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Five Frugal Things

1. I found a missing library book.

I thought I’d rounded them all up, but I discovered there was one still missing.

So, I hunted through the house and I found it under another book underneath a piece of furniture in Sonia and Zoe’s room.


Not that a library fine is the end of the world, but it’s nice to avoid if possible.

2. I bought a box of bruised peaches.

Since I was near the produce stand, I popped in to see if they had bruised peaches and they had a huge box for $15. SWEET.

bruised peaches

3. I sent in for windshield wiper reimbursement.

You know how Joshua’s windshield got cracked recently?

(Third windshield replacement this year for our family!)

Our insurance company offers a free pair of wipers with a windshield install…you just have to buy them and then send in for reimbursement.

Small silver lining to a broken windshield, you know?

4. I mailed back my bad Stitch Fix clothes.

I didn’t get a chance to take photos before I had to send them back, but nothing fit me! Luckily, one of the shirts did fit Lisey, so I kept that one and sent the others back.

I had some referral credit (thanks, you guys!), so the shirt was free for her.

5. I got all the paperwork in for 50% off college classes.

Since Lisey is still in high school, she gets 50% off her tuition at the community college as long as I get all the necessary paperwork submitted.

tips for saving on college textbooks

50% is definitely enough motivation to get the forms all taken care of.

Your turn! Share your own Five Frugal Things in the comments.

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Sunday 26th of August 2018

Will you eat the peaches fresh or freeze them? We've been camping, so I'll do a FFT camping style: 1. We stayed at 2 National parks for $20 a night, much cheaper than even a cheap hotel. 2. We have métal bowls, plates, cups and silverware making it so we don't need to buy disposable dishes. We have 2 dollar store tubs for washing dishes. 3. While camping we accepted free firewood (North Carolina folk sure are friendly!), some ice of campers leaving and 3 small tarps from the same campers! They said the tarps were wet and they didn't have a backyard to dry them in so we could have them. One we put in front of our tent for a porch floor, one we put on the table for a table cloth and the other we'll have on hand for future use. 4. I tried to cook fairly cheap meals like hobo stew, baked potatoes topped with  chili, hot dogs etc... 5. We enjoyed free hiking, watching elk and the kids swam (too cold for me).

⁣Envoyé par Blue ​


Monday 27th of August 2018

We usually do a them until we are practically turning into peaches, and freeze the rest.

Julie Stanley

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Okay-I always read but never play. Let me see what I can come up with. 1) Took the kids and dogs to a public park/dog park for a fun (although not exciting) Sat. night. 2) Used Papa Johns Rewards for a cheap pizza dinner-Sat night fun night 3) I'm wearing Chico jeans my stepmother gifted me because they no longer fit her 4) I cooked out of our freezer for the last week-the end of August is a tough time for public school teachers (who didn't allocate quite enough for the last few weeks of August in their savings) 5) My husband shared a Facebook post for an upcoming camp and earned our son free lunch at his camp next week-my pre-service week for the upcoming school year.


Saturday 25th of August 2018

Amanda- Congrats on baby #4!

Here are the fab five frugal things:

1) Got a free loaf of French bread at the market. Savings- $1.79 2) Got college textbooks cheaper than the college bookstore from Amazon and other online retailers. Savings- $50 3) I got a free $25 gift card at a restaurant when buying $100 in gift cards there. Guess where we're going for dinner? Savings- $25 4) I'm sending my niece a birthday gift- a gift card to Kohl's and a gift card to ColdStone. I got them for free from my credit card rewards...… Savings- $35 5) I was sent a free $10 birthday gift card from the Body Shop, so I got lots of lotions with the buy 2, get 1 free promo PLUS free shipping. My final cost was about $8. Savings- $10

Eileen Claussen

Friday 24th of August 2018

I just discovered this blog and I am so impressed with the money saving ideas. I am a semi-retired widow whose spending needs to be "reigned" in - so the tips are very helpful. I'm going to make an effort to join in the conversation next week. Thanks for the jump start!


Friday 24th of August 2018

Welcome, welcome!


Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

1. We ordered my son's books for college. 2 were used, 2 were rented and one was new as that was the only way it came. 2. My daughter took her Senior pictures. If you pay for them within the first 10 days you get an early bird special, 10 % off and free shipping. We were going to buy them either way. Might as well save some money. We went with the second to smallest package. 3. We went away for 6 days at my sister's time share. We spent just under $800 for 4 people and had a great time. 4. I worked Saturday and Sunday when we came home so that I didn't lose any hours. I only get paid when I work. 5. My garden is going crazy. I am picking baskets full of tomatoes and peppers every day. We are eating lunch and dinner based on what veggies I have. This week we have had chicken bruschetta pizza, BLTs, salads, omelettes, chicken fajitas, chili, and sausage and peppers.

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