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Trying to be Frugal

December 3rd, 2019 at 09:29 pm

I am trying so hard to be frugal, but it's hard right now. Some wins, some losses.

Here are some thoughts on spending and saving:

1. It's hard because we are going to Iceland in March and we need some clothing items (including thermals!). Actually they are probably things we should have gotten a long time ago (we live in a cold climate). I am trying to buy sale, sale, sale items where possible and have taken advantage of holiday sales. I put together a list in September and have been gradually finding things. It's like a weird scavenger hunt! Have not been able to find what I need in thrift stores.

2. When something doesn't work, I send it back! Amazon is great about refunds.

3. I actually got a compliment from the checker at the grocery store the other day on the quantity of groceries I got for my money. He said I was a good shopper!

4. I am slightly splurging on gifts for teachers (movie vouchers) because I want them to have something they can use.

5. My husband got a gift tag at work for a child; the girl (same age as our daughter) wanted a portable speaker which is cool because we got one for F, too, before he picked up the tag! So we'd already done our research. They were on sale at Target today. Got 5% off with my Target card. We can get her an itunes card, too, since we saved (no need to skimp on this one in my opinion!). Wondering about putting in a cute little cuddly toy, too... 15 year olds are still little girls, right?

6. My nephew is just 4 1/2 months old. So instead of a big gift, I am knitting him a little ball with scrap yarn. F still has the ball my friend knitted for her when she was little - squishy and easy to grab.

7. Going to the Twinkle Light parade this weekend (free, but we have to stand in the cold - but hey we have our new thermals!)

8. I got paid by the gym today - yay! $163! This money goes to F's college fund.

9. My lunch today was leftovers from last night: posole, two cuties and a couple of squares of chocolate.

Hope you are having a great day, too, and enjoying the holiday season!

4 Responses to “Trying to be Frugal”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I'm right with you--trying, but spending a little too much.

    Leftovers for lunch here too--with a cutie!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I looked for cold-weather clothing at Goodwill recently and came up with nothing.

    Kudos for buying movie vouchers for your teachers. My BFF was a teacher and she got way too many apple-related kitschy objects. She would have loved getting movie vouchers.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    Are you going to Iceland just for a trip or moving there? Try Land's End or Walmart for long underwear.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    You are very thoughtful as far as the gifts for teachers. As a retired teacher I thank you. As CB said, way too many apple items and I received mugs as well. I was grateful for it all, though, because I taught in high poverty schools and we didn't usually get very much and didn't expect it. I know some of the teachers in some our county schools really hit the jackpot as far as gift cards.

    Good job on the grocery shopping and finding clothing on sale!

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