My Frugal List: Week of July 30, 2018
It was definitely an interesting week. I was scheduled to work my 2 regular days and then I was asked to work an additional 3 on short notice. 2 shifts I was asked the night before which is easy to juggle. 1 shift I got a text at 9:20 in the morning begging me to come in and how quick could I get there. Several kids had pulled no shows or called out and it was pouring rain. Since we didn't have plans and I couldn't work in the garden, I went in all day. Even though I am tired, I will like the money when I get paid. Into the college fund.
I did get fed the day I was called in on short notice. Our home office likes to do Break Room Surprises. They randomly select a building and get food catered for the day. I got there at 10 am and there were lots of donuts in the break room.
At lunch time, I was asked to set up heroes. So I, of course, had some. When I was leaving , my manager was setting up more food for the next shift. She asked me if I wanted any of the lunch stuff. So, I took home 6 pieces of hero and 4 donuts. I stopped at my son's job on the way home and gave him some for his dinner so that he didn't have to spend money.
Speaking of my son, he is bringing home lots of leftovers from work. Isn't he wonderful.
The garden is doing great. I have a few cherry tomatoes that are starting to turn red. I cannot wait. I have picked a few more cucumbers too which we are enjoying fresh in salads and plain as snacks. The peppers have gone crazy. There are so many on the plants. It is wonderful. I have also picked basil, thyme, parsley, dill, lettuce and string beans.
They wax peppers are doing the best right now.
My sister came over to pick up Lip. She offered to take us out to eat for lunch. I had just gotten home and was in the middle of unloading groceries. I passed. YD was happy to go though. They ended up bringing me a chocolate milkshake and chicken sandwich. We chatted for a while and then she headed home.
We ate well this week. We had pancakes, omelettes, steel cut oats, bagels, eggs, HB eggs, PB&J, grilled cheese, salad, pasta with my last jar of last years sauce, shrimp scampi, burgers, mac n cheese, soup from the freezer and leftovers.
I also baked peanut butter cookies. They are so good.
I also made 3 containers of food for the dogs.
Becky over at Becky at Home mentioned a couple of weeks ago that her husband was calling their phone and insurance companies to try to get their bills lowered. Hubby and I thought it was a great idea so we are doing the same thing. With just a few small changes we are saving $36.50 a month which is $438 a year. Little things add up.
My son mowed and weed whacked the yard.
All laundry was washed on the cold, short cycle. It was hung on the line outside or inside on racks.
It rained several times this week so I only had to water the garden once. I save all water from washing fruits and veggies and drinking cups and pour it on my potted plants.
Bills were paid online saving us the cost of stamps.
Being loyal to our mechanic and always paying in full saved us. Hubby brought the car in because it was leaking fluids. They were unable to look at it the first day but did the next day. It was a rusted clamp on the fuel filler tube. The mechanic fixed the problem easily and didn't charge us.
A Shop Rite was opening nearby. I went to check it out. They were giving away some freebies and lots of samples. I got some cheese, fruit, bread and cookie samples. They also had some great sales for the first day.
I also got some school supplies cheap. YD already took some. I always buy school supplies ahead of time. We have a bin that the kids can take what they need.
I did several Ibotta rebates. I hit $100 in just over a year.
YD and a friend went to see a movie with my work passes. They brought reusable water bottles and snacks. The other mom and I carpooled.
I sold several things on eBay, 2 CDs, 2 video games and a DVD. Lots of little things but still money in and clutter out. I ship everything in envelopes or boxes that were already used. The ink, paper and tape are all from my Staples rewards. It only costs me time.
YD and I went to the library to get another of her mandated books for her upcoming English class. We both got more books and some DVDs to watch at home.
Went out with 2 friends for dinner and used a gift card. Gave a few items to one of them for their niece that YD no longer wanted.
What did you do frugal this week?