline, I made club sandwiches from scratch, I relisted three Craigslist posts, I washed my hair using dollar store shampoo, I slept on free-pile sheets, I watered plants using water from the kids’ unfinished water bottles, I washed laundry in cold water using small amounts of detergent, I used fans instead of air conditioning, I viewed the bright world through thrifted $1 sunglasses and I wrote my blog on a much repaired laptop.
- I didn’t 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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