As you know, I had a bit of a rough time earlier this week.
Sometimes, things hit me harder than I expect; for instance, I thought I was gonna be fine the day I moved all my stuff from my house to my rental, but oof, once I was at my house, packing up all my possessions, I was most certainly not fine.
I cried a lot that day.
And earlier this month, I thought, “Hmm, I don’t have a lot of feelings about my upcoming anniversary. I’ll be fine.”
But then the day came and I was decidedly not-fine, in a lot of different flavors.
As I said on Instagram, it is possible to be sure you are making the right decision while simultaneously feeling very sad, angry, and hurt.
Anyway. I did my best to take care of myself in healthy ways, and because I am me, a little frugality crept in. So that’s the theme for items 1-3 this week!
1. I went for a hike on a new trail
One of the best free coping mechanisms for me: walking in the woods. It costs nothing, it’s good for my body, and it’s good for my mind.
I do get a little bored of walking the trails right by my house, though.
So on Monday when I was feeling sad, I drove a few minutes away to try some new trails in some new-to-me woods. It was a solid decision; I did feel better afterward, and all it cost me was a small amount of gas.
2. I got a hotel using my brother’s employee discount
I decided that perhaps a local night away would be just the thing for me, and happily, I was able to snag a Westin hotel night for a great price, thanks to my brother’s family discount.
I did basically nothing the whole time, aside from taking a super long shower. And it was just what the doctor ordered.
I highly recommend having a family member work for a nice hotel chain. I love my brother’s job! 😉
3. I got a free Starbucks coffee the next morning
Someone had kindly given me a Starbucks gift card, which I’d planned to use. But lo and behold, when I opened up the app, I saw that I actually had enough stars for a free drink.
(I say this with some surprise because I feel like it takes FOREVER to get enough Starbucks stars for anything useful.)
So, yay! Free coffee for me, and I still have my gift card waiting to be used.
4. I listed and sold a vacuum part
I made a mistake some weeks ago and ordered a vacuum accessory on eBay that I actually didn’t need. GAH!
I could have returned it, but I would have had to pay return shipping. So instead, I listed it on eBay myself, and now I am getting it out of my house without paying any shipping.
5. I submitted Zoe’s 50%-off paperwork
Since she’s a high school student taking college classes, she is eligible for a 50% discount on tuition. There are some paperwork hoops to jump through, of course, but a 50% discount is totally worth some paperwork.
I got it all submitted, and I paid her now-smaller bill in full.
Also, I bought the required poetry book (for her English class) used on eBay. And you know I will list that back for sale as soon as the semester is over. 😉