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Five Frugal Things

1. I got a boost on my Ebates check.

I had an $85 balance over at Ebates and they sent me an email offering a boost of 10-20% if I redeemed for a gift card instead of a check.

I looked over the options, settled on Old Navy (I often buy basics for my girls from there), and got a 12% bonus on my redemption.

And of course, I’ll redeem my gift card while Old Navy has a sale going on.

(If you want to join Ebates, use my referral link to get $10 in bonus cashback once you earn $25.)

2. I went cheap on pineapple juice.

I needed some for a marinade, but Aldi doesn’t carry pineapple juice.   So, I bought a can of pineapple, which happens to come in 100% juice.

Useful pineapple, useful juice, no need for an extra stop!

(Incidentally, I haven’t had canned pineapple in a while and I’ve decided I sure do prefer the fresh kind.)

3. I used the veggies I had on hand to make dinner.

You know the orzo with sausage recipe I’ve shared here?

One thing I love about that recipe is that it’s very easy to add whatever veggies I have on hand.

skillet sausage with orzo

The original called for broccoli rabe, but I’ve used broccoli or asparagus instead.   And last night, I used peppers and kale from my Hungry Harvest box.

Get the original recipe here.

4. I signed up for an Acorns investing account.

I was reading an article on The Penny Hoarder and saw a mention of the Acorns investing app, along with a link to get a free $5 to start out.

So, I signed up to give it a try, and well, I’ve made at least $5 so far. 😉

(If you’d like to try it out, you can sign up through my referral link and get your own free $5.)

Photo credit and tutorial

I haven’t enabled this yet, but Acorns offers a round-up service, where you link a credit or debit card, and Acorns automatically rounds up your purchase to the next dollar and puts the round-up in your investment account.

For instance, if you buy something that’s $24.75, Acorns rounds up to $25 and puts the $0.25 in your investment account.

On the downside, Acorns does charge $1/month in fees, which could be a high percentage of my investment until I have more money in my account.   So, I’m a little iffy about this so far.

On the other hand, Acorns is super simple, requires no minimums, and I can see why it’s appealing to millennials (their target audience.)

5. I…

bruised peaches
…packed a lunch of leftovers for Mr. FG, made a smoothie with bruised peaches I froze last summer (I’m drinking it with a reusable glass straw, of course!), printed a $5/any purchase coupon from Kohl’s, used ExtraBucks for a purchase at CVS, and also I stopped at the grocery store and only bought what I needed for dinner.

(Grocery stores can be as dangerous as Target, am I right??)

Share your own Five Frugal Things in the comments!

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Friday 11th of May 2018

I like using frozen pineapple for recipes, but will buy fresh for snacking. I noticed when I was buying canned my recipes wouldn't use it all up so frozen was cheaper in the long run.


Friday 11th of May 2018

1. Got some frozen meals half price I have never tried before & so far they are really delicious & great at the moment as I have too much going on to cook most nights 2. Checked my car's oil to prevent engine failure but didn't top up too much as I am getting a regular service done shortly & they'll change the oil 3. Bought windscreen wiper blades to cut & fit myself 4. Resisted buying produce I didn't have an immediate plan for 5. Sis had leftover rice paper rolls she gave me for lunch today


Thursday 10th of May 2018

1 - I saved two shirts and one pair of shorts that had various sticky things on them by treating the areas with a healthy dose of rubbing alcohol. The shorts had tree sap. One shirt had gum. The second shirt I think had the remnants of a preschool tape name tag, but I'm not entirely sure as it was in a hand-me-down box.

2 - I got one container each of laundry detergent and dish soap free from a grocery store that was launching new products. Frankly, I'm thinking of just donating them to the food pantry because both unit prices are so much higher than what I usually use (which I'm happy with) that I don't want to like them.

3 - I got a free can of corn and a free can of tomato sauce from the Monopoly game at another grocery store. The corn will also go to the food pantry as, while we eat canned corn, I have plenty at the moment. Canned vegetables are on their wish list; tomato sauce is not.

4 - I returned a set of items that didn't fit as well as I would have liked. I did pay $6 shipping to mail them vs taking them to the store. But, I'm sure I would have spent more than that going in to the mall and the zero hassle was worth it too. I get much more of that refunded to me for returning items that fit only ok.

5 - My total grocery spend for April was $665, which I know sounds high. But, its way under my goal of $1000 for our family of 8 and we still ate well without eating out much.


Thursday 10th of May 2018

I have often wondered if you feed your family of 6 on one frying pan's worth of food? Just curious!


Thursday 10th of May 2018

That depends! If all six of us are here, it has to be a pretty full frying pan, or I need to expand into more pans. This night there were only four of us, so it worked out fine with one pan.

Thursday 10th of May 2018

1. I stop at Speedway in the mornings after dropping grandson off at school. I earned enough points to get a free soda and they offer free donuts every morning. Free breakfast. 2. I have also earned enough points to get .20 off per gallon at my next fill up. 3. I went to fix BBQ pork chops in the crock pot and discovered I was out of BBQ sauce. Instead of running out to get a bottle I made my own. This is something that I won't buy anymore; it came out great. 4. My husband brought home a discarded wicker settee that is actually in good shape, although it does not have any cushions. I had previously purchased some couch cushions from a yard sale to redo the patio furniture we already had. It is also wicker. I have enough material and cushions left to also do this settee. 5. I have been planning meals from what is in my freezer and pantry. No extra grocery stops for me.

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