Living Frugally—Week Six

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments!

Learned how to two-step. I count new things as frugal wins, because if it’s new, it’s usually thrilling (insert cheap thrills joke here). We were out listening to live music (free) and a friend was willing to show me how to two-step.

Cooked a batch of lentil soup that lasted both of us four days this week. 

Made the choice to decline some offered weekend and evening work. I sometimes take this type of work because of the pay differential, and sometimes I don’t. When I don’t, I am equally proud of myself for honoring my personal time over my money. (If you’ve never read Your Money Or Your Life, go read this now!)

Listened to two audiobooks on my commute this week and also read one e-book, all courtesy of my local library.

Grocery shopped prudently. Only spent about $26 for the week (mostly on produce). Next week will be our larger grocery trip, so I anticipate a much higher bill. 

Considered picking up food on the way home one night this week. We have a delicious Mexican restaurant nearby, and while I was hungry, and it was tempting, I went home and made breakfast for dinner instead. By doing this, I was also able to use up some eggs before they went bad, and I didn’t spend any additional money!

Made a frozen pizza one night, when we didn’t feel like cooking, and ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. 

My husband enjoys cigar smoking and a dear friend gifted us a hand-crafted ashtray. It easily could sell for $50, it was beautiful, and most of all, the gift was very thoughtful.

A wooden, hand made ashtray resting on a table.
Wood-working + Skill = This Lovely Creation

Unrelated to the above gift, it was also my husband’s birthday this week. While we do not exchange gifts for birthdays, we were able to go to the local cigar shop hang-out and my husband was showered with cigar gifts from all his friends. 

Celebrated the Super Bowl with friends. We brought several bags of chips to the party, and we also ate a lot of delicious BBQ. We went home full and happy! At the end of the event, most of the food was gone. There were a ton of artisan bread rolls left, and when the host offered some to take home, we happily did. We paired this with our lentil soup. (I’m also realizing a lot of my frugal successes involve food!)

I took 2 hot baths this week and drank numerous cups of my new favorite tea. I love frugal ways to nurture myself. 

Hung out with friends several times this week, all without spending any money. The real treat is the quality time and conversation. 

Began a new 80-day work-out program this week via Beachbody. I am not affiliated with BB in any way, but I love that it is only $99/year, it streams to my living room, and there are hundreds of workouts to choose from. I am always challenged. 

We are planning on purchasing a piece of furniture for our bedroom in the near future. My mom owed me a small amount of money, and she happened to also have store credit to the same store we plan to buy the furniture. She previously returned an item and didn’t know what to do with her store credit. I accepted re-payment in the form of store credit, and in this way, we both were helped. 

Pruned my plants. They are surviving so far, as long as I remember to bring them in when it freezes. This winter has been pretty mild (so far!) and I am looking forward to planting new plants in my raised garden bed in the spring. I am glad to have some surviving ones from previous seasons, to reduce the cost I will spend at the Garden Center in a few months. 

Received refund checks from our previous home/auto insurance policy. We cancelled our policies recently, and switched carriers for a cheaper rate. Receiving the prorated checks from the cancelled policy was a nice reward.

What are some of your frugal accomplishments for this past week?

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