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.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and I often don’t have a lot of energy to do major physical tasks around the house. I decided I would try and paint our half bath however, a task I have never done myself. My husband removed the sink and the toilet and I was ready to get down to it with the help of my friend Diane. She ended up getting  a nasty bug, but I still went through with it. I was able o prime it by myself, and she is going to come in a week or so to help with the rest of the painting. I didn’t get it all done in a day, and I spent a few days on the couch afterwards, but I did it!
  2. I planted bulbs (again- by myself!).
  3. One of our kids has some special needs, and I spent a lot of time this week meeting with a school advocate and doing prep work for our IEP meeting. My mother babysat for us while I was doing this.
  4. I worked 6 hours today while my husband was home so we could avoid child care costs. The joys of telecommuting!
  5. My kids were invited to a birthday party yesterday, which was held at a local karate studio. They had a blast going through a ninja obstacle course and going through a basic karate lesson. That activity lasted about 90 minutes, and let’s just say they were so worn out they were incredibly well behaved for the rest of the day!
  6. I got a free chai tea latte and free Trident gum at Kroger. Today I also downloaded a coupon for free spaghetti, meatballs, and sauce if I use Clicklist.
  7. I read Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living, which I have through a free subscription.
  8. I downloaded my free Kindle First book for September yesterday and the October book today. If you have Amazon Prime, a benefit of Prime is a free Kindle book every month, from a selection of 4-6 in various genres.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We got pizza for dinner one night.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I worked two and a half shifts by cobbling together hours on the weekend. I signed up for a couple more shifts but had to cancel when our second dose of the plague in one month ran through the house.
  2. It’s hard to be spendy when you are on the couch watching Netflix all day!
  3. We watched a movie on Vudu using credits I got through work. (“Baby Boss”, the kids liked it, the adults found it tolerable).

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I forgot to update my Amazon Subscribe and Save before shipment, so we’re getting some extras of things we don’t really need for a couple of months. Oh well!

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I got a random mailer with a special code to get two free tickets to a show of the Dayton Philharmonic. My friend Jen and I will be seeing their Swingin’ Christmas show with them. My husband would rather eat a live cockroach than sit through a show.
  2. I picked up 10-11 extra hours this weekend when we wouldn’t need child care. I was up until midnight working last night, but I earned a $50 bonus for doing a certain number of our backlogged faxes.
  3. We used our YMCA membership and went to a local park this week.
  4. My mother babysat a few hours while I attended a meeting at one of the kid’s schools.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Several fruits/veggies went to the great Compost Bin in the Sky.
  2. I did it because I see it more as a donation to the PTO, but we bought fall mums from our PTO for about three times the price I could get elsewhere.

How is your week?

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. I did a CVS survey for $10 in Extra Care Bucks.
  2. I got a $15 Ebates check in the mail.
  3. I pay for Hulu with Swagbucks gift cards. My membership expires in 3 days, so I requested a $25 Hulu gift card using Swagbucks. That should cover me for about 3 months. I try to earn at least one $25 gift card per month.
  4. My mom watched the youngest twice this week while I took another child to appointments.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. My son picked up a nasty stomach bug and passed it to us Sunday and Monday. I had planned on working some hours both days but instead spent it napping and zoned on the couch bingewatching episodes of Downton Abbey for the 90th time. I might pick up a few extra hours tomorrow to make up for it.

 

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I did a CVS survey to get $10 Extra Care Bucks.
  2. I used our YMCA membership to take a yoga class while our youngest went to the child watch.
  3. I took the youngest to a park while the older kids were in school.
  4. I worked some weekend hours while my husband was home so did not need to pay child care.
  5. My father was hit by a car this week while standing on a sidewalk near a parking lot. He is fine, but I needed to leave work and run to the hospital. My mother came over and got the kids off the bus so I could do that.
  6. I baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Because of that aforementioned car accident, I worked only half days on Thursday and Friday instead of full ones and did not pick up any Saturday morning hours.
  2. I spent most of Thursday sitting at the hospital or driving around and ended up picking up dinner for myself, getting some food for my dad, and buying a bag full of supplies for him at the pharmacy.
  3. My son’s friend was hanging out at our house and we kept him a little longer because his sister needed to go to the ER. The kids begged for a pizza party and I am a big softie.

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps

  1. My kids saw the allergist and pediatrician this week. Our youngest was successfully cleared of a strawberry allergy, which means no more yearly Epi-pen and between both doctors, we were sent home with samples of children’s Zyrtec, Aveeno sunscreen, and Qvar, which is an inhaled steroid used for asthma. The Qvar alone costs a $25 copay for us, so it was much appreciated!
  2. My mom watched the kids one day at the Grandma price of a few hugs and kisses.
  3. My husband and I went on a date to see a movie at a dinner and a movie place called Cinebistro. We saw The Glass Castle (excellent!) and used a local discount to get our dinner (the food was awful!).
  4. I took the kids to our neighborhood on the last day of summer vacation.
  5. Our zucchini plants seems to be trying to grow a couple more zucchini.
  6. I worked 8 hours yesterday and 2 hours Saturday and did not have to pay child care, since my husband was home.
  7. Now that we have started the school year, I have plans to work more than I have been doing in the past two years, especially since two kids are in FT school and the youngest will be in preschool two days.
  8. The kids’lunch boxes were looking pretty dreadful and I wondered if they could be cleaned well enough to keep using or if I needed to replace them. I scoured the internet and tried a few things. They are pretty sanitized even though there are a few dirty spots still. I plan on using a Tide Pen to see if those stubborn areas can be fixed. I also learned that you can put good quality lunch boxes in the washing machine (ours are Land’s End and Planetbox). I plan to toss them in once per week now.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I cleaned out the vegetable crisper and had to throw out several things that went to the Great Compost Bin in the Sky.
  2. The kids and I ate lunch out twice last week.

How about you?