Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I did a CVS survey for $5 in Extra Care Bucks.
  2. I had another email from CVS offering me a free item worth $3 or less and $2 in Extra Care Bucks.
  3. I downloaded this month’s free Kindle First Reads book for Prime members.
  4. I downloaded the free Every Dollar budgeting app.
  5. I linked my Fitbit account with Achievement so I can earn money when I work out. Sign up through my referral and we will both earn bonus points towards a cash reward.
  6. I worked an extra 5 hours Saturday to boost my paycheck.
  7. I pulled out the hand me down boots and snow pants I had saved from my son to give to our middle child and passed down the middle child’s old one to our youngest. We just buy plain black mittens/snow pants/boots for our son and try to make them last for all three kids.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Once the holidays were over I pitched a ton of junk food that I do not want in my house.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I made my bread machine cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast.
  2. I worked several shifts.
  3. My mother became sick and couldn’t host Christmas dinner, so I made a simple vegetarian dinner of Lentil Shepherd Pie, oatmeal raisin cookies, corn, and rolls. No one complained! If you want to try the recipe, I usually add some vegetarian worcestershire sauce to the lentil mixture.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. How can I count the ways? I impulsively picked up a metal tea set for our youngest at the grocery store as a Christmas gift. She did love it.
  2. My kids are on break and eating me out of house and home, and my vegetarian sister was visiting from out of town. I went to the store THREE times and had a Green Bean delivery. My youngest must be hitting a growth spurt and has been eating a pint of raspberries and a pint of cherry tomatoes every single day. Needless to say, this month’s budget is busted.
  3. When my sister came in town, I had worked all day and we decided to try out Panera’s new delivery service. This could be dangerous.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I worked 28 hours last week and picked up 16-20 for this week.
  2. I am not into meat very much, neither is our 4 year old, and my sister is a vegetarian, so I am planning on bringing Lentil Shepherd’s Pie and Veggie Ranch Pizza for Christmas dinner(if my SIL doesn’t come and bring the ranch pizza herself).
  3. The school PTO is reimbursing me for most of a teacher gift I bought as part of a Secret Santa project.
  4. I have been reading my digital library book, the first in the Poldark series.
  5. I totally forgot I had a Fitbit Charge stowed away from last year, so I finally pulled it out and got it set up.
  6. My kids are still being entertained almost every night by our Xbox Kinect and the Just Dance 2016 game. I have been getting a lot of exercise playing it with them.
  7. My aunt gifted us with gift cards from Cracker Barrel and a gas card plus some notebooks, fancy pens, and books to the kids.  Another aunt gave books to the kids, and a third gave me some fancy Bath and Body Works hand soap. Thank you!

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Some organic chicken I bought went bad and I was so ticked!

How are you doing this week?

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. I am not enjoying it, but I picked up quite a few shifts this week and last. I am doing three shifts a week through the end of the month.
  2. Thanks to my extra shifts, I am putting about $500 per paycheck into my Roth fund. So close to my goal!
  3. I saw a holiday show on Saturday with a friend thanks to free tickets.
  4. I earned enough Swagbucks to get a $25 Hulu gift card which will pay for our Hulu through March. You can check out this post for how I earn $25 or more every month with Swagbucks.
  5. My neighbor gave me a Starbucks gift card-so kind! This will let me stop and get a treat after driving my son to his tutor once a week.
  6. I used Dollar General digital coupons to get stocking stuffers for the kids. We don’t go crazy with stocking, just a few treats like chocolate, popcorn, juice boxes, or individual bags of chips that my kids don’t get other than for special occasions.
  7. My niece wanted to dress as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and we are gifting her my daughter’s old costume (which came to us as a mint condition hand me down) along with some sparkly red shoes I found for a song.
  8. I started reading the first book in the Poldark series on the Ohio Digital Library. My son forgot his book (Because of Winn Dixie) for homework last night and we were ecstatic to find a copy available on the digital library as well.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Another week, another round of fruit and veg that is sacrificed to the Compost Goddess.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. Our son’s tutor is spending a month in Hawaii, so we are having a 6 week break from tutoring. That will save us $450.
  2. We went out of town for Thanksgiving and my MIL sent us home with a ton of food, including crackers, fruit, milk, hot dogs, yogurt, fruit snacks, jelly, chocolate syrup, and a giant jug of Northern Ohio maple syrup. She also bought the kids several outfits and a toy. We were very spoiled.
  3. I took advantage of Cyber Monday deals to buy holiday cards, flowers, and a couple books.
  4. I went to CVS and combined sale + coupons+ Ibotta to get three packs of Kleenex for free. If you want to try Ibotta through my referral, you will get a $10 bonus once you activate your first rebate.
  5. My husband’s cousin and aunt are very experienced couponers themselves and gifted us with a huge bag of goodies from their stockpile: shampoo, conditioners, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, liners,  and travel wipes.
  6. I got my Ebates quarterly check: $8.
  7. I got free Mentos, ice cream bars, and Ragu sauce from Kroger.
  8. I got an email for a free $25 Shutterfly credit  through Travelzoo. I opted to make a photo book with my credit.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I treated myself to the book The Cooking Gene. I love historical cooking books/blogs, ever since my fifth grade self read about hardtack and maple snow candy in the Little House series and tried to replicate them.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. We didn’t eat out once.
  2. We anticipate so many Thanksgiving leftovers that we have eaten our fridge bare the past week.
  3. I picked up several work shifts and worked on Sunday for a full day.
  4. I transferred an extra $250 to my Roth fund.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We had two pies leftover from the preschool Thanksgiving but no one likes the pumpkin one enough to finish it off, so it’s getting dumped.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

