*Made a double batch of rhubarb apple crisp--one pan for us, the other for a friend who's moving away
*We'd been missing a kid's library book for a couple weeks. I was able to renew it to buy more time, but was quite bummed to learn that the replacement fee was more than the cost of the book itself. I looked everywhere I could think of and was unsuccessful, so I told the kids that if either of them found it, I would pay 50 cents. Nathan was very motivated to look, and he found it behind and under one of our couches. Win-win. I'm just glad we found it!
*Grocery deals: tortilla chips for 75 cents/bag (!), pepperoni for $1.29/pkg., name brand crackers for $1.38/box, Cheerios for $1.28/box, two loaves of day-old bread for 70 cents each
*Mixed a batch of orange vinegar for cleaning (I use it on floors--I put several orange peels in a jar of vinegar and let it sit for a couple weeks.)
*Ground a batch of wheat flour
*We needed some kind of outdoor carpet for the platform of our new swing set. It was quite pricey when Eric checked at a couple stores. He then had an idea that one of the dorms is being torn down, and he asked if he could have the large mat from inside the front door. It has rubber backing and is extremely heavy. We were thrilled to find a no-cost solution!
*I had a $5 code to a pizza place, plus we used an on-line coupon, which made for a very inexpensive takeout supper for the 5 of us. (Thanks, K, for your ordering help!)
*I purchased a Gr*upon for half-price mini golf. The kids were super-excited about it, but it was a pretty challenging course, so it was only fun about half the time. But Naomi loved her little plastic club! And we tried something new--for half the cost.
*By stacking coupons, I got a can of mousse for just 56 cents, and also a great deal on diapers.
*The girls needed new flip-flops, and I got them each a pair for $1 during a one-day special
*Eric broke his fishing reel and wanted to get it replaced at the local sporting goods store where it was purchased. The guy said they didn't make that kind anymore, and gave him a new upgraded one for free!
*We used a coupon for a buy one, get one free sandwich to have a picnic with the girls. I packed our own drinks, grapes and chips, which was a considerable savings over the $1.99 they were charging for tiny bags of chips!
*We attended a free outdoor concert.
*Nathan had earned a coupon from school for a free dessert item at a local restaurant, so that made for a fun outing the other night.
*We went with some friends to a really cool (and free) nature center we'd never been to before.
*We used a discount certificate to have a fun, inexpensive, and rare lunch out as a family.
*I went to the consignment store, and used my store credit to purchase some new clothing items we needed.
*I made a double batch of banana zucchini bread
*I gave haircuts to Eric and Nathan
I'd love to hear about your recent frugal activities!