1. I made bread after a science experiment
Zoe’s biology teacher assigned a yeast-growing experiment, so after Zoe was done, I used the yeast to make two loaves of bread.
Of course, a few teaspoons of yeast doesn’t cost very much, but I felt happy not to throw it away.
And I used the loaves to make panini for dinner on Sunday night, so that’s something.
2. I gave Lisey a Thinx coupon
I got a $10 coupon in the mail, so I passed it on to her. A person can always use more period undies!
If you want to give Thinx a try, go through this link to get $10 off your first order.
I’ve only mentioned Thinx in passing; I promise I will do an actual review post soon. Short version: I think period undies are great backup protection and pantiliner replacements; I’m not as sold on them as a replacement for tampons or pads.
3. I submitted a range rebate and a contact lens rebate
I almost forgot that there was a $50 rebate to submit after we got our new stove/oven!
I submitted that one and also submitted one for my contact lenses.
I seriously love that rebates can be done entirely online now. That’s so much easier (and less wasteful) than the mail-in rebates we did back in the day.
And I have to imagine that this is much simpler on the processing end; much less manual entry.
4. I got some unexpected free food/drinks
Someone on NextDoor* posted that they needed help carrying food bank boxes to people’s cars during their once-a-month food pantry day, so Mr. FG and I went over to help out.
*this proves that NextDoor is not comprised entirely of petty complaints.
At the end of the shift, there were some leftover perishables, so the people in charge asked if we could take some home so they wouldn’t have to throw it away.
And that is how I ended up with a LOT of bottles of orange juice in my fridge.
I would not normally buy individual bottles of OJ (too much plastic!), but in this case, the most eco-friendly thing to do is to at least drink the orange juice before it goes bad.
I also got some croissants, ciabatta, and chips, which my girls will happily eat.
Of course, free food was not why I volunteered. But I am happy to help keep things from going to waste.
5. I used a Local Flavor voucher on our date night
Local Flavor (sort of like Groupon) had a $16 offer for a $30 takeout voucher for a local restaurant. So, I bought it and we used it for our takeout date night.
We had some leftover sweet potato fries from our meal, so the next day at lunch, I refreshed them in a skillet on the stove (dry heat is so important for reheating stuff like that).
And I ate the fries with two fried egg whites, which were leftover from something I baked.
It was a very anti-food-waste lunch.
Your turn! What frugal things have you been up to lately?
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