*Purchased a pair of nice tennis shoes for $40 off a swap site--they retail for $100, and the person who bought them only wore them once!
*Walked/biked many of our errands
*Bought a bag full of bananas for 99 cents--froze some in chunks for smoothies and pureed the rest to make banana bread
*I forgot to mention that after the wedding I attended in CO last month, I was offered a potted mum that had served as a decoration. I brought it to my parents to enjoy, and my friend, Steph, brought her beautiful bridesmaid bouquet for them to enjoy as well.
*Hmm--I wrote windows on my list, and I have no idea what it means!
*I received lots of free samples in the mail--woo-hoo!: allergy med, facial cleanser, dog food, body wash, vitamins, antacid, dog treats, toothpaste, mouthwash
*Made cream of chicken soup--so good and easy!
*I purchased a game for Natalie at a garage sale recently, and it did not come with any instructions. After not finding them on-line, I emailed they company, and they quickly replied with the directions.
*Made coffeecake bread and homemade syrup
*Attended a free jazz concert
*Used coupons and a rebate to get two boxes of diapers at 13 cents per diaper. Regular price is 21 cents a diaper, so that is a huge savings for 172 diapers!
*Lots of grocery deals, including paper baking cups for 14 cents/package and Kraft's chipotle mac and cheese (Eric and I both really like it!) for just 33 cents/box. I saved $30 on that trip just using price matching and coupons (not counting the store's sales), and the cashier even made a comment.
*Used a coupon for a free carnival ride that Nathan got from school
*Picked some more apples from another friend's backyard for eating and baking
*Made sure to use some wilting produce before it went bad, like adding spinach to smoothies.
*Harvested lots of garden goodies--frost is coming soon, so we're picking us much as we can! We've been getting beautiful red and green peppers, lots of tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and onions. And the zinnias continue to be a lovely pick-me-up.
*Made blackberry sorbet with berries I froze from the garden.
*Used the clothesline for drying laundry
*Eric picked a bucket of pears from a local person's backyard who offered them for free to anyone who wanted to come pick. They are a harder variety than what we buy in the store, so I've done some research and am still trying to decide how to use them.
*Big baking day: cornbread, corn dog muffins to pack in Nathan's lunches, zucchini banana bread and granola bites (a beloved cheaper alternative to granola bars). I also made Rice Krispy treats to use up some stale cereal and stale marshmallows. I found these tips on-line for reviving the mallows, and tried the microwaving with water idea. The overall result was treats that didn't stick together as well, but I don't know if it was the cereal, the marshmallows, or both.
*Ground some wheatberries into fresh flour
*Purchased several nice church shirts for Nathan for a dollar each at a consignment shop. Also got a couple half-price items for Natalie. I was thankful I'd taken the time to make a detailed list of specific things each person needed--it was extremely helpful in the stores! I also had some credit at a consignment store that I put towards my purchase.
Nathan in his new shirt ($1) and Natalie in her new dress ($2)*Ordered some personalized notecards for Nathan's teacher using a coupon code and free shipping deal--my total was just 60 cents to pay for the tax!!
*Eric brought home a squash that was given to us. He was also able to pick another small bag-full of raspberries. They were pretty ripe so I immediately made them into jam. That flex batch pectin is wonderful!
*Stopped by the bakery outlet and purchased a loaf of garlic bread (reg. price $4.79--yikes!) for just 85 cents. We had it that night with baked ravioli. Yum!
*Bought a nice bar of chocolate for 24 cents, combining a sale and coupon. (Reg. $2.49)
*Redeemed a Groupon for a trampoline gym--my experiential gift to Eric for his birthday (which is tomorrow). We had a great time, both admitting it was more fun than we expected, even though we were two of the oldest jumpers there!
*Purchased a box of Emergen-c, my go-to cold-fighting product, with triple discounts of sale, coupon and Cartwheel!
*Bought a 10 pound bag of chicken hindquarters (what a lovely term) for just 39 cents/pound on a super-sale. I don't usually like messing with this kind of chicken, but at that price (Reg. $8.70!!), I'll make it work. I boiled the meat to make stock, which I used as the base for two kinds of soup--potato and chicken and rice. I shredded the meat and packaged it in one and two-cup portions.
*Paid just 19 cents for a box of a new Kraft sauce--reg. $2.99--combining a sale, store coupon, and manufacturer coupon.
Now it's your turn to share your frugal activities!