Living Frugally—Week 17

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!

Since we went on a cruise a few weeks ago, we budgeted a significant amount for spending on the cruise. It was our honeymoon, and we wanted to be sure we had plenty of money for any shopping, gambling, or foodie purchases. We came in dramatically under budget. After waiting for all the credit card purchases to clear, we made sure to pay that off in full (of course) and sent the rest of our unused spending money toward our outstanding student loan balance. 

This week I journaled. It is a free way to practice self-care, and gave me the ability to reset in the middle of my week. I’d like to make this a more recurring practice. 

Gave myself an at-home pedicure.

I had several jobs in close proximity to one another. Rather than drive home, just to drive back, I sat in my car and caught up on emails, readings, and a wee bit o’Twitter. Even though it was sometimes 2 hours to kill, I was glad to take the built-in break, and not waste gas driving back and forth. 

One of my assignments was relatively slow, so I was able to simultaneously complete some online trainings for one of my W-2 jobs. Nothing like being able to double-bill (both for the assignment I was at, and for the trainings). 

My husband got a gift card for $150 in-home massage service from American Express for his birthday. We re-gifted it to my mom, as she was complaining of neck pain. It was nice to pamper her, at no cost to us!

Began building out my summer schedule. Summer is notoriously slow in my profession, so I try to overlap my vacations and time off during this slow period. However, I was able to put a few things on my calendar, guaranteeing some reliable income. 

Speaking of work, I front-loaded my May schedule. These next 10-ish days will be jam-packed with work, but I will enjoy some respite later in the month. Wish me luck in powering through these next couple of weeks!

I napped a few times this week. Gotta take care of the mind and body!

I’ve been listening to a new audiobook this week, as well as finishing up another paperback. Since the beginning of this year, I have read 28 books, all through my library (courtesy of the Libby app)!

I picked up some free tomato plants from my local Buy Nothing group. Normally, our garden is filled with flowers, but I am excited to try my hand at some vegetables. 

Over the weekend, my husband and I attended a fundraiser. For the price of the ticket, we ate all-you-can-eat crawfish. We also were able to donate one of the silent auction gift baskets. The fundraiser was for a college scholarship fund for the local Deaf school. 

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This Fascinating Adventure 

Image of newspaper on a table, covered with cooked crawfish, shrimp, corn on the cob, and orange halves.
Image of Said Crawfish

For the same fundraiser, we returned a tent that was loaned to us for our Celebration of Marriage party last August. The friend that loaned it to us, is the same friend who hosted and coordinated the fundraiser. When we borrowed it to use in our backyard, it saved us $300-400 on a tent rental. I was grateful to my friend for loaning it to us, and was grateful to finally return it and have the freed up space in our garage. (I’ve been hinting at returning it since August, but we weren’t able to coordinate that, and I think my friend didn’t mind having us store it for her, ha!)

There was a free workshop over the weekend where I could’ve attended and earned CEU’s required to maintain my professional certification. Because CEU’s usually are coupled with paid workshops, I enjoy taking advantage of these free opportunities. However, I decided to skip this one, as I realized I needed some personal downtime

This week we ate spaghetti and lentils, veggie casserole, and nachos. Nothing fancy, but delicious!

I worked out twice this week using my streaming Beachbody app. (I am not an affiliate of Beachbody, but enjoy the $99/year membership which allows streaming workouts in my home.)

There were a few flights I was planning on taking, but cancelled due to a change in plans. Some money was credited back on my credit card which we are using to plan ahead for Mother’s Day meals with our moms. 

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

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