- I worked yesterday and the day before, which took me away from the house for 14 hours each day. It both meant that there was little opportunity to spend, but it also meant there was next to no opportunity for frugal activities like using my clothesline. (As a labor and delivery nurse I don’t exactly come home with zippy energy and interest in anything other than putting my feet up and watching a little TV.) However, I brought food from home, drank the crappy free coffee, hypermiled my Prius through the eighteen-mile commute, listened to Dave Ramsey podcasts in the car and wore hospital provided scrubs. (It’s a requirement, as I circulate in the operating room.) Good pay + an eye on frugality is a good combination.
- I cashed in 2500 Swag Bucks for a $25 PayPal gift card, which will go towards the ol’ college fund. We have enough money on hand to cash flow my son’s first term/room and board/fees, but will continue to save towards the rest of his school year. Plus, we’ll have two kids in college next year. (ARGGHHHHH!!!!) Our goal is to pay for college without taking out any student loans.
- I brought home two boxes of hair dye from one of my mother’s guest cottages as I’ve noticed that our local consignment shop sells unopened boxes of hair color. (People leave behind the oddest things at those rentals!) I also have two listings on Craigslist, which I just renewed.
- I was presented with a catalog of pseudo-luxury goods to choose from as a thanks “in honor of your 20 years of service” from my employer. There’s absolutely nothing that I need or want for my home, so I’m going to choose whatever I deem to have the highest resale value. I leaning towards a ten-piece set of Cuisinsart cookware, which normally sells for $160. College fund, people. College fund.
- My husband didn’t renew his season tickets for the Portland Thorns women’s soccer team. This will save us $210, plus the inevitable cost of beer, pizza and parking.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?
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