*Continue to get goodies from our garden, including tomatoes, carrots, green beans and peppers
*Eric went out on two rainy evenings to dig up nightcrawlers in our yard to use for fishing. Since these cost $3.50 a dozen, this was a great money-saving idea.
*Thanks to my friend, Steph, I learned about a one-day airfare sale that enabled me to buy a ticket to fly to CO next month. I saved between $50-100 just for clicking through that link and switching my travel dates by one day.
*A friend gave me two loaves of bread she received for free.
*Used a store coupon to get free blueberries with purchase.
*I traded pheasant meat for sweet corn with a friend.
*A friend and I shared some deal ideas and coupons. I hope we'll do this more regularly!
*Received a free razor sample in the mail.
*Happened onto the end-of-season clothing bag sale at our local thrift store--I was able to fit 6 shirts, 2 pants, 2 hats, 2 new pairs of tights/socks, 7 clothing items for the girls AND my best find--a cute set of 8 brand new pairs of underwear for Natalie. The total cost for all that? $3! I was pretty pumped.
*Had a major deal outing to "the big city"--I filled a page with all the deals, but I'll just share some of the highlights here:
- 8 high-quality pens for free using a sale and coupons
- 4 packages of brand name diapers for $3-4 each (reg. $9.99), making the most of every strategy possible: sale, manufacturer's coupon, store coupon and the new Cartwheel program. Woo-hoo!
- A razor for $1.59 (reg. $8.59) by stacking coupons
- Purchased bonus packs of socks and underwear while they were on sale and with no tax
- Lots of great school supplies deals, including glue and folders for one cent each, and 4 boxes of crayons for 63 cents total
- Free guest admission to Sam's, where I ate lunch because there were so many great samples!
*Lots of great deals on paper products, combining sales and coupons
*Picked some gorgeous zinnas from our garden to give a friend on her birthday
*Attended a free Zumba class--this is the 4th instructor I've had, and I was definitely the most sore after this one!
*Received an enormous zucchini, which I shredded. Want to know how much it produced? THIRTY cups of shredded zuke, so I gave some away, immediately made zucchini muffins and chocolate zucchini cake, and froze the rest in 2-cup portions.
*Took advantage of a promotion downtown where businesses handed out free hot dogs (some with fancy toppings) and watermelon.
*Something I've never mentioned is my everyday use of cloth napkins. I have a set I got for our wedding that I use the most, but I have a second set as well, and also a pretty Christmas set my grandma made. I use washcloths for the kids. Paper napkins are saved for picnics and parties.
*Had a very strategic grocery shopping trip in which the only item I paid full price for was a gallon of whole milk. The other 35 items I bought on that trip were all on sale and/or I had a coupon! I'm very proud of that. It does take time to check ads and coupons, but it's something I enjoy doing.
*A friend gave us two pairs of little girl shoes, and I bought a pair for $2 for Naomi's tiny feet now that she's WALKING!
*Purchased a vintage grain mill at a garage sale for a very good price. I hope to try it out soon! I've thought of getting one for a long time.
*Cooked a double batch of dried beans, and used half of them to make some freezer wraps, using leftover rice, beans, cheese, and a little salsa--all mixed together and spooned into tortillas. (I made 20 wraps for about $3!)
*Used a code to order free photos
*Participated in a contest by a new local coupon blog. She showed a photo and a list of the 68 items she bought on a recent shopping trip and asked people to guess the total. I came in the closest, just 41 cents under the actual amount, and my prize was a big stack of coupon inserts!
I'd love to hear some of your frugal accomplishments!