I’d started these posts as a kind of internal accountability thing, but lost the thread somewhere along the line. I’m going to try to be more consistent in the weeks to come.
Since my last post, I did a variety of things to save money:
- A bunch of things I never bother to put on the list, but always do: hung at least part of every load of laundry (even without a clothesline, on racks in the house), kept the A/C up high during the day time (or the heat low), drank mostly water or tea at home.
- Had a free chai using a Star Reward on my Starbucks card.
- We got a Visa gift card when we upgraded our Uverse service, so we used it to have several dinners out. Can’t beat free meals, right?
- Took advantage of a 40% off sale to stock up on my fancy pants foundation make up and my favorite facial moisturizer.
- Got a sample of Emergen-C in the mail.
- Got a free bottle of BBQ sauce, a 2 liter Diet Cherry 7 Up, and a free cake mix at Kroger.
- Used wrapping paper and gift tags bought on clearance last year. Also snapped up some holiday print Hello Kitty wrapping paper for $1 at the Dollar Tree.
- Used credit card points to pay for more than half of our holiday gift shopping. (And we never, ever charge gifts. We pay all cards in full every month.)
- Used $6 from survey payments to pay for my Seamwork subscription (twice).
- Read eleventy billion eBooks from the library! Almost. OK, 33 eBooks and one physical book. Still a lot!
I was obviously still keeping some notes (there’s no way I would remember this level of detail over two months, obviously), but just never got around to posting here. Here’s to a frugal 2017!