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1. I listed 9 Halloween costumes for sale.

I had six that had belonged to Mr. FG and me, plus three kid costumes.

Hopefully people are in costume-shopping mode right about now. I’m worried maybe I listed them too early, but it does seem better to be early than late.

I listed everything on Facebook, but now I’m wondering if I should concurrently list on eBay (at least, the easy-to-ship costumes.)


2. I listed even MORE books for sale.

I’ve now got 28 listings on eBay, plus a few more on Amazon.

I’ve got my inventory all stacked on top of a bookshelf, and in six months, I’ll donate whatever hasn’t sold.

I figured six months gives my listings a nice fair shake.

On a related note, this book-purging process has reminded me why I opt for library books whenever possible!  Borrowed items are easy to get rid of.

3. I got $15 Old Navy jeans for Sonia.

I got a sale email, so I ordered a few pairs for Sonia, who had outgrown most of her pants from last year. Old Navy sells some sizes online that fit her narrow self pretty well.


In addition to the sale, I made sure to:

  • order precisely enough to get the free shipping
  • go through TopCashback to get a little cashback

If you need less-common sizes, online shopping is such a lifesaver. This is a serious upside of the internet!

4. I ordered some terry cloth bath mats.

We’ve gone through several rubber-backed bath mats in the last 5 years or so, mainly because when you wash them, the rubber deteriorates.

Amazon bath mat

We’ve had some terry cloth mats last for a long time, though.

So, I did some research and ended up with the Amazon Basics bath mat. It was super affordable, and it’s surprisingly thick and comfy.

Amazon bath mat

Hopefully this mat will last us longer than our previous rubber backed mats, which will make this a frugal purchase.

5. Yesterday I…

made dinner using food already in the house, ate leftovers for lunch, read a book at the three appointments we had instead of using my phone (less data usage equals a smaller bill with Ting!), cancelled an upcoming appointment in time to avoid a $150 fee, and drank coffee I brewed at home.

What frugal things have you been up to lately?

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Monday 30th of September 2019

Kristen- the agricultural certificate will save us the $2,000. The sale of the walnuts is spare change for a Christmas present or something.


Monday 30th of September 2019

Wow, that's amazing!


Friday 27th of September 2019

1. Took an online survey by our insurance carrier, will get a $10 gift card for less than two minutes of work. 2. Following up on a $15 GC owed to us by son’s insurance for his last wellness visit. 3. Made $200 selling stuff on Facebook market 4. Taking advantage of free local activities for son’s homeschool. Sunday we plan to attend a yearly fossil hunt at a local lime quarry! 5. Taught two night classes this week, remembered to pack food so no spending $ in vending machines!


Thursday 26th of September 2019

1. Got a $10 gift card to Target for donating blood. 2. Picked up a 4 hour charge shift at work for some extra $$$. 3. Turned leftover rice into rice pudding for snacks. 4. Made homemade cards for my niece’s birthdays instead of buying them. 5. Made muffins and homemade granola bars for snacks instead of buying them.


Thursday 26th of September 2019

There are some really awesome frugal ideas here. Wow. Ok, so here we go...

1) We got a used refrigerator for $75 from Craigslist about 16 years ago. It has lasted through power surges and took over when the house refrigerator died. It's a GE and we keep it in the garage. Savings- $300+

2) After years of tossing out the black walnuts from our tree, I decided to clean them up and sell them. AND I'm filling out paperwork to apply for a agriculture certificate. I'll need some bills of sale but if we get it, we save a lot. Savings- $2,000

3) Using freezer items for the next 2 weeks. Made breakfast burritos today from frozen ham, eggs and potatoes with leftover tortillas.

4) I'm doing some basic landscaping to clean up the yard for the appraiser's visit. As much as I hate pruning, pulling weeds and washing concrete, it's cheaper than a landscaper. Savings- $200

5) We have to paint the fence. Luckily, we got a discount on the paint. Again, it's better than paying a landscaper. Savings- $100


Friday 27th of September 2019

Wow, $2000! Will that be related to perks of the permit itself? Or the sale of the walnuts?


Thursday 26th of September 2019

1) We closed on the refinance of our mortgage on Tuesday after six weeks of me uploading or emailing approximately seven bajillion documents to the bank. We got a lower rate and a shorter term and did not cash out any equity. Mortgage, you are in my sights and you gots to go.

2) I also followed up on with our lender about a promised credit that I didn't see at the closing.

3) While we were on a saving money high, my husband and I split a few coupons for free children's meals that the kids we not into and a free big gulp that was credited to my 7 Eleven app.

4) I forgot to change the billing address on file with the YMCA when I changed it on our credit card. When the payment was declined I got a late penalty. But I followed up quickly and politely and they were kind enough to waive the fee.

5) Last night before I went to bed I chopped a bunch of vegetables, which I combined with beans, spices, and bone broth in the crock pot. We left the crock pot out this morning, will turn it on remotely this afternoon, and should come in the house to a delicious veggie soup this evening.

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