*Earned a $5 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks (This came in very handy as Naomi needed diapers and I'd maxed out our grocery/household budget for the month. I already had $10 saved in my account, and the total came to nearly the exact amount of credit. Hooray! Another way I gradually accumulate Amazon credit is when you make Amazon purchases by clicking on the links on my blog, so thank you!!)
*Bought 8 dry erase markers for $1, thanks to a super-sale and coupon
*A gift I was grateful for but sad to receive: several bags of pantry items from the friend whom I mentioned is moving =(
*Went to a nearby bakery markdown area, and bought $10.21 worth of bread for $2.55
*Used a B1G1 coupon on a frozen entree to have on hand
*Scored several cans of free shaving cream with coupons
*Took advantage of two free meals at the college for staff and families
*A friend gave me some bread
*Received a check from Ebates
*Something I do regularly but don't think I've mentioned yet is reusing packaging--padded envelopes, tissue paper and gift bags. I hate to buy that stuff, and always reuse it unless it's in horrible shape. I haven't bought any of those items in years!
*Free pens with rebate
*Bought notebooks and purse-size tissues for a penny each on sale
*Used a gift card and coupon to have an inexpensive and delicious meal with Eric at OG
*Received a couple boxes of free mac and cheese combining sale and coupon
*Made pesto using basil from the plant we've grown all summer
*Saved 60% on my purchases at T*rget--my total was under $10, possibly my lowest trip to that store ever!
*Purchased 6 books for $1 at the thrift store (They have a weekly B1G1 sale.)
*Received free tickets to a baseball game
*Made a small batch of applesauce with a handful of local apples we were given
*Mended a pair Eric's shorts and a headband of Natalie's
*Used a coupon for a free mini pizza for Nathan's lunch
*Brought home assorted goodies (crackers, carrots, berries, cookies, etc.) that were left behind and unclaimed (?!) at a picnic I organized
*Made black bean burgers--I liked them but Eric wasn't a fan.
*Received several free samples in the mail: cleaning wipes, vitamins, shampoo and conditioner
*Got a great deal on 2 packages of sliced cheese (reg. $2.99/pkg) for $2.50 total using a sale and coupon
*Scored two free containers of deodorant using a coupon
*Took advantage of some excellent produce prices, like peaches at 69 cents/lb. and grapes for 99 cents/lb. I really try to only buy produce that's on sale. It makes such a difference in the bill!
*Harvested lots of garden goodies: carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers and green beans. Also, some beautiful zinnias and blackberries!
*A friend gave me several tubes of diaper cream now that her youngest is potty trained.
*Attended our church's annual pool party--free pool admission, wonderful fellowship, and a fabulous potluck supper!
*Buying the wrong kind of paper for a rebate. I didn't carefully check the label. This store is 45 minutes away, so I was quite bummed as it will be awhile before I can return it. And I missed out on getting the actual free paper. Oh, well!
*Forgetting to use gift cards at stores twice in one week.
How have you been frugal recently?