Frugal Steps and Stumbles



Frugal Steps:

  1. Mu husband’s work Christmas party was last Saturday, and we got a very nice dinner out for free (except for paying the sitter). We even won an Esther Price nut and chocolate gift basket when they gave out door prizes. I don’t care for chocolates, but we now have two big jars of mixed nuts and cashews, which easily cost $6-8 per jar at the store.
  2. My mom gave us a loaf of bread.
  3. We have had a bit of a December heat wave this past week, with temperatures in the 60s, so our heat has been off during the day for most of the week.
  4. My mother babysat Wednesday afternoon so my husband and I could attend an appointment.
  5. I got an email from CVS offering ExtraCare Bucks for completing a survey. I did it, and got $5 ExtraCare Bucks.
  6. NPR had a link that allowed you to listen to the entire It’s A Holiday Soul Party album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Turns out it’s also free for listening on Amazon Prime. There are plenty more free for streaming Christmas albums, including a Charlie Brown Christmas.
  7. I had a big Nursing Theory paper to write about nursing theorist Hildegard Peplau. (Yes, it is just as fascinating as it sounds.) Google Books had most of a biography about her available online, although some pages were not available. I was able to get all the information I needed that way and did not have to rent the book for $25. I couldn’t get the text from interlibrary loan in time for this week’s work.
  8. I filled out a survey to get 50 extra Kroger fuel points. I filled up my gas tank (it’s been at least 3 weeks, maybe 4) and got 40 cents off per gallon using fuel points.
  9. I used Ibotta to get $4 cash back on my grocery trip.
  10. My manager and director had to come around for my yearly home office check, and they brought me lunch from Panera. So nice!
  11. We watched Minion on Vudu for free tonight using a $10 gift card I had.


Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I start the process of my dental implant in January. I was happy to find out our insurance will actually cover a portion of this, though I don’t know how much. The bad news is, that because of my nickel allergy, I will need a zirconium post, which costs more. The total for the implant before insurance is $2500. Ack! I was expecting $1000, and I’m hoping it will just be $2000 after insurance. I have to pay all costs up front, even though it will be a 4-5 month process. The good news is that this will hopefully set me for life.
  2. I telecommute, and my work is now requiring that we pay for our own business internet. I had negotiated our residential internet down to $40/month last spring, and now we will be paying $100/month for the business line. On the other hand, I should be able to deduct the percentage of time I use the internet for business (this blog, my work shifts) from our taxes.
  3. We ate out twice this week.

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