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Five Frugal Things | A bright dress for $9.97

1. I got a dress for $9.97

Old Navy sent me an email about a one-day sale they had on a few dresses, so I clicked on over. 

As you know, I tend to buy things in very neutral colors, but the $9.97 dresses were not available in anything neutral.

So…I bought one in a bright color.

Are you shocked??

Kristen in a red sleeveless dress.

In case you didn’t notice…it has pockets!

Kristen with her hand in a dress pocket.

I think this might be useful into the early months of cold weather if I throw a denim jacket on over top of it. So, hopefully I can get some wear out of it this year, even though it’s late summer right now. 

2. I went to a free symphony concert

I got a local mailing that mentioned a free outdoor symphony concert and I thought, “Hmm, why not? I haven’t been to see an orchestra in forever!”

I do not have any pictures of an orchestra. So…here is my piano with the front off of it. It fits the music theme, at least.

The ticket was free, and so was admission to the park.

And happily, they played several pieces that I was quite familiar with, like some Copeland. I always think orchestral concerts are more fun when you’ve heard the pieces before!

3. I got some marked-down sausages at Giant

I was there for a watermelon, but I noticed they had quite a few packages of chicken sausages (both raw and pre-cooked) marked down for quick sale.

So, I bought several packages and put them in my freezer for future use.

4. I bought a textbook for Zoe on Amazon

She ended up switching health classes (it turns out that we’d registered her for a non-entry-level one by mistake!) and I almost pressed the easy button and bought her book at the college bookstore ($97).

But I found a used, like-new version on Amazon for $27. OH YES.

It’s not a book Zoe is going to need after this semester, so I will sell it on eBay as soon as she’s done with it in December.

I never let textbooks sit around here for long! 😉 

5. I…

  • boiled my kitchen dishcloths to get rid of the stink (more on that here)
  • used a discount code to buy a new measuring cup (the printing on my old one was faded)
  • made a batch of homemade yogurt 
  • got a lab notebook for $1.50 at Staples

Your turn! What frugal things have you been up to?

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Terri Cheney

Sunday 11th of September 2022

We had a family crisis and live in a rural area so I spent Labor Day prepping a bunch of easy meals ahead and that carried us through the week behind. Beyond that I couldn't tell you what I did that was frugal! I lived in the mode of 'what has to be done NOW' all the rest of the week.

Your new dress is so cute. You can extend the wearing season by putting a turtleneck underneath, wearing tights and boots as well as putting a jacket over top.


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

I just boiled a batch of washcloths last week too. Worked like a charm to get them smelling fresh again. I learned this tip from you and have used it many times, so thanks again!


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

We went away this weekend using reward points so the hotel was free! I packed us cold cuts and we ate breakfast at the hotel every day so we only ate out once a day. I’m at a new job where I need to pack my lunch because nothing is nearby. I’m terrible at this so it’s a big step for me! I bought ground beef with a 50% off sticker because it was expiring soon, but we needed it for dinner that night so it didn’t matter.

Grandma Bev

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Bought $0.99 per pound chicken legs at Costco. They come in 8 packages all together. Like 'em alot. I could eat chicken every day. I like Alyce Morgan's ways of cooking, "Oiled, seasoned, browned on top of the stove and finished in the oven."

And the $1.99 pork ribs at Safeway are a good buy too.

Great Dress!


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Love this site. This is my first time posting. On Labor Day went with hubby to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy him some new golf shoes. Joking with the teenage cashier "Do you have a senior citizen discount? AARP, AAA anything?" He said no I don't think so. My husband chimed in "How about the James discount? (His name is James) no I don't think so. We laughed saying well it never hurts to ask. The cashier said yep never hurts to ask. I can give you 20% off. REALLY? $110.00 shoes came out to $87.00. including tax. Yahoo!!!


Wednesday 7th of September 2022


Nice. You got the "you made my day slightly less boring" discount!

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