Thursday, July 26, 2018

thrifty thursday #3


  • I earned more cash back via the Dosh app. Still small amounts, 35¢, 27¢, 10¢, 21¢. and 9¢, etc but it requires nothing but a linked card and a visit to eligible stores.
  • One super small grocery shop later, I was granted $3.45 via ibotta and then 20¢ off a box of pasta with a mobile coupon on top of my MVP card savings.
  • I've had three or four no spend days here recently. 
  • July 4th was another no spend day. I had forgotten to tell my serving job that the office was closed, so I had the day off. No cookouts, parades, or fireworks for me! I saved that gas money.
  • Thursday I went to Subway armed with a $6 foot-long coupon to stretch my gift card even further. The one sandwich provided me with lunch for two days.
  • The following Thursday I offered up a coupon to the office for a buy one footlong and a drink to get one free footlong text for Subway. My boss went to pick up the subs so I offered my $4 and something remaining gift card and some cash to cover mine, but he refused the cash. He used his rewards points and my gift card so all five of us ate fairly cheaply and had enough sub halves left over to eat the next day for lunch.
  • While out in Tennessee housesitting, I earned $8.25 over the course of the week via ibotta at Food City, and an additional 52¢ finally came through for a Sephora order I made back in April.
  • I only ate out once for lunch while in TN, and I did very minimal shopping. I picked up some necessities from the store to eat and it helped that I could raid my mom's pantry.
  • When I left to go home my mom sent me with a bunch of stuff! I now have several cucumbers, some squash and zucchini, and some absolutely amazing homemade pasta sauce.
Frugal Fails
  • On the trip out to Tennessee, I bought gas, a bottled water, a cup of fries, and a $14 dinner (plus tip). Sigh. I'd used up all my food stores since I was leaving for a week so I had nothing to pack.

Friday, July 13, 2018

no food waste friday

No Food Waste Friday is going to be a list of ways I managed to help eliminate food waste in my life. I try my best not to throw anything away that could safely be eaten. Here we go!
  • There was half a can of pinto beans hanging around in the fridge, so I added a couple spoonfuls to a rice mix that was doing its part of hanging around the cabinet.
  • My boss sent me home with a tray of lasagna that was an extra and though it has dairy in it, I'd rather see it eaten than thrown away.
  • A broccoli crown I had forgotten about in the crisper drawer had turned a little rubbery, but I sheared off the little green nubs and tossed them in Italian dressing along with some diced tomatoes.
  • I talked myself into using up the last of a jar of salsa (that I accidentally bought at too high a spice level for casual eating) and the last few tortilla chips. Then I found another half-eaten jar of extra mild salsa that I could've cut it with. Sigh.
  • There was some leftover cooked pasta from when I made goulash, so I threw together a little pasta salad with italian dressing and spices for a quick snack.
Food Waste Fails
  • Sadly I let a pair of nectarines sit on the counter too long and they became shrivelled and one developed a mold spot. They were tossed.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

thrifty thursday #2


  • Though not specifically frugal, I refused the 'I Voted' sticker at my polling place to save the waste of the sticker. Yay, environment! In addition, are you registered to vote? (Don't worry, we won't get political on this blog.)
  • I earned cash back with the Dosh app when I got gas at a local station; only 79¢ back in one visit and 30¢ in the next, but that's more than zero cents.
  • While it's not much, I have $4.80 waiting for the next payout on swap.com from selling another item.
  • Friday Kyle sent the office two pizzas from a local place, which was so incredibly sweet. They were enough to feed all of us and I even took some home.
  • Then Friday evening we had a garden party at the office to celebrate a local gardening club's amazing work on our planter boxes. The food was amazing and I was sent home with a package of delicious lemon poppyseed scones.
  • I'd been receiving Under Armour's Armour Box, but I cancelled it this month because it really wasn't in the budget and it was a hassle to unpack, repack, and ship the products back each month.
  • Made several more sales on Mercari & Poshmark. The return won't be much, but with only a few months left until moving time, I'm just happy to see the items go. I've started creating lots of items and offering deep discounts.

Frugal Fails
  • I received a ticket for dead tags a while back and went to court for it. Luckily the ticket was dismissed, but I did have to pay court costs. Always go try to get out of a ticket!