1. I bought a camera lens at a discount
I got my 50mm 1.4 lens in 2011, and I’ve used it probably 5/7 days a week ever since, for blog photos. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it!
This lens is a little bit prone to focusing problems, and mine has really been getting worse and worse in the last few weeks.
I looked into repair, but that was estimated to cost $179. Which does not make a lot of sense on a $350 lens that’s 9 years old.
On the Canon repair page, though, they had a little blurb about an upgrade program. So I called, and they offered me a brand new 50mm 1.4 lens for $297, which is only slightly more than the refurbished price on Amazon.
Considering that’s only $120 more than the cost of the repair, I decided to go with the new one.
Of course, I will list the old one on eBay (I’ll disclose the issue of course!) and see what I can get for it.
And of course, I will save the receipt and deduct this camera lens from my taxes, since I use it for blogging.
(I know a $300 camera lens is not what you’d consider to be frugal, usually. But I feel sure that a new one was the right choice here instead of a repair, given the pricing I was quoted. And at least I got a good price on it.)
2. I saved $148 on car insurance
I realized that since we switched out of the Ratelock plan with Erie, it would make sense to adjust the mileage category for Mr. FG’s car, since he’s still working from home.
(In the Ratelock program, the mileage categorization does not affect the rate.)
So, before I paid our annual bill, I called and asked about it, and that knocked $148 off our bill.
Which is a drop in the bucket compared to the total bill, but still, its $148! I would be very happy if someone walked up to me and handed me that much money, you know?
(We pay our bill annually because there’s a discount for doing so. We divide by bill by 12 and each month, we have that amount automatically deposited into a Capital One 360 savings account. That way the money is there when the bill comes due each year.)
3. I bought uneven bacon at Aldi
I bought a package of unevenly sliced bacon at Aldi. This particular brand is cheaper because of the wonky slices, and who cares about unevenness if it needs to be chopped for the recipe?
4. I installed the 7-11 app for a free Slurpie
They didn’t do the free Slurpies on 7-11 day this year because obviously crowds of people are a bad idea right now.
But if you install the 7-11 app (or if you already have the app), you can get a free Slurpie anytime before 7/31/20.
I also got an offer for seven free fountain beverages in the app.
So, we’ll do a quick visit to our 7-11 store soon!
- ate up the last of the leftover black beans with my egg burrito
- froze the mushy mango for smoothie use
- paid that annual car insurance bill with my Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card (might as well get some miles!)
(Of course, I will pay that card bill off right away because interest negates any rewards)