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Five Frugal Things | a Halloween freebie

1. I got a free Reese’s pumpkin

I noticed that my Royal Farms app was offering me a free Reese’s pumpkin yesterday…so when I was out to pick up milk, I popped in and got my freebie.

A slightly related note: these homemade peanut squares are kind of like a Reese’s experience, except cheaper. And they’re really easy!

A peanut butter bar on a plate

2. I bought a pink knife because it was cheaper

I have been making do with two paring knives; a Good Grips knife I’ve had since 1997, and a wood-handled knife I rescued from the abandoned house.

But man, I feel like I am always washing them because I guess I use paring knives a lot!

So, I looked at the best buy recommended by America’s Test Kitchen, and they gave high marks to this Victorinox knife.

It came in a lot of different colors and I noticed the pink one was cheaper. So, that’s what I ordered. 😉

A lot of times this is true on Amazon…if you scroll around through the different colors, the price can sometimes vary a lot!

3. I made granola

I haven’t made my clustery granola since I moved here (and not for a while before that either, since I wasn’t at my house.)

I’ve almost grabbed a package of premade granola at Aldi a few times, but I got the necessary ingredients for my homemade granola last time I was at the store and I made a batch on Saturday.

Chunks of granola in a Rubbermaid container.

I’d forgotten how quick and easy this is; it seriously takes about 5 minutes to mix it up, and then once it’s in the pan, you just have to bake it, with no stirring required.

Super easy!

And way, way, way cheaper than premade granola.

Also: very delicious.

4. I submitted a rebate for my contact lenses

I got my year’s supply, and there’s a $100 rebate on this brand.

So naturally, I was not going to pass that by. $100 is a very worthwhile rebate amount.

Happily, I was able to do it all online in about 10-15 minutes, including scanning my receipt and the contact lens UPCs. That’s a good return on my time!

5. I…

  • got another $5 reward through my Erie insurance app
  • used Get Upside to fill my gas tank (use code AFF25 to get $0.25 off per gallon on your first fillup)
  • used scrap paper to make to-do lists
  • made coffee at home
  • cooked lots of meals at home

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

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Thursday 3rd of November 2022

I use the Fetch app to scan receipts and I was wondering when you do a grocery pickup order if there is a way to get credit for it in the Fetch app. There is not a true receipt to scan in so I am losing out on all of those potential points every time I do grocery pickup!


Thursday 3rd of November 2022

@Sara, Depending on which store it is, you may be able to print the order/receipt at home. I have done this, and Fetch has accepted it as a receipt. Just make sure it has the store name, date and total.


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

This morning, I bought two turkeys at Lidl. A 13 pound Shady Brook turkey cost 49 cents per pound with a $25 purchase of other groceries which was easily accomplished. The other 16 pound Butterball turkey was 98 cents per pound with no attached conditions.

Giant is also selling Shady Brook turkeys at 39 cents per pound with $25 purchase of other groceries. But, Giant’s groceries are much higher than Lidl. Nevertheless, still tempting, but I think I have sufficient food for the holidays.

Both turkeys are now in the freezer. Many good meals anticipated at Thanksgiving and Christmas or cold winter nights.


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Somehow, I missed getting on here yesterday, but this helps me stay accountable, so here's to a day late: 1) I finally started posting items on ebay and honestly don't know why I waited so long. The phone app makes it super easy now. It's crazy what sells...long expired 35mm film and really old CD players for instance. In the last 10 days, I've profited almost $300 selling items I planned to toss or take to SalVal. 2) I've been able to use all recycled packaging for above ebay sales. It's worth it to keep all that bubble wrap and peanuts. 3) I've been experimenting (this is my 3rd month) with writing out a dinner menu for the whole month. It has worked surprisingly well and isn't as hard as I anticipated. I start with my freezer and pantry and it has really helped me keep those areas cleaned out. 4) I gave away a complete bed set today to someone I thought could use it. That felt so good, and the genuinely grateful smile was all I needed. 5) I went for my annual check up last week, and while I was there, I got my shots all updated. 6) I've been getting some great deals at Walgreens combining coupons/rebates/fetch/ibotta. Free products are great for stocking stuffers.

Julie from GJ

Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

I... 1. Redeemed by credit card rewards for items I'd already purchased. 2. Made burger buns yesterday using Kristen's recipe because we were out and I had all the ingredients I have plenty of buns! 3. Used my golf membership to play 9 holes for $0 yesterday (walking, of course). 4. Froze the last of some cooked brown rice that was in the fridge. 5. I am STILL getting fresh red tomatoes from the green ones I brought in when we had our first freeze!


Tuesday 1st of November 2022

1. I cooked all of our meals at home. We ate up food in some odd combinations by the end of the week. 2. I used scrap paper for to do lists. 3. I continue to work on my leftover yarn scarf. I sorted jeans that kids outgrew into pass on and cut up piles. 4. I borrowed a rarely needed tool from a family member. 5. We enjoyed free/cheap entertainment. 6. I took some cute pictures of my child who recently had a birthday. 7. I sent off a rebate form. 8. We reused gift bags again. And tissue paper for the gift bags. 9. I've used the same homemade math facts flashcards for all my kids so far. I've remade a few that ripped, but most are original. 10. I saved empty toilet paper rolls for a cheap (and hopefully cute) project. 11. I filled up gas at the station with the loyalty program.

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