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1. I discovered a $217 medical billing error.
People: Always check your Explanation of Benefits statements!
I’ve had a long run of error-free bills with Cigna, which could have made me lazy about checking.
But I’m really glad I’ve still been keeping an eye on things because $217 is not pocket change.
I put in a request with Cigna, made a note of the date I called, the rep I spoke to, and also the reference number.
Because based on my past experience, I think it’s highly possible I will have to call back again.
2. I made banana muffins.
These three bananas were too far gone for anyone here to actually want to eat them as-is.
So, I turned them into banana chocolate chip muffins.
And this time, I composted the banana peels!
3. I added some markdowns to my Hungry Harvest.
Hungry Harvest sometimes rescues non-produce items and lists them in their marketplace, and this week they’d marked down organic Provolone cheese and organic yogurt.
I usually make my own yogurt, but I thought I’d give this a try.
(The cheese expires later in November, so grocery stores did not want to stock it.)
I also saw they carry kombucha for a pretty good price, so I added a bottle.
4. I made breakfast for dinner to use up buttermilk.
This was a food waste win, but on the loss side, I had to throw out an unopened package of sausage that got lost in last week’s 3-ER visit shuffle.
(Yep. We added a third ambulance ER trip last Friday night.)
But I’m remembering what I wrote on Monday!
Throwing out sausage does not negate the win of me using up the buttermilk.
Because it’s better to throw out sausage than to throw out sausage AND buttermilk.
- cooked at home despite a lot of doctor appointments this week
- shipped off three more books sold on eBay
- bought a $5.99 bag of Starbucks peppermint mocha grounds (cheaper than going to Starbucks for holiday drinks!)
- made a return at the mall when I was already nearby (no return shipping, no extra gas)
- redeemed Fetch points for $10 to Amazon (super quick & easy to redeem.)
Your turn! Share your five frugal things in the comments.
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