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Five Frugal Things | My costumes are selling now!

1. I sold four costumes!

You guys were 100% right when you said that eBay was a better place to offload costumes.

I had them listed for a couple of weeks on Facebook with almost no bites, but since I listed them on eBay last week, I’ve sold four.

I’ve got four left to go, with a month until Halloween. I’m optimistic about selling all of them by then!

2. I sent my shoes through the wash.

This one was inspired by Lisey, as she is always out here keeping her shoes looking like new (which is way cheaper than buying new shoes all the time!)

These white sneakers from Target are really cute, but they show dirt pretty quickly.

(As do most white things.)

machine washed white shoes

So, I put them in a zippered lingerie bag, dropped them in the washer, and then let them air dry on my drying rack.

Another tip I learned from Lisey: a magic eraser does an amazing job of cleaning up the white rubber sides of shoes (and the white toe tips on Converse).

3. I listed some jeans for sale.

Mr. FG switched the style he wears, and his former jeans still are in very decent shape.

Hopefully I can get some money for them and also give someone else a super good deal.

jeans for sale

4. I cut up and froze a bulk pack of chicken breasts.

I always use the cut-into-three pieces method I shared in this post so that the pieces are all manageable sizes.

chicken breasts for freezing

Then I freeze them on a greased baking sheet until they are frozen solid, and then I transfer them to a plastic bag for storage in the freezer.

5. I…

brewed coffee at home, ate leftovers, made a menu plan that mostly uses stuff in my house, used saved packing materials to send eBay items, and sent off out-of-network medical insurance bills for reimbursement.

What frugal things have you been up to lately? Share in the comments!

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Saturday 5th of October 2019

1. We found out what the Halloween theme is going to be at work this year: Crayola crayons. Most of my co-workers will buy premade shirts and hats online or at the local Halloween store. I plan on making mine cheaper (possibly free) by using a Joann's coupon and gift card.

2. Submitted mileage and tolls from a college class I took in the spring term that my company paid for. Plan on using the money for Christmas.

3. Had to drop off the car for it's annual inspection Monday. My workmate picked me up at the dealership and I used a Dunkin Donuts gift card to get us breakfast sandwiches and coffee as a way to thank her.

4. A local school district was selling used iPads (they upgraded the student equipment). Was able to pick up a gently used one for $50!!!! My husband is getting it for Christmas because his old tablet is on it's last legs.

5. At a fiber fair last weekend I picked up skeins of the softest baby alpaca yarn on sale. The alpaca farm is local, so I know the regular pricing. I saved about 25% and have enough yarn to knit warm hats for the hubby, my father and the significant others of my two eldest daughters. Thinking of making them a little large so I can line them with fleece for extra warmth. Winter is around the corner, after all.

Karen B from VA

Saturday 5th of October 2019

I have been washing shoes in the washer, even soccer cleats, for years. Stuff them with newspaper to help dry from the inside and hold shape. also, Scotchgard canvas shoes (and backpacks) for easier cleaning and longer wear. A leather repellent is also useful.


Friday 4th of October 2019

I have a few.... #1 My youngest daughter needed a Texas Instrument calculator for school. I remembered my oldest had a few, so we checked with her & found out one of them will work for my youngest, so i didn't have to purchase one. #2 My hubby wanted pizza for dinner the other night, so we used 2 coupons for two different free pizzas we had and fed all four of us. #3 My daughter was having a party in school and signed up to bring napkins and cups - we had plenty of both left from oldest daughter's graduation party this summer so youngest took those in & i didn't have to buy anything new #4 I was tempted to go shopping one night to just browse around when no one was home but me. Instead I stayed home and worked in my yard & garden & did some cleaning in the house. Save whatever amount I could have spent.... #5 I had a doctors appointment as followup from my foot surgery. Actually I had 3 since surgery & never got a bill for the co-pays. I asked the nurse and she said i won't have those co-pays since they're part of the followup after surgery & for 90 days after surgery, so I saved $105 in co-pays!! I loved hearing that news!


Thursday 3rd of October 2019

1. Got our flu shots at Target which is just one mile away, and were rewarded with ten dollars in gift cards. Our regular physician is 15 miles away. Win-win. 2. I almost never drive at night and wear prescription sunglasses to drive during the day. I realized I now need that prescription for untinted glasses. In the last week I have been caught out twice needing to drive in the dark. I was just trying to avoid spending serious money on yet ANOTHER pair of glasses that will be rarely used. Last night the lightbulb went on. It's time to check into Zenni Optical. 3. Husband had serious surgery a week ago and have been cooking all meals. They are quite simple but, as we are retired, we had gotten in the habit of lots of lunches out. Saving money there.

All for now.


Thursday 3rd of October 2019

1. Baked a cake from scratch for our kiddos’ birthday instead of buying one. 2. Got a $5 Target gift card when I got my flu shot at the pharmacy there. 3. Scored some shorts 50% off on clearance at Target for my son for next year. 4. Started an eat the freezer challenge for October since I seriously need to defrost my deep freezer. 5. Making curry butternut squash soup in the crockpot tonight with squash from our garden for a cheap dinner.

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