Friday, September 23, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
For instance, Tuesday night my arm seized up worse than it ever had before and it was so weak the next day and hurting I went back to the doctors worried I'd done something really bad this time. Since my normal doctor was out that day, I saw another doctor, which ended up being a blessing in disguise. He examined me and came to the same diagnosis as my doctor, but suspected that I also had what is called "frozen shoulder syndrome". Basically it's when all the tissues in your shoulder just kind of seize up and don't want to move and he really felt bad for me as recovering from it is usually long and painful and with lots of physical therapy. I looked him straight in the eye and said, "I don't mind pain and hard work. I can do that. The lack of mobility I can't tolerate though." And I meant it. So I went home on his recommendation and looked up "frozen shoulder syndrome". When I saw what it was and what causes it (in most cases they have no idea) and that basically you go to physical therapy to try and get mobility back as much as you can in your shoulder, but the only surgery available to treat it is they basically knock you out and then make your shoulder move and just deal with the damage involved. So, I was like, "Okay, so basically move it a lot. Got it." I then looked up stretches to do for frozen shoulder syndrome, which were completely different then the bicep tendonitis stretches and started doing those. It hurt, but it is working. Really really well. Like 48 hours later and I have about 85% of the mobility back in my arm and am able to sleep at night (as much as I get to sleep anyway *laugh*) again type of well. So, so glad I spent the money to go back to the doctor, even if we really couldn't afford it.
Then, my son ended up with a stomach issue yesterday and had to stay home. I'm not really sure if he had a stomach bug or if there was just something on his stomach that didn't agree with him, but after he finally got that out of him he did fine. The best part was when he was feeling better and grabbed his talker and asked for a ride (in my husband's car, which wasn't going to happen, but still asking for a ride is good), coke and he wanted his sister (which I think he wanted to just be done with chores for the day). Since my husband wasn't going to be able to pick up my daughter and I still wasn't sure of the state of my son's stomach, I ran while I knew he was feeling good and got him coke at a nearby drive thru and then ran and got his sister from school a little bit early. It was really thrilling for me, though, as that's the first time he's expressed more than one want at a time since he started on LAMP. So, once again, a definite silver lining to an otherwise worrisome day :).
So, let's get on with the rest of my money saving adventures this week!
1. I went shopping today and while I spent 100.00 on groceries, I did it with good purpose. Carrs has some awesome sales this week on things I wanted to get for the pantry and such. For instance, they have Lindsay olives on sale (at least at the Carrs I shop at) for 1.00 per can, so I bought 8 as that is cheaper, by far than buying them at the bulk store right now (and we were out). And they had cream of mushroom soup on sale for .75 a can, so I got 12 cans (it is going for 1.99 a can anymore and, once again, we were out of it). And they have an E-Coupon you can load this week that you can get Lucerne ice cream for 1.49 per not-quite-a-half-gallon (since product shrinkage), maximum of two. They also have butter on sale for 2.99 per lb (limit of 2 on the coupon), eggs for 1.25 for a dozen (I got a dozen with plans to make chicken salad this weekend for lunches) with a coupon and pasta for .75 per box (no coupon needed for that). And they had decent sized bottles of olive oil for 5.00 as part of 5.00 Friday today, so I got one more bottle to help pad out my stores. While there I got my free Starbucks Refresher with my coupon (seen above). The passion fruit flavor was the only type they had left and I have to admit I didn't really like it. I did drink it though. Free is free ;).
I ran to Fred Meyer but wasn't able to find the right size of Swedish Fish that was on Freebie Friday today (blah) or my other freebie I had there, but I did get some cheap Velveeta with a paper coupon that I got from the fliers my friend sent me and an E-Coupon I had loaded onto my card for 1.00 off the Velveeta mini-cubes. Normally it would be more pricey than buying a block of Velveeta, but it is on sale and after the coupons it was a lot cheaper than buying a block of Velveeta per oz. I like to have it around to melt over frozen veggies during the wintertime or to make baked mac and cheese so I was thrilled to get it in nice wrapped blocks too as we don't really go through much at a sitting so it'll help stop it from drying out on me :).
I was also able to get some clearance imported green olives for 1.69 for a jar. Since my son loves the garlic stuffed olives, I thought maybe to try him on those and see what he thinks of them.
Really I thought I did pretty good on shopping. Yes, I didn't stick with the "don't spend money" rule that I was hoping for, but I filled up the pantry with more food and that, to me, is definitely worth the additional investment and I'll catch up with saving money on groceries later on (like next week is going to be super tight with the mortgage getting paid, so yeah...next week is going to be sparse for groceries).
2. Dividend amounts for the PFD came out today. Sure enough, I'm glad I was planning on a really reduced amount for them thanks to our razam frazam governor and his fiscal plan to wreck our state. At least I budgeted it out carefully so one chunk of dental bills (due in December or penalties ensue) and hopefully winter tires for my car will be paid out of what we get. Here's hoping anyway (if not I'll at least be close).
3. I made meals at home as much as I could this week. Unfortunately due to my doctor visit we did have to eat out at least once since my appointment was late and then the doctor was running late so it took forever to get in and it was way past dinner time by the time I got done, but overall I did pretty good all things considered this week.
4. I got the oil changed on my car this week. We have life time oil changes on the vehicle. Since paying off the car a couple of years ago the lifetime oil changes have definitely been nice to have. While there I took advantage of free coffee and sat and relaxed while my oil was changed (they have a nice waiting area with really good coffee since I get the oil changed at the dealership *laugh*).
5. I mended...well rebuilt really...parts of my son's shoes with shoe goo this week. One of the seams on the outside of the sneakers was faulty and just went on both shoes, so I fixed it so the shoe wouldn't come completely apart. Shoe Goo has saved me so much money over the years. Wonderful invention!
6. I mended a hole in my daughter's shirt this week.
7, I've been watching some of my favorite programs on You Tube this week. I don't think having good internet bandwidth restrictions is ever going to get old for me *laugh*.
8. I worked on Christmas gifts on and off this week and hope to have one more done by the weekend is over. Here's hoping anyway :).
9. I inadvertently saved money on paper towels this week. When I ran out upstairs, I just plain kept forgetting to haul more upstairs. This led to more of a use of cloth napkins, me using dish towels for slop rags a lot more (my husband and daughter tend to spill a lot) and basically saved money just because of my absentmindedness. So, yay for being distracted ;).
And there you are folks. Some of my frugal adventures this week. How did you do?