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Five Frugal Things | Some non-controversy


Yesterday was kind of a day with comments, mainly on my Facebook page.

I knew masks were a little controversial, but I was perhaps unprepared for just how controversial they are on Facebook.

I love you all, regardless of your position on face masks. Virtual (and virus-free!) hugs to you all.

And now for a totally un-controversial post. At least, I think it will be.

1. I sold my old camera lens on eBay

I disclosed the auto-focus problem, of course. Luckily, there are always people on eBay who are happy to buy lenses with issues.

Canon 50mm lens

I don’t know if they use them for parts or if they fix them and then sell them, but I really don’t care. I’m just happy that someone wants to give me some money for a lens I don’t want.

My old lens sold for $100, so my new one actually cost me $200 vs $300. I’m pretty happy with that!

2. I bought a used copy of the Everest Imax movie

After Sonia and I both read Into Thin Air, we really wanted to watch the Everest Imax movie again.

But it’s hard to find a streaming version anywhere, so we bought a DVD copy on eBay for a few dollars. And after we watch it, I’ll list it on eBay and probably get most of my money back.

3. I bought a half bushel of bruised peaches for $15

We’ve been eating them fresh, of course, but I’ve also been slicing and freezing them.

It’s kind of a tedious process, but I know that when January Kristen want peaches in her oatmeal, she will appreciate summer Kristen’s efforts.

sliced peaches on a tray for freezing

Bagged frozen peaches from the store are pretty expensive, so it doesn’t take many pans of frozen slices to reach $15 worth of peaches. Plus, these ones definitely taste better than the frozen ones from the store.

And I’m giving a home to peaches that otherwise might go to waste.

4. I bought replacement lids for my Pyrex containers

We are religious about hand-washing the lids instead of putting them in the dishwasher, but still, some of my lids have cracked.

red cracked Pyrex lid

So, I ordered some replacement lids.

AND I discovered that you can get silicone lids for some sizes of Pyrex. These are bendable, so they won’t crack, and they shouldn’t absorb smells either.

Silicone Pyrex replacement lid

Plus, you can put them in the dishwasher. Woohoo!

Silicone Pyrex replacement lid

They are more expensive than the regular replacement lids, but if they last for a long time, they will be worth the price. I bought a set of four for the 2 cup containers, and I’ll let you know what I think of them after I’ve had them for a while.

5. I…

  • bought two boxes of contact lens cleaner to get a $5 discount
  • added enough soap to my Grove box to get a free gift (and now I won’t need another order for a while)
  • picked up library holds (so much cheaper than buying books)
  • used a Starbucks gift card to bring Lisey a very big cold drink at work

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

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Sunday 26th of July 2020

1. Picked up 4 boxes of perennials from a nice lady on FB and was able to complete my 3X25 foot new garden bed. I had borrowed a tiller to turn the soil prior to planting. All the plants, veggies, herbs, and decorations were picked up free from FB. Since we live in the city and this bed is outside our fence I didn’t want to invest to much money as sadly sometimes things get stolen. I did spend $30 on mulch. 2. Picked up 7 huge round pavers free to start my next gardening project: a wildflower garden beside our small private parking area. Again, spending little since it’s accessible to things bring stolen. 3, helped a friend harvest garlic at her farm. Was given garlic for us and lots of carrot tops for our critters. Also got to eat some of her homemade goat cheese and spend several hours social distance chatting over rows of garlic! 4. Drove past Aldis on way home from friends farm so got lots of good food for $30. 5. Also stopped by the Goodwill Outlet on the way home from the farm and scored some t shirts and shorts for DS, storage items, wire fencing for new garden bed, a book, toys for dogs and rabbits, a new with tags wall hanging (might sell it) Small planter, and a few other things I forget. Paid by the pound total $16.


Saturday 25th of July 2020

I'm glad you were able to find lids! That can be so tricky for favorite containers.

I got some nice free items this week. I like shopping when it's free....

1) Two free magazines from airline miles. Savings - $19 2) Cashed in some CC points for gift cards. Two will be for a birthday and one is for Christmas. Savings- $ 125 3) Earned a $5 GC from Swagbucks. It will go towards buying a birthday present. 4) Got another 2 free magazines from reward bee. Savings-$18 5) Found ground beef in chubs 93/7 marked down to 99 cents. I got several and froze them. Savings- $9


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

I have been washing my pyrex lids since getting them 10 years ago, and none of them have showed any wear from that. We lost one when husband heated up leftovers with the lid on in the oven. And I melted a little lid by placing it on a very hot (but turned off) burner on a glass top range. I'm going to look into getting replacements.

Chelsea Powers

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

I honestly just throw my Pyrex lids in top rack of the dishwasher. They still last years and years before cracking. Hand washing is the detested thing in our household, so otherwise they'd never get clean!

Fun fact: If you also have Pampered Chef 1 and 2 cup prep bowls, the Pyrex lids fit them!

Thanks for doing these posts. While I rarely comment, I really enjoy them. They keep me inspired to find small ways in my life to be frugal.


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Every day I get the question what's for lunch, what's for dinner. Some days I am creative, some days not. Last Saturday I said order a pizza. For some reason my husband opened the 'frig and found leftovers ($$ saved). Our library has curbside pick up: Making good use. I returned my last books to the library and picked up two more. I have also put on hold a couple of children's history to give the grandchildren a basis of where our country started. Using up vegetables today will be zucchini brownies. Made tzaziki and a spread that we had for a light lunch with other vegetables. New wooden drying rack: My wooden drying rack broke after 35 yrs. I looked online, debates "stainless steel" or wood. Reviews were questionable--stainless steel rusted, wood rack arrived broken. And wooden ones online were expensive. My brother lives in PA--he found one for me and his granddaughter was coming up for a vacation so she brought it to me. $60 vs anywhere from $100-$130. And a short visit from my great niece.

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