- I had a $6.99 Goodwill store credit expiring today, so I swung by one of my favorite locations after dropping my son at work. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, although I always keep an eye out for things I can resell. I’m also needing to pick up a few particular items for my son who’s off to college next month, so I snatched up a 50¢ plastic tote perfect for his dorm room toiletries. But my real score was a $210 bicycle priced at $7.99. I’ve already posted the bike on Craigslist and will use the proceeds towards our looming college tuition payment.
- I passed by my favorite antique mall after dropping my son at work. However, since I’m spending zero unnecessary dollars this year, I shopped from the dumpsters behind the building. My efforts were not wasted as one of the vendors had placed a vintage American Tourister train case next to the trash. I brought it home and have it listed it on Craigslist. Very cute.
- My next-door-neighbor is taking me out to lunch tomorrow as a thank you for taking care of her garden and cats while she was out of town.
- The Paypal payment for my $25 Swagbucks gift card came through, as did an eBates $25 reward. I almost never shop online, but I do use eBates when booking hotel rooms and plane tickets. Again . . . college fund. (Will it ever end? What, no? Crap.)
- I walked to the grocery store and fought the impulse to only bought what was on my list, (fish, tea, milk) I was given six cups of grapefruit segments left behind by a guest cottage tenant, I brought my own lunch to work, I listened to free podcasts on my iPhone4 and my sons and I watched the documentary The True Cost on Netflix, all about the environmental and societal effects of the inflated fashion industry. A must see for any non-consumer who wants to be deliberate about their purchases.
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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