- We mailed a small package to Japan this past week – Amazon would not ship a teething ring that our D-I-L wanted to Japan, so we agreed to buy it and ship as part of our granddaughter’s first birthday present. The teething ring was $15.95, and we were going to use a Priority flat rate mailer, figuring that would cost the least. However, when we checked the cost was $23.95! So, Brett bought a small padded envelope for $1.98, we crossed our fingers, and the postage was only $13.75! It was still expensive, but $15.73 to Japan was a whole lot better than $23.95! Our son offered to reimburse us, but we turned him down because we know he’ll do something to spoil us next time we’re in Japan. BTW, we took most of our granddaughter’s birthday present with us to Japan last March because we knew the postage would be outrageous (and unaffordable) from here.
- We usually buy fresh ginger at the farmers’ market – a small piece runs around $1. We forgot to get it last week, and I needed some to fix dinner on Monday so Brett stopped by the local Foodland store and got twice the amount we typically get at the market for just 71¢! Guess where we will be buying our ginger from now on!
- It was quite a challenge but we managed to stay within budget on our monthly Big Shop this past week. Prices have gone up at all stores, so getting what we need for the month and not overspending meant not buying some things on our list, and finding less expensive substitutes for others.
- Brett and I made and froze a dozen breakfast burritos for YaYu, filled with scrambled eggs, homemade breakfast sausage, hash browns and a little pepper jack cheese. Each burrito cost 81c, which is pretty good for Hawai’i.
- We put $11.05 into the change/$1 bill jar this week, left over from the Big Shop. We didn’t go to the farmers’ market – we decided we actually didn’t need anything this week, so will roll those $$ over for future trips.
What frugal wins did you have this week?