Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 15 April 2018

It’s that time of the week again – frugal accomplishments time. YAY! Be sure to check out the amazing find Brandy posted on this week’s post at The Prudent Homemaker. So neat!

I’m excited to say I got some decent cashback on Ibotta this week, both for myself and for my daughter to add to her account. (I shopped at two stores today and each of us used one receipt.) We also found some snackie things on clearance at the base store that made everyone happy. Of course we also did a lot of our usual things to keep costs down, which always helps. So here goes my list: Continue reading

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 8 Apr 2018 (and More!)

Hello out there! Things got a bit busy for me and it completely slipped my mind to come do my Frugal Accomplishments post for April 1st. Nope, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke either – just me wandering off to do other things and realizing I missed posting! So you’ll get a double tap today; I have a bit of a list for each Sunday that I’ll share with you in one fell swoop today. If you’d like to see what Brandy and the other frugalistas are up to, do go visit The Prudent Homemaker and read everyone’s comments.

Now for me and my house – Continue reading

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 24 Mar 2018

It’s time for the weekly Frugal Accomplishments post! Woohoo! Mine is pretty short this week, but there are lots of neat doings over at Brandy’s post for the week. As always, she’s got lovely photos posted as well. Ready? Alrighty, here we go:

  • Borrowed ebooks on Kindle Unlimited and OverDrive
  • Used cloth handkerchiefs and personal wipes
  • Used wool dryer balls in loads run through electric dryer
  • Received statement of utility rebate – we were under the average and earned $24.51, but the trigger for a deposit is $25. AAAAAHHHHH! 😉 We’ll definitely get it next cycle, at least!
  • Used library internet for the kids’ schoolwork while I worked on a proofreading project for a new client
  • Borrowed – and returned by due dates – library books and DVDs
  • Attended a free HAM radio class; one of the instructors had multiple copies of a book we need for a different class, and she very kindly gifted it to us rather than me ordering it when we left
  • Received the reimbursement check for my daughter’s orthodontia treatment; put half in savings to help her pay for CNA schooling next year and set half aside to pay for some things our family put off while paying for the treatments originally
  • Received a free Advance Review Copy of a friend’s new book (more on that after I write up the review!)
  • Daughter babysat one night and interviewed with another family for babysitting jobs
  • Edit to add: Daughter had two weeks of spring break (one regular week and one week of GED orientation for the new students, which she attended last quarter as a newbie and didn’t need to go to this time) – saved gas by not providing transportation for her for eight days of classes

    How did your week go? Any exciting frugal finds?

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 18 Mar 2018

Our week was a bit all over the place – my daughter was on spring break, so the routine we got into during the first quarter of her schooling became a bit mish-moshed. We were able to do some fun things, though, and also do a shopping trip that helped restock some things while saving some decent amounts of cash. My list feels a bit short, but I guess that makes it short and sweet? 😀

After you’re done with my post, pop on over and read all about the savings Brandy and the other folks in The Prudent Homemaker community have found. No matter where you are on your frugal living journey, I’m sure you’ll find ideas there! Now here’s my little list for the past week:

  • Used blinds & curtains for passive solar to heat and cool the house.
  • Opened doors to get cross-breeze throughout the day.
  • Learned about free SkyWarn storm spotter training coming up in our area and was able to pass it on to help some friends; one was able to find training near her as well. (If you’d like to see about SkyWarn training, you can click here to learn more on their website.)
  • Bought an advance copy of a book on PDF for $5 (vs the price it will be in print later this month)
  • Took the kids to the library so we could all use the Wi-Fi there instead of eating up GB on our data plan at home. Daughter was able to get several hours of school work done on the site her GED classes require; son was able to view Great Courses Plus, YouTube videos, and work on his programming courses.
  • Used OverDrive to check out multiple library books.
  • Used our Kindle Unlimited membership to borrow others.
  • Downloaded a free Kindle book about fermentation.
  • Reread a print book I already own (the second in a series I am rereading this year).
  • Picked up a scarf that has been in progress for a while, but have neglected for a while – free (prepaid? LOL) entertainment.
  • Received free child admission for son at a local event.
  • Used drying racks for some loads of clothes; used wool dryer balls in the loads that were run in the electric dryer.
  • Entered as many Swagbucks and InboxDollars codes as I could find each day and answered the daily Swagbucks survey questions.
  • Registered for a free emergency preparedness webinar about power outages.
  • Daughter rode with her boyfriend’s family to a dance.
  • Daughter worked a couple of hours babysitting and earned money toward upcoming school expenses
  • Did a Target shopping trip: saved $37 with Target sales, Cartwheel offers, and manufacturer coupons; earned a $5 gift card; used two $5 gift cards earned with our last shopping trip toward payment as well as the rest of the gift card I bought at the beginning of the month (for Kroger fuel points); received $10 back in Ibotta rebates.
  • Walked the dog three nights (free exercise).
  • Adapted a slow cooker roast recipe to use what I had on hand instead of purchasing ingredients. (It called for grape jelly and onion soup mix; I used elderberry jelly and Thrive Life diced onions along with spices I had that seemed likely to be in the soup mix.)
  • Husband borrowed DVDs from the library for “edutainment” with son.

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 11 Mar 2018

Happy Monday, everyone! Time for another Frugal Accomplishments update. I have a fairly short list this week, but some of the things brought us a lot of happiness, so I’ll take ’em. 😉 If you’d like to pop by and see Brandy and her other readers for some more encouragement, you can find her post for the week here.

As for me and my house – last week we saved with the following: Continue reading