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Five Frugal Things | I don’t need the math credit!

1. I got a CLEP exam refund

After several days of burying my nose in college algebra CLEP test prep, I emailed the nursing program coordinator to ask a question and YOU GUYS!!

I found out that I don’t actually need the college algebra credit after all. (!!!!!)

algebra homework papers.

My advisor gave me the wrong info; the new policy goes into effect for the nursing class that starts the semester after I want to start.

You know how I almost cried when my advisor originally told me I’d need to take college algebra?

Well, I nearly cried tears of joy when I read the email saying I didn’t need to take it. That was such a huge weight off of my shoulders.

I’d been working so hard at prepping, and I was feeling pretty overwhelmed because the official practice test had a lot of stuff I’d never seen in my life before!

Khan academy college algebra site.

And now I am deliciously, wonderfully free. I never have to know how to solve things like this:

algebra problem.

Anyway. I had already purchased the CLEP voucher, but happily, you can get a refund if you ask for it within 7 days. Whew!

(Although honestly, I wouldn’t even have stressed about the $90 because I was just so freaking happy that I didn’t need to take the test.)

2. I submitted therapy receipts to insurance

If a therapist is in-network, the practice usually submits the paperwork. But when you see someone out-of-network, you usually have to submit those receipts yourself.

Years ago, it was a pretty annoying process, involving actual paper mail. These days, though, it’s pretty quick and easy because it can all be done online.

Still, sometimes I put it off! But this week I logged on and got the receipts submitted.

3. I submitted for a covid test reimbursement

I have a stash of tests here, but Lisey needed to buy a covid test when she wasn’t near home. So, I submitted her receipt for reimbursement.

4. I got a free propane tank

I used to order my propane refills from Propane Taxi, and they had a referral program where you could get credits for sharing your link with other new customers.

Propane Taxi discount code

I think I shared it on Twitter years ago, so I had some credits in my account when Propane Taxi changed over to being branded as Cynch. Luckily, the credits transferred, even though the referral program is totally different now.

So, I used the credits to order a propane tank for $0 out of pocket. Yay!

(The referral program has changed, but you can still get $10 off your first order if you click on my referral link. Cynch will accept your current standard-size grill propane tank for exchange; no need to order one from them unless, like me, you actually do need a tank!)

5. I…

  • sold a build-a-bear for Zoe on eBay
  • added my girls as authorized users on my credit card, to help passively build their credit
  • bought yeast at Sam’s club (warehouse clubs are THE place to buy yeast!)
  • made coffee at home every day
  • got gas at BJ’s when I happened to be nearby

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

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Wednesday 8th of March 2023

1. Redeemed coupons for a free full-size, sugar-free ketchup and free box of parmesan crisps to sample and review. 2. Redeemed a coupon for a free small bottle of lotion from Bath and Body Works and didn't buy anything else. 3. Shopped at a neighborhood Walmart that is closing and everything was marked down 25%, so I got things like juice, baking chips, plant-based meat products, after shave and candies that I would maybe normally buy usually at full price. I went about a week after the news came out and many of the more desirable items were gone, but I still found some gems here and there. 4. Redeemed Swagbucks for $25 to be added to my Paypal account. 5. Helped a friend who is a new foster parent of 22-month-old twins at their therapy evaluation appointment yesterday as an extra pair of hands. She bought me a fruit tea from the local bubble tea shop as a thank you which was much needed after 2 hours of wrangling active twins!


Wednesday 8th of March 2023

I remember telling my kids to double check advisors because they oftentimes give wrong advice. Lucky you caught it.

Lindsay B

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

Oh yay for not having to take the CLEP! Woo hoo!

1. We realized we had some older “legacy” savings accounts at Capital One, and newer accounts (performance savings) have much higher interest rates. So DH created new savings accounts, transferred our money, and closed the old accounts. Go check your savings accounts, folks– especially if they are older and at Capital One!

2. Continue to cook from the freezer. Sour milk and rhubarb into rhubarb cake, and deer into a delicious Eastern European-style soup.

3. Finished two skin care samples and a loose-leaf tea last week.

4. I had ingredients on hand to make brownies from scratch when we had neighbors over one evening, instead of running to the store for a mix.

5. Dropped donations off at Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Goodwill, including a bag of worn out clothes which they can recycle. I love getting things like that out of the house. I was also thrilled to find a like-new pair of sweatpants and a pair of sleep bottoms at Goodwill for a decent price.

Central Calif. Artist

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

1. Bought a full sheet of Masonite and saw it had a squashed corner, so I asked for discount and was given 10% off. It never hurts to ask! 2. We needed some basic toiletries and I was surprised by how much the big A was charging. So, I looked at the Target website and paid about 1/2 what it would have cost through the big A. 3. Shipping was free because my order exceeded $45. 4. Didn't get a haircut; it is getting so long that I wonder if I could sell it when I finally get around to getting it cut. . . nah, it isn't that special. (Should I save it in case I ever need a wig, perish the thought!?) 5. We built a table for our neighbor using salvaged lumber from another neighbor's project. This is at her request, to use for the "sweetheart table" at her wedding reception. Awesome wedding gift, because she really wants it, and we only had to buy a little bit of hardware and some tung oil for finishing it.


Tuesday 7th of March 2023

Math major here popping in to say that the answer is E. 230. I had fun solving it.

The flip side is that I regularly faint in medical situations and just thinking about the material you have to learn about the body for your RN program makes me queasy.

Isn't it great how we all have different interests? :⁠-⁠) Glad you get to devote your time to yours instead of learning more algebra!


Wednesday 8th of March 2023

Yep, that's my attitude exactly. I personally cannot imagine what it's like to NOT be interested in the human body. And I can't imagine what it's like to get queasy over body stuff.

But I fully accept that not everyone is exactly like me; heck, some of my own kids can't even stand to look at a scratch! lol

It's so good that we are not all the same. We need some people to be lovers of math and some people to be lovers of the human body, or the English language, or any number of other things.

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