- Bubble baths taken using candle and bath oils purchased for pennies on the dollar-and the free library book I read while soaking.
- I made a quick garage sale and thrift store outing that netted my son sixty dollars worth of books to sell (for fourteen bucks) a couple like new "Colorado" sweaters for me (for three dollars each), two small table top oil paintings (for a dollar each) and some vintage kitchen items.
- I had a lovely dinner of absolutely perfect had beef stroganoff made by my son, using loss leader sirloin and fresh ingredients. This dish is so good that I have drafted said son to cook this dish for one of my dinner exchanges in December. That and homemade Christmas cookies will be the highlights.
- I went to a monthly dinner in my church parish hall for which my entrance price was three dollars and a small appetizer from home. My church does this once a month and gets from forty to a hundred people, with different groups being assigned different dishes.
- I had a great, relaxing (and this time, hilarious) evening spent with a group of women that I meet with twice a month. Finishing with coffee and dessert, this is a rugal, fun way to socialize without an expensive restaurant or other venue.
- I continue to love quiet mornings on the patio with my cold caffeine, the dog (and birds and squirrels). I occasionally put on a robe or sweater these day, but the weather is still lovely and I appreciate the "quiet time"
- I really appreciated our annual family Christmas list exchange, which began today (a mass mail that continues to go to everyone as everyone adds to it). Requests include simple things such as wooden spoons, Barnes and Noble gift cards, subscriptions to money saving magazines and bath and body intensive care skin cream (one of my contributions).
- I'm enjoying the book on disc that I listen to as I am sewing in my studio. I've just discovered audio books and love them. I'd consider a television in my room, only I might sew through my finger again. As always my books, movies, and audio books come free from the library.
- Lastly, I'm appreciative of the fact that my income streams also bring enjoyment and richness to my life. The fact that I can spend an afternoon sewing in my studio and end up making money for it, or perusing books and call it a business expense, is beyond believable. Now I just need to increase the money come in from those streams.
- I've enjoyably planned a frugal overnight to the hill country, and my post Christmas trip to Denver. Finding a different route to visit family and friends and exploring new vistas is often as enjoyable as the trip itself.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday Frugalities-A Week In Review
As always, my week has been (mainly) full of frugal indulgences. Some large, some small, always enjoyable. Hopefully it shows that you don't have to spend money to have fun, or live richly. How have I enjoyed life this weekend with little or no money?