1. I helped Sonia find a pair of clearance shoes
We had a small funeral to go to, and she needed a pair of black shoes.
Sonia does have a massive collection of shoes, but exactly zero of them were black.
At first, all the shoes we could find were in the $45 price range, but then I spied a pair of kitten heel black shoes with a bow on the toe.
And they fit her better than the more expensive shoes anyway.
She’s responsible for her own clothing spending at this point (we give her a clothing budget), so she was pleased to see the price was only $14.
2. I brought soap/detergent to the beach.
We went to the beach last week, and in order to minimize extra grocery spending, I brought some of my own household things.
(There’s no Aldi at the beach, so groceries/household items are more expensive there. Harris Teeter = always pricier than Aldi!)
I poured some laundry detergent into a Mason jar and packed that, I brought dishwasher detergent pacs from Aldi, I brought hand soap from Aldi, and so on.
3. I brought food from home
I went shopping at Aldi before the trip and packed what I could because Aldi food is guaranteed to be cheaper than what we buy at the beach.
I try to always bring a salt shaker and a pepper grinder and any spices I will need.
And this year I also remembered to pack a little Mason jar of sugar, because it is very annoying to have to buy a bag of sugar for just a few days at the beach!
4. I cooked every night except one
Our condo had a kitchen, so I planned a menu before we left, we went grocery shopping for perishables and such when we got there, and we cooked (easy stuff) every night but the last one, which is when we got carryout.
5. We used up almost all of our food
I have never once managed to leave a vacation with zero food thrown away, but we did get really close.
I used up what I could, packed as much as I could in our cooler, and then threw the rest out (one cannot transport ice cream in a cooler on a multi-hour car trip. And sadly, no one wanted it for breakfast. Ha.)
What frugal things have you been up to lately? Share your frugal five in the comments!
P.S. In terms of COVID and our beach trip: we went to an un-crowded beach, stayed apart from other people (easy at the beach off-season!), wore masks at rest stops on our way down and at the grocery store, stayed at a condo with an outdoor entrance, and didn’t go anywhere besides our condo, the grocery store, and the beach.
And from what we’ve read, we gathered that an uncrowded beach, off-season, is a pretty low-risk place to be.