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Frugal Doings The Past Two Weeks

Here are the things we have been doing to save some dollars:

– We ordered a custom(our door is an odd size which is larger than the standard) Anderson almond color storm and screen door combo and a really nice door handle. Without going into the detail with all of the problems we have had with this company and the saleman, we paid a lot less than it would have cost. On the original order we were given a 15% discount. However because of all the screw ups with pricing and other things, the manager redid the order with another new salesman, who didn’t know what he was doing. We ended up getting 15% off of the door. We also ordered the handle and delivery and installation. The manager also gave us an additional $ 45.00 off for all of our trouble. Today we received notice from the company of an additional credit of $ 20.20 in tax that we should not have been charged because the door is a home improvement. Our door has not arrived yet but will be installed the end of the month. I can’t wait. We are hoping that it will stop the draft from our original door. We have done everything we can to try to fix that draft and nothing has worked. This is the outside door in our morning room where we eat. 

– When our chickens were done roasting the other night, I baked a German Chocolate cake and a cinnamon coffee cake(pictured at the top of the post) while the oven was heated up. We were craving something sweet so the cake was wonderful. The coffee cake was eaten along with scrambled eggs for our family Sunday breakfast. They were made with all mixes from my stockpile. The Krusteaz coffee cake was free because I had a free coupon. The cake and frosting mix cost me a total of $1.25 after coupons.

– I ran a lot of errands in a circle to save on gasoline last week when I went to the dentist and finally got my 2nd permanent denture. The first one was not right. They made me another new one and made adjustments every step of the way which meant I had to go to the dentist a lot. When I got it, I was quite happy with the fit and how it feels and looks in my mouth. It’s been a long process and I am glad it is done. After the dentist, I went to the bank and deposited $20.04 in checks that had come in the mail the last couple of weeks into our high interest savings account. Of course, the day after I made that deposit, another $20.00 check arrived. I only go to the bank once a month so that check will have to wait. 

– While I was driving to the bank, I spotted a store that I had never seen before called Five Below. I stopped and went in to check it out. Everything is priced at $5.00 or under. The store is very neat and organized and extremely clean. I was very impressed and happy that I now have a new place to shop. I was able to pick up some small things for my grandchildren for Christmas that I think they will like. My total cost was $5.00 + tax.

– I also stopped at Kohl’s and purchased an on sale  long sleeved top using my 15% senior discount and a $5.00 off coupon. I have very few long sleeved tops and it is starting to get really cold here. So I am purchasing ones when I see something I really like. 

– I read my books and took them back to the library and got 4 more.

– I cleaned and defrosted my chest freezer and reorganized it so that I could fit in 3-4 turkeys. I have purchased 2 so far.

– Entertainment doesn’t have to cost large amounts of money. We enjoyed a game of Ticket To Ride after a family breakfast. Our game table gets used a lot and has ever since we purchased it in Arizona. Many board games, card games, and jigsaw puzzles have been done on this table.

– Sewed a small tear on a seam in a pair of pajamas.

– Wrapped Christmas gifts in 90% off wrap that was purchased two years ago.

– I made a quick Christmas card list and will use cards that I purchased a couple of years ago for 90% off. At that time I bought 10 boxes of them so they are going to last a few more years.

– I went to the Post Office and purchased 200 Forever stamps since the price will be going up in January. They want quite a hike of $.05 on a First Class Letter. Yikes! I think the hike is January 19, 2019.

 – Did four loads of laundry. I hung two loads and dried 2 loads in the dryer using my dryer balls. I always dry towels because we don’t like the feel of them when they are line dried.

– My son picked up lunch for us at Ales and Sandwiches just before the Buffalo Bills game yesterday. I gave him a coupon for two sandwiches to defray the cost.

What have you been doing the past couple of weeks to save a few dollars? Feel free to let us know in comments and share with everyone else. People truly do learn from your comments. I know that I have learned a lot from all of you over the years.

10 replies on “Frugal Doings The Past Two Weeks”

Thank you for letting us know about the price increase for postage stamps! An Aldi went in near us. I have been stopping there each week to buy milk, bread and cheese for sandwiches. The savings on just those three items adds up to about two dollars a week.

Hi Liz, this is Chris. Here are a few frugal things we have done: 1. last night we went to MOD pizza with a coupon and for $12.xx got 2 pizzas and 2 drinks. Cheap date. I really like MOD pizza b/c you can customize your pizza and the way I have mine is pretty healthy vs. other pizza brands. 2. I had the 30% coupons for Kohls and some rewards, so I went to the Veteran's Day sale at the store and got a new pair of exercise pants I wanted and a couple of little winter outfits for our granddaughter. I paid $31.xx counting tax after all the discounts. They were really having a good sale today.

One thing that we did recently that wasn't too frugal was last Sat. we went to the craft show at our church. We got a few Christmas presents out of the way, hubby bought some of the poison ivy soap from the soap man, and I bought a few things I wanted. Craft shows are a temptation for me, so I was happy I didn't spend more than I did. LOL!

I also wanted to let you and your readers know that if you do baking for gifts for the holidays, that the Dollar Tree has good prices on the different kinds and sizes of treat bags if you are in need. I stopped by while I was out and got some more for my stash. I always make cookies and the sugared pecans for Christmas to give to people. I didn't take the time to look at the other goodie containers they might have, we mostly needed the bags. I may go back and see if they have any of the mini loaf pans in case I want to make bread, but I will check to see if I have any downstairs first.

We've been doing the basics:
-Menu planning, eating leftovers before they go bad
-Shopping sales (for things we need)
-Charging our electric car for free at work
-I used a gift card + eBates & a sale to get the cost two Christmas gifts down from $60 to $8.
-Checking prices on items at the store. For example, my son wanted to make pumpkin bread this weekend, and I noticed the 30 oz can was less than the 15 oz can. We bought the bigger can, made two loaves of bread (gifted one to a friend), and froze two dozen muffins for another time.

When I repair a seam in pajamas, I resew all seams. Usually, the threads are breaking loose and only a bit of time will pass when there is another.

In addition to 90% off cards and wrapping paper, I buy and use both from yard sales. I pay 25 cents a roll for paper and less than a nickel for cards.

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