Living Frugally—Week Eight

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!

Last weekend, my mom and I drove down to visit my nephew in a nearby coastal town about 3 hours away. We packed pretzels, ginger ale (both leftover from my husband’s poker party), and popcorn to snack on in the hotel (which I paid for in full with credit card rewards points)!

One evening while we were in the hotel, I ordered a pizza for the three of us. With pick-up, it was $9 and we also got free breadsticks! We were all stuffed, and I even had leftover breadsticks to snack on the drive home the next day.

We also got up early one morning and went to the beach to watch the sunrise. It was cloudy and foggy, so not as breathtaking, but it was a lovely way to start the day and didn’t cost us a thing. 

Image of a perspective view under the pier, staring out to sea. The posts of the pier look smaller and smaller the further out to sea.
A view under the pier, staring out to sea

Took my nephew to a free Teen/Young Adult book fair. There were about 30 authors there promoting and signing books. We didn’t buy anything, but we enjoyed perusing the books and I put a few on my list to get at the library. 

We stayed 2 nights and swam in the hotel pool both nights. 

My mom and I split the cost of buying my nephew new gear for the swim team and the track team he’s joining this year. We were happy to help offset some of the costs for his parents, and also to spoil him with practical gifts that he will use and enjoy for a while.

I dyed my hair using a box of dye I bought from the grocery store for less than $3. I stopped going to the salon about a year ago, and have been using a box dye to cover some sneaky grays. I have been growing my hair out, but when I am ready for a haircut, I am going to ask my mom or my husband (if he’s brave enough) to give it a try. My mom is pretty good at trimming hair, so I’m not scared!

Took a couple of hot baths with Epsom salts this week to relax and nurture myself. 

Practiced several guided meditations this week from YouTube and from the Plum Village app, and also practiced walking meditations. 

I’ve made the drive to see my nephew at least 50 times in the last 5 years (probably more) but this time, on the way home, I mapped it through Waze (a mapping app). I managed to take a different route that got us home an hour earlier than planned. Definitely going to do that more often, even for routes I’m familiar with. Saved an hour of our time, and also whatever gas we would’ve used driving for that additional hour. 

Picked up a few things from my Buy Nothing group on Facebook. Our pizza cutter was rickety and would only work if you held it a certain way, and my husband has been wanting a salad spinner for when we make zucchini noodles. We got both, for free! I also was able to re-gift a nice mug that I never used. 

Went to the dentist! Hey, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care!

Made plans with a friend to lend her our Air Fryer. She has been debating getting one and we happily will loan her ours so she can decide if it’s a worthwhile purchase before spending any money. 

Received a quarterly check from Ebates. It’s an app/website you can use to make purchases you would’ve made anyway from your favorite stores and earn cash back. Since I purchased all of the Christmas gifts I bought this year, and a few other things, through the app, my cash back check was $107! Ain’t bad!

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

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4 Comments on “Living Frugally—Week Eight

  1. I have had my husband cut my hair for me since we first started dating. He did a great job the first time he cut it for me and he has been my stylist since. Saves me hundreds a year and never a bad haircut. I get compliments on my hair and two of my friends and even my mom have asked him to cut their hair, so I know he does nice work. I think every woman should have her guy be her stylist.

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