Frugal Steps and Stumbles



Frugal Steps:

  1. I bought swim suits for my girls for next year on sale and used a coupon code and Ebates (referral link) to buy them for a song. I have exactly zero non-maternity shorts, so I bought two for myself, and a dress for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary party. Can I tell you how excited I was when I found a dress that was plus sized and petite, and actually fit me and looked good? If you have never tried Ebates, I highly recommend them for any time you shop online. They send a check to you quarterly, and I have never had a problem getting one. Right now Land’s End has 3% cash back.  I use Ebates when I shop on Amazon, buy clothes, or send flowers.
  2. We had a play date with friends, and we baked cookies, served lots of fruit, and played with the hose.
  3. When my nieces spent the night so they could babysit for me over two days, I made them Vegan Cincinnati Chili with lentils- and they liked it! Half a pound of lentils is only 85 cents, compared to the $6 minimum I would have had to spend on 2 pounds of beef.
  4. We borrowed Spectre and Mockingjay Part II from the library.
  5. I picked up two shifts this week.
  6. I complained to Time Warner about my internet being off for 2-3 days, and they are supposed to decrease my bill by a few dollars next month.
  7. My sister is taking my son to miniature golf, and got a B1G1 deal through a local group deal site. I bought movie tickets to Finding Dory and will get 5% cash back through my credit card, plus got 50% off the tickets price for going to a matinee.
  8. Most exciting- we started potty training our toddler, Miss C! We are using a pull-up at night, for nap, and during travel, but she is otherwise in underwear. This is decreasing our pull-up use a great deal.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I had an unplanned doctor appointment followed by a make-up swimming class and multiple errands with the kids Wednesday afternoon, so I took them to Chick-Fil-A for lunch. I mitigated the cost by getting one large fry to share between the 4 of us and several 12-piece chicken nuggets instead of 3 separate kids meals and one adult meal.

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