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.

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