Frugal Activities!

Still in NW Indiana and well, it’s kind of hard to stay on
track AND keep tabs on stuff!
On Wednesday afternoon, we were down the street from the house on our way to go visit a friend and the front end of the jeep started to do some really odd things. Thankfully, we have a 90 day/3,000 mile warranty … we are 60 plus days in and have over 800 miles left so the jeep is currently at the local dealership. I’m a little concerned in that it’s Thursday and they are closed on Saturday and Sunday. HOW do working folks get their cars fixed around here?? I would say that yes, this would qualify as a frugal activity ONLY if it’s really a front end issue. Hubby says it is and he is a #gearhead so yeah, I believe warranty will cover it. $100 deductible. I’ll take it.
Here’s some of the Frugal things we’ve done this past week:
1. Hubby made the last-minute run to the grocery store over
the weekend. Generally, if he goes, we spend way less money. I guess we did in
that he bought the assorted packs of pork chops instead of boneless center cut
like I would have 😉 Hey, a savings is a savings.
2.  Dropped off a few
bags of household items at the local thrift store and got our receipt for
taxes. We itemize like crazy on our return so we get every receipt we can for donations
to charitable organizations. We actually made 3 stops total this week … some
stuff was moved out discreetly, other items had heated discussions on … just for
the record, wheelchair is STILL in the garage, regardless of the fact that he
would receive a new one if he ever needed (it was his wife’s and I think it’s a
separation issue).

3. While there at the thrift store, Hubby and I ran inside
to look at their winter clothes since we have both been really cold while here.
I found a very nice winter jacket for $15. Hubby found nothing other than a
University of Miami winter jacket which he just couldn’t bring himself to buy.
I’m warm now and he’s still freezing

4. Stopped at Aldi to do my final (I hope!) big shop for
food. Will share that on Saturday. Was quite impressed that I bought 4 dinners
with full meat and all the ingredients to make a full meal for $105 total (and
this included ice cream!)
5.  We did go out to
eat for lunch one day and dinner another but all in all, that was very
inexpensive and a well-deserved break from all the cleaning, tossing and
sorting. $10 one day and $20 the other.
6. My brother in law and wife had us over for dinner and
they had steaks (from that large cow they bought) and taters from their garden
(!!) and I put together a garden salad to take over.

7.  Peeled off and
then remove all my nail polish. Then grabbed a nail file and filed like crazy. They
are a hot mess BUT I’m holding out til I get home AND then I’m going to do my
own nails. Savings of $40 (if gl) or $15 if regular (includes tip). Trust me, I’m counting down the days til I get home and can fix them up! 
And of course, our full disclosure of the not so Frugal
1. That last minute run to grocery store referenced in #1
above? Included a bottle of vodka, tequila AND bourbon. Oh, and the mixer for
tequila. All which we could have done without at the end of the day since there
is not ice in the freezer 😉 *Note, we still have not touched the tequila!
2.  Ended up going to
the laundry mat to wash clothes on Saturday. The new well is having issues with
sand and the instant hot water heater is not cooperating. Needless to say, it
was just better for me to do laundry this way BUT did plan on spending $20 for
laundry. I suppose it could be a
frugal thing IF I saved the washer from dying at a later date with sand
impacted inside?
3. Visit to Verizon to try and fix my jetpack for our mobile
hotspot. End of the day, could not revive the thing, need to dispute the $100
from July that we put on there, ended up picking up a pay as you go phone for a
discounted price of $30 and signed up for a pay as you go for $60 a month with
10 gig of data. Only good news? It’s cheaper than the jetpack was to do 10 gigs
AND I have an actual phone now that works at the house in Indiana. Just didn’t
want to spend more $

Samsung vs Apple
4. Went out to dinner with a group of old friends and had
planned to NOT have an alcoholic (or two) beverage, thereby shaving about $12
off our bill. Uhm, I had 2 glasses of wine for $8.50 a glass. It was good stuff
but so not the best thing to do. The boys all had Woodford Reserve which is my
favorite bourbon and they were spending about $6 a glass so I was really bummed
when I got the bill.
5.  After that dinner,
I decided that I was buying a few bottles of wine next time I went to the
grocery store. Was able to find the 19 Criminals that I like for $9.99. That’s
a few bucks less than back home so I bought TWO! Two. That are still unopened.
I have one week to drink 2 bottles of wine, a large bottle of tequila and mixer
AND a bottle of vodka. Oh, yeah, and some beer too.

What did YOU do this week to save money? Anything that
caught you off guard and made you spend more?
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3 thoughts on “Frugal Activities!

  1. Great tips for us all. thanks for sharing it with us at FF


  2. Nice garden salad and it sounds like a nice week. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!


  3. Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!


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