Living Frugally—Week 14

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 colleague of my husband’s was leaving the company, and we all went out to enjoy free live music. Afterward, everyone came to our house and we ordered pizza. It was a blast!

Attended a Professional Development opportunity in my area that was helpful and free. Since CEUs are on average $10/.1 CEU, and I earned .3 for free, this was a $30 saving. Though I can write off my Professional Development, it was nice to not have to pay anything!

Visited with several friends this week where we just sat around and talked. No money spent just to maintain friendships! One of our meet-ups was at the cigar shop my husband works at on Friday nights (as his side-gig) and they had free food. Yum!

This week we ate veggie casserole, rice and beans, leftover pizza (from my husband’s work gathering), BBQ, and a frozen pizza. 

Received a free signed copy of Playing With Fire in the mail. I won this through an online giveaway by the author. I am psyched to read it!

Living Frugally—Week 14

This Fascinating Adventure 

Image of book and sticker resting on kitchen counter. Book cover is white with alternating wide diagonal orange and yellow stripes. Book reads: Playing With Fire, Financial Independence Retire Early. How far would you go for financial freedom? By Scott Rickens, Foreword by Mr. Money Mustache. Sticker pictured is yellow with black border. Sticker reads: My other vehicle is a 401K, Playing With Fire.
Eeek! Plus, look at this nifty and hilarious sticker!

We both slept in on Sunday morning. To an embarrassingly late time! But I have no regrets!

My husband and I also had a quarterly household finance meeting where we discussed our upcoming plans for the year. We agreed on one more house project (either gutters, or blinds for our outdoor enclosure). We also played with numbers to see what it will look like when I reduce my workload in the next year. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been feeling burned out, so we did a few projections for the future that factored in the reduced income. 

I’ve been using this foam roller to roll out my back. This week I’ve been feeling sore, and using it several times throughout the week has made a huge difference. 

Took a hot bath with Epsom salts. Ahhhh! One of my favorite things in the world.

I bought a hat to wear on my upcoming vacation! Though I haven’t bought any new clothes (by choice) for the last 9 months or so, I decided to buy a wide brim SPF hat. Since I’ll be taking another trip in the Summer, I will get a lot of benefit from this. Not to mention tons of use while gardening!

Worked three evenings this week. The pay differential is usually the deciding factor for me to take this type of work, but one assignment particularly was interesting and high-profile. My team and I knocked it out of the park and laid groundwork for future assignments from this client. 

Went to the dermatologist. Recommendations were all over-the-counter, and generally tweaked my already existing skin-care routine. This means I already had the products on hand so no need to purchase anything new.  The co-pay will be reimbursed through my husband’s HRA at work. 

Went grocery shopping to supplement our produce/other needs for the week. Spent $15.16 on salad, granola bars, apples, and freezer bags. 

I finished one audiobook this week, and began another one. I also began reading a new e-book. All of these were borrowed from my local library’s database using the Libby app

Downloaded a new meditation app. It’s called Waking Up and so far I am enjoying it. If you want to try guided meditation, but don’t prefer any religious undertones, this is a great app!

Attended a networking happy hour. It was hosted by a well-respected client and only a select few within my field were invited. Though I really wanted to head home after work, I swung by and had a great time. If I missed it, it wouldn’t have been a negative outcome. However, attending the happy hour definitely allowed me to make a great impression and build working relationships. I don’t drink, so I didn’t spend any money there, and just enjoyed myself instead.

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

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