Five Frugal Things 10/13/2017

The blue pair is cute but very uncomfortable, but the gray pair are OK for our daily three-mile walk.

  1. Although we budget $10/month for rental movies, we realized this week we haven’t spent any of that for a few months now. It’s been very easy to find free offerings on either Netflix, Amazon or Hulu instead.
  2. I got an email from L.L. Bean on Monday that they were having a 20% off fall sale on Tuesday. I had a $10 gift card from them that was expiring soon, so decided to do some Christmas shopping. My spending limit was $85. The items I ordered came to $109.85, but with the 20% discount of $21.97 and the $10 gift card, the total came to just $77.88. And, I earned another $10 gift card!
  3. Early in the week I was feeling like we had run out of things for fixing meals and that Brett and I would have to do our monthly shopping earlier than usual. But, I went through the pantry, fridge and freezer and came up with a pretty nice menu for the week using what we had on hand. Other than our weekly visit to the farmers’ market, and stopping at Big Save for some bean sprouts, we had another no-spend week.
  4. Brett and I started taking a daily walk this week, and rather than buy something new as I had intended, I decided instead to save and use a pair of shoes I already have. They aren’t great for extended walking (as I learned in Japan), but for the three-mile walks we’re doing now they’ve been just fine.
  5. We put $16.28 into our change/$1 bill jar: $2.86 left after our Big Save shop, $4.25 from the farmers’ market, and $9.76 left from our cable bill.

What frugal wins did you have this week?

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6 thoughts on “Five Frugal Things 10/13/2017

  1. M'Shell says:

    I love that you went ‘pantry shopping’ and were able to find things to make meals! Good job! We are going to have to get creative for the second half of the month if we want to stay in budget. I’m hoping to use this weekend to make up a few big pots of soup and some casseroles that will last for a few meals.

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    • Laura says:

      We really are out of a LOT of things. I assumed we had pork for Chili-Pork sauce tonight, but when I went to get it out of the freezer, there wasn’t any – oops. It was sort of a challenge to make this week’s menu, but a fun challenge thinking of what we had and how to put things together.

      I miss soup. I still make it here now and again, but it’s really never ‘soup weather’ here. Same for casseroles.

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    • Laura says:

      Yes, that turned out rather nicely! I was happy to get the additional $10 gift card because next month I’m planning on buying another pair of their Perfect Fit Pants (my favorite for traveling) and now I can get them for less!

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  2. Natalie says:

    I just returned from Ireland. Accommodation and eating out are expensive there, at least twice more expensive than what I’d normally pay in Toronto. However, I managed to stay under budget, by staying at budget places and eating in. I also saved about 60% on rail tickets by booking online, and got 20% discount for a day tour. All in all a very enjoyable trip, with money saved for my next adventure 🙂 I’ll post about my trip with some pictures hopefully by Wednesday.

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    • Laura says:

      I’m looking forward to your post and pictures – Ireland is on our bucket list! You always do well with staying within your budget when you travel, giving proof that you don’t have to pay top price to have a great time.

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