Living Frugally—Week Seven

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!

A friend of mine invited me to an arcade with her kids. While I love her, and enjoy spending time with her and her kids, I declined because an arcade isn’t my thing. I am trying to not spend time or money doing things that “aren’t my thing” and I was proud of myself for honoring my values. We made plans to spend time together in another setting.

I accepted a gift from my mother-in-law for an item she was planning on donating anyway (see image below). It is a bowl meant to hold dip, and there is a space underneath to keep ice, thereby keeping the dip chilled. Instead, I am using it as a nice, new-to-me decoration in my living room.

Brown shelf with a red statue shaped like a heart, a blue bowl with clear marbles inside, and a floral printed vase.
Re-Purposed Dip Chiller is now a Decorative Bowl!

I gifted 3 items in my local Buy Nothing group. Two of the items were brand new gifts I received and never used, and the other gift was my wedding dress. The woman who received my wedding dress was so gracious and thrilled. It made me happy.

I also received a decorative platter and a bag of Epsom salts (y’all know I like my self-care) in the Buy Nothing group this week.

Went out to eat with my in-laws for a belated Birthday Dinner for my husband. It was a nice treat and I had leftovers enough for 2 meals!

My husband cooked a new veggie casserole that included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cream of mushroom soup, and Swiss cheese. It fed 2 people for 2 days and it was soooo good. 

My husband hosted a poker night at our house, while I was out visiting with friends. I came home to a ton of leftover snacks which we have been enjoying all week. Most of the snacks we provided, but people did bring goodies like pie and pretzels that we were left with. We also brought some of the leftover cookies and an unopened cheeseball to an event we attended the following day. 

Loaded up on groceries this week, which included all of the poker night snacks. Our total for 2 people for 3 weeks (minus produce replenishments in the next few weeks) was $240.29. Not bad for mostly organic, healthy foods for 2 people.

I am in the process of signing up for life insurance, and I had my physical examination this week by the life insurance contracted nurse. It was painless (other than the drawing of blood—ha!). I will be comforted when the process is over, and my family will have some financial relief in the event of a catastrophe. 

Cleaned the garbage disposal with ice, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of vinegar (all items I had on hand). Insert items in garbage disposal while it’s running. Viola! Good-bye odors!

Worked on an ongoing craft project. My mom and I are making The Book from Hocus Pocus using craft materials and old books we have on hand. I plan to add this to my Halloween decorations to be used later this year. That movie is a blast, and the project is a lot of fun to do together. 

Used points I’ve earned from a credit card to book a hotel for this weekend. My mom and I are heading out of town (only 3 hours away) to spend the weekend with my nephew. All we plan to spend out of pocket will be for gas and food (and maybe some entertainment). Of course any additional spending over the weekend will be on a credit card with rewards so I can keep rolling in the points for any future trips. However, I will definitely pay my bill in full to avoid any interest!

Submitted my LLC tax info to my CPA so that I can maximize my business deductions. Thankfully, I keep meticulous records so it wasn’t too overwhelming to submit all the requested documentation. 

Napped a few times this week! I also did guided meditations through the Plum Village app (though there are several meditation apps out there), enjoyed several cups of tea, and generally tried to slow down during a busy week. 

My husband and I attended a social event on Valentine’s Day. We didn’t do gifts (nor do we do gifts for Christmas or Birthdays), but we enjoyed each other’s company, and enjoyed the company of our friends. It’s corny, but we make a point to express our love and appreciation for each other year-round. We don’t feel additional pressure on this day over other days, which is nice.

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

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