Frugal Steps And Stumbles



Frugal Steps:

  1. This week it was our turn to bring snacks and drinks to Lego Robotics. The task of their robot is recycling, so we thought we would go all in and send the kids everything using reusables. I made homemade cinnamon rolls (it cost 50 cents), sent them in plastic containers with cloth napkins, and also sent apple juice in our reusable juice boxes. Thumbs up all around.
  2. I picked up two and a half shifts this week. My mom babysat one day for free, and I worked early this morning (Saturday) so we wouldn’t need a sitter.
  3.  We got two free tickets to see The Martian (see #6 below).
  4. We did finances and discovered we lived on half my husband’s income plus all of my income this past month. (Of course, as soon as we learned this,  we learned we will have a medical expense for one of the kids between $300 and $450. Murphy’s Law.)
  5. I ate out unplanned zero times this week, but my husband took the kids to Chick-Fil-A to eat and play on their play gym while I did grad school homework. You win some and you lose some.
  6. I had my 5 year work anniversary in the past month. I was given 500 points in an online reward catalog, and got 3 movie tickets through Fandango, a 3 month Hulu gift card (I can add this to my subscription, which will bring it to 16 months paid), and a $10 Vudu credit.  I used exactly 500 points. Yes, I tried just about every combination to make sure I used every point possible.
  7. My husband found soy milk on clearance at Kroger for $1.49. Usual price $2.79.
  8. My friend Diane helped me sell some old baby clothes to someone. I got $21. Thanks Diane! That goes in my savings account towards the Roth.
  9. My mom brought me a free cupcake stand that holds 24 cupcakes and two Weight Watchers magazines. She found a great deal on the stand, and I will use it for parties.
  10. I still have a nice stockpile of Tide, but I printed this rare $3 off coupon twice and plan to use at CVS this week to get Tide for $1.27 each.
  11. I got picked for another research study through 20/20! I did one in August that earned $125. This one will be $75 and I do it next week. (If you are interested, you can check them out through my referral link here. I like them because it is 100% online. I don’t have time to drive somewhere.)
  12. I read several magazines for free on the Ohio Digital Library.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We had some food waste: spinach, a few bad bananas, and some apples.
  2. Not sure if I met my $100/week food average goal. Stay tuned until tomorrow.
  3. We were too tight on time, between work shifts and doctor appointments, to walk to preschool this week.
  4. Chick-Fil-A for the kids yesterday. (But I got my homework done!)

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