Frugal Steps and Stumbles


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Frugal Steps:

  1. My graduation cap, gown, and hood were free of charge.
  2. I used an Amazon gift card from Swagbucks to buy my mother a Mother’s Day gift.
  3. My son had a class field trip to the zoo, and went as chaperone. I used our zoo membership to get in.
  4. We get our milk in glass bottles from the Hartzler Dairy. They are not homogenized (the cream mixed in with the milk), so there is a large plug of cream that has to be removed whenever you open a new bottle. I pull the cream plus out and save it in the fridge to use it for other recipes. One of my favorite Platejoy snacks is nonfat plain Greek yogurt mixed with a small amount of cream, fresh strawberries, vanilla, and a tiny amount of sugar.
  5. I went through Ebates to get 4% cash back when I booked our 1-night hotel stay on Expedia. We are driving up the night before my graduation ceremony. We got a suite that will fit the five of us for $90.
  6. One of our kids has 4 OT and PT appointments every month. Thus far, our new insurance seems to be covering those without any copays required! This is fantastic, since the PT may last all summer and the OT could be 9-12 months.
  7. I bought Reading Horizons, a dyslexia home study software based upon Orton-Gillingham methods (read a review here). It is 35% off, so I paid $129 instead of $199. Thankfully we get two student profiles with it, so both of our children with dyslexia issues will be able to use it and work at their own pace without paying extra.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. Dyslexia tutoring: very pricey :(. We will hopefully be starting that soon.
  2. April and May were spendy months, especially taking care of our neglected landscaping, replacing the outdoor lights, and picking up organizational containers for the office. I’m only able to work 2 days a week in May and June and probably July, so my income is reduced as well. I put only $250 in my savings in May and nothing in the Christmas or travel funds.

How was your week?


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