Living Frugally—Week 22

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!

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This week we made smoothies several times when we wanted a sweet snack. We were able to throw in some fruits and veggies that needed to be used up! No food waste!

My mom saw an ad for a crib on Craig’s List for $30. It is in great condition, and I happily snatched up that good deal! I am not pregnant, but I am already collecting inexpensive (or free) things now. What?…I’m a planner. 

This week I took a bath twice. Throw in some Epsom salts and a guided meditation and I’ve got a relaxing, frugal way to recharge

One afternoon I was able to hang out on the couch and rested. No TV, no phone, no distractions, just rested. It was peaceful. (I was inspired to rest more often, through How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson.)

Mr. TFA and I rented a movie on Amazon for 99¢. While we have access to a litany of movies via our streaming services, we wanted to see a particular movie and couldn’t beat that price!

We picked up take-out one night, and swung by a local Soda Fountain shop for ice cream. We spent around $35 on these luxuries, but it was a nice treat.

The local cigar shop Mr. TFA and I occasionally work at graciously hosted an ongoing fundraiser for the last two months. All money raised went toward a charity that is close to my heart (DeafBlind Camp of Texas). The shop held a raffle to wrap up the fundraiser over the weekend, which we attended. The donated amount was hefty, and the generosity was heartwarming. 

As a thank you to the cigar shop for their willingness to take on a charity I love, I came by on my day off (now that I’m not working Mondays) and offered up some deep cleaning. The shop looks spiffy, and I was happy to spend my day off on that type of labor. 

To celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday, we held a dinner at our house. Mr. TFA made a delicious veggie casserole (which was a hit) and we had fruit for dessert. There was a ton of leftover fruit which we snacked on all week. 

I worked out 4x this week using the Beachbody app (I am not an affiliate, but I do enjoy their streaming service for $99/year). 

This week was a Large Grocery Trip week. Again, because I am no longer working Mondays I was able to complete this chore on my day off. Not only was the grocery store less crowded (I was in and out in an hour!), we only spent $205 on groceries for the next 3 weeks. I plan to pick up fresh produce throughout the next couple of weeks, but for the most part, our kitchen is stocked. 

Because of my reduced work load, I baked cookies from scratch this week (they were surprisingly edible), and I also started a few house projects. One project includes sanding down a small table (that was free) to later paint and put in our guest bathroom.

I plan to travel with family this summer, and booked my hotel for a trip using credit card reward points. Of course, we are always sure to pay off our credit cards every month to avoid interest! While I couldn’t cover the whole trip with points, it covered 3 nights! I paid for the difference using earmarked funds I’ve saved for this purpose. 

Finally, I didn’t fill up on gas all week! I don’t remember the last time this happened! Working less has its advantages!

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

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4 Comments on “Living Frugally—Week 22

  1. We’re also spending a lot less on gas these days! I have to remember to stay home as much as possible.

  2. Between you and Purple, I’m really thinking I need to check out this How to Be Idle book! Sitting and reading with nothing else in mind is certainly high on the priority list for me this summer too!

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