Daughter and I have been spending some time coloring together in the evening. I found this artist - Karla Dornacher - who offers some free printable coloring sheets. Daughter likes to draw her own pictures, but I am enjoying the coloring sheets. If you do an image search of Karla Dornacher free printable coloring pages you may find some that you like too!
Last Friday, we combined all our 'city' errands into one day and got them done! It saved us time and fuel. We scheduled our visit to Costco mid-day, and those samples held us over until mid-afternoon, when we stopped for lunch/supper. It was also 'happy hour' at the restaurant (OK, Del Taco - so fast food restaurant), so quite a few menu items were half price, saving us over $5. Here are some savings highlights from our city errands:
We stopped at the vet supply and picked up Taffy's last dose of puppy vaccination. Each time I give her a shot it saves us about $10 over taking her to the clinic.
I picked up the prescription I had transferred to Kmart and received a $25 gift card for the transfer. (I mentioned this in last week's frugal accomplishments posting.) They had some Thanksgiving/autumn decorations for 90% off - we got a stuffed felt and wool turkey for 1.29 and an autumn 'Welcome' sign for our new walkway. When I paid for the prescription I got a $3 off coupon for TP, the same brand that was buy one, get one half off, so that made that deal even better! We got a nice backpack that was on clearance for $3.75 and some 11.5 oz bags of ranch flavored tortilla chips for 25 cents a bag. Husband likes to have chips in his lunch, so I asked him to open a bag and taste them. If he didn't like them, we'd be out 25 cents, but if he did, we could stock up. They were good, so we stocked up! This store is pretty far from our home, so I didn't want to make a second trip. We got a vat of fabric softener and some windshield washer fluid and after the gift card, it was just a few dollars.
|Our $1.29 turkey.|
At Costco we picked up a Christmas gift (I would say more, but that would be a spoiler) and peanut oil for frying our turkey this year. The oil was less per ounce than it is at Walmart, but we had to purchase more of it. Since peanut oil is an oil I use throughout the year, we decided to get the larger container, and I can dispense it into something smaller.
Kohls had sent me a $10 off $10 post card. We picked out two Christmas ornaments that totaled $9.98. When the cashier scanned the post card, the amount owed was zero. I thought we'd pay some sales tax, but that wasn't the case.
I picked up the prescription I had transferred to Albertsons and got a $25 gift card there as well. (I mentioned this one last week too.) We picked up some bacon for 2.99 a pound and some cream cheese for 1.19, and I will save the rest for a good meat sale.
Daughter took along a library book so she wouldn't be 'bored to death'. I took some crochet, and worked on a scarf when we were in traffic.
That was errand day. It took a few trips to get everything into the house, and I have no desire to do more errands any time soon!
The rest of the week, we stuck fairly close to home. We went to the library for books one day, and I attended a free paper crafting program another day. Daughter spent her time reading, choosing books and playing educational games on one of the computers in the children's area.
Husband has been having some neck and shoulder pain, and a pinched nerve is a possibility. We agreed that, if we had one, there are nights he would sleep in a recliner, mostly to prevent him from sleeping 'on' the sore shoulder and making it worse. I put the word out on a couple of local buy-sell-trade boards that I was loking for a brown, tan or tweed recliner for him. A friend of mine saw one of the postings and sent me a note. The next day I brought home this recliner.
She had gotten something else and was going to put this chair out for thrift store pickup, but gave it to us instead. It needed a little bit of upholstery cleaning, but I was able to get it cleaned up with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and hand-scrubbing with a microfiber cloth. (I learned about using rubbing alcohol instead of water - it won't make water spots on light upholstery and also disinfects and dries more quickly.) It fits in our space and goes with our other furniture, which is fantastic!
Daughter used some of her birthday money from October to get a Wii game second-hand. It is a game she really likes (Kirby's Epic Yarn) and it is in excellent condition. She paid $3.
I worked on some Christmas items and crocheted about half of a scarf.
|We gather firewood, for free, from various sources.|
We heated the house with wood. We had some days that were warm enough that we didn't have a fire, but we did have a fire every night. We have flannel sheets and blankets on our beds to help us stay warm at night, and we are wearing warm clothing during the day.
Daughter went out in the field and gathered some pine cones from beneath our pine trees. We will use them for Christmas crafts and decoration.
I went through some items we no longer use and sorted them for selling and donation.
I took some dog treats and cut them into quarter-inch pieces for Taffy. She is still training (on SO many levels), so small treats are better for her anyway.
I'd love to hear about what you did this week to spend less, save more and make do - comments welcome!