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Frugal Things from this Week So Far

January 25th, 2017 at 05:39 pm

1. I am entertaining myself this week by attending a lot of kids' sports games! It's actually been really fun watching F play basketball and indoor soccer. And the games have been amazingly suspenseful! They sell popcorn and nachos at both, and we haven't bought anything. F doesn't even ask, and good for her, because that stuff is gross!

2. I wanted a candy bar all day, and I did NOT buy one! Yay me! (I still want a candy bar).

3. Dinner is burbling away in the crockpot. I put it on this morning (chili) and even asked D for help (again, yay me! I don't often ask for help). He opened the cans while I made F's lunch. This will make dinner and also a dinner for the freezer.

4. I called my client to remind him of the additional services I requested (this is in addition to the other project where I already got the additional services). He told me to write something more formal and send it in; I found an old request, copied it, and now it's ready to complete tomorrow morning (somehow getting it ready is half the battle - it should only take about 15 mins. tomorrow when I'm back in the office).

5. I bought a birthday gift for F's friend online. No shipping, and I don't have to run around to different stores. It'll come Friday, and the party is Sunday.

6. My mom sent a check to pay for their part of TurboTax which we share. She also sent some money to help with F's school; it will help a ton since there is a gap between when we pay off our mortgage and when we need to give F's new school a down payment. My parents are good to me!

7. We got a gift voucher for $50 to a restaurant that I've always wanted to try from someone D helped out with some computer stuff. He wasn't expecting anything back, so what a nice surprise! I'm thinking maybe Valentine's Day lunch?

8. I was charged for a routine medical test when it's normally covered by insurance. The testing place said that it was not coded properly, and my doctor said that it was. My doctor asked me to bring the bill by, and they'd take care of it. I almost just paid it, but then I thought... no, this isn't right. I'm glad I didn't just pay (it was $100) without thinking. PS - the test was normal!

9. I sent the list of materials to Home Depot for the treehouse I'm helping design for the 6th Grade. It's their gift to the school. We'll be building on March 2nd, but I want to be ahead of the game. I called Home Depot yesterday, and they said I could email the list, which saved me a trip down there. My engineer helped with the structure, and I have a contractor who'll help us build! I've spent a lot of time on this, but I'm really touched that so many people are helping out. The kids have already raised $600, and they have a bake sale planned for Friday.

10. The spelling bee was supposed to be last weekend, but it snowed and was postponed (to this Friday). We were so happy, because F wanted to march last Saturday morning. The march here in Santa Fe was wonderful (we marched in the snow around the plaza and to the capitol). So now she can do both, although I'm not sure she's that thrilled about the bee. It's just not really her thing. She's a great speller, though; to me it's sort of odd to be really good at something you don't like. Ah well. After the march, some friends wanted to go get a bite to eat. We resisted, and got F a starbucks instead (so we spent some, but not as much as lunch would have been!)

5 Responses to “Frugal Things from this Week So Far”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's cool what HD is doing!

  2. Amber Says:

    Wow sounds like you're having a great week. Indoor soccer is tgat similar to indoor football? Are the kids playing in an arena?
    Way to go on holdout on the goodies as well. 🍫
    Also this is the best time of the year for a great bowl of chili 🌶

  3. Buendia Says:

    Indoor soccer (sometimes called futsol) is like soccer, but played in a regular gym (in our case a basketball gym). The ball is not as bouncy as a regular soccer ball, and the game is FAST!!! There is only about 5' outside the "field" and the ball hits the walls a lot (but then it's out). No throw-ins, only kick-ins. The goalie can throw the ball, though. And it's 5 a side. It's a crazy game, but fun to watch. Last Friday all of our girls ended up getting fouled; F's knees are a mess! (Part of it is from when this huge kid fouled her in basketball).

  4. snafu Says:

    If asked following HD protocol, I believe they will discount the materials being purchased for a not for profit, school project It can't hurt to ask.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Sounds like you and F have been having lots of fun! I want a candy bar too. :-(

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