Thursday, December 13, 2018

thrifty thursday #9

  • I picked up a Christmas gift from the post office and they charged me $13.50 in due postage. I contacted Amazon about the charge and they simply asked for a copy of the receipt and refunded me.
  • Typically on Mondays we go out to dinner after umpire training. We love eating out and this was our compromise to stop spending so much money on food - once a week and done. Last night, due to snow, training became a webinar. Kyle went out to pick up a Christmas gift and was going to stop for Chick-fil-a, but they were closed. That was our signal to eat in. We had sandwiches and split pea soup out of the cabinet instead.
  • I received $2.50 via ibotta from our snowstorm stock up at Kroger. Tortilla chips, popcorn, wine, and an any item rebate! Later in the week at Target I redeemed another 25¢ any item offer.
  • Another six orders between Poshmark and Mercari were shipped out! I managed to pilfer the plastic bags (with suffocation warning) from our pots and pans set to use to package items along with some moving boxes and mailers I received in the mail.
  • Not as frugal as it is environmentally friendly, but I sent off for some recycling envelopes from HP to send in some empty ink cartridges from the office.
  • I cashed out my points on Microsoft Rewards for a $5 Walmart giftcard.
Leave your thrifty tips in the comments! :)

Friday, December 7, 2018

no food waste friday

  • I brought home some delicious leftovers from when Kyle's mother cooked us dinner.
  • There are way too many condiments in our fridge and I've been slowly working to use them up so they don't go to waste when we move.
  • Recently I placed a order for some lunch items and picked up a four pack of miso soup packets for $3.98. I figured a 99¢ soup lunch wasn't bad. Well...turns out I didn't like them. Kyle said he'd try them, but we may end up putting the mixes into some bigger batches of soup.
  • One Saturday we went over to our friends' house and the group went and got snacks. I bought an entirely too large container of pasta salad and there was no way I'd eat it all at home and we didn't make much of a dent that night, so I brought it into the office to share.
  • I hodge-podged together a lunch at work of leftovers: half a sub, a bit of leftover soup, a slice of pizza, and a couple onion rings.
  • One can of Progresso soup is more than I usually eat, so I can get two days worth of lunches from a single can.
  • My boss brought in some coffee cake for us and it was delicious!
  • I brought leftovers from home in a salsa jar and cleaned out our fridge a bit.
How have you managed to save on wasting food?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

thrifty thursday #8

  • I didn't do any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping.
  • Eight packages went out Monday. All sales! I lowered prices on both Poshmark and Mercari to clear out some inventory and a few listings moved.
  • When we moved I wrapped breakables in linens I already had - dish towels, beach towels, etc. to cut down on buying bubble wrap along with reusing moving boxes that my boss (who moved a month prior) passed on to us.
  • Instead of buying pricey moving announcements, I reached into my stationary box and used up quite a few note cards. Handwritten and zero expense other than a stamp!
  • We placed an order on GrubHub last night (not frugal) but for some reason it was cancelled, so they sent us a $10 credit for a future order. Score!
  • I cashed out $22.83 via ibotta after making $2.90 at Kroger and 35¢ at Walmart.
Frugal Fails
  • I sustained a nasty hip injury from a tumble I took in November. I went to see an orthopedist, so the copay and x-rays cost pretty penny even with insurance. Luckily I just had a badly pulled or torn hip flexor, nothing major that physical therapy can't fix.

Tell me your frugal habits!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

zero waste food storage

I am a jar fiend. I don't like to buy food in plastic containers if I can help it so I end up with tons of different shaped jars. Most of them come in really handy for storing spices, hair clips, the usual. However, some are better suited as food storage! This is a salsa jar that's great for leftovers like mac and cheese. And the cost? Whatever the salsa cost and that's it. I'd say I got my money's worth and kept something out of the landfill.

You know the best things about jars? They seal completely, unlike Glad or Tupperware. Yes, they're certainly breakable, but I can safely transport sauces and dressings in what was once a pesto jar and not worry about it leaking all over my lunch bag.

So start saving those jars! Start taking a second look at what you're buying and opt for glass jars. Salsa, pasta sauce, pesto, yogurt...they can all come in glass that you can easily reuse!