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Five Frugal Things | 10# of free potatoes!

1. I got 10 pounds of free potatoes at Safeway

roasted potatoes

Let me get this out of the way first: Safeway is totally not a cheap grocery store to shop at. But sometimes I do go there if there are deals to be had, or if I’m desperate. (lol)

But I happened to open the Safeway app, and I noticed that they had an offer for a free 10 pound bag of Russet potatoes, with no other purchase requirements.

homemade potato cubes

I had to make a quick stop at Safeway anyway for a few other things, so I made sure to grab the bag of potatoes.

So. We are about to be eating potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes.

mashed potatoes with fried eggs.

2. I shaved my pilled sweater

Not too long ago, I ordered this striped sweater from Amazon.

(I’m wearing it in this crock-pot Instagram video, if you want to see it better!)

I like it decently well, but I am annoyed that it has gotten terribly pilled, despite me laundering it gently and always, always line-drying it. 

A pilled sweater.

Anyway, I got out my trusty fabric shaver and went to work on the pills.

a partially-depilled sweater.

Bottom of photo: shaved. Top: unshaved.

And here’s what it looks like now:

A de-pilled sweater.

Much better!

Here’s hoping the sweater has gotten out all of its pent-up pilling energy, and will stay bump-free for a while now. 😉

But if not, oh well. I still have my shaver! Pills can’t stop me.

(My fabric shaver is from Aldi. But this one looks almost identical to mine.)

3. I got a $5/$30 Lidl coupon by installing the app

I don’t like Lidl as much as Aldi, of course (nothing can replace my love for Aldi), but I figured it would be good to have the app for the times I do pop in there.

You can earn rewards by scanning the app whenever you shop, plus, as an introductory offer, you get $5/$30 purchase.

And it is not hard to spend $30 on groceries! 

4. I took Zoe to get a Bath and Body Works freebie

She and I had time to kill between two appointments, and we happened to be right by Bath and Body Works.

I had the coupons in my purse, so we popped in and she picked out a free body spray.

5. I turned a Cerave pump bottle upside down

You know how those pump bottles always have some product left that the pump can’t reach?

My girls were about to throw away this bottle, but I rescued it. 😉 Turned upside down in a glass bowl, it released enough face lotion to last me for quite a few days.

create lotion in a glass bowl.

Incidentally, I really like this lotion for my face. As facial products go, it’s not terribly expensive. Plus, a little goes a long way, and it has done wonders for the dry cheeks I get in the winter months.

This is the Cerave variety I use.

What frugal things have you been up to this week? 

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Monday 14th of February 2022

1. I'm doing my best to use things up and not throw anything away, so those old bananas were made into banana cookies for a school bake sale. 2. I sold quite a few items on Facebook that my kids had outgrown or were no longer using. Got a bunch out of the house and made some cash in the process! 3. Got another round of books at the library 4. Went shopping with a friend and didn't buy anything! Just enjoyed browsing and spending time together. 5. Making a valentines dinner at home, you can make something special without doing a restaurant!


Thursday 10th of February 2022

1) I followed up on switching our business internet provider to save $50/month. We've already finalized the agreement, but they are taking forever to do the install. So I keep following up.

2) I bought frozen meals for my office freezer. It is not the most frugal lunch, but my office is 8 hours away from my house (long story). I need quick, easy meals. Anything more complicated will result in take out, which is expensive but takes so much more time than heating a $3 meal in the microwave. I indulge in a single fountain soda during the commute, but I pack the same road food each week.

3) We refinanced our mortgage last week. I am shocked at how low rates still are. How are they lower than inflation?

4) I repaired a pair of my husband's suit pants that had ripped. He repaired one of our kids' backpacks that had torn.

5) I resisted buying a book. I am a historian, so this is a daily struggle for me--LOL. I have a pot of money that I can spend on books, but I am waiting to be strategic with my purchases closer to the end of the semester.


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Made pancakes with leftovers from a can of pumpkin.

Trimmed my bangs and ends at home instead of going to the salon.

Made stock for leftover turkey parts and onion scraps.

Have done a pretty good job eating down the freezer this month. Going to continue into February.

Spent money on a vacation but did it as cheaply as possible; used an air bnb, going during the week instead of weekend, cooking our own food & making our own drinks.


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

1. During our trip to Disney, I realized we would have tons leftover $ on our gift cards. I did some research of what is selling on Ebay and purchased Disney merchandise and listed it on Ebay. (Disney is celebrating 50 years this year and that stuff is HOT!) I hope to get my money back and then some. 2. Also on our trip, we realized that we would NEVER have enough space going home for "extras" in our suitcases. I popped into a local thrift store and bought one for $3! I also found some Disney merchandise that the kids wanted (way cheaper, of course). 3. I picked up a mask while waiting in line for the bus that was trampled on. Brought it home washed and sanitized it. Free minnie mouse mask? yes, please. 4. I'm sure not many people bring left overs home from meals in the parks, but we sure do! We were able to save some money by eating our yummy leftovers one night instead of buying another meal. 5. I was never happier during this trip when I knew we had the money for meals out! I had been saving and scrimping for over a year. But it was worth it to just enjoy the trip and NOT stress about how much we were spending.


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

The local game store where we shop regularly gives store credit for gently used board games. We had one sitting on our shelf that was given as a gift that we really didn’t enjoy playing. So we turn it in for a credit. Between that and the rewards we have earned over the past year we have enough to buy a new game of our choice. I also sold some of my CS textbooks from college in true Frugal Girl style and netted almost $100 and some extra book shelf space.

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