My friend Katy frequently posts a list of five frugal things she’s done recently. Sometimes I borrow her idea.
1. I fixed an armpit hole (or two, rather.)
It’s held up pretty well, but recently, the seams under both armpits sprouted holes.
This seems to happen every now and then to shirts, and I’m wondering if it’s because the salts from sweat wear away at the fabric.
(There’s a savory thought to start your day!)
Anyway, I stitched ‘em up, and hopefully the shirt will be good to go for a while longer.
2. I made some whole wheat bread.
Not earthshaking, I know, but it’s inexpensive and awfully tasty, especially fresh out of the oven.
(No, I don’t weigh my bread dough when I shape my loaves. One is almost always smaller than the others! )
(Yes, I might be an imperfectionist.)
3. I used one of my bonus offers for free notecards.
Sometimes when I buy Ultimate Bundles, I am dreadful about redeeming the bonus offers. But last bundle and this bundle, I’ve turned over a new leaf!
(The bonus offers are usually worth more than the $34.95 price of the bundle to begin with, so redeeming them is very sensible.)
The bonus offer I redeemed was the $15 credit at Fawnsberg.com, which I used to buy a $16.50 set of notecards.
(The 6-card sets are sold out right now, but I emailed the company and they let me know they’ll be back in stock again in February, hopefully before the 26th, which is when the bonus offer code expires.)
My girls are the ones who send out prolific amounts of mail, so I let them choose the design, and they went with the colorful tulips over there on the right.
I also browsed through the free Craftsy classes offered (you get one free with your bundle, and they normally run anywhere from $40-$60!), but I have not been able to make up my mind.
There are 18 to choose from, and I’m trying to decide if I want to buy a digital photography one for Joshua to use, or it I want the bread making one for myself.
Or maybe Lisey, my plant-lover, would like the one about gardening in small spaces.
4. I fixed a pair of (thrifted) snow pants.
Black overall snowpants are my favorite thing.
They match any coat, can be worn by boys or girls, and they fit for several seasons due to the strap adjustability.
I had picked a pair up from Goodwill a few years back, which had a small rip in the front. The rip meant, I got them for, um, $0.50.
Still kind of mind-boggled about that.
I bought them large for someone to grow into, so I never had fixed the rip.
But this year, someone needed to wear them, so I zig-zagged them up.
It’s not a beautiful fix, but the bib of the pants is always covered by a coat so I figured it didn’t matter.
Apparently my zig-zagging wasn’t quite enough, because one side came loose after an afternoon of snow play.
So, more zig-zagging happened, and I think the ripping will stop now.
5. I’m using up my Groupons.
Not redeeming already-purchased Groupons is just as nonsensical as not redeeming bonus offers.
This week, I used my AdoramaPix Groupon to finish up Zoe’s baby book (finally!)
Mr. FG and I are going to use a local restaurant Groupon for our next date night (Woot!)
Tonight we’re using a Papa John’s Groupon to buy some pizza.
(Yup, that means there are two nights in the span of seven days that I don’t have to cook. Eeeeexcellent.)
Your turn! Leave a comment sharing five frugal things you’ve done recently.
(All of us frugal people here are an appreciative audience, so you can share the crazy money-saving stories that your other friends would roll their eyes at. )
P.S. Here’s the AdoramaPix Groupon I got (the $11 8×8 book). It’s small and doesn’t come with a lot of pages, so it’s perfect for a little project like Zoe’s newborn photos.
P.P.S. The Ultimate DIY Bundle is available here, if you’d like to snag the books and bonus offers for yourself. I think it’s a really great deal, especially once you add in the bonus offers. And my book is in the bundle, so you know, there’s that.
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