1. I bought a mirror on Facebook Marketplace
I got it for $25, and it matches the bed frame, dresser, and nightstand that people have kindly given me!
I found what I think is this model on Amazon, and it sells for $86. So, I’m happy with my $25 price!
Eventually, I’d prefer to have one that hangs on the wall, but this is perfect for me while I’m renting.
The nice thing about buying a used item is that if I ever want to get rid of it, I can always just resell it, probably for the same price I paid!
A funny thing: this mirror is the only piece of furniture in my bedroom that I actually bought…the bed frame, dresser, nightstand, and Philco table were all given to me.
2. I saved the last bit of honey
When I moved out of my house, I took some food odds and ends that I thought would not be used in my absence, and this honey container was one of those items.
It had some seriously crystallized honey in the bottom, so I put the container into a big measuring cup full of hot water, weighted it with a dish, and waited for the honey to liquefy.
After a few minutes, it was soft, so I turned the container upside down in a glass custard cup and let the honey drain out.
I put a silicone lid over the bowl to keep the honey safe from bugs, and I’ll use it up in my morning oatmeal.
This is not at all an enormous savings, but I am happy that I didn’t have to throw away the usable honey.
I might have mentioned this before, but some years ago, I saw someone throw away a half-full container of warehouse-club honey because it was crystallized and I was like, “OH NO.”
Luckily, I minded my own business and said nothing, but there was a big part of me that wanted to rescue that honey!
3. I bought a kettle on eBay
I did not take the electric kettle from my house (Sonia uses that on the regular), but I knew I was going to want one of my own. I initially thought about buying a brand new one and then it occurred to me to look on eBay.
Sure enough, I found the exact model I used to own, but it was $32 instead of $60. Sweet!
4. I got Cerave lotion at CVS for $7
I was there to pick up a prescription and I noticed I had some Extra Bucks to use up. So, I got a bottle of Cerave lotion for myself for $7 after my discounts, and that’s cheaper even than I can get it from Amazon.
I’m not a very dry-skinned person, but my face does need lotion in a few spots. Happily, since I’m mostly self-moisturizing*, this bottle should last me a nice long time.
*Yes, this is a euphemism for “super greasy.”
5. I bought marked-down chicken at Target
I needed chicken anyway, and the organic chicken had $5 off stickers because the sell-by date was so near. So I bought two packages and put them into my freezer as soon as I got home.
I used one pack to make burrito bowls, and the other one will turn into chicken katsu later this week.