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

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 4 March 2018

I’m so excited! Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker has a post up this week, thanks to a work-around on her computer issue. So for anyone who missed her posts, head on over – there’s tons of inspiration and encouragement, as usual, from Brandy and her readers.

We had some pretty groovy things happen this past week and weekend and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you today. As always, please feel free to share your frugal accomplishments in the comments here or a link to them if you blog. I’d sure love to hear from you!

Here’s how things went for us the first week of March: Continue reading

Personal Challenges for March 2018

I’ve decided I’ll be doing three personal challenges this month: another No Spend Month; another Pantry Challenge; and the 31 Bags in 31 Days challenge. All three of these will be adapted a bit for my needs and my family situation, but I’m sure they’ll still help bunches.

My friend E. and I made the decision back in January to make March a No Spend Month, during a discussion about the government shutdown and how it affects both of our families. I was super excited to get a message from her recently that her “other half” is on board and excited to do the NSM challenge as well. I speak from experience when I say that it’s HUGE when everyone in the household (or at least all those with access to the money) is a willing participant. So here’s to saving some serious cash in March! My rules are as follows: Continue reading