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Five Frugal Things | a free Moen soap dispenser, for starters!

1. I’m getting a free soap dispenser from Moen.

The nozzle of ours broke off rather randomly, and while searching for a replacement part, I discovered that our faucet is actually discontinued.

broken Moen Hensley soap dispenser

I called Moen and they told me the soap dispenser was covered by the lifetime warranty. SWEET.

They still had one in stock, so it’s on the way to me for an output of $0.

(and a small investment of time for the phone call, of course)

2. We used up some frosting.

While organizing the fridge, I found a leftover container of buttercream (which I’d made last time we had these sweet rolls).

It seemed a shame to waste it, so we spread it on saltine crackers for a treat.

frosting on crackers

Sometimes I suffer through veggies I don’t love in the name of food waste prevention.  This was a much easier task. 😉

3. I sold a DVD.

The listing had been on eBay for so long, I completely forgot it was even there! Someone finally bought it, though.

eBay DVD package

Slightly less clutter in my house, slightly more money in my bank account.

Of course, I reused a padded envelope I’d saved from an online purchase.

4. I finished a book the day it was due.

Library fines are quite affordable, to be sure, but I still prefer not to pay them.

Luckily, Sonia had a 1 hour appointment before our library trip, so I finished the book while I was waiting for her.

Building a Story Brand

This is a pretty popular book that someone in my blogging mastermind group had recommended. It had such a long wait time when I put it on hold at the library, I almost bought a new copy (the horror!)

But patience won out in the end and I opted for the library hold copy + a long wait.

Patience comes in handy pretty frequently in the frugal life.

5. I organized my fridge.

An organized fridge is one of the most important tools in preventing food waste.

And left on my own, I am as good at maintaining an organized fridge as I am at keeping my laundry room clean.

(Which is to say, not very.)

So, I have to make a serious effort to go through and give it a quick organize every few days or I find myself in trouble!

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

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Friday 26th of July 2019

Cheryl- If there is a family member that works for Kroger/King Soopers, she can apply to the scholarship. Look at their website. Also try as she has lots of unusual scholarships to apply to. I'll be honest and say the college itself has many scholarships that your daughter may automatically be entered into when she applies to the school. The colleges also have their own scholarship page that lists all of them. Best wishes on winning!


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

1. Our 1st home sold last week. We made $56,000 on the sale, plus what we had already paid on the mortgage. We purchased a home that was significantly cheaper than our first one. What we made we will out on our current mortgage. Therefore, we plan to be mortgage free in about 3 years! 2. We moved into our new house last week. We rented a large truck for 2 days. When we found out we could save the cost of the 2nd day's rental if we returned the truck by 8 AM, we were determined. We ended up saving $80 by returning it early. The moving boxes we got for free and we did not hire movers. So, total cost of the move was $130. Not bad! 3. Got a beautiful comforter and sheet set from my sister for free. It was used less than 10 times. Put it on my son's bed in his new room. Used my son's previous duvet cover for our bed. 4. Took my son's lamp from his bedroom to use in our new living room. He was mad and asked for another lamp. Found a cool lamp in the shape of the moon for $3 at a garage sale. 5. We wanted a piece of art for above our new fireplace. We decide to purchase a canvas and paints and let our kids made a piece of art. It cost $20 and came out great.


Thursday 25th of July 2019

Your first one! Yay!! What a huge win.


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Money Saving Mom's Matstermind?


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Nope, this one is made up mostly of FIRE bloggers (Financial Independence, Retire Early).

Jennifer Y.

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

One Frugal Save: I asked a service provider, by email, for a discount. I received a quick response that all late fees will be waived, resulting in a savings of $227.00 on a $1,127.00 invoice.

Full back story if anyone is interested: During the school year, my son was enrolled in his school's aftercare program which costs $300 per month (reasonable charge in my area). The program also charges $3 per minute for every minute you are late for pick-up after 6 PM (a bit unreasonable, but it is a deterrent policy). Due to temporary schedule conflicts, we picked up my son 10 minutes late over the course of 7 days in one month, resulting in $227.00 in late fees.

Special thanks to the Frugal Girl: I was all set to pay the full amount. I read this post and decided to send a quick email to the school asking for a discount. They offered to waive the late fees. I am so happy I asked!


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Yay! I'm so glad you were brave enough to ask, and that the answer was yes.


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

1) Doing really well with zero food waste. I've come up with some out of the box combos that I would have missed if I wasn't watching the details. Nice surprise. 2) I got one of those Prime Day gift cards for the extra $5. Well, the $5 wasn't applied to my order as it should have been. I contacted customer service and asked why. They didn't know and offered me a $10 credit. 3) I have some stainless steel water bottles with broken or leaky lids. I went back to the company to see if I could buy replacement lids. They've discontinued the water bottle... maybe because of the lids!... and responded to me about a warranty claim. They're sending me something. I don't know what. (They didn't respond when I asked.) I'd be tickled with some new lids, but it may be new water bottles. 4) Trying to sell some excess homeschool books. 5) I got a bunch of full sized toothpaste for free (sale + store coupon) and will likely donate them after I get some toothbrushes.


Friday 26th of July 2019

They sent two new bottles. I also noticed there's a new listing for replacement lids on Amazon.


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

#5 I’ve scored a ton of free toothpaste this week. I stopped extreme couponing a while ago but this deal was too good to pass up. I was able to score bundles of the coupon newspaper inserts. So far I have about 40 tubes of free toothpaste. Crazy thing is that because I have a gold rewards card I’m actually getting money back in the deal. So I think I made $18 cash on top of the free toothpaste. I’m gong back today to get more. I plan to donate the toothpaste to our church for their school backpack give away.

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