Friday, November 20, 2015
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
My daughter was having issues with her stomach problems early in the week until the day she decided she wanted to get out of school and manipulated a poor sub nurse to get me to take her home. After spending the entire afternoon in bed, after getting one heck of a lecture from me, and losing some privileges she thought should be rights, she's been a LOT better about not hopping down the nurse over every imagined slight. Which is an upper for me as the last three weeks have been terrible with her getting picked up from school.
Money problems weigh heavy right now, yet at the same time I'm trying really hard to dig up holiday spirit for the sake of the kids as they both love the holidays (of course, I mean they're kids!). It's just hard to set my worries aside for their sake. But, I'm trying.
Christmas gifts are going well, so that was an upper to my week as well. Soon I'll be able to focus on my husband and kids exclusively instead of worrying about extended family too, which will be a relief and ahead of schedule for me. Usually December is just as hectic as November. If all works according to schedule at this point I'll be done with most gifts before December starts, which means I can actually relax when it comes to making things in December. Definitely a good thing.
Other ways I've saved money this week are...
1. I shopped sales hard this week to get some things as cheap as I could. I got two hams for 1.38 lb at Fred Meyer this week and got a turkey, while there and getting other things we needed, for .79 lb. I went 20.00 over my normal grocery budget, but since I was below it the last few weeks I recouped the money I went over. Next week is going to be a "next to no spending" week as we're pretty well stocked up at this point, so aside from getting things like milk and maybe eggs, I'm not seeing us needing much in the way of groceries. Since we have bills coming in the next two weeks, not spending money next week can only help at this point.
2. I got another coupon for a free container of juice from Old Orchard! I was kind of surprised that I got it as only the first 1000 people to respond to their survey on a certain day got the coupon and I never get those, so it was a pleasant surprise to find that in the mail.
I also got my free issue of Better Homes and Gardens as part of my free subscription through Free Biz Mags (I believe that's their full name). Sometimes they offer free magazines for just being a homemaker, and that's where I get subscriptions like these (coupon and magazine seen above).
3. I went over to my mother-in-laws today to pick up a compact sewing machine I had bought years ago when my husband and I first got married. This sewing machine was actually my first sewing machine. Before then I had used my mom's sewing machine or a school's machine, but I'd never had my own. My husband and I lived in a TEENY apartment, so I tried to buy everything compact, so I bought the sewing machine because it would fit in my closet space in a certain hole I made for one (yes, we were that tight on room). I mended jeans and even made a fleece blanket with the sewing machine (well part of it as some of it I had to do by hand because the fleece was just too much for the little thing).
My mother-in-law had mentioned she still had it as I'd given it to her for my sister-in-laws when they were smaller after I'd gotten my nice "real" sewing machine, and asked me if I would like it back for my daughter. I accepted as I think it will be a good machine to train my daughter on. My sister-in-laws never used it from the look of it as my red bobbin from when I made the fleece blanket was still in it, but I'd kept everything in the box including the manual, so rock on me *laugh*.
I was going to have her help me make Christmas ornaments for the holidays with it, but we'll see how the holidays go. It's definitely nice to have it though, and a definite tip of the hat to my mother-in-law for throwing very few things away (thanks again for the machine, Stacey!).
4. My husband and I did hit the used stores when we had some time together this week since the kids were in school. We both saved money by not spending money on things we wanted that were out of our price range (which pretty much everything IS out of our price range right now) and instead if we couldn't pay with pocket change we didn't buy it. Really I hated to walk away from things like Pyrex fridgies that I found at one used store, but at the same time I didn't need them and I felt good for being able to make that distinction, where a lot of people in the world can't.
5. I mended two shirts this week and the zipper on my daughter's winter jacket (as seen in my Monthly Goals Updates post from Sunday). These mends saved us a bunch of money by me doing it myself, even though messing around with my first zipper absolutely petrified me (yes, the jacket zipper was my first ever zipper install even though I have a ton of zippers...I was always so scared of messing it up). I've made a promise to myself to mess around with zippers more to get better at doing them and so far I'm keeping my promise to myself.
6. I stayed home a lot this week, mainly due to therapists being sick (pink eye) and son not doing great in school so I wanted to give him a couple of full days there to get more acclimated to his new schedule/routine. Staying around the house helped me to keep on top of house work a bit better and allowed me to save money by keeping out of unnecessary stores.
7. Instead of buying some Christmas themed fabric at the used stores for a table runner, I decided to wait and see what I could dig up around the house in holiday-like colors. I am glad I did that as while digging through my fabric I found some Christmas themed Peanuts fabric that I had bought at Jo Ann's last year on clearance for 90% off and I even got more off still because it was end of the bolt (I remember all of that because it was some ridiculously small amount for the fabric after discounts and I was really pleased). I'd gotten it for the price and the fact that my son loves Snoopy, but wasn't sure what I would do with it. Now I know ;).
8. My husband and I made sure to eat left overs as much as we could this week for lunches so that nothing would go to waste (read: Lots of ham sandwiches, which we both enjoyed ;).
9. I repaired a toy of my son's that had broken from him over winding it the wrong way. I was able to take it apart and re-screw the handle that he'd managed to unscrew in his zeal. I took some super glue and glued the handle on this time, where at the factory they had just screwed it on, so that he won't be able to unscrew it again. He tried to screw it the wrong way once, but when it didn't react the same way he stopped and played with the toy correctly.
10. I have been enjoying watching some shows on YouTube and Hulu this last week for free. I've also been really enjoying listening to some good old fashioned CD's while cleaning and/or working on Christmas gifts. I'm getting to an age where I really am preferring to listen to music vs. watching TV a lot of the time, so this was a really nice experience for me and saved energy consumption (running a CD player vs running a DVD player and the TV for instance).
11. I got my gas bill in the mail and by turning the heat down at night and turning it down by two degrees colder than last year, so far the gas bill is coming out about 50.00 less per month than last year. Due to REALLY cold temps the last couple of weeks and me being forced to turn up the heat a time or two, I'm not sure how much this will hold with next month's bill, but I still feel pretty good about having any savings at all because the gas company has raised their rates right along with our electric company.
And there you are folks. Some of the ways I saved money this week. How did you do?