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Even More Frugal Happenings

We had a frugal week, to make up slightly for our awful, terrible, no good week of eating out. To save money this week, we:

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  • Had a yard sale with all things I’ve picked up off the curb. I know I talk about curb shopping a lot on this blog, but guess how much money (tax-free, pure profit) I made in 5 hours? Ready? $319. Yes, you read that right, $319 of FREE MONEY. All I had to do was haul the stuff home, clean it up, display it nicely, and sit in the garage.
  • Deposited a $26 check from the electric company for keeping our usage under the lower buffer for our area. That’s even more free money!
  • Listed our boat on Craigslist. We never take it out, mostly because it’s big and a pain to hitch it up to the truck. We have a buyer lined up, they just have to wait for tax season. $600 will be coming our way from that!
  • Bought two kayaks for $340. This might not seem frugal, but kayaking is something we like to do as a family, and rentals cost us $50 a clip for 2 hours. If we use them 7 times, we’ve saved ourselves $10, and anything more than that is better. So far we’ve used them twice! (We learned the baby loves to kayak, and the dog is not thrilled. Not thrilled at all.)
  • Bought Hubby’s contacts through Swagbucks. When we get 2500 points,we trade it in for $25 on PayPal, which we can then deposit into our bank account! We also book hotels through Swagbucks.
  • Found a $10 gift card Barnes and Noble sent us for being members for 4 years. The membership itself is $25 a year, and we like to go there for books we can’t find used, and for coffee. It ends up paying for itself in our case, especially when I have to buy my annual aviation publications.
  • Located a $20 I didn’t know I had in my card holder! Might not be frugal, per se, but finding money you didn’t know you had is always thrilling.
  • Had an interview for a babysitting job this week. It’ll just be for 3 hours, but I might as well watch two kids and get paid for it rather than just watching one!
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Frugal Goings-On

It’s important to keep tabs on the little frugal things you do every week, if only to feel accomplished. Here’s the frugal things I did this week.

  1. I found 33 cents on the sidewalk and popped it all into our change jar. Once in a while we take the change jar to our credit union and dump it in the Coinstar machine, since members aren’t charged the usual fee. It always goes in my son’s savings account, for college/ first car/ wedding/ whatever.
  2. We continued using cloth diapers, and I washed them with Tide I got on sale, with stacked coupons.
  3. I made some sourdough starter. My husband loves sourdough bread from Panera, but at $4 per loaf, I decided to see if I could make my own.
  4. I sold a child’s soccer goal, basketball hoop, and night stand that I picked up off the curb. I made $20 total, which is tax-free pure profit!
  5. I started on our taxes. Even though all our papers haven’t gotten here yet, our refund is looking nice and fat. We’ll put at least half of it towards paying off our highest interest debt (my husband’s car loan), and the other half we’ll invest.

We’re all only human, and we had some frugal fails this week too. Namely:

  1. We ate out a lot. Like, most of our meals. I’m 3 months pregnant, and at this point I feel like a yogurt tube that was squeezed out. I’m hoping to get better about this next week, and I’m going to utilize our crock pot a lot this week.
  2. We paid to overnight my husband’s truck’s title paperwork to Wyoming, only to have it mailed back because the PMO officer who filled out the VIN form didn’t fill in the VIN. I was ticked. $50 down the toilet.