Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Jen

FRUGAL STEPS AND STUMBLES (2)

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Frugal Steps:

  1. I got a Redbox code for a free DVD rental for 1 night. I used it last Saturday to see Inside Out for a family movie night. They only had BluRay, so I paid $0.53 out of pocket to see it. It rents for $4.99 on Amazon. We also made homemade pizza for movie night, which costs about $0.50 to make.
  2. I picked up two shifts this week. My mother babysat for free yesterday.
  3. My son had a play date with a friend in our neighborhood Saturday about 3/4 of a mile away. We walked there to save gas.
  4. Our electric bill has increased over last year. We usually keep our thermostat at 75 in the winter due to my arthritis. This year, we have a mattress warmer on our bed, and I am now well supplied with LL Bean flannels, Cuddl Duds, wool socks, and LL Bean shearling lined slippers, as well as knitted fingerless mitts. I turned down the heat to 66, and so far have survived the week! I may or may not be hanging around the house in a T-shirt, flannel, and hoodie with the hood up….
  5. I used the Ibotta app to get $1.80 in rebates for my grocery trip last week and $6 this week. I have now gotten $11 in rebates, plus a bonus $10 for unlocking $10 in rebates during my first 30 days. I haven’t changed anything about what I buy, or made an effort to buy anything that specifically has a rebate.
  6. I used coupons and $13 in CVS ExtraCare Bucks to get  pricey Biotene toothpaste ,  Skintimate Shave Gel, 2 Tom of Maine toothpastes, 2 Kids Crest toothpastes, and 6 months of CVS brand Zantac for $56, with $10 in ExtraCare Bucks back.
  7. I did a Kroger survey to get 50 extra fuel points.
  8. My Sam’s membership expired in August, and I have been waiting for a gift card deal before I renew. All of the group deals have been for new members only. I found out that I can get a $10-25 gift card with renewal as part of being a University of Cincinnati alumni. It pays to check if your work or alumni association offers similar discounts.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. On Tuesday, I worked until 530, had to pick the kids up at the sitter, and immediately drop my son off at Robotics League. We dropped him off, stopped at Wendy’s, and waited in the car until he was done. It was $16. The good news is, it’s within my $100 monthly spending, so no harm no foul.

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