1. I bought some name-brand gluten-free pretzels on sale
There are a number of specialty gluten-free brands out there, but some mainstream manufacturers sell gluten-free items too and those seem to be cheaper than the specialty brands.
So, I bought three bags of name brand gluten-free pretzels for Sonia.
They’re still more expensive than regular pretzels, but happily, only Sonia needs to eat the gluten-free ones.
(She’s on a temporary low FODMAP diet.)
The gluten-free name brand Oreos are pretty good too, and fairly affordable if they are on sale.
Of course, the cheapest thing to do is to eat normal foods that are naturally gluten free. But sometimes you DO want a pretzel or a cookie, you know?
2. I bought some marked-down organic chicken
I had to go to Harris Teeter to buy a few things, and I found some air-chilled, organic chicken leg quarters that were marked down.
I didn’t happen to need them for this week’s menu, but I just put the two packages in the freezer and I’ll get them out another week to make smoked chicken on the grill.
3. I used a $15 discount + a sale
I hadn’t shopped at Victoria’s Secret in eons, but they sent me an updated credit card and a $15 off any purchase coupon.
So, I used it in combo with a sale on some simple basics, which ended up being a pretty good deal.
4. I shipped out two eBay packages
One of them was the last ink cartridge from our old printer; I’m happy it’s going to be used by someone who needs it! And I got a few dollars in my pocket to boot.
(We upgraded to a printer that has huge refillable ink tanks. Way, way cheaper per printed page!)
The other sale was a book; slowly but surely that huge stack of books I listed are selling, and my bookshelf is getting emptier and emptier.
5. Mr. FG got the generator running again, for $0
During an ice storm this winter, we discovered that our generator didn’t want to turn on. Ours is a fairly small one, but still, it’s worth $1100, which means it is for sure worth fixing.
Mr. FG did a bunch of trouble-shooting, ordered a few new parts, and then discovered that the problem was just a clog that needed to be cleaned out. Yay!
We are probably past any winter power outages now, but it’s good to have the generator working in case we lose power in the summer. That way, we can keep the freezer and fridge cold and also get connected to the internet.