It’s time again for Five Frugal Things!
- My sons’ morning soccer game was only a mile or so from the house. My husband, (the coach) needed to drive, as he had all the equipment, but I took my time showering, drinking tea, etc. and then walked the distance. Normally soccer games are waaay across town, and I almost drove the short distance out of habit. Because I made the choice to walk, I found a lovely rain soaked plaid wool scarf on the sidewalk of a busy street. I wrung it out, and will add it to our stash of winter wear after a good washing. Who knows, I might even end up giving it as a holiday gift.
- I did drive across town to help my mother finish getting one of her rental cottages ready for a new tenant. The last tenant left it an absolute sty, and I hadn’t been able to help as I was working at the hospital. I gave her an hour of my undivided attention which made a huge difference, as she’s awaiting knee replacement surgery and is unable to crouch on her hands and knees. (There was much ground-in food everywhere!) I did not charge my mother for this short use of my time, but I did bring home a half bag of leftover groceries, and she’ll include me in a restaurant lunch with the woman who did help her the day before.
- I stopped at Goodwill on my way home and brought home nothing. I did snap a few Instagram photographs to include in a future Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-will post. I also popped into Grand Central Bakery, as my husband had made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, and I was tasked with picking up a baguette for garlic bread. I checked their Twitter feed to see if it was a Tweet for Treats day and indeed it was! Sadly, they were all out of that day’s particular treat, but that meant I was able to choose something else. The mini pumpkin bundt cake was too adorable to leave behind, so I brought it home for the boys to split. And there were no complaints.
- I’ve picked up four free Lindt chocolate bars this week through printing out the $2-off-one coupons. I think the coupons.com one is depleted, but you can still like Lindt on Facebook to get two. Both Walgreens and Rite-Aid have the bars on sale this week, so make sure you take full advantage of this tasty offer! I will use the chocolate as holiday gifts, except for the one we had to taste test. You know, for safety reasons . . .
- I did a big deliberate Safeway grocery shopping trip, making sure to load their Just4U coupons onto my club card. I also used one of their $10-off-$50 coupons from the newspaper.
Here’s what I bought:
- Two boxes of store brand Cheerios.
- Two boxes of penne pasta.*
- One can of clams.
- One bag of tortilla chips.
- One gallon of fat-free milk.
- One half-gallon of whole milk.
- Two containers of frozen apple juice.
- One bag of whole wheat hamburger buns.
- One two-pound loaf of Tillamook cheddar cheese.
- Two packages of frozen Swai fish fillets.
- One pomegranate.*
- 2.69 pounds of bananas.
- 4.99 pounds of oranges.
- One head of kale.
- One head of garlic.
Total price: $39.39/ 40% savings
*Manufacturer’s coupon used.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?
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