Living Frugally—Week 13

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!

This week I listened to two new audio books (from my library!) and began a third. One of the books, “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling was so stinking hilarious and I recommend it to anyone who likes women and/or humor. 

I took a power nap once this week, and was able to sleep in twice. Being sleep deprived is a thing many Americans struggle with. While I do not have my sleep hygiene perfected, I recognize the value of resting and napping when I can. 

My neighbor is working on getting her Master’s in Counseling. She needed someone to practice on for a school assignment, so I’ve been going over there weekly to work with her. It’s not real counseling, so we are only addressing superficial things, but it’s been a pleasurable way to help someone out. It’s also been beneficial to me and entertaining (for us both)!

Hung out with a dear friend chatting. We chose a public place and didn’t spend any money to visit with each other. 

Went to brunch with another friend, where I did spend $20 on my meal. It was delicious though, came out of my allowance, and we had a great time! I brought leftovers home for my husband. 

Took a hot bath. Taking time to do something for myself, like a bath, is part of my Self-Care routine, and is quite precious to me. 

My husband had food catered in at work one time this week, and he brought home some leftovers for me. I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.

I cleaned my car!!!! This is something I’ve been meaning to do for months. It was refreshing to get into a spotless car the following day. I am in my car so much for work, and having a clean car makes all the difference. As much as I procrastinated, getting it detailed runs $80-100 so I was happy to do it myself.

My husband and I spent a few hours over the weekend tidying up our yard and garage. Of course, we did our standard light cleaning of the house and laundry this week as well. Loving on our new(ish) home is a delight. Ok, I won’t lie, sometimes chores are a drag, but we managed to enjoy ourselves and the end product!

This week we ate Tofu Stir-Fry, various leftovers, and Beans and Rice. We packed our lunches all week as well. (Links to our favorite Meatless meals here.)

Living Frugally Week 13

This Fascinating Adventure

A kitchen counter with a candle warmer in the background. In the foreground are two lunch bags. Both bags hold plastic containers filled with salad, a green apple, oranges, and a cheese stick.
Two packed lunches—coming right up!

I did yoga twice this week using the Beachbody app. I am not an affiliate for Beachbody, I just really like paying $99/year and getting access to streaming workouts (and yoga!) in my own home.

Won an online contest for a free book. I can’t wait to get it in the mail!

My nephew’s birthday is in a couple of months. I ordered him a book from Amazon to read on a trip we will be taking this summer. Using points from my Amazon credit card, I only ended up paying $1.05 for the gift. 

My husband and I are heading on a cruise in a few weeks as a belated honeymoon. We were married last August by the Justice of the Peace, but hosted a “Celebration of Marriage” party with all of our friends. Our wedding registry was through the cruise line, and we were gifted contributions to the honeymoon fund. Thanks to our loved ones’ generosity, our honeymoon was fully-funded. We are super psyched and this week did some of the prep work for the cruise including online check-in, etc.

My mom came over and we enjoyed a nice walk around the neighborhood. It was good exercise and great company. She also brought over a few items including leftover spray paint (for a future craft project) and baby clothes she picked up from her Buy Nothing group.

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

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