Last Thursday, I did miscellany, so this Thursday, it’s time for a Five Frugal Things post. Saddle up, pardner!
1. I paid bills with our FSA card.
Our health insurance is a high-deductible plan, and it comes with a Flexible Spending Account card. We put some pre-tax money onto the card every month, but Mr. FG’s company also loads it with some money, which is pretty nice.
The card hasn’t had enough on it to cover all of our medical expenses for the year, but we’ve been able to pay a fair amount of them with it, so, yay.
2. I paid our car insurance bill for the whole year.
Our car insurance company offers a discount if you pay for a whole year in advance, so of course, that’s what we do. 😉
I keep an account open at Capital One 360 for this purpose, and money gets funneled into that account each month. That way, we have the right amount to pay the bill when it comes once a year.
3. I got a refund for late shipping.
Mr. FG and I had to overnight a document for Saturday delivery a couple of weeks ago, and it didn’t get delivered until Tuesday afternoon.
Luckily, The UPS store was very nice about apologizing about the delay, and they refunded the whole $42.
I have nothing but good things to say about the customer service at The UPS Store…every one I’ve been to has been staffed with helpful, friendly people who do their best to take care of my needs.
(I’m not paid to say that, just fyi. The UPS Store doesn’t know me from Adam. 😉 )
4. I modified a dress for Sonia.
My kiddos are all rather slender, which means that
sometimes often, clothes off the rack don’t fit.
So, although I’m not trained as one, I need to put on my tailor’s hat pretty often.
This time the problem was a sleeveless dress that was gaping on the sides by the armholes. Luckily, this was a pretty easy fix, involving a new side seam that erased the gap.
5. I got two non-food things at Aldi.
You all know I love Aldi for the super affordable food they carry, but sometimes the non-food Special Buy items are pretty handy too.
Yesterday, I popped in to buy a few things, and found a hamper (Lisey’s been needing one) and a trash can (Sonia and Zoe have been needing one).