Here are my frugal accomplishments from the past two weeks:
*Purchased a pair of tights on clearance for 97 cents (reg. $8.99)
*Received free sample of shampoo in the mail
*Attended a kids' library program about gardening--Natalie was able to plant 4 kinds of seeds to bring home, and three of them sprouted before a week had passed!
*Scored several great deals on cereal, using combinations of sales, coupons, and C51 (Best was 2 boxes for 50 cents each--reg. $2.75)
*Other grocery deals: name brand mac and cheese for just 40 cents a box (reg. 99 cents), lemonade mix for just 50 cents, a pound of deli ham for $1.88
*Received appreciation gift certificates--Eric received $75 to the local hardware store in appreciation for 15 years of service at the college, and I was surprised with a generous restaurant certificate as a token for my efforts in starting a college potluck ministry at our church this past year. Eric's already used part of his to buy some gardening supplies.
*Snagged a free box of muffin mix through SavingSt*r
*Received half-off the price of my pizza buffet on Mother's Day
*Made apple muffins, pumpkin bread, and corndog muffins
*Bought some sandals for Naomi for $2
*Attended a free dress rehearsal performance of a local musical that Eric's boss was participating in (Regular price tickets are $15 each, not to mention the cost of a babysitter!)
*Scored lots of goodies left behind by college students, including some brand new stuff that I'll put in shoeboxes, and a stack of cute clothes
*Eric mentioned to his brother that we needed to get our brakes fixed on our car. Ryan shared that he'd fixed his own brakes one time, and they decided to tackle it together. Eric had already priced the labor with a mechanic, and it would have cost $100. Also, Ryan was aware of a rebate at the auto parts store, which saved an additional $25 on the parts! It took them just over an hour, and I think they might have even had fun. =) Major win!
*Stopped by a local thrift store after seeing their $2 bag sale ad in the newspaper. I love it when that comes around! I got 17 items, including three clothing pieces for others that are not pictured.
*Nathan had a coupon for a free treat at our annual festival that he earned from bringing B*x Tops to school.
*We hosted friends for supper two nights in a row and I made frugal but filling meals--the first night was chilly and I served potato soup with bread and salad; on the second night, I made a pan of pheasant enchiladas (this was a group who appreciates local meat, not everyone does!) and a dish of homemade mac and cheese. I also served homemade applesauce and our favorite summer salad. A couple others brought sides to round out the meal, and we served water to drink. I spent less than $10 and this was a meal for 10 people, which I think is pretty impressive, especially since we were all stuffed and there were leftovers of every dish. It truly is possible to host others without spending a fortune!
*Eric and Nathan received free tickets to an indoor arena football game. (Thanks, Ryan!) It was a last minute thing, but the details worked out, and they had a great time.
*A friend gave us a couple tomato plants and some diaper coupons.
*I stopped by the bread outlet and purchased 4 packages of bread for under $4.
*Today I am going on a field trip with Nathan's class. I am so excited as this is my first time to be able to go along. As a chaperone, I don't have to pay the admission fee to the science center where we're going. And a friend and I are swapping childcare (she's going on her daughter's field trip later this week), so there is no cost in that. Woo-hoo!
*Last but not least, we were very blessed when some neighbors who go to our church offered us their well-loved swingset. We don't have an ideal spot in our yard, but it's something we'd been thinking about getting, and we so appreciate them thinking of us! The kids are super-excited to have a "park" (Naomi's term) in our own yard. It needs a little work, but we couldn't beat the price. =)
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities--thank you for commenting!