Friday, February 12, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
Some ways I saved money this week.
1. I made Valentine's for my son's class.
One of the things I went looking for when I went shopping Tuesday was MAYBE cheap Valentine's to give to my son's class. Between students and teachers I had about 11 people I had to figure out Valentine's for. Unfortunately the only Valentine's I could find were at least 3.00 for a package, and I refused to spend that on top of what I had already spent on groceries for the week.
So, I went home and got to work. This is a fun project to talk about really as it didn't cost me anything to make it.
Quite a while ago (five or so years) we had a scrap booking store that was in business around here that would give out coupons in one of our free circulars for a "free scrap booking kit" if you brought the coupon in the circular and presented it at the store. Well, never one to turn down something free like that, for like six months straight (before the store closed down, that is, it was nearby) I went in and presented my coupon and got a little plastic baggie "kit" with scrap booking things in it. It was mainly squares or circles of paper cut out with different sizes of pinking shears (the base papers you see on the Valentine's above and below), some little doo dads to stick on scrap booking pages (some of the little phrases you see used), fake flowers, ribbon and the like. They were actually pretty nice freebies and I figured I could give them to scrap book loving relatives as part of Christmas gifts and things, but just never got around to doing it.
I thought, overall, they turned out really cute and were kind of a nice "newer" take on the little heart candies with sayings on them :).
2. I sent my kids to school today armed for their class parties with free cheese popcorn and free chocolate covered pretzels (for my daughter's party) and free microwave popcorn (for my son's party). I was thrilled to have treats to send in that didn't cost me anything (and it makes me doubly grateful for the freebies).
3. I wrote to Pringles about a problem with the chips being miscolored and even took a picture of them so that they could see what I meant. They are sending me a free product coupon to replace the chips and apologized very nicely for the problem chips.
4. I got a notice in the mail that my daughter's renewal forms for her insurance got lost somehow and the state didn't have them. I, at that point, got tired of dealing with it as I was already running into road blocks left and right, so I got on the phone with the insurance marketplace at 10:00 pm one night and had them add my daughter to my husband's and my current plan instead. At least this way she'll have insurance when her old insurance lapses and it didn't cost me much extra at all to add her, so it was a relief to have that done.
5. I got my electric bill in the mail. Despite running multiple appliances every day (vacuum, dish washer and washer and dryer) I was able to lower my electric bill by 25.00. Wish it was more than that, but overall I was happy it went down.
6. I did the usual things of baking bread, making dinners at home (and using what we have) and trying to remain frugal in my meal choices.
7. I was sent a request to review a new book and get a review copy of said book and for the first time in years got excited about reading and reviewing a book (I get multiple requests a week) as it's a book on sewing clothing. I'm so, so excited about getting it, hopefully soon :).
8. I binged watched "The Victorian Farm" on You Tube, including the Christmas special they put out. I really enjoy watching Alex, Ruth and Peter as they navigate their way through different farming ways of life :).
9. I requested a few free samples this week.
10. I had issues with a bill and immediately called to get it straightened out. I'm glad I did as not doing so could have cost me a lot of money as they misappropriated my payment to the wrong account.
And there you are folks. A few ways I saved money this week. How did you do?