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Five Frugal Things | Much eBaying has happened.

Good Monday to you, friends! I know not everyone feels this way, but I love Mondays.

They’re like a mini New Year every seven days…a fresh start!   A week of possibilities stretching out in front of me!

1. I helped Lisey list a bunch of books on eBay.

She’s been cleaning out her room, and she found 7 book sets she wanted to sell (Sonia and Zoe have outgrown these books too, so no point in keeping them.)

She hadn’t ever sold anything on eBay before, so yesterday I got her started with the first two, and she took over from there.

One set sold within just a few hours, so we’ll pack it up and ship it today!

2. I helped Lisey do her taxes for free.

This is her first year filing, and I helped her learn how to use Turbo Tax.

SO EASY.

Turbo Tax is actually free for people who, like Lisey, have simple returns.

(She has exactly one tax document. Lucky girl! I have around 9283725.)


Joshua also has exceedingly simple taxes, so he should be able to use Turbo Tax for free as well.

3. I planned out my meals for the week and made an Aldi list.

I squeaked by ok last week without visiting Aldi, but I don’t want to do that two weeks in a row, or my budget will suffer!

4. I listed a Star Wars movie on eBay.

Mr. FG and Sonia and Zoe have been working through the Star Wars movies, and instead of paying $20 for the digital version, we’ve been buying the physical copy because it’s cheaper.

(This makes zero sense to me. How is it cheaper to buy a manufactured copy than to get a digital download?   What gives, Amazon??)

Anyway, they’ve been watching the movies and then I list them on eBay. Thus far, we’re just about breaking even, which is pretty great.

5. I used my Old Navy card for 40% off.

Lisey needed some new jeans and a couple of other things, so I used my Old Navy card to pay.

(They were offering a 40% off discount if you used that card.)

I also had a $20 reward on the card, so I used that toward my purchase.

Of course, I’ll pay the credit card right away. Because interest will negate a discount in a hot minute.

Your turn! Share your own Five Frugal Things in the comments.

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Rachel

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

1. I've been organizing lots lately & have cleared out some storage bins. So now I have "new" organizing space vs. needing to purchase more bins.

2. I designated a library materials bin that will hopefully help curb list items/late fees:)

3. We were gifted some curriculum & clothes this week. Definitely helps build our stashes.

4. I washed my towels with a vinegar rinse (in place of softener) to get them fluffy & newish feeling again. Love that trick!

5. Making nearly all coffee & meals at home, like always.

Profesora H-B

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

1) We got our tax return and my only splurge was to buy a pint of grape tomatoes for lunch. I think $1.69 is a much better splurge than buying my whole wish list!

2) I brought hot cocoa packets in my purse so I wasn't tempted to buy overpriced hot cocoa to keep me warm in my freezing flex office.

3) I packed my lunch.

4) I am drinking water out of my insulated steel tumbler again today.

5) I am still using my old phone because I can't bring myself to upgrade yet. I'm waiting for the next Samsung models to come out before pulling the trigger on the oldest one available through our provider. (Or figuring out a more reasonably priced pay-as-you-go plan...)

Ranya

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Hi! Just curious about why you don’t just borrow the movies from the library?

Kristen

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Ooh, that's a good idea! Our library doesn't have a super extensive DVD collection these days, but I could check and see if they have the next one we need.

Jessica S

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

I read all these yesterday and got bummed that I was not very frugal! BUT.. 1-I did throw away all the B1G1 free coupons from McDonalds that I received from filling out a survey... they expired.. unused! 2- We did not go out to eat at the place husband wanted to once I figured out the buffet prices for all of us.. he agreed NOT gonna happen. Still ended up eating out but at a place that was new to us, with 2 coupons and it was yummy and less than half of the other place! 3-stopped at the Goodwill in the *swanky* area and daughter found a bunch of stuff she can use.. and needs.. so that was a very beneficial trip! 4-I have been purse shopping but just cannot pull the trigger on the ones I like.. b/c it just seems too $$.. I found exactly what I was looking for at swanky Goodwill! It was a name brand, Excellent used condition and only cost me $8.00(of my Christmas money) and 5 minutes of my night scrubbing the outside with Lysol wipes and spraying the inside with Lysol... 5-I did buy some clothing with my Christmas money.. even on sale it is spendy.. but when you are a harder to fit body.. you do what you gotta do. The manager ran my transaction a few ways to find which way saved me the most.. my coupons or the store sales...So I saved $46 in the end...

Elizabeth

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

1. Used some beads I bought at a yard sale last summer to make fish necklaces for my Sunday school class. 2. Bought a beautiful quilt and a bag of Duplo blocks for $3 each at the thrift store last week. 3. Switched the location of my cheese/meat drawer in the refrigerator to the lower more stabler shelf, in hopes of prolonging my refrigerator life. All of my shelves/drawers have cracks in them and if I lose one more....it's not going to be pretty! 4. Reorganized my homeschool supplies and found a lot of things we forgot about, but actually needed this week...neatness can be very frugal... 5. Saved $2 a pound on chicken breast by grinding up my own chicken

Deidre

Thursday 1st of February 2018

So agree that neatness is frugal, many's the time I've found things tidying I forgot about that I would have bought more of if I hadn't.

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