Friday, July 14, 2017

Five Frugal Things 7/14

  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

8 comments:

  1. 1. I successfully made it through Amazon Prime Day without purchasing things I didn't really need. I looked at a few things and decided the deal wasn't too good to pass on.
    2. I used my Walgreens code to save 40% off a mobile app photo order. I print photos for my mother.

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  2. I need to seriously start collecting couponsfor photo books. My problem is that most of them are short dated and I need together the photos into folders first, lol.

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    1. There will always be coupons. My issue is managing the huge amount of photos I accumulate. I recently began a habit of clearing photos from my iPhone each morning when I clear email. (Also a daily habit.) I delete photos I don't want to keep and move photos to places I can store them. It's a way to manage the incoming. Family photos get uploaded to Dropbox. Some photos are meant for temporary use. I've been working on decluttering the house. And I find myself taking lots of photos of our spaces and stuff. Before and after shots. I created a place to store these. Eventually I'll delete them.

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    2. I dont take nearly as many photos, but I do store them on amazon photos and they have a family vault.

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  3. I will be interested in hearing what you and your book club think of Mr. Mercedes. Are you going to read the trilogy? It's excellent Stephen King and I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Perhaps, but not immediately? I am normally not a King fan these days, but this particular book sounds good-more of a mystery than a horror.

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  4. Hubby read American Gods and also watched the Amazon series and loved it (he read American Gods a while ago way before they made the series). Worth coming back to at some point in the future when the already-read books flood the market. I use swagbucks but in Canada we don't have the gift cards as options for much here. I have been using Ebates for when I do online purchases as a refund of cash is always nice. I am saving up my Amazon GCs from Swagbucks for Christmas goodies (4 young adult kids). My frugal win this week was shampooing both our carpets (3 bedrooms) and my Mom's condo using our own shampooer that we have owned for 5 years and using the industrial carpet cleaner hubby bought last year. Zero out of pocket and two clean homes!

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    1. Good for you. I am beyond that point but I think i will break down in that area than pay. The thought of hauling one in the house from King Soopers...na. I used to put my swagbux away for Christmas, but now I generally take most of them as Walmart (because in many of the places I go Walmart also has gasl).

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