Frugal Steps and Stumbles



Frugal Steps:

  1. My mom brought us eggplant rolls and some chocolates this week.
  2. Our little stinkers broke our Roku3 remote. A replacement is at least $15. We may replace it, but for the moment, we downloaded the Roku app to our smartphones, and we can control the Roku on our TV with that.  We can even watch shows through the Roku app on our phones!
  3. I completed the online study for 20/20 and qualified for the $75.
  4. We ate out zero times this week!
  5. I had $36 in Discover cash back and used it as a credit on our bill.
  6. My mom babysat twice so I could go to a dental appointment and volunteer for my son’s class Halloween party.
  7. I picked up one and a half shifts this week. I worked the half shift this morning so as not to pay for a sitter.
  8. I found several coupons for Ensure, and some friends sent me extra ones as well.
  9. We took the kids to a pumpkin patch Saturday. We are happy to give this experience every year, but many patches are now charging as much as $10 per person to get in. We went to a local patch that was free for entry, offered wagons to pull pumpkins around, and a few free things to look at (ducks, chickens, bunnies). We spent $18 on pumpkins but skipped the $40 entry fees. The kids were happy and we came home, made a leaf pile, and let them go to town. No one missed the hayride, corn maze, or haystacks.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Monday was a horrible day at work. I ended up buying crap food for lunch. Boo!
  2. We also found out at work that we will be required to start paying for our business internet ourselves. We work from home, so we will essentially be subsidizing the company’s business out of our own pocket! We are required to have a minimum data speed, and according to my husband, we have to have enough to run our home needs as well (like streaming videos). This means either I must leave my job or increase what we pay for internet. We aren’t sure what we are going to do yet, but I have 2 months to figure it out.

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