    1. I got my quarterly Ebates rebate check- $8.
    2. I traded some of my Swagbucks for a $25 Hulu gift card to pay for our next 3 months of Hulu.

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3. I watched Poldark using the PBS Roku app.

4. I taught a class to a local Mother of Twins club and earned $50.

5. My mother watched my kids while I went to the art museum. Admission was free and I                only paid $10 for a special exhibition. She sent us home with bread, ham, chocolate                        milk, cupcakes, and fruit.

6. I bought two coats for kids in a local foster program, getting 50% off from Old Navy.

7. I got free cheese, Eggos, and yogurt from Kroger.

8. I got a free pizza from Domino’s using points.

9. The PTO was asking for food donations for a Veteran’s Day event, and I used some of                     my frozen store of butter to whip up 6 dozen homemade oatmeal raisin cookies.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. My husband was out of town and I had a sitter here while I worked several long shifts. I didn’t plan ahead well and ordered out dinner twice.
  2. I went to dinner with friends and got a pricey steak dish.
  3. I sacrificed several fruits and veggies to the Great Compost God.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. Now that we have three kids in school, it means four parent-teacher conferences. My mother came and babysat while I attended them.
  2. My friend’s grandfather passed away and I sent flowers. I went through Ebates to get 12% cash back and bought a bouquet on sale to save money. (If you wanted to try Ebates, signup through my referral link and you will get a bonus $10 cash back when you get your first rebate. I do get cash back when you sign up through my referral as well.)
  3. I worked several days this week, including evening and weekend time to save money.
  4. I had a coupon for free Eggo waffles in my Kroger digital coupons.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Dumped out several veggies that had gone bad in the drawer.
  2. Decided to impulsively rent a movie last weekend.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps: 

  1. I worked 35 hours last week! My arthritis pain has been bothering me and I am waking up at 4-5 am every morning. I can’t get back to sleep so I figure I might as well make some lemonade out of the lemons and I log on and work on our team’s backlog.
  2. We are redoing our downstairs half bath and my friend Diane donated most of a can of blue paint left over from painting her twins’ room.  She also came down while her girls were in school and helped me paint! Thank you Diane!
  3. In removing the bathroom sink, my husband noticed the water valves were poorly installed and needed to be replaced. He did all the work himself, including a little welding. He also noticed our washing machine hot water hose was nearly ready to fail and he changed those hoses himself. We are replacing our pedestal sink with a vanity that has storage, replacing the mirror, and the light fixture. He’ll be using his Mr Fixit skills to do those too.
  4. I got a free bag of M & Ms from Kroger.
  5. We learned our child will receive one of their therapies in the school setting, saving us another weekly trip in the car and a weekly copay.
  6. I formed a parent group this year for parents of children with both gifted needs and special needs and we met for free in a meeting space at the public library.
  7. My coworker is a social worker who used to work for a local fostering agency. They have a transition program for older teens aging out of the system and every year for the past 6 years we have shopped to find coats for them and their children, if they have any. We had a single generous donor this year but needed to find a good price to stay within  a budget. I was able to get them for about  49% off by combining sales, coupon codes,and cashback from Ebates.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. My sister was over watching the kid and puled out a pack of hot dogs to feed them. They were expired! I was so bummed, because they were pricey Applegate Farms dogs.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I picked up three shifts and worked some hours last Sunday and today on Saturday.
  2. I did a CVS survey for $10 in Extra Care Bucks.
  3. I went to CVS yesterday to get a few things and used quite a few coupons. I earned $10 in Extra Care Bucks.
  4. Our 1st and 4th grader packed lunch 4 days this week.
  5. I got free meatballs, noodles, marinara sauce and a free beef roast at Kroger.
  6. Our son was discharged from physical therapy, meaning we will save $50 in copays every month!
  7. I watched Poldark on the PBS Roku app.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. When I went to CVS,I forgot to bring that $10 in Extra Care Bucks I earned from the survey. D’oh! I had all three kids with me and was not going back, so I will use it with the $10 I earned next time.
  2. I bought tomatoes mid-week and they had started to rot by today.
  3. We had Wendy’s for dinner Wednesday.