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Welcome to another week of frugal living with simplicity tossed in! Here are some tips and ideas for how we lived frugally and simply this month, saved money and enjoyed our cozy life.
Around the House
I worked on using up some toothpaste and lotion left by our older daughter. She’s very good about bringing her leftover items here so her younger sister and I can use what we can and pass on the rest. We’re her own personal thrift store for donations!
We’ve had some beautiful fall weather with sun and nice breezes so I used the clothesline to air out pillows and dry rugs and blankets.
I mixed up more of the disinfecting spray and have been using that to sanitize clothing for extra wear rather than washing loads of laundry quite so often. Pre-COVID, I wore jeans and bras a few times with airing in between but this year I felt I should be washing them after every wear. However, I don’t have a lot of clothes! So this has been my compromise and is working well.
Working on cleaning up the freezers of odds and ends, as well as trying not to waste any food at all, has been working well. I used up the last of some vegetables from the fridge and some frozen bits to make a lovely vegetable soup. The leftovers of this have been frozen in pint jars for easy healthy lunches.
This is pretty much an every week thing, but we used an empty dog food bag in place of a trash bag. Every little bit helps! I also use boxes to gather trash sometimes. We have a dumpster so can pretty much use any type of “bag” or even throw it in without being contained.
It was time to buy more dog and cat food so I looked up Chewy prices and compared with our local Walmart, and Chewy was $2.25 cheaper so I ordered through there.
We visited the library this week, and they had 8 books ready for pickup in two series I’m reading so that will be my frugal fun for a couple weeks. I so appreciate our library’s participation in the Evergreen service which allows us to check out books from dozens of other libraries in our state and gets them to our local library all free of charge.
In the Garden
The last of the mini bell peppers and squash were harvested from the garden so there is nothing left growing. This year’s garden was more successful and productive than last year’s so I have great hopes for the next season!
I did plant garlic and spring broccoli seeds so there is something to look forward to at the end of winter into early spring.
Since the nights have turned cooler, I went ahead and moved in the houseplants. The front porch looks lonely, but the interior now looks even lovelier with the greenery. I also spent some time out in the afternoon sunshine cleaning up the garden for the season.
Budgeting & Finances
I had a dentist appointment for fillings and was able to write a check rather than using the debit card, saving a 3.5% fee which was $24.57. So glad I had my checkbook with me!
I got back $14.40 in Ibotta rebates, most of which is usual stuff we buy. The other 4 items were set back for stocking stuffers for our daughters. I like to include health & beauty items and there were good rebates for two items so I got one for each daughter.
As usual, I also uploaded the receipts to Fetch Rewards, ReceiptPal and Swagbucks, bringing me a bit closer to cashing out. The Fetch Rewards also links your email so you receive points for online orders so that is nice and very easy.
Thanks to my husband’s very hard work, we made a bit of extra income this week by selling a lot of firewood. We had many trees go down in a windstorm in the spring so the firewood was cut from that. It was much more than we can use before it rotted so we put it on Facebook and sold it right away. Yesterday was spent loading the truck and delivering it and today will be loosening up from the soreness!
That’s what we’ve been doing to make life cozy, fun and frugal during this time! Now tell me what fun and frugal things you’ve been doing lately!