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Five Frugal Things | I bought a coloring book!

1. I bought an anatomy coloring book on eBay

Netter's Anatomy Coloring book.

Sonia came across a highly rated anatomy coloring book on Amazon, and when she sent me the link, I hopped over to eBay to see if any were listed.

A page of arm-bone anatomy coloring.

Sure enough, I found one for $3.99, plus $4 shipping. It has one plate colored, but that’s totally fine; worth it for the discount!

2. I worked some CVS deals

I had ExtraBucks in my CVS account, plus I had my monthly $10 Carepass credit (I pay $4/month and they give me a $10 credit in return. So, a pretty good deal.)

Five cosmetics produces from CVS.

I checked the sale ad, added a bunch of digital coupons to my card through the CVS app, and I bought:

  • 2 Maui Moisture hair products
  • an Elf eyebrow pencil
  • 2 Revlon eyeliner pencils

My out-of-pocket total was $5.40, and I got $8 in ExtraBucks added to my account.

So, I was close to breaking even once you add in the $4 I paid for the Carepass, and I’m pretty happy about that, given that Maui Moisture products are $7/bottle, even at Target!

(My initial total at CVS was $41.25 for the five items. But things are so overpriced at CVS, it’s not really fair to say, “I saved $35!” You have to compare what you paid to prices at somewhere like Target. As always, what matters is how much you paid, not how much you “saved”.)

3. I shipped Sonia’s backpack to Jansport

Her beloved blue-flowered backpack is having a problem with the snaps…neither of them will stay shut.

Jansport guarantees their products, so I printed out a service label, packaged it in a reused Amazon padded envelope, and shipped it off to the warranty center.

A padded envelope addressed to Jansport.

As long as the problem is fixable (and I think snaps will be!), they promise to fix it and then ship it back to us free of charge. And even if it is not fixable, they’ll ship it back to us at no cost.

4. I got another free pair of undies

Victoria’s Secret keeps sending me no-purchase-required coupons for a free pair of undies. I know they’re hoping I will come in and buy a bunch of other stuff too, but I am part of the minority that will walk in for just a free pair of undies and then walk right out again. Ha.

I’ve gotten three free pairs this fall!

(In case you are worried that I’m wasting time/gas doing this: there’s a mall near where Zoe goes to youth group, and since I have time to kill while she’s there, I’ve just been popping in after I drop her off.)

5. I:

Panda Express receipt.

  • filled out a Panda Express survey (from a recent date night) so I can get a free entree next visit
  • put some stale waffle cones in the oven for a few minutes to make them crispy again
  • ate an entire bag of kale from Hungry Harvest all by myself, over the course of three days. Gold stars for me!
  • listed a book and an Old Navy jumpsuit on eBay

Your turn! Share your frugal five in the comments.

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Wednesday 20th of October 2021

My daughter has to take Anatomy and Physiology next year. As I'm working on gift ideas I remembered this post. So many sellers on eBay are businesses and just list the condition but not specifically that pages are colored. What are key things to look for or do you go with listing that you can see are using their own pictures (and usually state any colored pages)? Thank you!


Wednesday 20th of October 2021

If you want to make sure nothing is colored, then I think you'd want to stick with "new" or "like new" listings. I think those two categories are not allowed to have any in-book writing or coloring.


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I love kale! Just tear it up, then heat it in a pan with some peanut sauce and serve it over rice or a baked potato. Delicious! I got the recipe from Simnett Nutrition on YouTube.

Lindsay B

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

1. Mailed off some sterling silver jewelry to a reputable gold & silver buyer called Goldfellow. It won’t be worth much, but better to have cash than unworn jewelry! I did look into selling it on eBay but it would have been more trouble than it was worth, so I took the easy way out. (Update: it was worth $8, and I wish I had sold it on eBay instead. Oh well!) 2. Might have succeeded at signing up for a free Starbucks coffee sample on National Coffee Day. I say “might have” because it was so early that I was half-asleep and didn’t specifically see a confirmation. 3. However, I have been playing the daily Starbucks game and have so far won 55 stars and two $5 GCs. They must have more prizes than usual because I rarely win! Tip: scroll down and you can enter twice daily for free by filling out a form. 4. Happened to see $15 off a $15 purchase at Sephora through a cash back website, so I ordered a set of sample hand creams to use for small Christmas gifts when I see family in early November. Total OOP: 84 cents tax. 5. Thanks to reminders from frugal blogs, I’ve checked out The Tightwad Gazette from the library and am eager to read it.


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

1-We finally dumped cable. Saves $100/month just on renting their equipment even after adding streaming services back in! Part of the streaming community at long last. 2-opted not to trash some old spaghetti squash (only I like squash in my family) and topped with cheese. Wasn’t great but wasn’t wasted either. 3-getting back in the swing of buying “needs” not lots of “wants” or “stock ups” 4-baking lunch treats or kid breakfast waffles for the week 5-I use plain vinegar in place of laundry detergent on washing weekly bedding changes. This cleans out washer funk, softens and freshens sheets and saves some soap. 6-hang dry the big comforters on a railing


Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I sent my Jansport back years ago and ended up with a new one. They were fantastic and super cool about it. I even got a postcard from my packsack while it was in repair. Thought that was cute.

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