Monthly Archives: January 2017

A week of replacing stuff, oddly enough.

Still inundated by work, but the end is in sight. Whew!

This past week I:

  1. Repaired the hem of a hand towel rather than replace it.
  2. Was also able to reuse some old Command hooks by getting replacement strips. Definitely cheaper than replacing the hooks with new ones.
  3. We had been looking for a replacement for our small non-stick skillet for a while, and really wanted a ceramic lined one instead of the traditional (maybe unhealthy) kind. We hadn’t seen one in the size we needed for less than $30, but came across one at Tuesday Morning for $12! It was even a pretty green that went with our kitchen colors. We found out at the register that it was on clearance, so we ended up paying less than $10 for the exact sort of skillet we wanted. It really does pay to wait, if you can.
  4. Stocked up on some extra groceries to take advantage of some good sale prices.
  5. Read somewhere that the average person spends $147 on Valentine’s Day gifts and laughed myself silly. I’d say Lennox spends about $30 on flowers for me (never roses, roses are for chumps, haha), and I spend about $5 on a fancy card for him. Some years we go out to dinner somewhere casual, often my favorite Mexican restaurant — no reservations required, and only around $35. I’d say spending $70 at the most instead of nearly $300 is a pretty significant savings — and also a good example of the sorts of habits most representative of lifelong frugality.
  6. Got my eShakti order in the mail, courtesy of a very generous gift card I got from my Mom in December. I wasn’t sure I should really include it here, as I did spend about $60 over the value of the gift card, but considering that I got two custom size dresses and a custom shirt, I still feel like I got a good deal. I rarely get brand new clothes (that I don’t sew myself), so it feels like a real indulgence! However, considering that I do get higher quality clothes from eShakti that last longer and look better than regular off-the-rack clothes, I still think this counts. Considering how disposable fast fashion clothing can be — it rarely lasts more than a few washes, in my experience — I bet I actually save money shopping this way in the long run. I have a dress from eShakti that I purchased in 2010 and still wear, for instance.
  7. Read only one eBook from the library this week, mostly because I have been way too busy working to read at my normal pace.

That’s about it for now! Back to the salt mines…

January marches on.

My list is for two weeks together this time. January is always my busiest month (and this month has been busier earlier than usual, due to IRS deadline changes), so I have been more focused on client work than anything else.

In the past two weeks I:

  1. Signed up for another free/reduced price eBook notification e-mail newsletter. I read so voraciously that I need more than one! Have also decided to track how much I spend on books this year to establish (and stick) to a budget. I’m only tracking the expense for now, but I expect it will be an eye opening figure…like the six months I spent tracking my fabric purchases several years ago.
  2. Took on a couple of extra client projects — both one-off projects that shouldn’t take too much time, but will bring in just a little bit extra income. This was maybe ill-timed on my part — January is already kind of kicking my butt — but the opportunity was there, so I took it. I’ve also, of course, been working extra hours at my regular job.
  3. Opted not to spend $99 to restore the files saved in our cloud back up when we got a new computer, but to spend the time to download the files in batches instead.
  4. Used a coupon code for a $0.99 streaming video rental on Amazon.
  5. Got free tortilla chips and a free can of refried beans (which I coincidentally needed for a recipe) from Kroger.
  6. Got a free one year subscription to Real Simple by joining a new survey company. (I like the pictures…but not enough to pay for them.)
  7. Read 7 eBooks from the library, and watched a DVD from the library, too.

Surely I will make it to February.

Catch up list.

I’d started these posts as a kind of internal accountability thing, but lost the thread somewhere along the line. I’m going to try to be more consistent in the weeks to come.

Since my last post, I did a variety of things to save money:

  1. A bunch of things I never bother to put on the list, but always do: hung at least part of every load of laundry (even without a clothesline, on racks in the house), kept the A/C up high during the day time (or the heat low), drank mostly water or tea at home.
  2. Had a free chai using a Star Reward on my Starbucks card.
  3. We got a Visa gift card when we upgraded our Uverse service, so we used it to have several dinners out. Can’t beat free meals, right?
  4. Took advantage of a 40% off sale to stock up on my fancy pants foundation make up and my favorite facial moisturizer.
  5. Got a sample of Emergen-C in the mail.
  6. Got a free bottle of BBQ sauce, a 2 liter Diet Cherry 7 Up, and a free cake mix at Kroger.
  7. Used wrapping paper and gift tags bought on clearance last year. Also snapped up some holiday print Hello Kitty wrapping paper for $1 at the Dollar Tree.
  8. Used credit card points to pay for more than half of our holiday gift shopping. (And we never, ever charge gifts. We pay all cards in full every month.)
  9. Used $6 from survey payments to pay for my Seamwork subscription (twice).
  10. Read eleventy billion eBooks from the library! Almost. OK, 33 eBooks and one physical book. Still a lot!

I was obviously still keeping some notes (there’s no way I would remember this level of detail over two months, obviously), but just never got around to posting here. Here’s to a frugal 2017!