*Gave haircuts to Eric and Nathan
*Scored a great deal at a grocery store: By purchasing 8 products of the same name brand, you could earn 50 cents off per gallon of gas! I rounded up several coupons, stacked them with the sale prices, and got amazing deals. For example, I purchased several boxes of cereal for $1.18 and earned the 50 cent gas discount on top of that! I waited until my gas light came on to make the most of it, and saved over $7 on a tank of gas.
*Stopped by the bread outlet and bought over $13 retail value of bread for just $2.55
*Redeemed coupons for free mini pizzas for the kids that we received from the library
*Attended a free kids' movie at a local theater that has a few no-cost summer matinees (I've been wanting to do this for years and am glad it finally worked out.)
*Took advantage of a free shipping offer to order some more Tummy Tuneup
*My new sister-in-law is from Alaska, and she brought home 40 pounds of salmon that she and my brother-in-law caught themselves! They blessed us one night by cooking some for our family. I had just seen 5 oz. wild Alaska salmon fillets advertised for $6.99 apiece, so this was a huge treat!
*Made raspberry sorbet using free raspberries we picked--oh my word, it was delicious!
*Harvested lots of garden goodies: tomatoes, peppers, onions, green beans, potatoes, and zinnias
*Snagged some free school supplies using coupons: 2 rulers, a package of erasers, and a roll of tape. I have a basket where I stock up on school supplies as deals come along, and I was pretty excited to do most of the kids' school supply shopping in my own home! I spent less than $5 on the items we still needed. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg if you're strategic!
*Natalie attended a free dance workshop at my in-laws' church
*Stocked up on inexpensive grocery staples while I had access to this store
*My mother-in-law sent us home with several random grocery items--always a blessing!
*Picked amazing blueberries at a local farm while we were in MI--they were just $1.89 a pound! I ended up bringing home many more than planned. We've eaten a ton fresh, I'll use some for baking and some for freezing, I gave some away, and . . . I swapped a pint with a friend who used to live in MI for 2 jars of home-canned pears!
*A friend gave me a large head of cabbage from her garden, because she had more than she could use. I shredded it for the Asian coleslaw we like, and brought it to a church potluck. I also made salsa using tomatoes from our garden.
*Made a batch of granola and some berry muffins
*Ground wheat into flour
*Lots of grocery deals: a jar of marked-down pimento cheese (for a dip Eric loves) for only $1.49, a pound of carrots for just a quarter (sale and C51), a package of frozen burritos for just $1.88 (reg. $4.49--this was combining sale and cpn), 4 frozen pizzas for just 54 cents each (sale and cpn--these are nice to bake and send in school lunches), 2 jars of alfredo sauce for 69 cents each (pumped about this, as I typically pay $1.50 on sale--they were on sale for 99 cents each and I had a cpn), a pound of bananas for just 3 cents (sale and C51), and a free box of Jello via Saving*
*Attended two free pool parties--one sponsored by MOPS, and the other by our church
*Stopped by our neighborhood book swap box, and exchanged one of our kid's titles for a book from the box
*Eric and the kids picked a big bin of apples from a local yard. We check every year, and the owners have never wanted any of them! Now we need to schedule some time to make sauce.
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities!