1. We had a bargain-full date night.
First, we had subs at Jersey Mike’s, using the Sixth Continent gift card I ordered last week.
Then we stopped at Rita’s, where I had a coupon for a free Italian ice, due to my birthday coming up this week.
And then we went to the mall, where I spent a $50 Williams and Sonoma gift card from Christmas.
(I bought two USA Pan muffin tins, which are supposed to be AMAZING. And also a cheese slicer and two lollipops because I wanted to use up the whole gift card. )
2. I’ve been faithfully doing my PT exercises.
Seven days a week, even.
I consider this to be a frugal practice because if you pay for PT appointments and then don’t do the work at home, you are not at all getting your money’s worth out of the PT appointments.
It’s like paying for music lessons and then not practicing…the lessons are nearly a complete waste at that point.
(I’m in PT because of trouble with my right knee. I have some stiffness and muscle weakness on that side, and I’m happy to say that the PT is helping!)
3. We ordered Joshua a mattress from Amazon.
He needed a twin mattress to go on his new-to-him bed and I had a $150 Amazon gift card.
So Mr. FG did some research (which he has much more patience for than I do!) and landed on this Zinus memory foam bed.
I’ve never tried this brand before, but if Joshua’s agreeable, I can share his report on the mattress once he’s slept on it for a while.
(After this move, Joshua will be responsible for his own furnishings and such, but we told him we’re glad to give him a hand right now to start him out on good footing.)
4. I did a little touch-up painting.
I forgot to take a before picture, but this little tiny wall got damaged when we got our countertops installed (lo, these two years ago. Ha.)
I spackled it fairly promptly but then never got around to painting it.
But the other day, I dug up the saved paint and used a brush and a small roller to paint over the spackle.
$0 out of pocket, and now I’m not looking at spackle anymore. Yessss.
(Here’s what the living room/dining room looked like before we painted them gray. Also included: what they looked like when we bought the house. SO MUCH WALLPAPER.)
5. We are saving up for braces for Mr. FG.
His teeth are causing him some non-cosmetic problems, so we chose a dental plan this year that covers adult orthodontia.
Still, it’s a fair amount of money out of pocket.
On the upside, if we pay for the whole thing up front, there’s a $477 discount.
That’s almost $500! So we’re going to part with a big pile of cash right away rather than opting for monthly payments.