- I went to the movies and to dinner and paid with gift cards from Swagbucks. After a coin toss between Baby Driver( hilarious, absolutely hilarious) and Planet of the Apes, we chose the former. And then set calorie requirements aside to go to Red Robin and have a gourmet burger. One that was so filling I had no need of salad or fries. Purchasing gift cards through Swagbucks is also a wonderful point earning option. Two of my books groups meet at Panera, and I go see movies monthly, so I often purchase these gift cards to earn points, just as I get travel gift cards at Kroger to earn fuel points
- I spent an afternoon cutting leftover pieces of fabric and unused fabric into items to sew for gifts. Since I am a girl of opportunity, I decided my "family gifts" for the upcoming holidays will be seasonal napkin sets. I also cut out a yoga mat bag for my daughter (not a surprise).
- I did a small amount of spending to save on Amazon Prime Day and purchased a Wi-Fi Fire tablet for thirty bucks. I'm now using my very large tablet like a laptop, with it connected to a hard keyboard, and needed something smaller than a large tablet but bigger than a phone for notes and such. When it comes to Amazon, my experience after this second year is that luggage, tools, devices and a few other things have deep discounts-the rest, not so much.
- I managed to avoid purchasing a book for book group for myself-and everyone else. This was my month, and a couple months or so I chose American Gods as our discussion book. Along comes the TV series, and wait times for the book now run in the months. A quick group email confab, and the book of the month has been changed to Mr. Mercedes, more than available in the library. Of course, this will also be a TV series with Brendan Gleeson, but so far the demand is not there.
- I "played the system" and got mainly free health care products (mainly vitamins and supplements) from Target. I combined a gift card deal with Target Cartwheel and paper coupons to get free stuff. You just have to know how to work the deals (which took me all of about ten minutes before getting into the store). I may have to write about that one. Pictures later.
And so it goes. What, if any, were your frugal wins or fails this week?