Five Frugal Things 9/1/2017

  1. We received a “windfall” of $336 last week from Social Security – Brett received 16 months of income he should have been paid when he turned 66 (he’s now 67). We put the extra income into the travel account. Starting next month he will receive $21 more per month in his SS deposit – not a lot, but we’ll take it.
  2. After spending $4 for bottled water on the first day of jury duty 😠, I brought my own water, coffee, healthy lunch and snacks from home every day so I didn’t have to buy anything more from the vending machines or the food truck next door.
  3. Although I will receive reimbursement for mileage to and from the courthouse for my jury duty, Brett always tried to make sure there were other errands in the area he could take care of at the same time he was dropping me off or picking me up.
  4. WenYu was given a big container of Verde’s delicious fresh salsa this past week – the same amount would cost a little over $5 at the grocery store.
  5. We put $19.25 into the change/$1 bill jar during the past two weeks: $10.25 left from two farmers’ market trips, $2.89 change from Safeway, $6.00 left from my $10 “jury duty emergency fund,” and 11¢ Brett found on his walks.

What frugal wins have you had?

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6 thoughts on “Five Frugal Things 9/1/2017

  1. Jan says:

    Apple seconds are arriving at my farmer market. Applesauce is starting to be canned. It isn’t cheaper then the store, but I know exactly what is in it and how it melts in my wintertime mouth!
    BTW- $4 for water? WOWOWOW!

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    • Laura says:

      Yum – homemade applesauce. I so wish apples were available at the farmers’ markets here. I love all the tropical fruits and citrus we can get, but still love apples and hate having to pay a fortune for them at Costco.

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  2. Hawaii Planner says:

    That salsa looks fabulous! We stuck to our hurried menu plan, and spent no money during the week. (Until last night. We went out for ice cream – it was 95 in our house. :-(() Sitting down & discussing our house project list & budget is on the to do list for today, because we cannot live here without a/c any longer. It’s crazy, because we lived a few blocks away & had a/c & rarely used it. This house just heats up SO MUCH MORE. It’s frustrating.

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    • Laura says:

      The restaurant where WenYu worked makes the best salsa in town (IMO). I was so glad she was able to bring some home.

      Oh, I so get you about the A/C. Our house has never heated up to 95, but it’s been close. We’ve thought about getting a portable A/C but can never seem to bring ourselves to pull the trigger. There’s always something we want more. After this year though I don’t know – we’re going to have to seriously consider it. The landlord told us we could install central air if we wanted – sure, we’ll cover that expense for you! NO WAY.

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  3. Libby says:

    Traveled for business but made sure to take homemade soup out of the freezer Thursday night to bring for lunch on Friday.

    I’m strategically planning business travel to earn as many freebies as possible for my 2018 trip to Arizona! I have “earned” 3 rental car days, 2 free airport parking days, and 3 nights hotel.

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    • Laura says:

      Impressive earnings! All that little stuff adds up in a big way when you’re planning travel. What are you planning to see in Arizona?

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